Aliens 1 (May 2009)

625333.jpgWow, 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.

CREDITS

Writer, John Arcudi; penciller, Zach Howard; inkers, Mark Irwin and Howard; colorist, Wes Dzioba; letterer, Nate Piekos; editors, Samantha Robertson and Chris Warner; publisher, Dark Horse Comics.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.