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Dark Horse Comics Announces Aliens: Colonial Marines: Rising Threat!

With Aliens: Rescue due to kick off at the end of July, Dark Horse Comics have announced the next series – Aliens: Colonial Marines: Rising Threat! Rising Threat is set to tie into the events of the upcoming game from Cold Iron Studios and will also continue the story of Olivia Shipp, the character recently introduced in Alien: Echo!

Aliens Colonial Marines: Rising Threat delves into the formative years of the Colonial Marines. Tying into the events of the upcoming Cold Iron Studios videogame, this new series introduces Olivia Shipp, leader of a squad of battle-weary Marines who have defied orders to rescue the survivors of a refinery under siege.”

 Dark Horse Comics Announces Aliens: Colonial Marines: Rising Threat!

Once again Brian Wood is returning to write Rising Threat, making this his fourth Alien series for Dark Horse. Interior artwork with be handled by Werther Dell’Edera, with Michael Atiyeh responsible for colours. Though the press release (via Comicbook.com) doesn’t mention, it would appear that the fan favourite Tristan Jones is returning to provide cover art!

Aliens: Colonial Marines: Rising Threat will be an 8 issue long run, with the first issue currently scheduled for release on the 18th of September.

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  1. Still Collating...
    The standalone stories have been better IMO (with Defiance at the top for larger narratives), so I'm all up for the single isolated incidents again. I like when things go epic, but no everything has to be that way. Keep it diversified. They don't have to be super interconnected, they don't have to mention each other, but if they really heavily contradict the things that the previous installments set up, than that does spoil the fun for me.

    I like where things are going, as of now, not sure if that was the best direction to explore, but I'm certainly having fun with what we're getting. I find it promising they're focusing on other characters now. Leaving Amanda after Rescue is a wise thing to do, cause of oversaturation, we're still getting an Isolation novel to add to that.
    So, curious to see where things go. I enjoy the novels more than some of the comics, because the art can really kill the mood for me (Gibson's A3), so I'd just like to keep seeing those. We'll see how the Isolation one and Zula's novel turns out.
  2. The Old One
    Yeah true, but we don't know if the case is that the new era is the former or the latter yet.

    We've had the excellent standalone Isolation, The Cold Forge and Dead Orbit but also, a lot of stuff
     that appears to be forming a larger narrative; such as Defiance, Blackout, Resistance, Rescue, Echo and Rising Threat.
  3. Xenomrph
    There's arguments to be made either way for stand alone stories and ones that form part of a larger 'saga'.
    Such "sagas" work best when you've got a laid out plan ahead of time with a person spearheading the project who can keep all the moving parts in line in a way that each piece serves itself as much as it serves the larger whole - examples include the MCU, The Warhammer40k Horus Heresy series, and the Star Wars New Jedi Order series. If you don't go into it with a game plan then you end up with things like the Star Wars sequel trilogy, or the DCEU, or any number of failed "shared universes" over the years where things either don't feel cohesive and part of the same narrative, or you have pieces that feel like they exist solely to set up other pieces rather than being good stories in their own right.
  4. Nightmare Asylum

    Fans tend to favor a coherent EU, yes.

    I just favour good stories.

    Aye, this. I am more than happy to take a good EU story on it's own terms, but I'm not going to bother with a bad one just because it works in continuity.

    The Aliens comics that I've enjoyed have been a mixture of old and new EU, and I really don't see a difference between them in my mind.
  5. 426Buddy
    I don't think we need every new comic to be part of the Amanda/Zula plot. They are producing a lot of tie ins with them at the moment anyway so as long as they don't contradict eachother I see no issue with Rising Threat not mentioning the Zula or Amanda storylines.

    Personally though I really only care about how good the story is as well. I'm really not all that concerned about an EU that is all interconnected like the MCU or the Star Wars EU. It makes the universe seem even smaller than the prequels have already made it.
  6. Kimarhi
    That's a big part of why I hate prequels in general.

    I'm not totally against them, I thought a soft reboot of Hadley's Hope invasion to reboot the franchise for a new generation would've been okay, but I'm not for them either. 


