Artist Gabriel Hardman is no stranger to the world of science fiction. Not only has he had the chance to work on comics ranging from Planet Of The Apes to Star Wars, but he's even served as a storyboard artist on such fantastic projects as Interstellar and Logan. Yes, you could very well say that Mr. Hardman has travelled from one end of the pop culture universe to the other.
And, this coming spring, he'll be unleashing one of the most terrifying creatures to ever stalk the silver screen in a brand new miniseries from Dark Horse Comics - Aliens: Dust To Dust.
We recently had the opportunity to chat with Mr. Hardman about this upcoming story, which we're told will grab readers by the throat and not let up for four whole issues!
Check out the full interview posted below...
Infinite Earths: "Were you much of an Aliens fan before kicking off this brand new series for Dark Horse Comics?"
Gabriel Hardman: "I'm a huge fan of Cameron's ALIENS (1986) and Ridley Scott's ALIEN (1979) is one of my absolute top movies. I can go back and watch either of them any time. That said, I don't think of a property is absolutely necessary to work on it. There are projects that I've brought a different perspective to because I wasn't a huge fan going in. But, the one thing you always have to be is true to the world of your story - and true to the tone. If you can match the tone established in earlier stories, it gives you the freedom to try different things while still clearly telling an ALIENS story."
Infinite Earths: "What exactly is the story behind Aliens: Dust To Dust?"
Gabriel Hardman: "Dust To Dust is an action/horror story from the point of view of a 12 year old boy as he and his mother desperately try and escape a failed terraforming colony which has fallen to the Xenomorphs."
Infinite Earths: "Is this the first time you've penned an Aliens series of your own?"
Gabriel Hardman: "This is the first time I've gotten the chance to tell any ALIENS story and I think it's the last on my list of licensed properties I always wanted to get my hands on. I've already done Planet Of The Apes, Star Wars and Star Trek comics, ALIENS was the last box I needed to tick. That is unless somebody gets the Max Headroom or Sandbaggers license."
Infinite Earths: "Where did the inspiration for this story come from?"
Gabriel Hardman: "I was 12 when I first saw Cameron's ALIENS in the theater and it was one of the most intense experiences I had up to that point. I wanted to try and tell the story of a 12 year old in that world, not from the POV of the adults who are worried about him, but from the kid's viewpoint. I think that's much more interesting. Kids lack agency and that can be very compelling - even more so in a life or death situation."
Infinite Earths: "What is it about the Aliens franchise that you feel has allowed it to survive and expand after all of these years?"
Gabriel Hardman: "Xenomorphs don't have eyes and it's terrifying. The simplicity of their design and concept is evergreen."
Infinite Earths: "Did you draw any inspiration for your story from any specific Aliens stories from the past?"
Gabriel Hardman: "I think the fact that ALIENS has a built in, always frightening, set up is very freeing in terms of storytelling. You're not bound to certain characters. You don't have to strain credulity by putting Ripley in danger in order to tell your story, the way you have to in other franchises. You can tell new stories with new characters while using the gift of the xenomorphs to drive it forward."
Infinite Earths: "What makes this story different from those that have come from the franchise before?"
Gabriel Hardman: "I hope I'm bringing a level of storytelling intensity to the series that I'm only able to do because I'm writing and drawing. Nothing gets lost in translation, all the action, horror, pathos and character goes right onto the page."
Infinite Earths: "Will we see any familiar faces during the course of Aliens: Dust To Dust?"
Gabriel Hardman: "No, this is an original story with all new characters, apart from the xenomorphs, of course."
Infinite Earths: "So, does this new series lean more toward the horror aspect of the Aliens franchise rather then the action?"
Gabriel Hardman: "I wouldn't say that - its got a lot of both. But there's definitely some dark stuff in the book."
Infinite Earths: "How does a project like Aliens: Dust To Dust differ from things that you've worked on before like Planet Of The Apes, or the upcoming Green Lantern: Earth One - which we're really looking forward to by the way!"
Gabriel Hardman: "Even though I downplayed it a little in that last answer, the difference is horror. I love horror comics. I released a horror one-shot last year called The Belfry which was very satisfying. The other thing that makes it different of course, is that I collaborated with my wife Corinna Bechko on those other books, and this one is solo for me. But, she already got the chance to write xenomorphs in ALIENS/VAMPIRELLA a while back, so I wanted my shot at it too. And we've got a bunch more projects on the way that we're collaborating on including more of our creator owned Sci-Fi series Invisible Republic from Image Comics."
Infinite Earths: "What do you think longtime Aliens fans will enjoy most about your story? At the same time, what does this series offer newcomers looking to enter the Alien Universe for the very first time?"
Gabriel Hardman: "I think this book will really get across the visual atmosphere that longtime ALIENS fans will enjoy, and a new reader will get a scary, harrowing, self-contained story."
Infinite Earths: "Is there anything in particular that you'd like to highlight about Aliens: Dust To Dust above everything else that we've spoken about?"
Gabriel Hardman: "When I do horror, I don't hold back. I have every intention of grabbing the reader by the throat and not letting go for four issues!"
And, that sounds absolutely fantastic to longtime Aliens fans like us!
Infinite Earths would like to personally thank Mr. Hardman for taking time out of his busy schedules to speak with us! We are honored to have you as a fan and supporter of our work at Infinite Earths and look forward to speaking with you again in the future!
For more information on this exciting new series, be sure to follow Dark Horse Comics on Twitter, along with series writer and artist Gabriel Hardman. And be sure to pick up the first issue of Aliens: Dust To Dust on Wednesday, April 25th!
Until next time, Infinite Earths fans!
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