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Dark Horse Comics Announce Aliens: Dust to Dust!

We first heard the title Dust to Dust back in November but now Dark Horse Comics has officially announced the new Aliens series, Aliens: Dust to Dust! Like with the recently wrapped Aliens: Dead Orbit, the writing and art duties of Dust to Dust will be handled by a single person. In this case, the talent behind the new series is Gabriel Hardman.

“In deep space, the Trono colony on the planet LV-871 finds itself under attack by mysterious and deadly creatures of unknown origin. Emergency evacuations are ordered and shuttles are taking off as the massacre sweeps the colony. All that stands between 12-year-old Maxon and his mom making it to the safety of the spaceport is a horde of Aliens!”

 Dark Horse Comics Announce Aliens: Dust to Dust!

Cover art for the first issue by Gabriel Hardman.

Hardman has previously worked on Alien comics, providing cover artwork for the Aliens/Vampirella crossover series from 2015/2016. Hardman has worked on several different franchises including Planet of the Apes, Green Lantern and previously with Dark Horse on Star Wars: Legacy Volume 2. He also has credits in the film industry as a storyboard artist on films such as Inception, Interstellar and Tropic Thunder.

Be sure to head on over to Comic Book Resources to check out the full announcement with includes an interview with Hardman about Dust to Dust!

“How did you arrive at the story you’re telling in Aliens: Dust to Dust? It appears to be a mother-son story at its emotional core.

I was actually inspired to tell the story from the point of view of a 12-year-old boy in large part because that’s the age I was when first exposed to Aliens. But also because I didn’t want to write about Marines or anyone who seems like they could stand up to the Xenomorphs. Kids lack power — they lack agency. I wanted to throw this boy into extraordinarily scary and difficult circumstances and force him to navigate it. And not tell it from the parent’s perspective, but the kid’s.”

 Dark Horse Comics Announce Aliens: Dust to Dust!

Variant cover art for the first issue.

Aliens: Dust to Dust will be a limited 4 issue run mini-series that launches just before Aliens Day on April 24th!

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Comments: 25
  1. Perfect-Organism
    SM, you've phrased the conundrum perfectly.  I hope I'm not coming across as a whiny complainer in this regard.  I am thinking in a constructive sense here.  I really do love the Aliens franchise and hope that it can be saved on all major levels, i.e. films, literature, and video games.

    The fact of the matter is that for all of their sheer awe and terror, the Aliens are animals, largely devoid of personality and character in the way that humans possess.  Using them as a common thread among Aliens literature leads to stagnation, because they are constant.  They never change or grow.  Every Alien behaves in the same way as the next.  Say what you will, but the series is still people based.  Yes, a lot of them die off.  Some are better than others, but when we as fans enjoy the series, it is through the vicarious experience of terror through these characters, not through the perspective of the Aliens.

    In the classic protagonist vs antagonist sense, we have three options to choose from.  Man vs other man.  Man vs nature.  Man vs himself.  When dealing with the Aliens, it is man vs nature, and you can only have nature hit you with the same storm over and over again, before it gets old hat.

    The problem then is either a lack of compelling characters, or that compelling characters are consistently killed off.  It ultimately takes us back to Ripley's story.  It was compelling.  You could really connect with her on so many levels.  Once she was killed, that common human thread was torn, and despite the Aliens being fascinating, the stories began to repeat themselves.  We need to have that common thread again to give a sense of continuity.  I hate to sound like a broken record, but the answer has been staring us in the face all along:  Retcon Alien 3 and continue the story of Ripley, Hicks, and Newt.  I am not proposing that they be Swiss Family Robinson.  The more dysfunctional they are the better, but they do represent a common thread that people can relate to and don't require continuations of the core story to be hundreds of years later in the Ripley 8 reality.

    Even if the trio only lasts for another 2 or 3 films, it would still allow for the introduction of new ongoing characters, and the possibility to have stories taking place within a time frame that was relate-able to the core story.
  2. SM
    I get what you're saying about revision after revision, but you can't do it how Star Wars does it due to the nature of the story.

    Most Star Wars characters don't die in the films, plus there's hundreds of minor characters that you can tell stories about.  They made a 35 comic run based on Wedge, Hobbie and Janson from Empire Strikes Back.  Because of how expansive the Star Wars universe is and the history, the possibilities are endless.