    Explaining the Alien origins and SJ etc could've just as easily been told in a sequel and one could argue that a little fan mystique in which things were not actually explained are better. 
  7. Kimarhi
    And yet here come the prequels with mercenaries in better kit than soldiers fifty years ahead of them in the original trilogy.  Just because it does doesn't look updated doesn't mean the EU shoudn't try to at least modify the look. 
  8. Local Trouble
    I don't get the "they look outdated" thing about the marines.  Everything in the first two movies looks retro now, but that's part of their charm.  Why change it?

    Not in a direct sense.  I'm just curious to see if the series connects together along those lines.  I like to know the reading order.  Most importantly I want to know if the series contradict each other thereby casting one version out of canon.  That I hope will not be the case.  But they can definitely be isolated events.

    This.
  9. SM
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    I'm just curious to see if the series connects together along those lines.

    The only thing this will connect to right away is Echo due to the protagonist.
  10. Perfect-Organism
    So let me get this straight.  I am trying to piece this all together in my head canon in anticipation of the new game.  Alien: Echo leads to the new Aliens:  Colonial Marines series, which then leads into the new upcoming video game.  Does all this acknowledge Defiance / Isolation?  Is it part of the same new  Amanda Ripley canon chronology?

    Does it need to?

    Not in a direct sense.  I'm just curious to see if the series connects together along those lines.  I like to know the reading order.  Most importantly I want to know if the series contradict each other thereby casting one version out of canon.  That I hope will not be the case.  But they can definitely be isolated events.

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    The major issue was that in the old eu the writers at DH somehow missed the chance to have the ACM (OR THE ARMY) engage in close quarters the Aliens during the Earth War.   They could've followed a platoon of Marines/soldiers from the start of the outbreak to major engagements, to the retreat in space and they somehow missed that shit.  Like wtf.

    Countdown did something like that but on a very small scale.

    Is this series available somewhere online to read through?  It was free originally as part of the DH newsletter so it's a fair question I think.
  11. Still Collating...
    This. As long as they don't contradict each other, no need for references, focus on the story at hand.

    They are definitely trying out a bunch of different "old" and "new" ideas now, and I'm glad we're getting this mix.

    I for one am conflicted on the design of the marines. On the one hand, I love the original look, but on the other, it's so outdated. I think what Tristan did in Defiance and on this cover is great, of course. If a setting is chronologically close to Aliens, than keep the original armor, or just have a slightly different version. But anything that's further in the future, some variation on the familiar design, keeping the same core features while adding onto it, would be nice. I personally really liked what AVP2010 tried to do in that regard.

    On the other hand, in this EU, we can always say - budget. There's a lot of marines, a lot a space to cover, so some, or most, get the cheap stuff. It works. but not the best you can get. Maybe introducing some elite squads could leave the door open for new armor and weapons.
  12. SM
    So let me get this straight.  I am trying to piece this all together in my head canon in anticipation of the new game.  Alien: Echo leads to the new Aliens:  Colonial Marines series, which then leads into the new upcoming video game.  Does all this acknowledge Defiance / Isolation?  Is it part of the same new  Amanda Ripley canon chronology?

    Does it need to?

    Fans tend to favor a coherent EU, yes.

    Separate stories don't need to acknowledge each other.
  13. Kimarhi
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    The major issue was that in the old eu the writers at DH somehow missed the chance to have the ACM (OR THE ARMY) engage in close quarters the Aliens during the Earth War.   They could've followed a platoon of Marines/soldiers from the start of the outbreak to major engagements, to the retreat in space and they somehow missed that shit.  Like wtf.

    Countdown did something like that but on a very small scale.

    Yeah, I'm thinking like a defiance sized arc with the squad going through deadlier and deadlier encounters with the Alien until they are forced to flee the earth.

