Alien #1

Marvel Comics

Written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson

Art by Salvador Larroca

Colors by GURU-eFX

Letters by Clayton Cowles

The Rundown: The alien threat finds itself closer to Earth.

Gabriel Cruz is retiring from Weyland-Yutani in order to spend some time with his family. Unfortunately, that is not the only reason as his therapy sessions reveal his time being captured by the Aliens and his first look at their leader. As he tries to process his experience and everyone he lost, he is celebrated by the company before returning to Earth.

After a tense reunion with his son, Cruz continues to relive his trauma as he keeps a devastating secret from his son Danny. To make things worse, Gabriel is not he only one keeping secrets as Danny steal something from his father that will allow him and a group of his friends access to the orbiting space station. As they look for information to expose the company, they discover the deadly secret at the heart of Epsilon Station.

The Story: Phillip Kennedy Johnson does a great job of establishing the characters, the conflict and the world of this series in this issue. There’s a lot of great personal and interpersonal drama throughout especially between Gabe and his son. The story builds on the threat of the xenomorphs throughout the plot and the final reveal is action packed and thrilling.

The Art: Larroca delivers on the action and thrills of the story with some stunning art. Not only do the Aliens look awesome, but there are beautiful, detailed panels throughout the issue. I was impressed with the look, feel and tone of the art in each page.

Alien #1

8.6

8.6/10

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