Marvel Comics, "Alien #1," Review (No spoilers)

What's going on, you guys! Marvel comics hotly anticipated Alien series has finally hit the digital (and physical) shelves! I purchased a digital copy for now, although I might get a physical copy or two of some variant covers (there is never room in my home for new stuff, but boy do I like buying more stuff.) For those of you reading that are unaware, the basic synopsis for Marvel's first Alien story is:

THE ICONIC CINEMATIC TERROR MAKES ITS MARVEL DEBUT! Gabriel Cruz gave his life to Weyland-Yutani--In the case of an alien attack he barely survived, almost literally! Recently retired, Cruz is trying to patch things up with his abandoned son with the help of his friend, a Bishop-model android, but his re-entry into civilian life is not going smoothly…and his encounters with the deadly Xenomorph are far from over. Phillip Kennedy Johnson and Salvador Larroca team up to tell an all-new tale of the titan of horror and science fiction that has scared audiences for decades. No one is safe. No one is innocent. And no one can hear you scream.

It takes place in the year 2200, 21 years after Aliens and 58 years after Alien. The little introduction/prologue/title sort of page only references these two films, so the previous information that this line is only drawing initially from the first two films turns out to be true. What a wild thing, the truth is. Epsilon station and Earth are the two known locations established, with flashbacks of an undisclosed location also appearing. So, overall it was a nice introductory issue! I am not a huge fan of comics, the format isn't my thing, but reading through I got a strong sense of Cruz's emotion, the trauma he has been through. He is written well in this issue. Bishop has a large role, his model being the predominant android model of this era in the Alien Franchise. This series is led by a male protagonist, which is a switch up on the Alien stories of the past and it works really well so far. We will see how it is built on, but the emotional issues established in this issue are engaging. The art is.... Okay. I think the character models are a bit... Not sure, maybe soft is the word. The glimpses of any xenomorphic entities was up and down... An image released in the trailer, so not technically a spoiler (included below), shows a Xenomorph hive of sorts. One mysterious Xenomorphic creature is the focus of the shot, but the hive of Xenomorphs surrounding her is... Sloppy. As Tristan Jones (@tyrannojones) pointed out on Twitter, the Xenomorphs are clearly traces of Neca action figures. I am engaged enough with the story dynamic to keep reading on, but the artwork and creature design is extremely underwhelming.

Action figures, more or less
A panel from Alien #1

If you are an Alien fan, I would recommend checking out the free preview from Kindle before buying a copy. If you like the vibe, check it out. Otherwise, stay frosty...

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