    Maybe could've had the end shot of the comic being the surviving soldiers/marines meeting General Spears or Dr Paul Church.  Out of the frying pan type deal. 
  14. Local Trouble
    So let me get this straight.  I am trying to piece this all together in my head canon in anticipation of the new game.  Alien: Echo leads to the new Aliens:  Colonial Marines series, which then leads into the new upcoming video game.  Does all this acknowledge Defiance / Isolation?  Is it part of the same new  Amanda Ripley canon chronology?

    Does it need to?

    Fans tend to favor a coherent EU, yes.
  15. Kimarhi


    I thought that's kinda what I did...(?) Defiance, all their gear was based on current real world marine gear with a few Aliens tweaks.



    There is nothing wrong with the art, I don't want anybody thinking my non drawing ass is taking those kind of shots, and I do appreciate your efforts to at least outfit  the Marines in your drawings with some kind of kit, I suppose its the lack of a modern update on their overall appearance that I bring my complaints forward about.  Modern Rangers from the 75th look more advanced. 

    The first guy that outfits his drawings with full body armor, different camo, new helmets (with a different tac screen) and an exo rig will be the main hero of the generation. 

    Again its nothing wrong with the artwork.  And some of the ships and equipment have been updated in the new EU art, its just the marine profile itself.  It has been pretty much the same for thirty years of EU material. 
  16. SM
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    The major issue was that in the old eu the writers at DH somehow missed the chance to have the ACM (OR THE ARMY) engage in close quarters the Aliens during the Earth War.   They could've followed a platoon of Marines/soldiers from the start of the outbreak to major engagements, to the retreat in space and they somehow missed that shit.  Like wtf.

    Countdown did something like that but on a very small scale.
  17. Kimarhi
    It was full auto though and I would walk around in a boonie cap and a LBV like it was Vietnam.

    Did you hear Fortunate Son on a loop the entire time?

    Only for my fb timeline. 

    The Garbage trailer for MGSV had dropped near the end of my deployment and that song Not your kind of people became my kind of mantra at the end of it.




    I'm tired off CM stories. Just stop it. I love Aliens but please stop. To me it seems as they're just too scared to try new type of characters. No, we just throw some pulse rifles and kick xeno - asses and hooorah-hooorah! Colonial marines isn't all what Alien universe is about.


    I just don't like it when they write everybody with the same voice.  I still feel like the same person now as I did when I got in.  I have more confidence, especially in leadership task and management because you are thrust into that role if you spend any time in at all, but for the most part my interest before and after are much the same as they were when I was a civilian.  But instead media in general portrays every military service member as being kind of super job oriented mission first guys who have no interest in anything besides getting the mission complete. 


    The major issue was that in the old eu the writers at DH somehow missed the chance to have the ACM (OR THE ARMY) engage in close quarters the Aliens during the Earth War.   They could've followed a platoon of Marines/soldiers from the start of the outbreak to major engagements, to the retreat in space and they somehow missed that shit.  Like wtf.



  18. SM
    It'd depend if Defiance counts as a 'Colonial Marines' story.  I'd say probably not, since it was just one marine - which would make the last Colonial Marines story the short A:CM tie-in.

    Seven years ago.

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    To me it seems as they're just too scared to try new type of characters.

    This series features the main character from Echo.  A teenage lesbian.
  19. Kradan
    I'm tired off CM stories. Just stop it. I love Aliens but please stop. To me it seems as they're just too scared to try new type of characters. No, we just throw some pulse rifles and kick xeno - asses and hooorah-hooorah! Colonial marines isn't all what Alien universe is about.
  20. Perfect-Organism
    So let me get this straight.  I am trying to piece this all together in my head canon in anticipation of the new game.  Alien: Echo leads to the new Aliens:  Colonial Marines series, which then leads into the new upcoming video game.  Does all this acknowledge Defiance / Isolation?  Is it part of the same new  Amanda Ripley canon chronology?
  21. Kimarhi
    You're not wrong about being jealous of better gear. I was cleaning M16s with literal toothbrushes...in 2012!

    We had m16a1s when I deployed to Ethiopia.  Since for whatever reason their government wouldn't allow us to bring our own automatic weapons, we had to use their old ones.

