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William Gibson’s Alien 3 Comic Series Announced!

First teased by Dark Horse back on Alien Day, Comic Book Resource has just officially unveiled a brand new comic series based on William Gibson’s first draft of Alien 3! Gibson, who has generally been reluctant to talk about his work on the film, had this to say about the upcoming adaptation:

“When your first contracted screenplay (or screenplay of any kind, in my case) isn’t produced, but the film is eventually made with a different screenplay, retaining nothing of yours but a barcode tattoo on the back of a character’s neck, the last thing you ever expect is to see yours beautifully adapted and realized, decades later, in a different medium, by an artist of Johnnie Christmas’ caliber,” Gibson said in a statement released exclusively to CBR. “It’s a wonderful experience, and I have no doubt that Johnnie’s version, which adheres almost entirely to the script, delivers more of my material to the audience than any feature film would have been likely to do.”

 William Gibson's Alien 3 Comic Series Announced!

Like Dark Horse’s most recent Alien titles (Dead Orbit and Dust to Dust), William Gibson’s Alien 3 is written and illustrated by one talent: Johnnie Christmas of FIREBUG fame. Christmas has also worked with Dark Horse in the past, providing artwork for Angel Catbird and Murder Book.

Tamra Bonvillian will be providing colours for the series. You can check out the 5 page preview of their work in the first issue below!

The first issue (of five) of William Gibson’s Alien 3 is currently slated for release on the 7th of November. What do you think of the new series? Are you as excited as I am for this adaptation? Thanks to Whos_Nick for the link.

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  1. Whiskeybrewer
    Quote from: Arceon on Apr 12, 2019, 10:09:21 AM
    Hi, longtime lurker here. Thought I'd make a contribution. I enjoyed the comic series overall. If they do adapt the other unused Alien 3 scripts, I wonder if they might make them continuations rather than separate adaptations. Vincent Ward's script could follow on from Gibson's, with some amendments that leave out the references to the Sulaco and Newt.  As Ripley was unconscious for most of the events of Gibson's script, she'd have no recollection of her time on Anchorpoint Station. So on Arceon, she'd thinks that she's come directly from the Sulaco rather than Anchorpoint. Any thoughts on this?

    That could actually work
  2. Arceon
    Hi, longtime lurker here. Thought I'd make a contribution. I enjoyed the comic series overall. If they do adapt the other unused Alien 3 scripts, I wonder if they might make them continuations rather than separate adaptations. Vincent Ward's script could follow on from Gibson's, with some amendments that leave out the references to the Sulaco and Newt.  As Ripley was unconscious for most of the events of Gibson's script, she'd have no recollection of her time on Anchorpoint Station. So on Arceon, she'd thinks that she's come directly from the Sulaco rather than Anchorpoint. Any thoughts on this?
  3. KiramidHead
    Did this sell well? I hope it did, so that Fox and other studios see an incentive for adapting discarded scripts. WB/DC has a mother load they're sitting on and could make strong comics out of.
  4. Monster Man
    Quote from: Corporal Hicks on Apr 10, 2019, 08:29:26 AM
    I assume because they didn't want crazy, they wanted all around better. The second draft still had issues that warranted another polish, but it was a better script.

    Ultimately it was their decision and that second draft was a more palatable experience, nothing much can be done about it now. Just can't get the what if's outta my mind.

    Quote from: 426Buddy on Apr 10, 2019, 11:40:31 AM
    Finally received the last issue. The art really took a dive in this one, the aliens looked very cartoon like.

    Overall it was okay, i was expecting something different when this was announced though. I don't think the visuals jived well with the story.

    I agree with you on the visuals, hell I couldn't help but chuckle at this bit right here --
    Spoiler
  5. 426Buddy
    Finally received the last issue. The art really took a dive in this one, the aliens looked very cartoon like.

    Overall it was okay, i was expecting something different when this was announced though. I don't think the visuals jived well with the story.
  6. Monster Man
    Okay, so strange thing -- considering that the first draft was rejected for being way too crazy and expensive to even try, I figured Dark Horse would make an attempt at it considering comic books. But they went with the more subdued second draft. Why is this? Give the series a full 6-issues
    Spoiler
    maybe 8
    [close]
    with some time, it would've been a spectacle.
  7. Russ840
    I just re read this through in one sitting.

    Much better than reading it over the course of 5 months.

    My critiques of it are that the art was a little lacking with regards to the human characters.  Bishop looked great all the time yet Hicks looks nothing like Michael Biehn.  Some times the characters lack detail.  Christmas can clearly knock out some good artwork. The covers are awesome and as said, Bishop looks great.

    The Aliens started to suffer by the last issue as well.  I'm wondering if hitting the deadlines with this comic became more of a focus than polishing the line work.

