Aliens: The Essential Comics Volume 1 by Mark Verheiden

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26 thoughts on “Aliens: The Essential Comics Volume 1 by Mark Verheiden

  1. What!?!? NO spacehookers in fishnet spacesuits? I’m shocked 😉

    I only read the novelization of Alien 3 and nothing about it inclined me to go watch the movie, that is for sure. It is amazing how an idea can stick around for so long even when particular parts of it really fail (ie, several of the movies).

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    1. Hahahah nop, not here. But one of the stories in this volume does put adult-Newt in Ripley’s iconic white tank top and white underwear though! 😉

      Ohhh, yikes. Don’t think you’d find that movie in particular any better hahahah And yes, that’s true. I wonder if it’s just some false belief that they’ve created something “great” too… But at least the first two movies give us hope that a good movie with these characters is possible.. With the right writers/directors/actors. 😀

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      1. It is definitely a franchise that needs all 3 elements of storyline, actors and directors. If even one fails, the whole house of cards goes “plllllooooooof” and you end up with some seriously stupid movie 🙂

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  2. The trailer posted above would not play for me, but that’s okay, because I still remember it, all these years later. It’s a thumping, building, techno beat, flashing violent images with no dialogue, right? The no dialogue aspect of the trailer is what really struck me at the time.

    “That’s it, game over, man.”

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    1. The trailer I had initially put was mostly a montage of some scenes in the movie. I’ve replaced it with another trailer that should work on the blog though. The trailer you’ve seen definitely sound great though, and clearly has left a nice impression on you too. 😀 I assume you’re a die-hard fan of the franchise? Have you seen all of the movies, including the prequels and all? 😮 What about the last one they released too? I haven’t seen the prequels yet, I will soon enough. 😀

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    1. Hahaha yay! Glad to hear you’re fan of these Tammy! Ohhh yes, the comics were a pretty big dig after Aliens. Fans were pretty happy to get more of it, while waiting for Aliens 3 to be announced and released of course. 😀 There are still stories being released today too now. 😀

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  3. This is fantastic when some characters alow the artist to get really creative and explore many facets of his art! You are right about the drawings aliens vs human!

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    1. Yes! I like how free they are to develop all of them and add so much more than what movies could allow directors! 😛 And yep, huge difference in quality regarding the aliens and human designs. I’m sure more modern stories are a lot better in that department now. 😀

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  4. I’ve always loved the Alien and Predator movies (since I was actually too young to really have been watching them but gladly did thanks to my Dad!) and Dark Horse’s comics were a treasure trove of exciting new stories for a young fan when we only had three Alien films and two Predators.

    I have all the older Omnibus collections of all the Alien and Predator runs and looking back there definitely is some inconsistency but there they did produce some good stuff. Have you read any of the Predator titles (there’s a similar Essential Comics Collection out for that as well)? The early ‘trilogy’ are pretty darn good, I am blinded by my die hard fan love but I think you might be entertained by them.

    What’s interesting about this release though is that they’ve since restored the comics to the original unaltered versions as they changed the names of characters like Hicks and Newt after Alien 3 came out. Ace review Lashaan and I love the terminology you use in your opening description of the xenomorph!

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    1. Had a pretty good feeling that you were a die-hard fan of the Alien and Predator franchises. I’ve seen a couple of them throughout my childhood and revisited Alien and Aliens recently to read this collection.

      Ah yes, I feel like some stories are definitely much better in writing and artwork than others, but I’m definitely invested. Can’t get enough those creatures after all! 😀 These new collections by Dark Horse technically give fans better binding and a better cover art for collectors. Unless you want to upgrade what you have, I doubt you’ll need to get these. Or maybe just to complete a collection of all editions, that would be another story. 😀 And indeed! They’ll be releasing the Predator: Essential Comics Vol. 1 soon too. It’ll probably take some time before all volumes for both collections are completely out in the market, but that will definitely give me the chance to progressively enjoy them for now! 😀

      Ohhh I’ve heard about those name changes! Really odd decision, but at least they’re now unaltered. Odder when the characters, especially Ripley, sometimes really does look like Sigourney Weaver hahaha

      Thanks for reading, man! I appreciate it! 😀

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    1. Quite a lot! The fandom is real. 😂 What? Not even one? Then again, since you’re not that into horror, I totally understand hahahah You already have a great number of classics that you already need to check out already. 😜 Oh yes. And the movie won’t help with your comfort either! 😂

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