Comic Review: “William Gibson’s Alien 3” #1

“William Gibson’s Alien 3” #1 Review

By Dave Whiteman

On May 22, 1992, fans of 20th Century Fox’s Alien franchise flocked to theaters to witness the fate of Lieutenant Ellen Ripley, Newt, Corporal Hicks and Bishop the android after the events of 1986’s “Aliens” (directed by James Cameron) in what would turn out to be one of the most reviled installments of the now “Alien Quadrilogy” that even director David Fincher disowned and stated that “to this day, no one hates it more than me.” Due to the many changes made by the studios, character deaths and reshoots, the director actually walked out of the production.

Along with the original screenwriters, David Giler, Walter Hill, Larry Ferguson and Vincent Ward, award-winning science fiction author William Gibson, who is credited as one of the founders of the cyberpunk genre with 1984’s “Neuromancer,” wrote a very early version of the script, of which a few elements survived in the final version.

As Dark Horse Comics has been publishing the line of comics in the Alien and Predator universes since 1989, it seemed only fitting that they would release this official adaptation of his original screenplay. Taking place after the events of “Aliens” (1986), the spaceship Sulaco, which is carrying the sleeping bodies of Ripley, Hicks, Newt and Bishop, is intercepted by the Union of Progressive Peoples. But when they board the ship, they encounter a stowaway in the form of an alien face-hugger, which soon starts a chain reaction of events in the midst of a Cold War between two world powers, bent on the creation of a weapon of mass destruction.

With art by Johnnie Christmas, the co-creator of Margaret Atwood’s “Angel Catbird” and creator of Image Comics’ “Firebug,” and colors by Tamra Bonvillain, “William Gibson’s Alien 3” presents a very different version of the story that many fans of the Alien franchise have come to hate, but many consider to be a much superior script. I’m looking forward to seeing how this story plays out and hope to have a whole new outlook on the Alien story.

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Dave “Chernobog” Whiteman was born in Ft. Worth, Texas. He is a life-long comic book collector, metalhead, part-timer writer, Funatic and a die-hard Star Wars fan!