Alien #1

Marvel Comics

Written by Declan Shalvey

Art by Andrea Broccardo

Colors by Triona Farrell

Letters by Clayton Cowles

The Rundown: A group looking for new sources of water will find something terrifying on a frozen planet.

Talbot Engineering has secured water reclamation rights for the ice moon LV-695 and have sent a team to study samples. Dayton and his step daughter Zasha have broken through the ice and send Zasha down to get samples while her pregnant mother Bayta contacts the company hoping for a way off the moon before she delivers. When Zasha finds something in the ice, she brings it back to the station and Bayta thinks this might be their ticket out.

Unfortunately, the organism they find attracts the attention of Weyland-Yutani who swoop in violently looking for the sample. As they argue with Bayta and Dayton over their find, Zasha slips away with the sample, not knowing the deadly cargo she’s now carrying and the creatures preparing to break through the ice.

The Story: Shalvey creates a wonderful, tension filled first issue with this story. It hits all the marks of introducing the characters, their unique circumstances and dynamics as well as the isolation and environmental danger that makes an alien story appealing. I really like the rise in tension throughout the story and everything comes together in a great cliffhanger ending that has me excited to see what comes next.

The Art: Broccardo delivers some visually thrilling and stylish imagery throughout the issue. The panels brilliantly ramp up the tension and terror.

Alien #1



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