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Dark Horse’s New Comic Series Covers Revealed

As some of you already know, Dark Horse plans to reboot the Alien, Predator and Alien Vs. Predator comic series and create a single universe that all four comic franchises, including the yet to be initiated Prometheus comic series, will share.

Below you can find the recently revealed covers for the first issues of all the new series:

If you want to learn more about the Dark Horse’s relaunch, make sure to check io9’s interview with Dark Horse editor-in-chief Scott Allie.



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  1. Xenomrph
    And as for AVP, tubes teeth and a phallic shaped head does not a Xenomorph or Alien make.
    I definitely disagree with this. I love seeing reinterpretations of the Alien creature, and there have been lots in the video games, comics, and certainly the movies themselves.

    And they've all been f**king awful aside from Aliens Alien3 and most of the concept art being better than the final designs.
    Yeah we'll definitely have to agree to disagree on that one. I can name several designs in the comics that I thought were great.
  2. Erik Lehnsherr
    And as for AVP, tubes teeth and a phallic shaped head does not a Xenomorph or Alien make.
    I definitely disagree with this. I love seeing reinterpretations of the Alien creature, and there have been lots in the video games, comics, and certainly the movies themselves.

    And they've all been f**king awful aside from Aliens Alien3 and most of the concept art being better than the final designs.
  3. Ultramorph
    No recent news about these comics? Come on Dark Horse...you gotta build that hype, not let ppl's excitement cool off

    I think the people at Dark Horse were really excited when stuff for the issue #1s, like the covers, started rolling in, but they've realized now that they can't share much more without massively spoiling anything. I think we can expect more maybe in March, since the solicits for June will probably be out by then. It might also be smart not to keep people too hyped up, as that usually leads to disappointment. This is Prometheus, after all.
  4. StrangeShape
    Man, Im a excited about this. I was and am a HUGE fan of the DH EU for Alien, earliest stories in general, and I think they'll do a good job on that too. Plus Prometheus was more of a teaser, not giving much information or much of anything, Id love to see DHs ideas and expansion of that universe. The black goo also opens a lot of possibilities
  5. Ultramorph
    Thanks for the feedback on my predictions!

    One thing about the reboot I'm curious about is how the individual series will read month-to-month. Xenogenesis was released one miniseries at a time (Aliens for four months, then Predator, then AvP), and the '09/'10 relaunch was basically released that way, too. But this time around the four series are being released in a nested way, two a month (Prometheus #1 + Aliens #1 in June, then AvP #1 + Predator #1 in July, etc.). I wonder how that will effect reading each story, especially since Scott Allie has said that some series are basically sequels to others. For example, will we see things in AvP #1 that won't fully make sense until Prometheus #4? It'll be interesting to see how they handle it.

    Mike Richardson and Randy Stradley did another interview with Comic Book Resources today. They talked a bit about the new A/v/P comics, but nothing really substantial.

    http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=50557

    A few quotes:

    "So we decided to find a way to fill in the cracks around what Ridley [Scott] is doing with his movies. He himself said that this all took place in the same universe, and we took that as our launch point to again make comics that we thought would make for great movies. We want to answer a few of the questions that were raised in "Prometheus" and pose some additional questions while having a related set of books all set in that same fictional universe."

    "We spent a lot of time just sorting out how we could do this and what the rules would be. How can we answer questions posed in the film itself while also not going too far astray from Ridley's ideas? So just tackling "Prometheus" in that way was a task, and then we had to find how to tell stories in the other franchises where we could also have a set of related characters through all the comics."

    "We've been coming up with some related-but-varied themes for each part of the story. So the story in the "Prometheus" chapter is a different story from the one in the "Aliens" chapter which is different than the one in the "Predators" chapter. They're all obviously one larger story, but within the pieces, we're making sure to pin down satisfying stories within each franchise chapter."

    "The launches will be staggered, but we'll talk more about that when we get towards the launch dates." That's the only thing that caught my eye, since I was just asking about that earlier today.