    With Alien, if you want to do a story about a character's adventures prior to the film - you can't have Aliens in it and they're an integral part of this universe.  Then when 99% of characters encounter this integral part, they don't survive the experience.  They did a story about the Covenant crew's adventures prior to the film with no Aliens, and people aren't falling over themselves to get more of that.

    The source material can be a bit limiting and the part where you could expand the story in a post-Resurrection timeframe - is in a post-Resurrection timeframe that only appeals to a very small audience.
  3. Perfect-Organism
    There must be a better way.  All we've been getting for decades now is attempts at new canon, and then revisions, and revisions, and dead ends.  It makes it so difficult for a fan to connect with a story and follow it towards a meaningful conclusion.  This would be resolved with a simple blueprint for the overall story arc with Fox, and then direction could be given on how to fill in the gaps with stories so that they won't spoil everything.

    It's how Star Wars does it.  They have their main tales, and then other details are filled in with separate volumes that connect back to the core story.  I loved how they did the Darth Vader series which delve deeper into this character on his own adventures.  There could be some great stories to be told which revolve around the core story.
  4. SM
    Alien 3 and Resurrection are quite safe and intact for the foreseeable future.

    And there is a fairly close working relationship between Fox and its licensees.  But they're always going to be second place to the films, and there are boundaries.
  5. Perfect-Organism
    I find myself not that excited about stories that are not involved with the core story.  These offshoot stories tend to be just playing on the fear and terror of the aliens without exploring any of the mystery.  It doesn't work for me anymore.

    We need some stories that delve into the mystery of the aliens and engineers IMO.

    What's the core story?

    It's difficult to delve into mysteries that might be undone in future films.

    The core story is humanity's broad encounters with the Aliens, bey the engineers, or Xenomorphs and what-not.  Ripley's arc was a very important part of that story though it seems to be in limbo.  Nobody knows if what happened to her in Alien 3 and forwards is to be treated as canon or not.  There is a sense that the canon may be altered.

    Of course it is difficult to do stories around this core.  It is precisely why there should be a closer working relationship between Fox and those writing the stories for the novels and comics.  It seems they don't know where they're headed and it is reflected in the comics.  THe result is that we get comics with stories that are self-contained and have no impact on the Aliens universe.  This has been my frustration since 1993.
  6. Russ840
    Hope the “AVP project” Randy mentioned is a Life and Death sequel. Ahab needs a comeback in time for the movie.

    My biggest hope is that we eventually get a comic where someone mentions the USM.  :laugh: Dead Orbit could have been that comic.

    Yeah. I wanna see more of this story and have it finish.

    But honestly, I’d take a series detailing Ahab on his past hunts. I would go as far as saying that he is my fav Pred ever.
  7. Xiggz456
    More Ahab is always welcomed. But I’m dying to find out where that engineer ship took Cpt Foster (she really can’t catch a break). I also appreciate the longer story arcs of F&S and L&D. With the exception of a few stories (Dead Orbit), 4 issues is usually too short!
  8. Ultramorph
    Hope the “AVP project” Randy mentioned is a Life and Death sequel. Ahab needs a comeback in time for the movie.

    My biggest hope is that we eventually get a comic where someone mentions the USM.  :laugh: Dead Orbit could have been that comic.
  9. SM
    I find myself not that excited about stories that are not involved with the core story.  These offshoot stories tend to be just playing on the fear and terror of the aliens without exploring any of the mystery.  It doesn't work for me anymore.

    We need some stories that delve into the mystery of the aliens and engineers IMO.

    What's the core story?

    It's difficult to delve into mysteries that might be undone in future films.
  10. Russ840
    Agreed that the crossover stuff need closure.

    I am liking these smaller scale stories but I do like variety. It’s a shame that we can’t get a consistent flow of the comics. I mean at least one issue of the Alien/Predator universe being published every month 
  11. Ultramorph
    I’m digging the smaller stories without Marines as a palette cleanser, but I do hope we get more big Engineer mythology stories later down the line. The ending of Life and Death needs some closure, or at least some context.
  12. Perfect-Organism
    I find myself not that excited about stories that are not involved with the core story.  These offshoot stories tend to be just playing on the fear and terror of the aliens without exploring any of the mystery.  It doesn't work for me anymore.

    We need some stories that delve into the mystery of the aliens and engineers IMO.
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