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Dark Horse To Bring Prometheus To The Comics?

It’s not much to go on but Bleeding Cool is reporting that Dark Horse will be introducing Prometheus characters to their Alien comics:

“While I have no finalised details in terms of the creative team, but I understand that much in the same way Dark Horse expanded the lore of Aliens with their line of comics from the eighties to the current decade…!”

It’s not much to go on, expanding a little further from a previous article:Dark Horse Comics looks like they’ll be launching a brand new line of Aliens titles.. But intriguingly they will be adding the characters from Ridley Scott’s Prometheus into the fold.”

Dark Horse haven’t released an Aliens series since 2009 and I’ve been keen to see where they’d take Prometheus if they did expand. Thanks to VikingSpawn for the news.



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  1. Xenomrph
    To be fair that was at a time where "expanded universe" stuff wasn't exactly taken seriously by license-holders. Even 'Star Wars' EU stuff didn't really ramp up into the sorta-mainstream until Timothy Zahn's trilogy in 1991, despite West End Games doing sourcebooks and shit for years prior.
  2. SM
    No different to them liasing with Fox on the Aliens comics I'd imagine.  Fox let them do comics featuring Hicks, Newt and Ripley, when they were developing scripts that paid no attention to the comic storylines.
  3. SM
    Probably lots of things to take into consideration - like if they even wanted the license to do comics, depending on the reaction to the film.  And if they had a story they thought they could tell based on the film.  Film's only been out for about a year.
  4. SM
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    The fact its taken this long to even get into the pre-production stage of a Prometheus comic is worrying. Surely this should have begun during the production of the film.

    The first Aliens comics came out 2 years after the film.

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    Also it could be contradicted with future film sequel releases.

    Obviously they'd try to avoid this, but every other Aliens comic got contradicted by sequels, so who knows...
  5. SIMULANT
    The fact its taken this long to even get into the pre-production stage of a Prometheus comic is worrying. Surely this should have begun during the production of the film. Also it could be contradicted with future film sequel releases.
  6. Kronnang_Dunn
    While I loved Prometheus and love the art pieces shown... I don't think a comic about Prometheus would be a good idea. A comic adaptation of the film would be good, because it would be a comic retelling of stuff already created.... but expanded universe comics are risky.... they could cheapen and make mundane things that were profound and gave a great aura of mystery to the original film.
  7. Xenomrph
    Shit, I'd go so far as to say that he personally didn't care about anything outside of 'Alien' (and perhaps not even that, given how Prometheus retcons it - and Ridley Scott would be the first to admit that, too).
    Any references we got to 'Aliens' were likely things put there by the writer and whatnot that slipped under his radar or otherwise didn't bother him, not conscious decisions on Scott's part.
  8. SM
    They've always preferred consistency.  Particularly the comic publisher, because it legitimises their product.

    However, there's no way Riddles will be beholden to a comic book if there's some inconsistency that pops up. He wasn't even beholden to the AvP films.
  9. Kimarhi
    I just don't have the same vibe from Prometheus as I do the original Alien movies.



    I will venture to say though that they will probably go more horror route with their runs than Scott since he seems to want to go all gods and engineers on us.
  10. Origin
    I hope this means we'll see all-new running Aliens/Predator/Prometheus books coming from Dark Horse. The 4-6 issue single-series runs they did a few years ago back were mostly great (Prey to the Heavens was the weakest IMHO), but amounted to basically table scraps trying to feed my immense hunger for more books after YEARS of waiting. Would love to see them go back to the 90's heydays with new issues out every month.

    So tired of Buffy & BPRD rehashes...
  11. Cvalda
    Sigh. Comics continue to embarrass themselves by going out of their way to remain "comic books." This one will suck hard just like all the rest, until we get some creators who actually have an idea of how to tell a story, or 'artists' that pour their souls into a visual production instead of simply penciling another boring, predictable comic book full of conventions and cliches because they've become 'industry standards' in an industry that's been on life support for over a decade and now exists to simply crank out the next book as fast as possible for as cheap as possible. Yeah, lots of passion there.

    Comics make me angry, because they're a cheap version of something that could be incredible and very effective for telling real stories. They're just laughed at, and have become almost a self-mockery as they continue to pander to those who quite appropriately laugh at their juvenile crap. The lost potential is absolutely mind-blowing.

    /rant.
    Look on the bright side: shitty Prometheus comics are better than more shitty Prometheus sequels ;D
  12. Xenomrph
    Sigh. Comics continue to embarrass themselves by going out of their way to remain "comic books." This one will suck hard just like all the rest, until we get some creators who actually have an idea of how to tell a story, or 'artists' that pour their souls into a visual production instead of simply penciling another boring, predictable comic book full of conventions and cliches because they've become 'industry standards' in an industry that's been on life support for over a decade and now exists to simply crank out the next book as fast as possible for as cheap as possible. Yeah, lots of passion there.

    Comics make me angry, because they're a cheap version of something that could be incredible and very effective for telling real stories. They're just laughed at, and have become almost a self-mockery as they continue to pander to those who quite appropriately laugh at their juvenile crap. The lost potential is absolutely mind-blowing.

    /rant.
    I can't tell if you're specifically talking about Aliens comics (in which case you're pretty wrong about them being universally terrible or something) or comic books in general (in which case you're REALLY wrong).
  13. Hudson
    To be fair, there are a lot of bad Alien/Predator comics, but there are a lot of really freaking good ones also through the 90s. I guess I'm just calling the glass half full.