    Overall, nothing new.
  6. happypred
    I believe it's been confirmed that all four miniseries will be four issues each...but I do agree. I think they should get ambitious with the AvP miniseries. It's supposed to further explore plot elements of the other three miniseries. I'm guessing the AvP comic will feature predators, engineers, humans, xenos, deacons, black goo monstrosities (those seen in Promotheus and possibly new creatures). 10 to 12 issues sounds like a good idea to avoid a rushed story. 
  7. SSj_Rambo
    I think it would be great if the AVP series is much longer than the others (10 issues like Colonial Marines), and is a proper culmination of all of the reboots, and doesn't feel rushed like the traditional 4-issue mini series that try to establish and conclude several separate entities all at once.
  8. happypred
    AvP-I expect this series to be balls-to-the-walls monster action, as the old Predator fights not only the Engineer, but the combined horrors of the Deacons, xenos, and other monstrosities that have spring up on the planet since the goo got loose. This series will answer the "Why did they never go back to LV-223 in later years?" question by having the whole Engineer installation get destroyed by a wrist nuke.

    Good speculation

    I wouldn't mind if the AvP comic were to unfold like that. I'm down for predator on xeno on engineer on deacon on other "black goo" creatures. My only concern is that if they were really to take that route, the story might lose focus. To many different monsters going at it. It would really be fascinating to see xenos and deacons ripping into each other...or xenos taking on cobras and giant facehuggers. I'd be interested in seeing engineer weaponry too.
  9. Erik Lehnsherr
    My early best guess of how all four series will play out:

    Prometheus-Follows the rescue crew sent to look for Weyland and the Prometheus (confirmed in interviews). They find the pyramid and various creatures within evolving due to the exposed black goo. Monster madness ensues, with the adult Deacon taking the spotlight. The characters speculate on what the goo is and what it was meant to do, answering fan questions as Dark Horse has said they will. Most of the team dies, taken as hosts by the Deacon for a growing hive. One or more survivors get away.

    Aliens-As word begins to get out about LV-223 and the mysterious, yet potentially profitable, alien technology there, a team of scientists or smugglers set out to get a vase of the goo (as the cover of Aliens #1 would indicate). They find LV-223 even more evolved, and this series will address the relationship between the Deacons and xenos. I suspect Galgo (Joshua Williamson's character) will be introduced here.

    Predators-I suspect this will be the least inter-related. As Williamson has already said, we'll see an older Predator embarking on his final hunt. It'll turn out that the query is an Engineer, of whom I suspect we won't see to much in the series. Galgo will be the main character, as Williamson has said. The series will end with the Predator tracking the Engineer to -gasp- LV-223.

    AvP-I expect this series to be balls-to-the-walls monster action, as the old Predator fights not only the Engineer, but the combined horrors of the Deacons, xenos, and other monstrosities that have spring up on the planet since the goo got loose. This series will answer the "Why did they never go back to LV-223 in later years?" question by having the whole Engineer installation get destroyed by a wrist nuke.

    At least, that's how I see things playing out. ;D

    Fantastic Analysis.
  10. Ultramorph
    My early best guess of how all four series will play out:

    Prometheus-Follows the rescue crew sent to look for Weyland and the Prometheus (confirmed in interviews). They find the pyramid and various creatures within evolving due to the exposed black goo. Monster madness ensues, with the adult Deacon taking the spotlight. The characters speculate on what the goo is and what it was meant to do, answering fan questions as Dark Horse has said they will. Most of the team dies, taken as hosts by the Deacon for a growing hive. One or more survivors get away.

    Aliens-As word begins to get out about LV-223 and the mysterious, yet potentially profitable, alien technology there, a team of scientists or smugglers set out to get a vase of the goo (as the cover of Aliens #1 would indicate). They find LV-223 even more evolved, and this series will address the relationship between the Deacons and xenos. I suspect Galgo (Joshua Williamson's character) will be introduced here.

    Predators-I suspect this will be the least inter-related. As Williamson has already said, we'll see an older Predator embarking on his final hunt. It'll turn out that the query is an Engineer, of whom I suspect we won't see to much in the series. Galgo will be the main character, as Williamson has said. The series will end with the Predator tracking the Engineer to -gasp- LV-223.

    AvP-I expect this series to be balls-to-the-walls monster action, as the old Predator fights not only the Engineer, but the combined horrors of the Deacons, xenos, and other monstrosities that have spring up on the planet since the goo got loose. This series will answer the "Why did they never go back to LV-223 in later years?" question by having the whole Engineer installation get destroyed by a wrist nuke.