    It was full auto though and I would walk around in a boonie cap and a LBV like it was Vietnam. 

    Reserve component Army is like a purgatory between Marine corps and AD Army.  You might get new shit right away, we got the m4a1s months before Fort Campbell did, and you might still be getting ACU pattern gear issued to you years after OCP became the official pattern. 








  22. Local Trouble
    Maybe some day you can fit in some of those other guns shown in the Sulaco's armory in Aliens.  :)

    http://www.imfdb.org/wiki/Aliens#Rifles

    Modified, of course, to fit in with the likes of the pulse rifles and smart guns.  I'd especially like to see that Lewis gun in some form.  It'd make a good alternative to the smart gun for "stand-up fights."

    I'm still hoping to see that Pulse Rifle-ish shotgun!

    https://www.avpgalaxy.net/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.avpgalaxy.net%2Fgallery%2Falbums%2Fgames%2Favp2%2Fconcept09.jpg&hash=2e05784f1bdacfffcc0e5b7ddf65c892

    Hell, I'd like to see a regular pulse rifle with a drum like that.  If a standard magazine can hold 95 rounds, imagine how many a drum can carry!
  23. Kimarhi
    Is alien echos any good?

    If its 8 issues, one a month. So we can expect game release around May to dummer next year, assuming the game releases right after the comics end

    I think the Olivia character is going to work fine for people who haven't read Echo. If you can imagine a person who's been traumatized by the Aliens without needing to know all the exact play-by-play details, you'll be fine not reading Echo. Anything that's unique I'm sure they'll provide context on.

    They need to update the CM design.  I realize this is classic 80's pop culture iconic design that everybody can look and identify, but they would not keep the same gear that long.  Your adversaries adapt to your defenses and offense and thus you must finally change to throw them off kilter.

    Kind of like the US military keeping the 5.56 for so long that Russia and China spent a fortune updating their troops armor to stop that round thus forcing the US military to start developing a weapon system that will use a different cartridge.

    Plus, where are the other branches in the Alien universe?  The Army should at least be around talking shit to the crayon eating jarheads, and the leathernecks should be jealous of all the gear the Army is going to get 20 years in advance.

    Not a bad point, but how long have people been making their own version of AK-47s? Sometimes there's a design that works for a while.

    And what's the point of the Army? Seems like, in space, military forces need to be expeditionary, which the Army is not.

    The Army has whole divisions that are expeditionary.   The army has more people in more countries than the rest of the military combined as well as the bulk of the us SOF forces.  This isn't going to change in the future.

    The Marines are known to be expediotonary simply because they can't sustain a fight on their own.


  24. Xiggz456
    Knowing this drops in September, it appears that it will run until Alien day next year. Gotta love the influx of new content and on a side note, this month is going to be the only month of 2019 where we aren’t getting any new Alien content. Definitely a sign of a healthy franchise if you ask me!
  25. Xenomrph
    They need to update the CM design.  I realize this is classic 80's pop culture iconic design that everybody can look and identify, but they would not keep the same gear that long. 

    That's one of the things I liked about AvP2010, it updated the Marine gear (and even referenced some of the in-development stuff mentioned in the USCM Tech Manual) but still kept it recognizable.
  26. Corporal Hicks
    Maybe some day you can fit in some of those other guns shown in the Sulaco's armory in Aliens.  :)

    http://www.imfdb.org/wiki/Aliens#Rifles

    Modified, of course, to fit in with the likes of the pulse rifles and smart guns.  I'd especially like to see that Lewis gun in some form.  It'd make a good alternative to the smart gun for "stand-up fights."

    I'm still hoping to see that Pulse Rifle-ish shotgun!

    https://www.avpgalaxy.net/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.avpgalaxy.net%2Fgallery%2Falbums%2Fgames%2Favp2%2Fconcept09.jpg&hash=2e05784f1bdacfffcc0e5b7ddf65c892
  27. Still Collating...
    Well this is just sounding more and more interesting by the minute. Alien media is really being produced now on a regular basis, I'm glad to see this.
    Also, I'm excited that it will be an 8 issue run, since I do find a lot of the comics have pacing issues where things either get rushed or underdeveloped. Even though Defiance isn't perfect in a few regards, I really like how long the run lasted. So this will be really fun to see.

