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Alien #1 Review: A Slow Start to the Stagnated Sci-Fi Series

One of the last significant stories set inside the universe of Alien was Alien: Covenant back in 2017, which came from the overseer of the first film, Ridley Scott. Since Disney has procured the privileges to the establishment, fans have been expecting new stories set inside that world, and keeping in mind that various more modest distributers have delivered Alien comics, the series’ return in the pages of a Marvel Comics title had expectation high for what it could mean for the mythos. While the second version of Alien #1 from Marvel is nowhere near outstanding, it gets perusers looking consistent so far, with its future possibly passing on the chance to convey the science fiction storyline that fans so frantically merit.

Alien #1 Review: A Slow Start to the Stagnated Sci-Fi Series

Set 100 years after the occasions of the first Alien, an atomic misfortune is seriously jeopardizing the fate of mankind, as the aftermath of a debacle keeps people from saving themselves. A gathering of engineered creatures is moved toward by the military to help mankind, however considering that the actual people drove the gathering into concealing in any case, they should choose gambling with their prospects or saving their makers.

One of the greatest difficulties with the Alien establishment is that, in spite of the ramifications of the name, there’s something else to what compels an effective story besides most makers understand. Take, for instance, how series co-maker Scott conveyed the prequel Prometheus in 2012, which was a monetary disillusionment. That film’s development, Covenant, took the famous xenomorph back to unmistakable quality, yet it actually neglected to prevail upon crowds. Assuming that even Scott has battled with finding the mysterious speculative chemistry that outcomes in a fruitful Alien story, it makes sense of why such countless different narrators have confronted difficulties in the establishment. In any case, this presentation issue of Alien could be making way for the essential recipe for the establishment’s future.

A significant portion of this comic sees writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson delivering nonsensical and convoluted expository information, as the futuristic nature of the concept means we can’t entirely be thrown into an all-new story. Even the opening prelude, which lays out the timeline of the franchise, is multiple paragraphs, inundating the reader with information in a tiresome way. Various corporations and settlements and systems that we are largely unaware of are discussed, making it easy for eyes to gloss over, before the actual hook of the narrative is revealed.

Dating back to the debut film, the relationship between synths and humans is just an integral to the series’ success as the monstrous xenomorphs, with that push and pull of tension igniting so many challenges for storytellers. In the first film, the synthetic Ash became an unexpected and deadly threat, while Aliens flipped the script to see the synth Bishop overcoming preconceived notions and proving himself as an ally. While we might have to suffer through cumbersome exposition, the final pages does see the hook of the series becoming clear, as the synths could completely be integrated into humanity or find themselves once again being exploited. In fact, there’s quite little in this debut issue that ties into the xenomorphs, with only one small tease offering a glimpse of the creatures’ significance.

Despite the majority of the issue being overwhelming, the final pages do help bring clarity to the premise which brings with it the potential of an exciting storyline going forward. Of course, this also means Johnson has the unenviable task of telling a story that doesn’t rely too much on the xenomorphs and turn the entire project into yet another redundant game of cat and mouse.

With the change in location from the dank and dismal catacombs of spaceships or ruined colonies, the illustrations from Julius Ohta and colors from Yen Nitro make the book look unique, as we have rarely seen lush landscapes in live-action takes on the material. Given that the creatures themselves are quite dark, they’re known to blend into the shadows, so with this first issue only briefly touching upon them, there’s no requirement of shrouding the book in muddy darkness. The nature of the premise also means that it’s likely only a matter of time before the synths immerse themselves in more recognizable surroundings full of greys and browns and ambiguous tech; it at least has us excited for how these artistic sensibilities will tie into future issues in which chaos and carnage are fully embraced.

Alien #1 is taking its time with its narrative, seemingly understanding that the inclusion of the more memorable elements of the franchise requires appropriate timing. After all, a majority of the original film was absent of the hulking beast, and even after its appearance, it stuck to the shadows. Despite this debut issue not totally winning over readers, just the fact that it isn’t jumping the gun and shows restraint with its recognizable IP makes it more promising than other attempts to explore the mythos. Given how many times we’ve been given underwhelming and undercooked comics in the Alien franchise, we’ll absolutely settle for a slow start over a redundant setup.


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