    At least, that's how I see things playing out. ;D
  11. Ultramorph
    Yeah, a couple of us have noticed the similarities between the mutant and the big head statue. He could be mutating into an Engineer ( which would be strange) or even an Engineer mutating into something else. I'm interested to see where they go with it. Maybe we'll even see a Predator get black gooed!  :laugh:

    As for the second point, I think the black goo getting loose probably caused everything in the pyramid to go haywire, creating a whole new organic environment (hence the big head being covered in what look like tree roots). It makes send that something like that would happen, when the black goo is left on its own uncontained. My guess is that the Aliens series will also be set on LV-223 and further explore what havoc the black goo has wrought (IE a big xeno/Deacon hive, terraformed environment). Maybe we'll even get some cool Giger-esque hell-world stuff.
  12. Erik Lehnsherr
    Just asking, why is the ALIENS alien "arguably" closer in spirit to Giger's original than the deacon?  Besides changes made to the hands and feet, a few removed ribs and dome, it is practically is the original suit.

    And your point about Ridley wanting the Deacon to seem less like the Alien by making it opaque instead of translucent confuses me.

    No, Alien3's compared to Aliens' design. Is closer in spirit.
    The sexuality, the lips, the smooth dome etc

    He thought it would feel too unrealistic, when it's directly birthed by humanoid creatures.
  13. MrSpaceJockey
    Just asking, why is the ALIENS alien "arguably" closer in spirit to Giger's original than the deacon?  Besides changes made to the hands and feet, a few removed ribs and dome, it is practically is the original suit.

    And your point about Ridley wanting the Deacon to seem less like the Alien by making it opaque instead of translucent confuses me.
  14. Erik Lehnsherr
    The1PerfectOrganism@ AvP design wasn't thesame as A:R one. They were similar but changes were made (mainly legs). I really like those Aliens. Deacon? Not so much.

    It takes some balls to say you like a shitty design, like a bad variant of Freddy Kruger or Jason. But kudos.

    You tend to state your opinion as fact and create pseudo objective narration to strictly subjective matter. Still it doesn't change the fact I like nearly ever one Alien design, and think they fit films they were used in. You can really do nothing about it. I would have understood you being purist and discrediting other designs then Giger's original, but putting Deacon as argument is where you really fail.

    Well, first off the Deacon isn't exactly meant to be a Xenomorph just something resembling one.

    It's more eerily human than any-one of the designs from AVP/AVP2, the only thing closer in spirit to Giger's original is the design from Alien3 and arguably Aliens.

    I'm not saying the Deacon couldn't have been better, in fact making the design as it is translucent would've made it a lot better.
    But that's really down to Scott wanting it to look less Alien and more parasite.

    It still retains it's own sense of eerie beauty, close to the original Alien. Although the design is completely removed of bio-mechanics it has none of the problems that the AVP design has such as the fleshy shoulders, arms and the worst offender of all, the neck which has barely a semblance of symmetricality, never mind biomechanics. 

    The Deacon also doesn't have: The unrealistic tail or dopey monster hands, although the Deacon's hands are admittedly quite large that is likely due to it being a cross-breed of human and Engineer.

    In terms of the Xenomorph I am a Giger purist when it comes to impregnating humans.
    But the Deacon can't qualify exactly as the traditional Xenomorph, nor can anything spawned by the Engineer's Vases.

    And your correct about AVP design serving the film it was in, it does, a bad design serves a bad film.

    http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f291/sabres21768/AlienReference/ALIEN/27720001e2.jpg

    Above is a Xenomorph.

    http://static2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130827011033/avp/images/1/18/Deacon_prometheusmovie_still.jpg

    This is in no-way a Xenomorph, maybe a cousin species that resembles it somewhat, perhaps even grows to be it but not as it stands.

    And as for AVP, tubes teeth and a phallic shaped head does not a Xenomorph or Alien make.
  15. Master
    The1PerfectOrganism@ AvP design wasn't thesame as A:R one. They were similar but changes were made (mainly legs). I really like those Aliens. Deacon? Not so much.

    It takes some balls to say you like a shitty design, like a bad variant of Freddy Kruger or Jason. But kudos.

