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Amanda Ripley & Zula Hendricks Return for New Comic Aliens: Resistance

Alien: Isolation’s Amanda Ripley & Aliens: Defiance’s Zula Hendricks are returning for a new comic series titled Aliens: Resistance! Billed as a sequel to both Isolation and Defiance, Brian Wood is returning for scripting duties with artwork by Robert Carey, colours by the returning Dan Jackson and covers by Roberto De La Torre. The legendary Tristan Jones’ is also returning to provide variant cover-art.

SyFy Wire, who made the exclusive announcement, also spoke to Brian Wood about what we could expect from the new series!

“Zula’s story has places it could go and I always wanted to see it continue, even if it wasn’t by my hand. Based on emails and fan art, she connected with people. Resistance also kicks off on Earth, something not really shown in past Aliens works. It’s about the rush of deep space colonization and how the Colonial Marines evolved in response to new threats and situations. Like Defiance, Resistance features the Marines in a big way, but opens things up with the colonists and the political situation surrounding that – plus Aliens, obviously.”

 Amanda Ripley & Zula Hendricks Return for New Comic Aliens: Resistance

“The Zula we meet in Resistance has found her place – no spoilers – and has moved onto a new phase of her life and with a new purpose – a new mission. Her friendship with Amanda was always more implied than shown, so its been satisfying to properly write that and explore it.  They make a great team.”

“Then it continues with the general narrative of Weyland-Yutani’s earliest efforts to exploit the Alien bio-tech,” shared Wood. “This is fairly early on in the overall timeline of the universe, taking place after Alien and right after the Isolation video game but well before Aliens.”

“I realize Weyland’s been a steady presence in all the films and we all know they’re hot to turn xenomorphs into weapons. I find a lot of interesting dramatic meat in these early, “wild west” years for Weyland-Yutani, when they only sorta knew what they were dealing with, and were running secret black sites to run experiments away from prying eyes.”

Aliens: Resistance is set to be a four issue run with the first issue due for release on the 23rd of January 2019. Also to be released around that time is Titan Books and Keith R.A. DeCandido’s Alien: Isolation novel.

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  1. The Cruentus
    Just read the first issue, not sure what to think.
    Maybe its just the art style I am not sure but Amanda is looking like she has too much eyeliner. Like her mother she never wore make up as far as I could tell but in this comic, she looks like she wears so much that her eyes look black in one panel.
    Spoiler
    Another issue is the first part moves way too fast, no build or conversation on whether or not they are going to do something about the information that they suddenly got, They just jump to it. Don't like the implication in the ending either, Apparently it seems W-Y is using Colonist ships, changing their status to "resupply ships" (while the colonists are still on board of course) and having it sent to the area where Aliens are, meaning they going to be used as hosts. I tell you right now, I am getting goddamn sick and tired of the company being portayed as over the top mustache twirling villians all the time in games and comics. Its stupid and over the top.
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  2. Prez
    Just picked up my Tristan Jones variant cover from my local today ... yay!
    Should help make the ride home on the bus bearable in this 46 degree heat (that's celsius). HOT!
  3. 426Buddy
    Eh first issue was okay.

    Some things are bothering me a little bit.
    Spoiler
    Acid tipped bullets? Even more advanced WY Xeno Joes? WY being so mustache twirlingly evil.
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    I dunno... like others have said, all this happening years before Aliens just doesn't feel right, regardless of how "secret" it is. Its like doubling down on the idea that WY put the colony on lv426 just to look for the alien.
  4. Corporal Hicks
    Quote from: Russ840 on Jan 23, 2019, 07:54:59 AM
    The first issue is a lot of set up and not much else.

    And yet feels like it needed another issue. This felt like #2 to me. I wonder if Blackout or the novel is going to fill in any of the gaps.

    I enjoyed it. It's off to a solid start. Really like Carey's art. I was a little unsure about the heavy black outlines in some of the preview art but I'm digging it. I'm curious as to if they'll go into more detail about the new Xeno-synths. I love that Amanda is a claustrophobic now too. I like seeing the emotional fallouts. Definitely looking forward to the next issue.
  5. The Old One
    Ah, who cares about the fifth one.
    Even James Cameron took it off for half his Aliens.

    Spoiler

    Do we know where they're going yet?
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  6. Russ840
    The first issue is a lot of set up and not much else.

    Art is good.  Not Tristan good, but good. Scenery is good and it has a very cinematic feel but the characters seem a little static.  Ripley and Zula do not really look consistent with past appearances which takes me out of it a little. From what we see of the Aliens, they look pretty good, although missing the pointy 5th dorsal spine.

    I'm invested though, so looking forward to next issue.
  7. Prez
    Quote from: Necronomicon II on Jan 22, 2019, 09:53:11 AM
    Quote from: Prez on Jan 22, 2019, 08:59:53 AM
    Just put in my pre-order with my local comic shop for issues 1-3 with all of Tristan's variant covers :D


    Quote from: tyrannosaurusjones on Dec 07, 2018, 02:33:48 PM
    Quote from: SM on Dec 01, 2018, 09:47:01 AM
    All I can afford is a Resistance comic from Minotaur and hope he's working that day so he can sign it.  ;D

    I didn't realise you were a Melbournian! Come in and say hi sometime! I'm in Sunday through to Thursday!

