This is the first of five issues in this mini-series. As introductory issues go, this one wasn’t bad at all. Using a more realistic point of view, the writer allows us (the readers) to experience events and find evidence and clues simultaneously with our main character.
The main character is Sharon. Sharon has not had what an average person would deem an easy life, not by any means.
Currently, she is on the warpath, looking for any clue, any shred of evidence to help her figure out who murdered her father. She has obtained the police files on the crime, in a very simple and almost comical way.
Now, Sharon is an aggressive gal. She’s a no-nonsense, take no shit kind of woman. She also happens to dislike any and all obstacles that come about on her search for vengeance. She is incredibly strong and has some moves that hint at some sort of special training. It’s not like she picked up these fighting moves while watching Jem or My Little Pony. She’s got the kind of mad skills that allow her to take down an outrageously overweight scumbag without even breaking a sweat.
But Sharon is deeply angry. She’s vengeful. Full of hate and hostility, she can’t help but let it seep from every pore, infecting everything about her life. Until she finds what she is looking for. Answers.
To make matters worse, while Sharon is looking for people who know about her father’s death, some seemingly very bad people are looking for her. She has no idea who they are or what they want. She just knows it’s not a good thing she’s being hunted.
It’s a race against time for poor Sharon. Will she find the truth she seeks before those who seek her find her?
There is one clue that she finds that gives her hope. That hope is bolstered when similar clues start showing up in other cases. But, a clue out of context isn’t much help.
There is a lot going on in this first issue. A lot to absorb and process. As much as the reader has to process the information as it comes in so does the character. It makes for a very suspenseful and mysterious type of whodunnit kind of start to the series.
Story: Dan O’Bannon
Adaptation Script: Cristiano Seixas
Art: Guilherme Balbi
Colors: Candice Han
Letters: Michael Heisler
Standard Cover: Guilherme Balbi with Candice Han
Digital Art Technicians: Adam Pruett, Ann Gray, Josie Christensen
Who remembers the beloved original Alien film from 1979? Not Aliens. That’s the sequel. No, no, no. I’m talking about the first one. Alien. Singular. Not as good as Aliens but still, had some killer scenes, yeah? Well…
The writer of that movie has turned over the story to Dark Horse comics for an adaptation of the original screenplay. Now, no, it’s not EXACTLY the same, so don’t go thinking that it’s going to be the exact same characters and names and everything. But it IS a similar story thus far, being that it’s only the first issue.
In this issue, the crew wakes up from their sleeping pods on their return trip to Earth earlier than planned. They find that their course has been re-routed by the ship’s computer system due to specific programming if certain conditions arise.
In this case, the particular circumstance is a signal intercepted by the communication system. The transmission is of unknown origin. It is a voice transmission yet; it cannot be translated. Even though their computer on this ship has 638 different dialects spoken by the human tongue stored in its programming code.
The computer system points out two main causes of concern and interest. First, the transmission is highly systematized, proving that the source of generation is intelligent based. Second, certain sounds in the transmission are definitely inconsistent with the human palate.
This news excites some of the team members as they start to think this could be evidence of the first contact by intelligent life outside of Earth.
Unfortunately, they have no REAL idea where they are. They decide to follow the signal so they can investigate. When they are finally directly over the transmission signal itself, they choose to land on some unknown planet to go searching for the source of this special untranslatable signal. On this planet they find the gravity is similar to Earth so they can walk around without issue but the air is not breathable. It’s not toxic, but still not breathable.
Once on the planet and moving about, that is when they start to observe some very strange and interesting things.
So, so far, this is going well. I think this is going to be as good, if not better, than the movie itself. The story is by the same guy. The script adaptation is by someone else but the story is the same which doesn’t leave a whole lot of room for change. The character names are different but that doesn’t make a difference to me.
I actually like the artwork. I am excited to see what they do with the aliens when we really get to the nitty gritty details of that part of the story. I think these artists are really going to shine in that department. The artwork as far as the people goes, I’m not thrilled, but it’s not horrible by any means.
At any rate, the story is moving quickly and there was already some action by the end of this first issue. Can’t complain on that one. The next issue comes out the first week of September. I’ll keep y’all updated! Stay tuned!