    You tend to state your opinion as fact and create pseudo objective narration to strictly subjective matter. Still it doesn't change the fact I like nearly ever one Alien design, and think they fit films they were used in. You can really do nothing about it. I would have understood you being purist and discrediting other designs then Giger's original, but putting Deacon as argument is where you really fail.
  16. RakaiThwei
    The1PerfectOrganism@ AvP design wasn't thesame as A:R one. They were similar but changes were made (mainly legs). I really like those Aliens. Deacon? Not so much.

    You and me both.. I thought the AvP Aliens were fine, much better than the Requiem Aliens anyway!

    As for the Deacon... Someone had likened them to the alien creature from Alien vs Ninja, and surprisingly... that description sort of fits for the Deacon.
  17. MrSpaceJockey
    I don't see how this:
    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-G9ksVG3AJ9M/UHHczoKtkDI/AAAAAAAAEKI/wK7-y62QXTM/s1600/Deacon.jpg

    is any better than this:
    http://shyning27.tripod.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/balazs-avp.jpg

    Both equally ugh.  Maybe you think the AvP design is worse because the film could've used Giger's superior design, well ok then, but I think plenty of superior designs for the Deacon were passed on as well.



    On a different note I hope they keep the Deacon tailless, unlike what we've seen in some concept art released for the comics.  I'd prefer a more human-like silhouette, which would better differentiate it from the Aliens anyway.
  18. Ultramorph
    Does anyone know a good way to secure a copy of the Predator #1 Variant? Is it likely to be something that is included when a comic shop orders 10 copies of the issue? Or are there other tricks these days to order them specifically?

    And I have a feeling it won't just be the Predator series that gets an issue #1 variant.

    The best way I know would be to check Things From Another World when the series comes out. They always seem to have the variants, including the retailer incentive ones. Shipping costs can be a pain, though.

    http://www.tfaw.com/
  19. SSj_Rambo
    Does anyone know a good way to secure a copy of the Predator #1 Variant? Is it likely to be something that is included when a comic shop orders 10 copies of the issue? Or are there other tricks these days to order them specifically?

    And I have a feeling it won't just be the Predator series that gets an issue #1 variant.
  20. Xenomrph
    Yes, absolutely. The Deacon is goofy and doesn't hold a candle to any of the Alien designs in any of the movies, up to and including the AvP movies.

    The concept designs for the Deacon? Those were pretty cool, especially the albino one that had no mouth. Literally any of the concept designs in the Prometheus art book would have been better than what we actually ended up with.
  21. Erik Lehnsherr
    Just saying, one Alien in the first AvP movie was able to take out 2 predators...Anderson handled Aliens just fine.

    More specifically AVPR then, I also hate the fact Anderson had to use AR designs, but as I understand that was due to budget constraints more than personal choice.

    What Alien ahev to do with Prometheus? You`re talking about design or general movie theme? Cause if it`s about Deacon`s desing, I`m taking AvP Aliens any day. Movie theme is there, but plot is a mess. I think I prefere AvP here too.

    You'll take Alien Resurrection designs over the Deacon?

    Both plots have their problems but one is rehashed idea in a different medium and the other isn't.

    As an artist I can tell you the Deacon design immediately has more depth to it than the disgustingly simplified Xenomorph seen in A:R and in AVP.

    It's better to do something new than to try and use an old monster and make it inferior.

    Re-reading my post I realise it sounds a little insulting and I don't like fights so let me just say this.

    From an artistic and intellectual standpoint Prometheus is superior.

    From an entertainment standpoint perhaps not, but I have two ways of appreciating a film.

    One category is where films like Predator fall in, The Fifth Element and Batman Returns.

    The other, is Donnie Darko, Prometheus, Lawrence of Arabia etc

    I simply prefer the second category.
  22. Erik Lehnsherr
    Because one panel is able to depict an entire fight.

    Well no, it's just that if they make out the Engineers to be these end all be all type of character that can manhandle an Alien and Predator at once.. Would you really think that's going to be fair treatment of the characters? No. Now if they treat the characters fairly and actually show them taking licks and still keep on ticking despite and make the three way battle close, great!

