Aliens: Dead Orbit is a brand new comic book series from Dark Horse set to arrive on newsstands next month. Canadian comic book creator James Stokoe takes readers on board the Weyland-Yutani waystation Sphachteria - where everyone is miserable, and the most valuable thing you can get your hands on is a hot cup of coffee.
It won't take long for readers to realize that this new series will be leaning closer to Ridley Scott's 1979 original Alien movie - and that's a very good thing. Everything seems cramped and littered with garbage on board the Sphachteria, hinting that this station has been in operation for quite some time.
It is here that we meet our hero, a tech specialist named Wascylewski.
The first issue of Aliens: Dead Orbit alternates between two settings with Wascylewski taking up space on a seemingly deserted ship, and the crew of the Sphachteria popping over to, and investigating, another seemingly empty transport. It is here that James Stokoe does a great job of reinventing the same sort of atmosphere and tension that made the original Alien film so suspenseful - and just wait until you get to those last couple pages!
Everything within the first issue of Aliens: Dead Orbit comes together so very nicely. There really is nothing all that surprising or out of the ordinary here, but it is just the first issue after all. More time for that later, right?
Stokoe has done an excellent job with this first issue. More focused on the atmosphere rather than plot, this new series has clearly taken some inspiration from Ridley Scott's original movie to give us something that feels positively tense and terrifying - without saying too much!
Bring on that second issue.
Rating: 4/5 - "Taking inspiration from Ridley Scott's original Alien film, this new tale promises to be both tense and terrifying in the same way that made the 1979 original so great!"
Aliens: Dead Orbit #1 hits newsstands on April 26th - Alien Day!
Until next time, Infinite Earths fans!
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