Wow, Zach Howard’s good. Never heard of him before (or maybe I have), but he’s great. Seems a little bit wasted on an Aliens relaunch (seeing as how the first issue is mostly people, just a couple xenomorphs and Howard clearly is putting more into the composition of the people panels).
The rest of it, the comic itself, is wasteful. It invalidates itself in the last few pages (actually, in the third act, Arcudi nicely gives his comic acts) and instead serves as an interesting way to do exposition.
I’d probably love the approach if Aliens was running five issues instead of four, but it isn’t and blowing a quarter of your series on exposition seems like a bad idea.
There’s no (as far as I can tell) direct ties to previous Aliens titles, only some homage and a reference to the movies.
In other words, too early to tell.