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Dark Horse Announces Aliens: Defiance Comic Series

Dark Horse have today announced a new Aliens comic series at the New York Comic-Con due for release in April 2016. Titled Aliens: Defiance, the action/survivor/horror comic is set between the first two Alien movies and follows an injured Colonial Marine called Zula Hendricks who fights the xenomorphs. It will be written by Brian Wood with art by Tristan Jones and the story will involve Weyland-Yutani dispatching a team of Synthetics to investigate a floating derelict freighter. Zula is the main representative of the Colonial Marines and the team soon discovers xenomorphs on the spacecraft. You can read an interview with the writer and artist over on Newsarama.com where they reveal lots of details about the series. Here’s the cover art from artist Massimo Carnivale:

AliensDefiance1_Massimo_Carnivale Dark Horse Announces Aliens: Defiance Comic Series

Wood goes on to say there will be a cameo appearance from Amanda Ripley from Alien Isolation: “Pretty early on… I would say more or less concurrent with the Alien: Isolation story. We even have a cameo with Amanda Ripley at the start of our story. She and Zula are known to each other. If you want to talk dates, the events of Alien occurred during the in-story year of 2122, with Aliens being 2179. We’re at around 2136 or 37.” Aliens: Defiance is its own story so it won’t be tied to other franchises like the recent Fire & Stone series. Look out for the Aliens comic in April 2016.



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  1. RagingDragon
    Quote from: tyrannosaurusjones on Feb 15, 2016, 10:32:00 AM
    Quote from: Corporal Hicks on Feb 15, 2016, 08:49:21 AM

    Fair point.  ;) I wonder if we'll see much in the way of corporate fighting then. That combat synthetic looks very Joe-esque. Perhaps some overlap in cheap, expendable synthetics.

    Can't say too much, but here's something else to consider about Davis and why he looks the way he does and the purpose he serves... and maybe the name.

    Super cool. Your art continues to amaze, Mr. Jones. I really hope the story will match its quality.

    "Would you like to know about Weyland combat protocols?"
  2. HuDaFuK
    I'd assume just #1. It's part of DH's year-long anniversary cover program. They're giving a bunch of first issues from selected series special variant covers, drawn by classic artists referencing old issues of Dark Horse Presents.

    Think it got a mention on here somewhere.
  3. Ultramorph
    Quote from: Corporal Hicks on Feb 12, 2016, 08:08:47 AM
    I wonder what they're doing back at Zeta Reticuli?

    Maybe that's where the spaceship with the xenos on it came from? Probably another group of poor souls that set down on LV-426 for some reason. Maybe that will be the flashback thing in issues 3 and 4? Either way, I'm glad this is coming out so soon!


    The solicit for Defiance #2 is up!
    http://www.comicbookresources.com/article/dark-horse-may-2016-solicitations-feature-lobster-johnsons-return-gene-has-mae
    Spoiler
    QuoteAliens: Defiance #2
    Brian Wood (W), Tristan Jones (A), Dan Jackson (C), and Massimo Carnevale (Cover)
    On sale May 25
    FC, 32 pages
    $3.99
    Ongoing
    Colonial Marine Hendricks and the Weyland-Yutani synthetic Davis break protocol, navigating the Europa to a distant science station discovered in the once-derelict ship's data records—a station that recently went dark. Following the trail of the alien species, they dive deeper into a conspiracy, uncovering just how much is riding on their choices.
    "With high-profile work on Star Wars and Mad Max: Fury Road, respectively, Wood and Jones are no stranger to the unique challenges of licensed comic storytelling."—Comic Book Resources
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    The plot they're setting up sounds cool, and has me wondering if this is going to tie into Isolation even more than we thought.
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  4. RagingDragon
    Quote from: tyrannosaurusjones on Feb 09, 2016, 02:46:18 PM
    You hit the nail on the head. The way I see it, is they'll attack anything that poses a threat, and anything they can harvest. There's some pretty great synth gore in the first issue actually... rather proud of that whole sequence!!

    As for the art -- yeah, I'm slow and not quite used to all the tech yet. So it's digital all the way. I rough it out sometimes on a print out of the script in scribbles the size of my thumb, then blow that up and go over it again to flesh out shapes properly then basically "pencil" my art in digital "ink", so the pencilling and inking are the same thing.

    Very glad you're excited, and thanks so much for the kind words!

    Yeah I was particularly fond of this awesome panel:

    https://www.avpgalaxy.net/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2F40.media.tumblr.com%2F40ef660f6b36194965349ea8a3947b5f%2Ftumblr_o1a4w3jCU61qkz6nso10_1280.jpg&hash=eca5ac0c9b0f3b9f49112144ba30a6338948234d

    I definitely feel you on the art side, as well. As a mostly traditional artist, I'm sadly just catching up to this decade's technology lol. It's amazing how much time and material you can save, though. No inking and scanning process alone cuts off hours of work.