    The colour pallets could have been muted a little.

    My biggest problem with the book.  On two occasions, the panel transitions are pretty bad and tell an unclear story. The scenes in question were, first, when we see the new creature for the first time. Second is the climactic scene in the shuttle bay.

    In spite of those issues, i am really happy we got this and quite enjoyed my re read.  I really love how well this story retroactivly fits with the new lore that Prometheus and Covenant have added.

    I personally would like for this adaptation to spawn a series to follow. An alt universe.  Having said that. You could almost read Book One as the next if you are willing to ignore some small discrepancies. 

    I'll be getting this, in the form of the Hardcover that's coming, if we get some nice bonus material. If it includes the script its an instant buy.   
  8. KiramidHead
    Quote from: Corporal Hicks on Apr 02, 2019, 11:39:35 AM
    Quote from: Russ840 on Apr 02, 2019, 07:29:35 AM
    Did you do a podcast with Johnnie ?

    Yeah, we recorded a chat with him yesterday. Will probably be up in a few weeks. Currently working on editing the 40th Anniversary Shorts review episode atm.

    Quote from: Whiskeybrewer on Apr 02, 2019, 11:19:47 AM
    I still remember then going outside the station at the end in the second draft. Gonna have to re-read lol

    Definitely the first. Both are available to read in our downloads section if anyone wants any reminders: https://www.avpgalaxy.net/downloads/

    They don't have a big fight outside in the second draft, but I think they hang around on the truck for a bit before the end.
  9. Corporal Hicks
    Quote from: Russ840 on Apr 02, 2019, 07:29:35 AM
    Did you do a podcast with Johnnie ?

    Yeah, we recorded a chat with him yesterday. Will probably be up in a few weeks. Currently working on editing the 40th Anniversary Shorts review episode atm.

    Quote from: Whiskeybrewer on Apr 02, 2019, 11:19:47 AM
    I still remember then going outside the station at the end in the second draft. Gonna have to re-read lol

    Definitely the first. Both are available to read in our downloads section if anyone wants any reminders: https://www.avpgalaxy.net/downloads/
  10. HuDaFuK
    Yeah, that was how the first draft ended.

    It got taken out in the second, presumably because Fox read it and balked at how much a sequence like that would cost at the turn of the 90s.
  11. Russ840
    Quote from: The Dutch Ghost on Apr 01, 2019, 08:19:55 PM
    Quote from: Russ840 on Apr 01, 2019, 08:12:40 PMI always remember there being a lot more of an outbreak with far more of the new and traditional Aliens.  Is that the first draft that I have read or am I completely Of base and need to re read ?

    That was the first draft of the script in which there were many more people on the station including the presence of Colonial Marines.

    This comic is based on the second version which is a bit more restrained regarding aliens and combat.

    Regarding combat, I seem to remember Hicks taking some marines outside the station and needing to cross to another portion and fighting Xeno's outside. Is that right ?
  12. Russ840
    Quote from: Corporal Hicks on Apr 01, 2019, 09:22:38 PM
    Quote from: Russ840 on Apr 01, 2019, 08:12:40 PM
    I always remember there being a lot more of an outbreak with far more of the new and traditional Aliens.  Is that the first draft that I have read or am I completely Of base and need to re read ?

    Definitely thinking of the first draft. The second is much more restrained.


    So RidgeTop and I just finished chatting to Johnnie. Interestingly, the Interceptor being a dropship came from Fox. His original concepts were more in line with the Defiant from Star Trek. He had also been expecting the colour pallette to be more in line with Alien/s.

    I don't actually think I have read the second draft. For some reason I thought the one I read was the 2nd. It would be a nice extra to have in the Hardcover release. The script I mean.

    Did you do a podcast with Johnnie ?
  13. KiramidHead
    Quote from: Corporal Hicks on Apr 01, 2019, 09:22:38 PM
    Quote from: Russ840 on Apr 01, 2019, 08:12:40 PM
    I always remember there being a lot more of an outbreak with far more of the new and traditional Aliens.  Is that the first draft that I have read or am I completely Of base and need to re read ?

    Definitely thinking of the first draft. The second is much more restrained.


    So RidgeTop and I just finished chatting to Johnnie. Interestingly, the Interceptor being a dropship came from Fox. His original concepts were more in line with the Defiant from Star Trek. He had also been expecting the colour pallette to be more in line with Alien/s.

    I take it my Easter joke didn't get passed along. :laugh:
  14. Local Trouble
    Quite frankly, a Defiant ripoff doesn't sound any better.  In fact, if the Kansas City is any indication of what they do when they have actual creative freedom then I'm glad we got the dropship instead.
  15. Corporal Hicks
    Quote from: Russ840 on Apr 01, 2019, 08:12:40 PM
    I always remember there being a lot more of an outbreak with far more of the new and traditional Aliens.  Is that the first draft that I have read or am I completely Of base and need to re read ?

