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Dark Horse Announces Aliens: Dead Orbit!

Dark Horse announces Aliens: Dead Orbit in a new interview released on Comic Book Resources. Dead Orbit will be both written and illustrated by James Stokoe who is best known for his original creation Orc Stain.

“’Dead Orbit’ mostly takes place on the space station Sphacteria in a rather forgotten and secluded area of space. It’s a pretty ragged, worn looking setting. [The Xenomorphs] are definitely not there to give the space station crew a helping hand, so I’d say they’re as much of an antagonist as an unknowable monster can be. I don’t really consider them to be that sinister; they just have a very violent, predatory life cycle which sucks if you’re a human and happen to be their neighbor.”

Dark Horse announces Aliens: Dead Orbit, a four issue series due for release Alien Day 2017. Dark Horse Announces Aliens: Dead Orbit!

Dark Horse announces Aliens: Dead Orbit, a four issue series due for release Alien Day 2017.

Stokoe talks to CBR about the direction he is taking with Aliens: Dead Orbit, discussing the challenge of no sound in comic and the visual aspects of the series:

“The narrative bounces between pre and post alien attack on the station,” he said. “I’m having to draw the same settings in various states of disarray, but still keep it recognizable, which has been a bit of a challenge with all the million little pipes and terminals and whatnot. It’s definitely a big departure from the ‘Orc Stain’ environments, but more technical sci-fi stuff is always fun to draw.”

The interview includes several pages of preview artwork from Aliens: Dead Orbit and I have to say I’m getting quite an Alien vibe from it. Stokoe’s style is very reminiscent of some of Alien’s concept artists, specifically Ron Cobb and Mobius!

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Aliens: Dead Orbit is currently due for release April 26th (Alien Day), 2017. Thanks to Ultramorph for the news!



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  1. Russ840
    IGN have named Dead Orbit the best comic mini series of 2017 and comicbook.com say its the best liscenced comic of 2017. They have also nominated it as best mini series of 2017


    http://uk.ign.com/wikis/best-of-2017-awards/Best_Limited_Comic_Book_or_Mini-Series

    https://www.google.co.uk/amp/comicbook.com/amp/2017/12/14/why-aliens-dead-orbit-was-the-best-licensed-comic-of-2017/

    Multiversitycomics have put in their top 5 min series of 2017

    http://www.multiversitycomics.com/news-columns/2017-in-review-best-miniseries/

    I have found more sites with the same consensus. I am really happy that this book has been well received and noticed.
  2. OpenMaw
    They show up in a shrooms hallucination at one point, and thne yeah, they blow up the planet or something. It's really weird.


    It's a shame too, we'll never get another graphic adventure game in that vein ever again.
  3. Russ840
    I can’t agree there. I love all of Church’s findings that he reveals to Crespi. I love the grim ending. I love the art but for me art is such an important element. Good art elevates a comic massively for me. Added to that a well written piece, Then I am a happy puppy. 

    The flashback is truly awesome.
  4. HuDaFuK
    I am - the issue in the hive is possibly the best single issue of any Aliens comic, the art is Beauvais-level good, and the writing is generally pretty good.  But it falls away towards the end when it's revealed Church is just another nut.  On more recent readings I can't help but think it was a great opportunity to turn convention on its head.

    And Crespi suffers from 'believing the last thing he was told'itis.

    Yeah, people rave about that one, but if you take out the absolutely stellar flashback, I honestly think the rest is pretty mediocre, which is a big shame.
  5. Russ840
    I had this idea that Scott should adapt Labyrinth into a covenant sequel. The covenant could replace the station for the comic and David could be Church. His flash backs could be to his time between Prometheus and covenant. He could be experimenting with the colonists and what not. Some he has awoken could be the parallels to Crespi and the female character. That sort of thing.

    I love all of Labyrinth but I do agree that Church didn’t have to be so looney at the end. I would have played the story out the same way but had church be a lot more level headed and make him almost justified.
  6. SM
    No probs. It’s a pain getting across intent and meaning sometimes on forums.

    Are you not a fan of Labyrinth?

    I am - the issue in the hive is possibly the best single issue of any Aliens comic, the art is Beauvais-level good, and the writing is generally pretty good.  But it falls away towards the end when it's revealed Church is just another nut.  On more recent readings I can't help but think it was a great opportunity to turn convention on its head.

    And Crespi suffers from 'believing the last thing he was told'itis.
  7. Russ840
    Unsure if joking. I don't think it was for smokes.

    Spoiler (click to show/hide)

    Yeah. This is right.

    The smokes were a bonus  :laugh:

    I'm can't work out how it's anything other than a mistake.  The previous panel goes:
    4:02:52
    4:02:51
    4:02:50
    4:02:49

    Then last page goes:
    4:02:43
    4:02:47
    4:02:46

    etc.

    I think 4:02:43 was supposed to be 4:02:48.

    Yeah it’s strange

    Perhaps Wassy held his breath and the timer adjusted.
  8. Corporal Hicks
    Unsure if joking. I don't think it was for smokes.

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  9. SM
    I'm can't work out how it's anything other than a mistake.  The previous panel goes:
    4:02:52
    4:02:51
    4:02:50
    4:02:49

    Then last page goes:
    4:02:43
    4:02:47
    4:02:46

    etc.

    I think 4:02:43 was supposed to be 4:02:48.

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    He had to get from observation to life support.

    Ironically to get smokes.  The first issue shows an empty pack.
  10. SM
    I meant the time on the last page jumps from 4:02:43 to 4:02:47.

    The timers are curious in that they don't really follow on the surface but I think they're for different things.  I really need to study them more closely.  The basic plot seems to be all about Wassy going EVA to grab a stash of smokes.
  11. SM
    Just read issue 4, after not looking at issue 3 since it came out. Had to read it a couple of times to follow the jumping around narrative. As an issue on its own it's nothing spectacular, but a good climax to a very solid series.

    Despite the 'typo' in the last page. ;D
  12. Russ840
    Close. 2295. Just check th first issue. So a little over 100 years. A good time period to explore. Have we had many Alien stories set there ? 

    Another glowing review I found.

    https://www.adventuresinpoortaste.com/2017/12/13/aliens-dead-orbit-4-review/

    One thing I’m wondering now. I don’t remember Dark Horse resoliciting the TPB of this series. It was originally solicited for Nov. Obviously the delays prevent that. Dark Horse have it listed as March 21st now, I think,  definitely March. Usually delays mean the book is resolicited. Did I miss that ?
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