Script: John Arcudi
Pencils: Zach Howard
Inks: Mark Irwin and Zach Howard
Colors: Wes Dzioba
Associate Editor: Samantha Robertson
Editor: Chris Warner
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
If you’re like me, it’s been a while since you’ve read an Aliens comic book. I think the first Dark Horse comic book I read was either an Aliens or Predator series. I’ve grown accustomed to seeing Dark Horse’s label on titles like Star Wars or Hellboy or even B.P.R.D., but its Aliens and Predator where it all started and it feels good to be back.
This issue starts a four-part miniseries that starts out quiet and is suddenly overrun by the alien creatures we’ve come to know. We’re only a handful of pages into the issue at this point, and then we switch gears to see a spacecraft and its crew awakening from a long deep sleep while they have been traveling to the Chione System. They are coming to excavate at a site on a planet that has something that looks like ancient structures. What they are unaware of is what they will find themselves caught up in once they land planet side and meet the mining company that has taken the planet as their own and selling the excavation rights to the highest bidder.
The one thing that a writer finds hard to convey with an Aliens comic book is to find that horror and suspense feel that the movies have. This is hard to do with any type of characters in comics, but to do it with these alien creatures is even harder because of the expectations they bring. This issue doesn’t really present too many of those moments that a reader may feel are all that suspenseful, but there are a couple surprising moments that you expect from the films and John Arcudi does a good job with portraying these moments.
I will applaud Arcudi’s writing in this issue that it keeps me intrigued in what’s happening. The set up for what’s to come is good and he has me interested in coming back for the next issue. All of that is good, but its Zach Howard’s art that really sells me on this issue. Howard’s pencils are great in this issue. I really like his character designs. The characters have their own look and feel. Adding with Howard’s pencils is Mark Irwin’s inks, Wes Dzioba’s colors, and Blambot’s lettering and this is a very nice looking package by the art team and that is really what sells me on this issue.
Aliens is such a strange property and it takes a certain creative team to pull it off. I think this creative has what it takes, and this issue is evidence of that. I really felt I was over any kind of comic book about these alien creatures, but Arcudi pulls me back in and I’m ready for more.