    Definitely thinking of the first draft. The second is much more restrained.


    So RidgeTop and I just finished chatting to Johnnie. Interestingly, the Interceptor being a dropship came from Fox. His original concepts were more in line with the Defiant from Star Trek. He had also been expecting the colour pallette to be more in line with Alien/s.
  16. The Dutch Ghost
    Quote from: Russ840 on Apr 01, 2019, 08:12:40 PMI always remember there being a lot more of an outbreak with far more of the new and traditional Aliens.  Is that the first draft that I have read or am I completely Of base and need to re read ?

    That was the first draft of the script in which there were many more people on the station including the presence of Colonial Marines.

    This comic is based on the second version which is a bit more restrained regarding aliens and combat.
  17. Russ840
    Quote from: Corporal Hicks on Apr 01, 2019, 11:51:21 AM
    There wasn't actually a great deal missing from the script. A couple of instances of dialogue and the biggest sequence was probably Halliday and Hicks' introduction. The ending is about as fast as it is in the script. It's a really faithful adaptation.

    To it's detriment, I think. While I do love this particular draft, it did need a tidy. Things like Fox's motivation stuck out and the climax was rushed. While I like it's particularly faithful and not snipped down, I wouldn't have minded seeing Johnnie try and fix some elements.

    I always remember there being a lot more of an outbreak with far more of the new and traditional Aliens.  Is that the first draft that I have read or am I completely Of base and need to re read ?


    Quote from: HuDaFuK on Apr 01, 2019, 10:28:09 AM
    I thought this too. I've actually read the script a few times and I still found it hard to keep track of what was going on where at times.

    Could definitely have used a 6th issue to flesh the scenes out and be more clear throughout.
  18. Corporal Hicks
    There wasn't actually a great deal missing from the script. A couple of instances of dialogue and the biggest sequence was probably Halliday and Hicks' introduction. The ending is about as fast as it is in the script. It's a really faithful adaptation.

    To it's detriment, I think. While I do love this particular draft, it did need a tidy. Things like Fox's motivation stuck out and the climax was rushed. While I like it's particularly faithful and not snipped down, I wouldn't have minded seeing Johnnie try and fix some elements.
  19. Kane's other son
    This is how it ends, not with a bang but a whimper. The boxy, generic USCSS Kansas City in the final page is the perfect encapsulation of everything that was wrong with this series.
    Art aside, the script was a dud since we got no memorable new characters and the ones who crossed over from Aliens were wasted. Hicks was literally just along for the ride.
  20. Russ840
    Character identification isn't a problem for me. My issue is that some scenes do not flow very well.

    One example for me was the lab scene when the blonde woman turns and another character is going ape. There were about 6 characters present but because the architecture of the ship in the art looks all the same..... it was like i was reading two different scenes. I got a little lost and had to read back to realise it was all one scene and everyone was there. It just did not flow very well in my opinion.

    I am really happy we got this and once i get through some 'Swamp Thing' that I am currently reading, ill be re reading in one sitting. More thoughts to come.
  21. SeegsonRep
    I had to re read almost a whole back issue every time I started a new issue and several times I flipped through the entire series and recapped what is going on on each page leading up to where I was confused at. The story was trash, waaaay too convoluted for this medium. Hicks and Bishop were mostly indistinguishable as many have pointed out and Hicks and Newt were largely irrelevant. I didn't care about a single character except for Hicks, Newt, and Ripley and caring for them is due to Aliens not Gibson's Alien 3 anyways. Art was meh but while I'm certainly qualified to judge a narrative i'm relatively new to judging art so take my comments on the art with a grain of salt.

    Overall I'm super happy for new Alien anything and glad the franchise is still putting fresh shoots out into the sunlight however, the story just wasn't there on this one and the art was just ok I guess.  Possibly if you've read his script, this will work for you as it's kind of like someone's notes on a story rather than a whole story. Bottom line, there's nothing remarkable about it at all I'm sad to say.
  22. 426Buddy
    Im still waiting on the last issue but ive enjoyed the series so far. I havent had the problems other people seem to be having recognizing people and keeping track of whats happening. The only complaint i have is that the coloring is indeed too bright.

