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Before Alien 3, there was.........
Aliens: Book One - Mark Verheiden
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Aliens: Book One - Mark Verheiden
Advantages: A better sequel than Aliens 3 or 4.......
Disadvantages: Dark Horse felt the need to re-edit this after Alien 3 rather than leaving it as an alternate sequel
For those of you disappointed by events in Alien 3 and who long to forget the complete and utter tragedy that was Alien 4, this graphic novel comes as a healthy antidote ~ providing an alternative sequel to the James Camerons Aliens film and set in a reality where Newt and Hicks from that film managed to survive.
Ten years after Aliens ended, Newt is now in a special facility; plagued as a young woman by nightmares and flashbacks about her experiences on Acheron and unable to forget or get past what happened there. Hicks is likewise affected by nightmares but has dealt with his trauma differently by becoming a violent alcoholic. Fear and paranoia that his scarred face means he has been contaminated in some way by the Alien keep his Marine colleagues distant and he has few (if any) friends.
And then a ship almost arrives on Earth carrying one of the Aliens and suddenly both their nightmares look like becoming real again!
Approached by a Goverment Agent, Hicks is given an offer he cannot afford to lose. To track the co-ordinates the ship came from and take a team back to the Aliens homeworld; the intention ~ to gather specimens. Hicks has his own, personal reasons for going but decides to break out Newt and take her with him hoping that the mission may just give her the catharsis that she needs to move past her previous traumatic experiences and give her a chance to move on with her life.
But things are further complicated when a Biological Weapons company learns of the cereatures and plans to utilise the Alien as a new breed of weaponry; seeing the Goverment mission as their competition.
Meanwhile, back on Earth, a new Religious Cult based around images of the Alien springs up; worshipping the Aliens as their new God and wishing nothing more than to serve them as sacrifice. They have their own motives for making contact with the Alien and trust me when I say THEIR intentions are even less than honourable than anybody elses....
This is a grim, gritty alternative sequel to the Alien films that provides a glimpse of a similar kind of future depicted in Bladerunner. Big Multi-Corporations now possess all the power and are obsessed with controlling the masses and keeping them in line. Also, all they are interested in is maintaining the status quo with little care for the individual or the consequences of their actions. Sound familiar?
This black and white trade paperback is an awesome, awesome tale that encaptures all of the claustrophobia, al of the terror and ALL of the fear of the original two Alien movies and offers a much better alternative take to future offerings from the franchise. It goes back to the roots behind the first two movies and as such can be better regarded as the true sequel to those films! I also like the way the writers have chosen here to eschew Ripley in favour of the two arguably stronger, supporting characters from the Aliens film. This is a brave move but also one that kind of works.....
As an aside, Dark Horse later re-edited this book after the release of Aliens 3 so that it better fit into the movie time-line. A paperback novel adaptation was also released, likewise edited to change the names of the two main characters so that they were no longer called Newt and Hicks but instead Wilkes and Billie. I can understand why they did this but it is this version that I prefer and the one that you can still obtain if you search hard enough on Amazon!
Summary: A look at what might have happened if Newt and Hicks had lived....
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