    Well, they are supposed to be Godlike at the very least. I just hope the Aliens aren't in the same position they were in the AVP movies being treated like George Lucas' Butter.. Ahem I mean battledroids.
  23. Master
    What Alien ahev to do with Prometheus? You`re talking about design or general movie theme? Cause if it`s about Deacon`s desing, I`m taking AvP Aliens any day. Movie theme is there, but plot is a mess. I think I prefere AvP here too.
  24. Erik Lehnsherr
    Prometheus/Predators deserved way more flak than the AVP movies. 

    In fact, AVP is a minor classic right now.  It created a whole sub-genre of fangirls lusting after predators.  That is what I call achievement.  :laugh:

     Your opinion is only that, subjective.

    Prometheus at least took Alien back to it's roots, where-as AVP took the bad Resurrection designs and turned the Predators into wrestlers that are human-buddies.

    Prometheus at least took it in a new direction.

    I can't honestly comment on Predators, I thought it was okay but it isn't as fun as the first two. And I'm not that big of a fan of Predator in general anyway.
  25. AliceApocalypse
    Imagine if they choose to continue the story of Caryn Delacroix :D

    Noooooo! 

    Now give mommy a big kiss...
    http://i1137.photobucket.com/albums/n504/aliceapbcalypse/avp1.jpg



    Miss me yet?

    http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100529033617/avp/images/5/54/Aliens_vs_Predator_-_Deadliest_of_the_Species_-_hybrid_king.jpg

    Aaaah!  Dude put that in a spoiler! 

    Nice find on Tumblr BTW.  This sounds promising:

    Quote
    How "hard" is the reboot? Has all previous continuity been erased?

    Scott Allie: It is hard. When more is revealed about the nature of this project, you'll see that this isn't really a reboot. It's a complex story with a lot of moving parts. It looks back at Prometheus, for sure, and it looks at the other movies that got these stories started, but it's not heavy with continuity. One challenge with these movies, with doing spinoffs, is that they don't leave you a lot of living characters running around for sequels, or for comics. So we've lined up a team that we think can introduce a lot of new characters into the world that'll make great comic book characters. Not superheroes, of course, but the kind of iconic characters that people follow in modern comics outside of the superhero genre. We think Ridley Scott and James Cameron and everyone else really set us up to be able to do that well.

    Part of Machiko's attractiveness for some readers was her lack of "superhero powers," she is just a really tough everyday girl.  Looks like they are giving us more of that type of character :)
  26. Ultramorph
    Quote
    According to an interview with Ridley Scott on Screenrant, the ship which left LV-223 and crash landed on LV-426 crash landed some 200 years before the incident occurred on LV-223 before the biological breakout which wiped out nearly all of the engineers. Not to mention the mural depicts fully developed Xenomorphs, complete with the showing of Giger-esque facehuggers.

    That's the direction I prefer. Thinking back at some on some of the interviews, they did say that one of the questions they'll be answering is the "different eggs" in Prometheus, which I take to mean the goo vases. Since they've also been heavily shown on the covers of Prometheus and Aliens #1, looks like this will become a plot point. So I definitely think we'll be getting some kind of answers vis a vis xenos and Deacons. Most likely some rescue crew goes onto one of the other Juggernauts and finds traditional xeno eggs, leading to them putting two and two together about how the two species relate (similar yet different weapons). Maybe they even have a symbiotic relationship.
  27. RakaiThwei
    Christ I hope not.

    Any reason particularly why?

    If it's well-drawn I'd be down. I see the Xenos and Deacons as similar but ultimately divergent species created by the Engineers as weapons. Then again, the comics could go in the "Deacons evolve into Xenos" direction.

    I don't think that might be the case, as Ridley Scott apparently said that the Deacon isn't supposed to be a Xenomorph but it's own separate species or race even. Emphasis on apparently. So what do we know? According to an interview with Ridley Scott on Screenrant, the ship which left LV-223 and crash landed on LV-426 crash landed some 200 years before the incident occurred on LV-223 before the biological breakout which wiped out nearly all of the engineers. Not to mention the mural depicts fully developed Xenomorphs, complete with the showing of Giger-esque facehuggers.

    I would think that the Deacon is not necessarily the first of it's kind, and the Xenomorphs have been around a lot longer than we think.
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