    Crikey. Wish I still lived in Melbourne ... Minotaur was a regular lunch time stopover for me when I worked in the CBD.

    I bought all my Giger books from Minotaur.

    Bought my (old) Spawn AVP figurines from there many (eons) ago. Does it still have that purple paint job and those escalators that don't work (assuming it's on Elizabeth street still)?
  8. Necronomicon II
    Quote from: Prez on Jan 22, 2019, 08:59:53 AM
    Just put in my pre-order with my local comic shop for issues 1-3 with all of Tristan's variant covers :D


    Quote from: tyrannosaurusjones on Dec 07, 2018, 02:33:48 PM
    Quote from: SM on Dec 01, 2018, 09:47:01 AM
    All I can afford is a Resistance comic from Minotaur and hope he's working that day so he can sign it.  ;D

    I didn't realise you were a Melbournian! Come in and say hi sometime! I'm in Sunday through to Thursday!

    Crikey. Wish I still lived in Melbourne ... Minotaur was a regular lunch time stopover for me when I worked in the CBD.

    I bought all my Giger books from Minotaur.
  9. Prez
    Just put in my pre-order with my local comic shop for issues 1-3 with all of Tristan's variant covers :D


    Quote from: tyrannosaurusjones on Dec 07, 2018, 02:33:48 PM
    Quote from: SM on Dec 01, 2018, 09:47:01 AM
    All I can afford is a Resistance comic from Minotaur and hope he's working that day so he can sign it.  ;D

    I didn't realise you were a Melbournian! Come in and say hi sometime! I'm in Sunday through to Thursday!

    Crikey. Wish I still lived in Melbourne ... Minotaur was a regular lunch time stopover for me when I worked in the CBD.
  10. Ultramorph
    Damn, that's some cool art!

    The solicitations for #4 have also gone live. Spoiler warning:
    http://www.adventuresinpoortaste.com/2019/01/21/exclusive-dark-horse-solicitations-resident-alien-wyrd-and-calamity-kate/
    Spoiler
    QuoteOn sale Apr 24
    FC, 32 pages
    $3.99
    Miniseries

    Amanda Ripley and Zula Hendricks are engaged in a desperate battle on the jungle moon, losing the fight against genetically modified Aliens and synthetics for survival. One desperate, last-ditch, option remains, and the two women are forced to decide how much of a sacrifice they are willing to make.

    – Written by Brian Wood of Aliens: Defiance.
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    Hmmmm...
    Spoiler
    Jungle moon, genetically altered xenos, and what looks like a Juggernaut on the cover for #1. I wonder....
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  11. Corporal Hicks
    QuoteI wrote Aliens: Defiance back in 2015, and initially that book was meant to be an Amanda Ripley book.  For reasons, that didn't happen, and I went on to co-create (with Tristan Jones) the character of Zula Hendricks for that title and the Aliens Universe overall.  BUT, Amanda had a couple cameos in that series, and that right there established the fact that Amanda definitively survived Isolation, and was back in the timeline doing stuff.

    I can't remember if we knew about this before. That's pretty interesting.
  12. Xenomrph
    Quote from: SM on Jan 17, 2019, 12:47:54 AM
    I always find that pausing a movie a quarter of the way in is a completely legitimate form of criticism.
    Criticizing an episodic form of media for how it plays out episodically is a pretty legit form of criticism. How do you feel about television shows being criticized on an episode-by-episode basis?


    Quote from: felix on Jan 17, 2019, 03:32:58 AM
    https://www.previewsworld.com/Article/221337-Aliens-Antagonize-Girl-Power-Resistance

    QuoteBrian Wood. Well, the whole thing is a little more nuanced than that.  I wrote Aliens: Defiance back in 2015, and initially that book was meant to be an Amanda Ripley book.  For reasons, that didn't happen, and I went on to co-create (with Tristan Jones) the character of Zula Hendricks for that title and the Aliens Universe overall.  BUT, Amanda had a couple cameos in that series, and that right there established the fact that Amanda definitively survived Isolation, and was back in the timeline doing stuff.
    Wasn't Amanda's presence in Defiance set before Isolation?
  13. The Old One
    "The all controlling Weyland-Yutani corporation."

    Uh-oh.

    "One of the highlights of Aliens: Resistance is the magnificent scenery that the characters pass through.
    From the vast, empty, planet landscapes to the sprawling cities; the locations set the tone for the comic.
    Each section of the narrative starts with an establishing shot that leaves the reader in no doubt
    about the type of world the characters inhabit. It is breathtaking and wondrous to behold,
    but you also get the impression that danger is just around the corner."


    Wow, interesting. Can't wait to see that depicted.
    Hope it's as excellent as the article insinuates it is.
    But I still worry about the over-arching narrative.

  14. Ultramorph
    Solitations for #3 are here!
    http://www.adventuresinpoortaste.com/2018/12/15/exclusive-dark-horse-march-2019-solicitations-calamity-kate-aliens-resistance-and-more/
    Spoiler
    QuoteOn Sale March 27
    FC, 32 pages
    $3.99
    Miniseries
    As Amanda Ripley and Zula Hendricks deal with failing pressure suits and an orbital tumble, a Weyland-Yutani experiment unfolds on the surface of the moon below. A thousand kidnapped colonists' lives hang in the balance.
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    WY being typical bastards, it seems.
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