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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. KiramidHead
    One thing I hope they change from the original script is
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    The pages we've seen so far come from the second draft, where

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  2. Rankles75
    One thing I hope they change from the original script is
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  3. Nostromo
    https://www.cbr.com/william-gibson-alien-3-comic-book-series/

    Thanks!

    "The comic will plot a wholly new course for Ripley and the survivors aboard the Sulaco, as, according to Gibson, almost nothing from his original script made it into the final cut."

    There is hope here.

    "The synopsis for Gibson’s Alien 3 reveals that the series’ story will evolve one of the primary conflicts of the first two films, the struggled between personal welfare and corporate interests, by introducing a hefty dose of governmental strife into the equation."

    Why not? Sounds you can add a lot more story depth now.

    "Based on a script by William Gibson, William Gibson’s Alien 3 #1 goes on sale on Nov. 7. Johnnie Christmas is the issue’s artist. Tamra Bonvillain provides colors, while James Harren, Daniel Warren Johnson, Paolo Rivera, Tradd Moore and Christian Ward pen the issue’s variant covers, two of which can be found in the gallery above, along with a five-page preview of the debut issue."

    Nice. Good things have small beginnings.

    SM placed all the calls afrer all.
  4. OpenMaw
    The SpaceCommies fiddle with the creatures' DNA, and the Aliens on their station wing up breeding faster and generally being "meaner" as a result. But the ones on Anchorpoint are never said to be altered by the scientists. They just suddenly have a new method of reproduction they conveniently never used in the previous two films.

    It's because they fused Alien DNA with human cultures. "The Change" and hybreds are a result of that. That isn't their natural life cycle at work, it's an aberration brought on by gestating the raw DNA with the human culture.

    One visual I'm really looking forward to is the xenomorph DNA under the microscope.

    Yeah.

  5. HuDaFuK
    Yeah, but per the original scripts, no manipulation has taken place when the Alien suddenly pulls an entirely new life cycle out of its ass.

    The SpaceCommies fiddle with the creatures' DNA, and the Aliens on their station wing up breeding faster and generally being "meaner" as a result. But the ones on Anchorpoint are never said to be altered by the scientists. They just suddenly have a new method of reproduction they conveniently never used in the previous two films.
  6. OpenMaw
    That's not actually entirely true. There are at least three scenes that go over the ALIEN DNA.

    The scientists at Anchorpoint do a human-alien culture to see how the alien DNA reacts. What they see scares them they terminate the experiment. Takes the ALIEN DNA seconds to basically destroy the human tissue culture. The corporate suits insist that the experiments follow through, and what develops in the container is actually not far from the spore pods in Alien Covenant. Something goes wrong with the system and it causes a couple of the tubes to overheat/over pressure and crack. A small egg-like spore has developed, and when it comes close to two of the characters it opens and releases a "small cloud that disappears." They're both infected with this new strain.

    The commies basically admire how well it "lends itself to be manipulated" and that it seems to be almost "manufactured." They're impressed that it has a "universal compatibility." IE, whatever you give it, it will use. Basically, it's the perfect organism, a survivor, unclouded by conscience, remorse, or delusions of morality.  :)

    So they do explain it. The Alien DNA will simply change and snap back violently depending on how it's cultivated. It makes more sense than the random nature of the black goo and spores.

    Literally nothing about what goes on in the Gibson drafts, particularly draft 2, "contradicts" the first three films, because the way the Alien species is introduced and explored is different.


    Also, after rereading it, i'm really curious to see what they do with the Stoiko. It's brief description in the script makes me think of Crimson Tide in space... Cold War space battle wagon.
  7. The Old One
    Say what you will about the Alien prequels, at least it added new facets without contradicting the Alien Trilogy.

    Apart from Aliens bursting out of people fully-formed.

    And the Aliens being massively younger than is shown by the first movie.

    :P

    Bah, artistic license on that first one- it doesn't actually change anything about the way they function.

    Than is implied, not shown- in both cases.
  8. The Old One
    Nah, not my thing.
    Say what you will about the Alien prequels, at least it added new facets without contradicting the Alien Trilogy.

    Hope the adaptation in the comic makes at least some effort to explain why if they can spread as an airborne infection-
    they didn't in the previous two films.
  9. HuDaFuK
    Yeah, it infected Welles and that's how we got the Hybrid.  There were so few people on Anchorpoint in the second script so I don't recall who else died the same way.

    Tully turns in draft 2, but realises it's coming and suicides by meat locker - they find him frozen solid and half-transformed. The scientist who gets bitten on the leg also turns, but Hicks shoots him dead before the process can complete; his turning made a hell of a lot more sense than the dozen Chestbursters that suddenly erupt out of him in response to a nip on the leg in draft 1.

    I don't like the idea of the Aliens just mutating willy-nilly, does the script this is based on give any explanation?

    Nope. They can just suddenly infect people via airborne contagion.

    That leap is the main thing I dislike about it.
  10. OpenMaw
    I doubt it. I think if anything inspired them it was that there was a lot of interest in alternative Alien 3 sequels, and the best way to ultimately approach that I think is in comics. They could do dozens of alternate sequel ideas and it won't piss anyone off.

    Something i've always been curious about, and i'm very interested to see what the comics do with it, is what the new breeds look like.

    I always imagined something similar to one of the Ripley Clone failures. There's one that has a very Alien head.

    https://i.imgur.com/4aBjZ1H.png
  11. Denton Smalls
    Totally forgot about the infections via bites! Do you all think DH is releasing this because it shares a lot of the viral elements with Covenant and they want to divert more towards that direction for future content?
  12. KiramidHead
    I hope they keep the grander scale of Anchorpoint from the first draft. It can still be unfinished and manned by a skeleton crew, but I'd still like to see the different areas in one form or another like the mall and the aeroponics room.
  13. Perfect-Organism
    Hmmmm, they could do a comic of Ellison's I, Robot... especially since he can't sue them anymore.

    Never heard of that one. Any good?

    It's a good script (Ellison published it in book form) but it's loooong, and gets kind of muddled by the end. Ellison basically doomed the project when he told an executive that he had "the intellectual capacity of an artichoke". :laugh:

    I've seen some interviews with Ellison recently on Prisoners of Gravity, and that seems so within his character.  What a curmudgeon!!  Brilliant, and probably right about the exec, but what a sour, bitter guy..
  14. Huggs
    Hmmmm, they could do a comic of Ellison's I, Robot... especially since he can't sue them anymore.

    Never heard of that one. Any good?

    Ellison basically doomed the project when he told an executive that he had "the intellectual capacity of an artichoke". :laugh:

    Hmmm. I'll just add that to my list of things "not" to say.  ;) Sounds like something to check out though. I'll give it a look. Thanks.
  15. KiramidHead
    Hmmmm, they could do a comic of Ellison's I, Robot... especially since he can't sue them anymore.

    Never heard of that one. Any good?

    It's a good script (Ellison published it in book form) but it's loooong, and gets kind of muddled by the end. Ellison basically doomed the project when he told an executive that he had "the intellectual capacity of an artichoke". :laugh:
  16. KiramidHead
    Calling it "20th Century Fox Uncovered" means we could get more than just Alien script comics. Hmmmm, they could do a comic of Ellison's I, Robot... especially since he can't sue them anymore.
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