Continuing their run of recent Alien comics, Dark Horse Comics released the first issue of Aliens: Dead Orbit towards the end of Aliens: Defiance’s run. Defiance was an ambitious 12 issue long series that started off really strong but started to fall-down in the last half of the series. Aliens: Dead Orbit is a four part series written and illustrated by James Stokoe that brings us back to a simpler but immensely effective series.
The first issue was released on Aliens Day, April 26th 2017, with the final issue (after several delays) being released on the 13th of December. From the very first issue, it was quite clear to see we were in store for something really great with Aliens: Dead Orbit. Each issue continued to be impressive, so much so that as I turned the final pages on that fourth issue I thought that the delays in getting it were completely worth it.
Aliens: Dead Orbit opens with the lonely engineer Wascylewski waiting for his countdown to slowly tick down and we follow as he dons a spacesuit and crosses the damaged exterior space station Sphacteria. Throughout the series we jump from the lonesome Wassy in the present into the past to find out what had happened aboard the Sphacteria.
Surprisingly it had something to do with Aliens! The moving between between time-frames is largely coherent, using visual cues as jumping points to shift the narrative. It does become a little harder to follow during the fourth issue but after a double-take or two, it’s easy to pick up on the different style that Stokoe is using to convey similar action taking place in both time-frames.
Click here to read the review in full. Issues #1 to #4 of Aliens: Dead Orbit are available in store. The collected edition of the series is currently slated for release on the 7th of February 2018.
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