    And since we still know nothing about the new game other than it having maybe marines in it and probably MP, it's nice that we're getting a background to the story or if it won't impact the final game much, at least we have context that fits in with what we're getting.

    Appreciate the effort from Fox/Disney.
  28. Local Trouble
    But that Lewis Gun looks like a static position gun. I feel like firing that thing off without a mount would be massively unweildy

    That's kind of my point though since the smart gun is hardly a practical weapon to hit the dirt with if you're taking enemy fire.  While it may be great for bug hunts, stand-up fights may call for something that doesn't require a bulky harness.  The Lewis gun (or whatever they call it) may be exactly that for the USCM.
  29. Hudson
    Is alien echos any good?

    If its 8 issues, one a month. So we can expect game release around May to dummer next year, assuming the game releases right after the comics end

    I think the Olivia character is going to work fine for people who haven't read Echo. If you can imagine a person who's been traumatized by the Aliens without needing to know all the exact play-by-play details, you'll be fine not reading Echo. Anything that's unique I'm sure they'll provide context on.

    They need to update the CM design.  I realize this is classic 80's pop culture iconic design that everybody can look and identify, but they would not keep the same gear that long.  Your adversaries adapt to your defenses and offense and thus you must finally change to throw them off kilter.

    Kind of like the US military keeping the 5.56 for so long that Russia and China spent a fortune updating their troops armor to stop that round thus forcing the US military to start developing a weapon system that will use a different cartridge.

    Plus, where are the other branches in the Alien universe?  The Army should at least be around talking shit to the crayon eating jarheads, and the leathernecks should be jealous of all the gear the Army is going to get 20 years in advance.

    Not a bad point, but how long have people been making their own version of AK-47s? Sometimes there's a design that works for a while.

    And what's the point of the Army? Seems like, in space, military forces need to be expeditionary, which the Army is not.
  30. tyrannosaurusjones
    They need to update the CM design.  I realize this is classic 80's pop culture iconic design that everybody can look and identify, but they would not keep the same gear that long.  Your adversaries adapt to your defenses and offense and thus you must finally change to throw them off kilter.

    Kind of like the US military keeping the 5.56 for so long that Russia and China spent a fortune updating their troops armor to stop that round thus forcing the US military to start developing a weapon system that will use a different cartridge.

    Plus, where are the other branches in the Alien universe?  The Army should at least be around talking shit to the crayon eating jarheads, and the leathernecks should be jealous of all the gear the Army is going to get 20 years in advance. 

    I thought that's kinda what I did...(?) Defiance, all their gear was based on current real world marine gear with a few Aliens tweaks.

    Maybe some day you can fit in some of those other guns shown in the Sulaco's armory in Aliens.  :)

    http://www.imfdb.org/wiki/Aliens#Rifles

    Modified, of course, to fit in with the likes of the pulse rifles and smart guns.  I'd especially like to see that Lewis Gun in some form.  It'd make a good alternative to the smart gun for "stand-up fights."

    The Heckler and Koch VP70 was in Defiance...

    But that Lewis Gun looks like a static position gun. I feel like firing that thing off without a mount would be massively unweildy
  31. Kimarhi
    They need to update the CM design.  I realize this is classic 80's pop culture iconic design that everybody can look and identify, but they would not keep the same gear that long.  Your adversaries adapt to your defenses and offense and thus you must finally change to throw them off kilter.

    Kind of like the US military keeping the 5.56 for so long that Russia and China spent a fortune updating their troops armor to stop that round thus forcing the US military to start developing a weapon system that will use a different cartridge.

    Plus, where are the other branches in the Alien universe?  The Army should at least be around talking shit to the crayon eating jarheads, and the leathernecks should be jealous of all the gear the Army is going to get 20 years in advance. 













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