We’ve just uploaded the review for Dark Horse’s latest Aliens novel, Criminal Enterprise:
“I’m not saying that the characters are boring by any means. Merely that they are very unlikeable. Quite a few of the characters have a very complex and very sordid past. They’re well fleshed out, all their motivations well explained and written. The story itself is very straight forward. It’s very much a character story.
Overall I gave the novel a 3.5. It seems that the Aliens novel just can’t find their footing as well as the recent Predator novels have. Be sure to read the whole review. While we’re on the topic of literature, Dark Horse has recently released all of it’s Alien/vs/Predator comics for download. You can find out more on our forums.
I come bearing news of literature and one of them is a massive shock to me. Announced sometime in 2004, Civilized Beasts look to finally be making it’s way into the stores. It recently received an updated cover and Dark Horse has just released a preview!
As well as that the profile page for Predator – South Sea China, formerly The Island, has been released. You’ll find a synopsis on there. It’s due out in August while Civilized Beasts is penciled for next month. For more information on South Sea China check out our forum. Thanks to nchurch81 for the news.
Say hello to Aliens – No Exit, the debut Aliens novel from Brian Evenson. He was mentioned in interview with DH Press editors but we never learnt much about the novel. Until now:
“But Kramm has a secret. He knows why The Company killed twelve of its top scientists. He knows why the aliens have been let loose on the surface of a contested planet. He knows that the information he has is valuable, and that The Company will do everything it can to stop him from telling his secret to the world. Haunted by memories of the brutal murder of his family, Kramm is set adrift amid billion dollar stakes . . . with aliens around every corner, waiting for him to make a mistake.”Due out in July – alongside Aliens Omnibus Volume 4 – No Exit is the sixth in Dark Horse Press’ new series of Aliens novel. You can check out the profile page here.
Although we posted the news on the the news on the forums earlier, Dark Horse have finally updated their website with the profile page for the upcoming fourth volume in the Aliens Omnibus series:
“Mankind has fought for survival over countless millennia, but nothing has threatened humanity’s existence like the murderous Alien scourge. While some have tried to use the creatures’ deadly abilities to serve their own selfish ends, no one can dance with the devil, and ultimately only one species must prevail. To that end, men have turned their own lethal instincts and cold intellect against the monsters, creating engineered plagues, cybernetic fighting suits, and even bogus android aliens, but survival rides not on technology, but on the primacy of the most deep-rooted, feral instincts.”You can visit the profile page over at Dark Horse. Keep an eye out for a preview. Volume 4 is due out in July.
For some Steve Perry is the daddy of the Predators and he’s making his awaited return to the world of Predator fiction with Turnabout. Dark Horse have just released the preview for the novel:
“Deep in the Alaskan forest, ranger Sloan comes across the torn and bloody carcasses of Grizzly bears. Searching a human cause for the massacres, he discovers a team of poachers hunkered within the Alaska wilderness, waiting for the chance to score a big kill. He also finds evidence of the most fearsome killers in the universe: the Predators.”
You can read the three page preview over at Dark Horse’s website. Predator Turnabout is due out on the 27th of this month.
Dark Horse has just announced it’s third volume in the highly popular Predator Omnibus series:
“Death often hides in the dark, isolated corners of the earth-in thick woods, steaming swamps, or angry seas. These natural dangers of animal, weather, and terrain often give rise to legends and folk tales of demons, serpents, and ghosts to put an understandable face to the unknown. And while many myths have a basis in reality, some are reality, the reality of the presence of Predators: alien hunters as savage as they are intelligent, as cunning as they are merciless. And when rational men stand face to face with a sea serpent, a Gollywomp, or the New Jersey Devil bent on taking trophies, they have but two choices-fight the myth or become history!”
No official word on what comics are in this volume but from the description I’m guessing it’ll at least include Hell & Hot Water but I’m not a Predator comic expert so I’m sure others will be able to pick up on more. You can check out the profile page at darkhorse.com. Talking about Dark Horse, the next Alien novel Criminal Enterprise is out. Be sure to pick up a copy. Dark Horse has just released the preview for Criminal Enterprise.
February sees the return of Steve Perry to the world of Alien/Predator fiction with the release of his upcoming novel Predator Turnabout. Thanks to DH Press, I now present you the full jacket for the novel:
Titan Books just sent me a press release for the upcoming Alien vs Predator Requiem – Inside The Monster Shop, a making of book which takes you behind the scenes of the monster makers from the upcoming film:
“Alien vs. Predator: Requiem – Inside the Monster Shop [Titan Books, 18 January 2008, £14.99] is a captivating behind-the-scenes look at the film, as special effects supervisors Tom Woodruff Jr. and Alec Gillis, veterans of the first AVP and the Alien sequels, open the doors of special effects studio ADI to reveal the secrets of the movie’s stunning effects. A ‘making of’ book from the people in charge of the Creature Effects on the movie, Inside the Monster Shop allows readers to follow the talented crew in-studio and on location through conception to fabrication and finishing, in a visual feast that no monster movie fan will want to be without.”
Amazon.co.uk have the cover art and a description of ADI’s new AvP book which is about how AvP Requiem was made. The book comes out Dec 25 in the US and Jan 18 in the UK. Also check out the publisher Design Studio Press for more details.
“…In this captivating book and accompanying DVD, special effects supervisors Woodruff, Jr. and Gillis, veterans of the first AVP and the Alien sequels, open the doors of ADI to reveal the secrets of the movie s stunning effects. Follow their talented crew in-studio and on location through conception to fabrication and finishing. A visual feast that no monster movie fan will want to be without!”
With the release of Aliens Steel Egg, Predator Flesh and Blood and the second omnibus in the AvP series, it’s been quite a month for Dark Horse. They recently updated their website with the profile page for the 3rd volume in the Aliens omnibus series:
“Aliens Omnibus Volume 3 collects complete story arcs of Rogue by Ian Edginton and Will Simpson, and Labyrinth by Jim Woodring and Kilian Plunkett, and the acclaimed tale “Salvation,” written by Dave Gibbons and illustrated by the incomparable Mike Mignola.”
Volume 2 of the Aliens series is due out in December and this one is due out in March next year, a month after the second Predator Omnibus. You can check out Dark Horse’s profile page here.