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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. Russ840
    Amazing Variant.

    I just checked out Robert Carey’s art and it looks pretty good and is similar in style to Tristan’s.

    Dan Jackson on colours, as well, fills me with confidence that the book is going to be very consistent with the first half of defiance when I comes to look and atmosphere. Here’s hoping that Robert can bring as much life to the page, like Tristan does so well.
  2. SiL
    I rolled the arm forward in the socket a bit, like its shoulders are trying to touch each other. I don't know what it is about that version of the release but it's blown the colours out a bit. If you look at the black and white, it's clearer.
    Oh, that's cool! Thanks for sharing. The colour version definitely crushed the shadows a bit around the top of the arm and kinda obscures what you were doing.

    Love your work. Seriously some of the best artwork the series has had.
  3. SiL
    I'm sorry! The knee if where the shoulder should be and the arm is just kind of appearing out of the inky blackness like a Lovecraftian tit. :P

    Looking closer it actually looks like the arm was originally in the right place but has been shifted to the side. Would love to hear what happened here!

    (Still a great piece!)
  4. SM
    The comics took their lead from the films which both (at that point) said they wanted Aliens for the bio-weapons division.

    Even so, Dark Horse were 10 series, 2 one-shots, numerous short stories and 7 years into their run before Weyland-Yutani explicitly rated a mention.
  5. The Old One
    I never enjoyed the assumption that W-Y would "Weaponise the Xenomorph" It appears thoughtless and lacks creative drive.
    In my personal interpretation the aqquisition was more-so in terms of designed exploitation, instead of outright military use.

    I appreciate "The Cold Forge" in it's exploration of "Other" exploitation.
  6. Ultramorph
    I’d rather they just finish Defiance and Isolation in a nice clean mini like this, rather than try another ongoing that will get cut short.

    Back to the story, it’s cool that Wood is talking up the “early days of colonization” angle. I wonder if we’ll see some of W-Y’s early attempts are weponizing the xenos. Those U-head aliens that Tristan did a sketch of back in the day would be neat to see.
  7. SM
    They need to be as long as they need to be.  The original Aliens series worked well at 6 issues.  Alchemy and Survival work out alright at three issues.
  8. Perfect-Organism
    A 4-issue series surely can be done well.  No doubt.  I will say though, thinking back about the great 4-issue series of the past, I kinda wish they were 6-issue series instead.  That cartainly translates better into a TPB...
  9. Xenomrph
    A stack of Aliens stories work perfectly well with four issues.
    It almost feels like a lost art. As you said, there's a lot of great self-contained 4-issue stories from Dark Horse's back catalog (and not just 'Aliens', but other stuff like Star Wars and Terminator) but the modern stuff like each of the Fire & Stone arcs, Dead Orbit, or Predator: Hunters (5-issues, I know) just don't feel like they hit that pacing "sweet spot" of just about any of the 90s 4-issue series. It always feels like either not enough interesting stuff happens and the series could have been condensed down to 2-3 issues, or too much is going on and it should have been stretched out to 5-6.
  10. D88M
    Sounds and looks good, but i wish at some point at least for some story Dark Horse would stop with the 4 issues format, it makes most works seem rushed in the script aspect.
  11. SM
    I don't have the graphic novel, but Isolation takes place on December 11 and the Europa sets course from Sol to LV-44-40 on December 14.

    So page 82 goes like this:

    Zula is reviewing messages on her internet machine.  One is from Amanda Ripley as follows:

    Zula, I'm heading off Luna soon.  I'm on the Torrens, and it's sort of a crap assignment except that it'll take me to Sevastopol... maybe I can find something out about my Mom... anyway haven't seen you around for ages...  and no one will tell me what you've been up to.  I leave in a week, so come find me, ok?

    Can be explained by saying they didn't see each other for some time prior to both their assignments, and Zula didn't check her messages before leaving.

    I don't have the graphic novel, but Isolation takes place on December 11 and the Europa sets course from Sol to LV-44-40 on December 14.

    Have any of these scripts crossed your desk?

    I couldn't possibly comment.
  12. Perfect-Organism
    Assuming Zula fires up Davis, I wonder how Amanda is going to enjoy his presence considering the fun times she shared with his kin back on Sevastopol.  You never said anything about an android being on board!  Why not?!
  13. Ultramorph
    That Juggernaut doorway has me going me hoping we get a scene where Zula and Ripley find some Engineer murals and have a moment where they release how big and unknowable the universe is.

    Also, on a licensing note, the fact that this has been announced and that DH’s Avatar comics are finally getting off the ground would seem to bode well for them keeping the license for a good while longer.
  14. Xiggz456
    That cover art! Tristan is incredible at capturing the tone and vibe of Alien. The Wey-Yu factory/lab in the background, the curved walls of an engineer vessel, the weaponry and of course the ferocious looking lurking alien. Hopefully Tristan being the cover artist incentivizes everyone to buy the single issues instead of waiting for the TPB.
  15. Still Collating...
    YES! Great news! I just hope they do Amanda's character justice and don't overdo it with the marines. As long as the characters don't do anything too stupid and things don't become convoluted in the timeline, this could be something really interesting.
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