Okay, got a short piece of news here for you guys. The Odeon Cinema release sheet has Aliens vs Predator as being released on the 18th of January. Once again, this is a friday release date but has just been pushed back two weeks. From what I could see, it left AvP2 pretty much against no competition whatsoever.
The release sheet also had the film as being “saturated” which means that every Odeon should be getting a copy of the film. A tiny bit of news, I know, but interesting none-the-less.
Seems that Civilized Beasts isn’t the only Alien vs Predator comic making its way to us in the upcoming months. I’m not sure where this has come from, but news of a new comic called Sand Trap has made it’s way to a site called Vision Thread:
“A weary band of brothers serving time in a dust-ridden desert war, sometime around now… Its not a popular war, but lots of people want a piece of it, and they’re willing to kill however many civvies it takes to send a message. But this squad’s just pulling duty for Uncle Sam and a scholarship. They just wants to make it home in time for cornflakes, that’s all. And when they stumble over a monstrous fight they have no business interfering with, the cornflakes aren’t that important anymore…”
The comic is set to be released to coincide with AvP2′s release and will be 22 pages, illustrated by Davide Fabbri. From the looks of the preview, it looks to be set in modern times somewhere in a desert country, most likely Iraq. Thanks to Harry72 for the heads up.
Today I bring you a double dose of Perry-goodness and by that I mean Steve and Stephani Perry, the novel authors. Stephen Youll has just update his website with the covers of Steves upcoming novel Predator Turnabout and the previously unnannounced Aliens novel by Stephani, Criminal Enterprise:
You can view the whole picture here aswell as the cover for Criminal Enterprise. Personally, I’m rather fond of the Turnabout cover. I should expect we’ll be getting a profile page for Turnabout soon so keep tuned in.
I know I only just posted up news of Sideshows Aliens vs Predator props yesterday, but I come bearing gifts of more pictures. Sideshow recently had a panel at ComicCon and they were showing off their new AvP2 props:
Figures.com has a gallery online with 15 pictures of the AvP2 props. Most interesting of which, I think, is the mask. As noticed on our forum, the Shoulder Cannon was showing off a new Predator style of writing, and now, with our first unblocked view of the helmet, we can see it is covered in this new Predator writing style. You can view the rest of the pictures here.
Sideshow, the company responsible for many Aliens and Predator busts and props has just put online three items from the up and coming Aliens vs Predator:
Specifically, there are three props: A Shoulder Cannon, a Shuriken and a mask. Both the Shuriken and the Cannon have fancy brown patterns and reliefs inlaid into them. On the mask you can clearly see many scratchs and marks which supports that the Predator in the film will be an experienced hunter. Also of notice is that on all three pictures, they’re using the logo we recently reported. Thanks to Rob Boerakker for the news.
We’ve just uploaded a review I did for the Aliens Omnibus Volume 1. Like the AvP Omnibus I reviewed a month or so ago, the Aliens one is a collection of the first few Aliens comics released by Dark Horse:
“But as it stands, this comic is still an essential for any Aliens fan – and even Predator fans if you have that spare £10 to fork out on several hours of Alieny goodness. One tiny little downside, however, is it’s size. It’s a lot smaller than the AvP Omnibus. But don’t let that fool you. If you have a choice between this and the AvP one, I’d recommend this over it.”
I enjoyed the Aliens Omnibus far more than the AvP one and if it wasn’t for one comic in the Omnibus, I would have awarded it a 5 out of 5. But be sure to read the entire thing.
As you will all find out soon when my review of the first Aliens Omnibus goes online soon, I loved it. Loved it to bits. So imagine my excitment when I saw the lineup for the second volume!
“Many humans have died horribly at the claws of the Alien. The surface of Earth has been devastated to cleanse the beasts from our world. But the commercial value of this scourge has never been in doubt, especially when the special properties of the Alien Queen’s royal jelly are discovered. Will Mankind once again risk its very survival as a species in order to sleep with the Alien?”
The second volume collects Genocide, Harvest, Colonial Marines and quite possibly Tribes – the cover is the Tribes one. So if the lineup is anything to go by, volume 2 should be quite a ride! But thats not all! Looks like original Alien vs Predator comics are back on the go too. Stuck in comic limbo for years, AvP – Civilized Beasts finally has a new release date (Sep 05, 2007) and an updated profile. You can view the Aliens Omnibus Vol.2 profile here and the Civilized Beasts profile here.
Inkworks, the company behind the trading cards for AvP and the Alien Legacy set will once again be doing another series for Aliens vs Predator. Alongside their film counterparts, Inkworks will be having a booth at ComicCon and they’ll be giving away an AvP2 promo:
Arrow in the Head, an extension site of Joblo, recently reported that a clip from AvP2 made its way to Amsterdam’s Cinema Expo:
“So for those of you who are looking forward to this film it should bring you pleasure to know that a clip of the film was shown at Amsterdam’s Cinema Expo and the crowd response was spectacular. The clip was prefaced by a short word from 20th Century Fox’s Tomas Jegeus and then the clip followed. According to Variety, the clip garnered a “shock response” from the crowd. – And I’m assuming that’s a good thing.”
Variety, who Arrow in the Head link to, had this to stay about the clip: “The horror clip elicited the desired shocked response from the packed auditorium.” So things are starting to look up for AvP2. It’s just a shame the article didn’t give some information as to the content of the scene. You can read the Variety article here and the Arrow in the Head article . Thanks to Darkoo for the tip.
I just finished up an interview with Rob Simpson and Victoria Blake, the editors of DH Press’ Alien and Predator novel line:
“AvPGalaxy – How did you get the positions of being the editors for the Aliens/Predator novel line?
Rob Simpson – When I came to Dark Horse about three years ago the decision to do Aliens and Predator novels had just been made. Since I’ve edited similar novels based on movie franchises before, such as Indiana Jones, Warcraft, and Starcraft, it was a pretty easy fit. As Victoria’s duties here started to grow, she showed a real affection for the two franchises, so I’ve been passing the duties over to her more and more. “
It quite a long and detailed interview which covers the many things, and if I do say so myself, very interesting. We got confirmation of some new novels as well. So make sure you check out the entire interview.