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Interview with Gabriel Hardman (Aliens: Dust to Dust) – AvP Galaxy Podcast #81

We have just uploaded the 81st episode of the Alien vs. Predator Galaxy Podcast (right-click and save as to download)! Our latest podcast sees regular co-hosts Corporal Hicks and RidgeTop joined by Gabriel Harman, the writer and artist behind the recent comic series, Aliens: Dust to Dust!

 Interview with Gabriel Hardman (Aliens: Dust to Dust) - AvP Galaxy Podcast #81

Carlos D’Anda’s variant cover art for Aliens: Dust to Dust #3.

We discuss the advantages of a single artist & writer, Dust to Dust’s addition to the Aliens lore, designer pigs and Alien hybrids and plenty more! Beware spoilers. You may want to read the series before listening to this.

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  1. David's Creation
    Then I wonder if it would be out of the question for the art error to be fixed for the trade paperback.

    So he says that there are two conflicting moments in the final issue as far as Mom's motivations.  I assume he's talking about the moment where Mom attacks Maxon and the moment where she saves him from the queen.  If that's indeed what he's talking about, then it is just an art mistake.

    (And for the record, it's actually in two panels.  In the very next panel, where she tackles Maxon, you see her right arm again.)
  2. Corporal Hicks
    Or B: Another alien jumped into frame and it wasn't executed very clearly, leading to confusion.  But then why didn't Mom defend Maxon from this other alien?

    I'm 100% certain it was nothing more than an art error. The whole question of that part of the series is "is it protecting Max?" And Hardman deliberately wanted to leave the answer open.

    Always a pleasure reading your reviews Hicks and this one was no exception.

    Thanks. I'm glad you dug it.  :)
  3. David's Creation
    Either way, that part was a little clunky.

    Either A: Mom attacks Maxon in that scene alone, but protects him in the rest of the series, (and has two arms in that frame by mistake).

    Or B: Another alien jumped into frame and it wasn't executed very clearly, leading to confusion.  But then why didn't Mom defend Maxon from this other alien?

    Is Mom going through an internal struggle?
  4. SM
    I finally got round to getting issue 4 for this, and it's a very solid book.

    Bit of a howler with the 'Mom' Alien regrowing an arm in one panel, but little else to fault.
  5. Xiggz456
    Always a pleasure reading your reviews Hicks and this one was no exception. I actually gave the series a reread over the weekend so good timing on the review haha. I find myself enjoying the art more and more. So much movement and atmosphere within every panel. They may take longer to produce, but the single artist/author/creator really adds a cohesion that I for one am all for.
  6. Fiendishly Inventive
    I don't blame them, it's difficult to write around Resurrection. The WYR had the right idea, just say "f**k it. The Company and everything you like about the things in the first three Alien films are back after Resurrection's Auriga failure- it's as if it never happened."
  7. 426Buddy
    Yeah i gotcha, i was responding to Old Ones
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    Inferring a timeline, I don't think that's wholly correct. As it would mean then that if that was a reference to Dust To Dust all Colonies went "Tits up." Because of the Alien, and I don't find that likely.
  8. Fiendishly Inventive
    I don't include those terrible crossover comics, so I'm just keeping them (The standalones) in order of release, after the Alien Trilogy until further notice. Although I think you may be right about the Colonies went "Tits up." Inferring a timeline, I don't think that's wholly correct. As it would mean then that if that was a reference to Dust To Dust all Colonies went "Tits up." Because of the Alien, and I don't find that likely.

    I just think it means that W-Y's expansionist Golden Age is over, leading in to Resurrection.
  9. Ultramorph
    I place it before Dead Orbit, which is explicitly set a bit later in the period between A3 and AR (2289 or something).

    My thoughts on the order of recent series:

    1. Life and Death has Weyland-Yutani starting a big push for new colonies with the New Worlds initiative.
    2. Flash forward to Dust to Dust, where one of said colonies is starting to fail, hence the terrible decision that starts the outbreak.
    3 Dead Orbit has an offhand mention of how the outer colonies went “tits up.”

    I don’t think it’s an international thing, but the overall arc works. WY aggressively expanded, got overextended, and then started to fail before losing their FTL contracts and getting suppressed by the USM.
  10. Xiggz456
    Another awesome podcast! A story revolving around an adult Maxon would definitely be something that I’d like to see. Overall I’m interested in seeing more stories done by a single creator as the art tends to further the narrative in a more cohesive manner when one person is behind the wheel. Excited for the extras that’ll be included in the trade which I believe is dropping 4/24 during Alien Week!
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