Wednesday, June 3, 2015


In space, no one can hear you scream.

Alien was a ground breaking sci-fi/horror motion picture, great tie-in novel and dynamite graphic novel. 

A scene not covered in the tie-in novel!

The commercial spacecraft Nostromo is on a return trip to Earth with a seven-member crew in stasis. Detecting a mysterious transmission, possibly a distress signal, from a nearby planetoid, the ship's computer, MOTHER, awakens the crew. Under prior orders from their employers, the Nostromo lands on the planetoid and Captain Dallas, Executive Officer Kane, and Navigator Lambert head out to investigate. They discover the signal is coming from a derelict alien spacecraft. Once inside, they find the remains of a large creature whose ribcage appears to have exploded from the inside.

Heavy Metal published Alien: The Illustrated Story
Adaptation by the amazing Archie (Manhunter, His Name is...Savage!) Goodwin with art by fantastic Walt (Star Slammers, Thor) Simonson.
Cover concept by Archie Goodwin.
The commercial vessel Nostromo receives a distress call from an unexplored planet. After searching for survivors, the crew heads home, only to realize that a deadly bioform has joined them.
Gives us a fresh perspective of the movie, with ornate and detailed artwork suiting the graphic novel quite nicely. As creepy as the source material.  

Titan followed up years later with Alien: The Illustrated Story
Out of print for over thirty years, squarebound trade paperback edition to coincide with Ridley Scott's Prometheus, a prequel to the movie Alien.

Titan also published a gorgeous Original Art Edition Alien: The Illustrated Story
Collects the black & white comic strip, scanned from the artist’s original art boards
Includes an in-depth interview with Walt Simonson, the original script pages, color tryouts & sketches.

Alan Dean (Outland, The Black Hole) Foster wrote the tie-in novel for the movie Alien. Originally in paperback, it's available on Kindle as well. Recommended read, Foster does a great job. It does add characterization and action for some unexpected, interesting deviations from the movie. 

Alien has a special place in my heart and the comic book helps me relive the creepy, heart pounding excitement of the motion picture. By the way, in watching Alien on Blu-ray, it's like watching it all over for the first time. Bravo for the transfer.

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1 comment:

  1. I have this in the B&W version and it is great.