Alien #5

Marvel Comics

Written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson

Art by Salvador Larroca

Colors by GURU-eFX

Letters by Clayton Cowles

The Rundown: Cruz must escape the Alpha and makes a decision about where his loyalties lie.

On the run from the Alpha specimen, Cruz recalls his relationship with his sons as he fights to save his son Danny. He also recalls what it must be like for him to be connected to the xenomorph and have one grow inside him. A feeling he doesn’t want to think about his son going through as the Alpha gets closer.

At the same time, Bishop and Iris make their way to a possible escape vessel that can both get them off the station as well as freeze Danny for the trip home. Unfortunately, Cruz will discover that there is another motive at play as he makes a commitment to protecting his son.

The Story: Johnson does a great job of keeping the tension going throughout the issue as the stakes and danger continue to grow. The story doesn’t stop as it moves from danger to danger and I love how even when there is a moment for a character to catch his breath, the danger of the situation continues to be present. I was really impressed with where the story goes towards the end and the surprise reveal was beautifully executed and entertaining.

The Art: Larocca delivers some thrilling art throughout this issue. The action taps into the intense fear that these characters illicit and there are some great visual surprises throughout.

Alien #5

8.7

8.7/10

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