Alien #1

Marvel Comics

Written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson

Art by Julius Ohta

Colors by Yen Nitro

Letters by Clayton Cowles

The Rundown: Desperate to save a dying colony, the government reaches out to a unique team. 

The Research and Development colony of Tobler-9 houses everything that scientists could wish for. Unfortunately, it is also a part of Weyland-Yutani and is almost immediately overrun by xenomorphs when the colonists attempt to escape. 

A few years later, a small colony of people live out their lives on an out of the way planet. When United Systems forces attempt to capture them, they show the soldiers and their commander that they are not as helpless as they might have thought. After confronting the man sent to take them, he tells him that the United Systems needs their help and their unique set of skills. Help that will take them to Tobler-9. 

The Story: Phillip Kennedy Johnson crafts a unique and interesting story in this first issue. The beginning of the story has some great alien-induced tension throughout and I really enjoyed the tonal shift that introduces the new characters. What makes this issue more interesting are the protagonists that are introduced. It will be interesting to see how Kennedy Johnson gets the reader to care about these characters after revealing what they are. 

The Art: Ohta delivers some wonderfully detailed art that beautifully captures the tension and fear of the world of Alien. The action scenes are equally as thrilling. 

Alien #1



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