    Otherwise its been a fun little what if.
  23. Wweyland
    I've only skimmed through this, waiting for the TPB to be released.
    Seems like Hicks didn't really do anything here? Maybe it's just the problem that I am unable to distinguish him from others.
  24. Still Collating...
    This was such a disappointment. The art was not good IMO. Can't make out and recognize the faces of Hicks and Bishop in too many panels. The coloring was worse, mostly in that it doesn't work at all with Alien. I really can't judge the story because the art was so distracting. I'm sure with a different take, more moody lighting and a darker color scheme that the story would be presented better.
    As of now, I really didn't enjoy the comic. Yet I do want to see these scripts get made, like Wards one especially. Just pick the right artist for the job.

    No offense to the creator, I'm sure their work would be perfect in a different story, I just personally didn't enjoy this.
  25. The Dutch Ghost
    Hello all,

    I have not posted here in a long time (I think the last time I was here was several years ago after I had just played and finished Aliens: Infestation)

    I just finished this mini series and wanted to share my thoughts with other people who have read it. Of course my opinion/review doesn't matter as much as those of long term posters and perhaps more dedicated fans on this forum.
    So if you don't care for the thoughts of a newbie just ignore it.

    First of all I am a really critical Alien fan, really critical.
    For example while I like Aliens as a sci-fi action movie I personally feel now that adding the queen was a mistake to the alien mythology and have come to prefer the egg morphing idea instead. (feels more truly bizarre/extraterrestrial for me)
    And I don't like that the aliens are now akin to bees or ants in space.
    Edit: I did not care really for Prometheus and Covenant at all and disliked the movie storylines and ideas/revelations behind the Pilots.

    Likewise I am pretty critical of the Expanded Universe/spin off material. I definitely love some of the games such as Infestation, Isolation, AvP2, and older games like Alien 3 on the SNES, Sega - 16 bit, and Gameboy. Oh and the AvP game as an action game, not so much as an alien game.
    I have read almost all of the comics by Dark Horse (perhaps I missed a few here and there) and some of the AvP ones. But I have not read any of the books and have little interest to do so after reading their description.
    Well that is not entirely true, I am currently reading the Cold Forge after reading the recommendations here.
    But in general I am not a big fan of the expanded universe; the only Aliens comic that I genuinely liked was Aliens Apocalypse: The Destroying Angels. (and Predator Hell and Hot Water by the same writer)

    Okay reintroduction story over, I just wanted to give some background on my own interest in the franchise.

    In general I really like William Gibson's Alien 3 (second script) and if this has been a movie I would have watched it even if it may have been a little slow as other people here might have pointed out.
    I definitely would have preferred it over the Alien 3 movie we got even if I do love the atmosphere of that one. (just don't care much for the characters)

    In comparison to the first script by Gibson for Alien 3 which felt more like trying to do Aliens over again this one was more subdued (hope I am using that word right) and plot building which I really enjoyed.
    I also happen to be a fan of the DNA-reflex/alien genetic material can spread like a virus. It is a little underused perhaps here in the story as it could have been a cool plot device that both the characters and watchers/readers would not know who is infected.

    Of course the story also has a few cons.
    The major ones here perhaps being the art or in particular sometimes the art style as I like others here really had hoped that the UPP Interceptor design had been something different and like the UPP warship had been more in the style of something Syd Mead would have made up. The artist should perhaps really have consulted his art book or designs by other designers or fans in a similar style.

    Edit: and the Kansas for that matter. I would rather have seen something like the Legato being reused https://avp.fandom.com/wiki/File:USS_Legato.jpg


    The art itself also really lacked some of the detail that we have seen in some of the other current Alien mini series.

    The second criticism is another issue also brought up here; the page count. After the slow buildup in the first three issues it really feels that the story had to be finished, this story could really have used a sixth issue for the second half/last part of the story as the characters seek to escape from the station.

    That was indeed rather a disappointment.

    Still I would put this one next to the other comic I mentioned I might pick up from time to time and read again.

    Oh I would also love to see more stories in this "Gibsonverse" though I doubt that that will happen.
  26. Deaconschristpose
    Quote from: Xiggz456 on Mar 27, 2019, 05:40:39 PM
    Just read through all 5 issues and overall I'm satisfied with this adaptation. It's an interesting take on the lore and it was fun seeing an alternate script get an "official" treatment. Reading the whole story in one go is such a better experience as my main critique was the slow build up which works with film but translates to an uneventful first couple of issues; however, the final two issues are quite a ride and ultimately left me intrigued as to where and how this alternate universe would continue on.


    Quote from: Deaconschristpose on Mar 27, 2019, 05:13:46 PM
    What happened to Newt? Did I miss something?

    She was shuttled back to Earth on the Sulaco in issue 3

    I figured I'd forgotten. Going monthly with a story can do that to me apparently.  I guess I was also expecting her to have more of a presence, I've never read the script.

    Overall, I thought the comic was well done, the story was ok. Call me crazy but I think I like the film we got more, though I'm very curious to see how the action of this comic would've looked on film.
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