    Thanks for the kind and timely answers, too. It's really cool you're on here talking to us gibbering fans, and I can't wait to pick up this book. I live in the middle of nowhere so a lot of my comics are digital these days, but with art like that, I must have ye' olde paper archive format to hold lovingly in my Dorito-encrusted fingers.
  5. tyrannosaurusjones
    Quote from: RagingDragon on Feb 07, 2016, 10:29:20 PM
    Wanted to add to the praise by saying wow that art is truly gorgeous. Do you do all your work digitally, Tristan, or do you pencil some outlines and things before you get started on the tablet?

    Just curious as I'm an artist myself. Hope the comic is going well and I can't wait to check it out.

    Oh yeah ps - after browsing your Tumblr blog for a bit, I was reminded that this story features a bunch of USCM combat synthetics. This is interesting, but I wanted to ask how you guys were doing with it from a lore standpoint?

    What's interesting is that a lot of the EU has androids not being targeted by the Alien due to their artificial nature. Alien: Isolation also does this, which makes for some very tense gameplay moments. However the only film reference we have to this shows Bishop, a very artificial person, get torn in half by the Queen, implying that Aliens will, in fact, attack synthetics just as they would anything else.

    You hit the nail on the head. The way I see it, is they'll attack anything that poses a threat, and anything they can harvest. There's some pretty great synth gore in the first issue actually... rather proud of that whole sequence!!

    As for the art -- yeah, I'm slow and not quite used to all the tech yet. So it's digital all the way. I rough it out sometimes on a print out of the script in scribbles the size of my thumb, then blow that up and go over it again to flesh out shapes properly then basically "pencil" my art in digital "ink", so the pencilling and inking are the same thing.

    Very glad you're excited, and thanks so much for the kind words!
  6. OpenMaw
    Well of course, I just mean in terms of the gameplay, you can't actually get the alien to attack them. That would be very cool. Throw a noise maker at their feet and watch the alien rip em apart.  :laugh:

    One thing I do find very cool is that the alien will take some of the human characters up into the vents instead of just killing them outright.
  7. RagingDragon
    Quote from: HuDaFuK on Feb 08, 2016, 09:00:07 AM
    You come across a few androids in Isolation that have seemingly been ripped apart by something, if I remember right. Maybe Aliens will attack them if they're in their way.

    As for Bishop, I figure the Queen's raging at that point.

    Lol, indeed, the queen was f**king pissed. Plus in terms of the film, that scene stood out as a play on the chestburster to trick the audience into thinking that Bishop had gotten facehugged for a second.

    Was pretty effective, too, until the milk.

    https://www.avpgalaxy.net/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.comicsandmemes.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2Fstraight-outta-memes-003-milk.jpg&hash=5ddac74f8f02e9ebd27661704fd65ec9b0eb1549
  8. HuDaFuK
    Quote from: RagingDragon on Feb 07, 2016, 10:29:20 PMWhat's interesting is that a lot of the EU has androids not being targeted by the Alien due to their artificial nature. Alien: Isolation also does this, which makes for some very tense gameplay moments. However the only film reference we have to this shows Bishop, a very artificial person, get torn in half by the Queen, implying that Aliens will, in fact, attack synthetics just as they would anything else.

    You come across a few androids in Isolation that have seemingly been ripped apart by something, if I remember right. Maybe Aliens will attack them if they're in their way.

    As for Bishop, I figure the Queen's raging at that point.
  9. RagingDragon
    Wanted to add to the praise by saying wow that art is truly gorgeous. Do you do all your work digitally, Tristan, or do you pencil some outlines and things before you get started on the tablet?

    Just curious as I'm an artist myself. Hope the comic is going well and I can't wait to check it out.

    Oh yeah ps - after browsing your Tumblr blog for a bit, I was reminded that this story features a bunch of USCM combat synthetics. This is interesting, but I wanted to ask how you guys were doing with it from a lore standpoint?

    What's interesting is that a lot of the EU has androids not being targeted by the Alien due to their artificial nature. Alien: Isolation also does this, which makes for some very tense gameplay moments. However the only film reference we have to this shows Bishop, a very artificial person, get torn in half by the Queen, implying that Aliens will, in fact, attack synthetics just as they would anything else.

    Some of the EU also contradicts this, like in Earth Hive (Book One) where Wilks' team all end up being combat synths. Plenty of them get killed.

    I can see this easily being explained by just saying that synths may not be attacked unless they act aggressively or attack the Aliens. Anyway just wanted to know your thoughts on it, if you had any.
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