    To be fair again, though, none of the newer ones really had my interest.
  14. RagingDragon
    Sigh. Comics continue to embarrass themselves by going out of their way to remain "comic books." This one will suck hard just like all the rest, until we get some creators who actually have an idea of how to tell a story, or 'artists' that pour their souls into a visual production instead of simply penciling another boring, predictable comic book full of conventions and cliches because they've become 'industry standards' in an industry that's been on life support for over a decade and now exists to simply crank out the next book as fast as possible for as cheap as possible. Yeah, lots of passion there.

    Comics make me angry, because they're a cheap version of something that could be incredible and very effective for telling real stories. They're just laughed at, and have become almost a self-mockery as they continue to pander to those who quite appropriately laugh at their juvenile crap. The lost potential is absolutely mind-blowing.

    /rant.
  15. Hudson
    The picture of what I'm guessing is an Engineer city is really really predictable looking. The thing about the original ship is that it's so strange and almost disturbing. Could've been a little creative with these spires or whatever's going on.
  16. CainsSon
    There's stuff way worse than the original films.

    Ive enjoyed some of the novels...maybe the comics, back in the day and that was off to a great start and then became terrible with a diamond in the VERY rough, here and there. The latest comics have been mostly terrible with the exception of the Fast Track To Heaven book but that went no where... Otherwise yeah, most expanded universe stuff has been awful.
  17. alienfan95610


    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/ridley-scotts-prometheus-continue-comic-579864


     ;D

    So it sounds to me like they are just introducing the Engineers, the Black Goo, creatures and probably the Deacon into their latest Aliens comics. Im sure its not a sequel in the truest sense of the word. Just an attempt to utilize that film to expand the comics.

    It would be cool if they made some sort of official sequel, in the expanded universe, but then again A:CM....REMEMBER!!!?

    As far as I'm concerned the Alien films exist and everything else is just fan-fiction. However, over-glorified.

    Really?....if that's the case..then stop reading the comics, novels and playing the video games....cause nothing will ever be as good or bad as the original films...perhaps it's best if nothing NEW is ever done....
  18. CainsSon


    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/ridley-scotts-prometheus-continue-comic-579864


     ;D

    So it sounds to me like they are just introducing the Engineers, the Black Goo, creatures and probably the Deacon into their latest Aliens comics. Im sure its not a sequel in the truest sense of the word. Just an attempt to utilize that film to expand the comics.

    It would be cool if they made some sort of official sequel, in the expanded universe, but then again A:CM....REMEMBER!!!?

    As far as I'm concerned the Alien films exist and everything else is just fan-fiction. However, over-glorified.
  19. Xenomrph
    Yeah, if the writers/artists end up going to Marvel anyway, then it's a win-win (for Disney, at least) for them to make future Star Wars comics "in-house" at Marvel. They'd be using the same talent so (in theory) the quality should stay the same, and they wouldn't have to worry about licensing out the franchise to a competitor.

    Although depending on how much Dark Horse pays for the Star Wars license, it might make more financial sense for them to let DH keep paying them to license it, I dunno.
  20. vikingspawn
    With their Star Wars comics going away at the end of this year (I think), I wouldn't be surprised if they ramped up with Alien/Predator/AvP stuff to be one of their more "regular" titles.

    What's happening with Star Wars? ???
    As Nightmare Asylum said, the licensing rights are due to expire at the end of the year, and Disney isn't in a huge rush to renew them with Dark Horse since Disney owns their own huge comic book studio (Marvel). Dark Horse has been gradually wrapping up all of the dangling Star Wars comic book plot threads they care about in anticipation of not having the license anymore.

    One of the editors recently mentioned at a panel that they have the Star Wars license at least  into the end of 2014.  Nothing has been announced on what happens after that yet.  I think with the 20 year history of Dark Horse publishing the books so well, they have an edge at renewing the license.  There's about a year and and half of comics left.  But with Marvel being Marvel, I dread it if they get the line at 2015.  Hopefully not and the books stay put at Dark Horse. 
  21. Xenomrph
    With their Star Wars comics going away at the end of this year (I think), I wouldn't be surprised if they ramped up with Alien/Predator/AvP stuff to be one of their more "regular" titles.

    What's happening with Star Wars? ???
    As Nightmare Asylum said, the licensing rights are due to expire at the end of the year, and Disney isn't in a huge rush to renew them with Dark Horse since Disney owns their own huge comic book studio (Marvel). Dark Horse has been gradually wrapping up all of the dangling Star Wars comic book plot threads they care about in anticipation of not having the license anymore.
  22. Nightmare Asylum
    Nothing has been confirmed, but it would make sense if, once Dark Horse's license expires, Disney moves the Star Wars property over to Marvel.

    In other news, though, Halo just made the transition from Marvel to Dark Horse. So maybe Halo will become one of Dark Horse's main titles. They could start doing more with Serenity as well.
  23. Xenomrph
    With their Star Wars comics going away at the end of this year (I think), I wouldn't be surprised if they ramped up with Alien/Predator/AvP stuff to be one of their more "regular" titles.
  24. SM
    That's churching it up a bit.  The shortest time between novels coming out was Nightmare Asylum (Apr 93) and Female War (Jul 93).  It was generally a lot longer between books.  The comics were much more regular (or at least regularly late...)
  25. Xenomrph
    Inhuman Condition, and it's semi-recent. It was first released in Dark Horse Presents like last year, but the collected graphic novel edition came out last month or something.
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