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Dark Horse Cancels Aliens: Colonial Marines – Rising Threat

First announced back in June, Aliens: Colonial Marines – Rising Threat was set to act as a tie-in to Cold Iron Studios upcoming Aliens “persistent online shooter,” and as a sequel to Mira Grant’s Alien: Echo which would have continued the story of Olivia Shipp.

Now, following several accusations of predatory and inappropriate behaviour being directed at Brian Wood, the series writer, Dark Horse Comics has cancelled the upcoming title. In a statement to The Beat, Dark Horse said:

“Effective immediately, Dark Horse will not pursue any new projects with Brian Wood. Dark Horse has cancelled the upcoming series Aliens Colonial Marines: Rising Threat.”

 Dark Horse Cancels Aliens: Colonial Marines - Rising Threat

It’s unknown if Dark Horse will look to pursue the title with a different writer. Forum member Xiggz456 suggested Mira Grant (the pen-name of Seanan McGuire), who currently writes Spider-Gwen/Ghost-Spider for Marvel, take over penning duties and that is something I’d love to see!

Having written a significant portion of the recent Alien stories, Brian Wood’s latest series Rescue is currently halfway through its release. It’s unknown if the remainder of Aliens: Rescue will be released but the additional issues are still on Dark Horse’s website, whereas all entries for Rising Threat have been removed.

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  1. HuDaFuK
    Don't want to rain on your parade but where the confidence Tristan's comic storywise will be good is coming from ? Don't get me wrong he's fantastic artist no doubt but the same aplies to Ridley Scott and many people have problems with story he tried to tell in prequels.

    Supposedly he was contributing to the story on Defiance. I thought that noticeably and dramatically dropped when he left. Coincidence?
  2. Engineer
    I trust Tristan with writing a story... I’ve emailed DH a few times to express my interest in letting Tristan write one. I’m hoping that DH receives lots of emails like mine from people. If they get enough emails from fans about it, it might happen...
  3. SM
    Don't want to rain on your parade but where the confidence Tristan's comic storywise will be good is coming from ? Don't get me wrong he's fantastic artist no doubt but the same aplies to Ridley Scott and many people have problems with story he tried to tell in prequels.

    'Cos he told me the story he wanted to tell and it sounded pretty cool.
  4. Kradan
    Don't want to rain on your parade but where the confidence Tristan's comic storywise will be good is coming from ? Don't get me wrong he's fantastic artist no doubt but the same aplies to Ridley Scott and many people have problems with story he tried to tell in prequels.
  5. Nostromo
    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">As most of you know, the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Aliens?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Aliens</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/book?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#book</a> I was doing <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/cover?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#cover</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/art?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#art</a> for was axed, but there was one finished that hasn’t been released yet that I’ve been given the okay on showing. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Colours?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Colours</a> by @spidermanfan2099.<br>.<br><br>Barring commissions, this is probably the la… <a href="https://t.co/eXX7tlUivO">https://t.co/eXX7tlUivO</a> <a href="https://t.co/Svblh9UX8I">pic.twitter.com/Svblh9UX8I</a></p>&mdash; Tristan Jones (@tyrannojones) <a href="https://twitter.com/tyrannojones/status/1172293912502796290?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 12, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

    Dark Horse, can you please take a serious look at this picture. This is exactly what Alien(s) should be. Just dump everyone working on Aliens and GIVE EVERYTHING TO TRISTAN JONES ALREADY, heck give him the story, the penciling, the art, the drawing, the colors, the editing, the publishing, the delivering, the sorting and whatever the f**k else!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    If ya'll don't want anymore of these mickey mouse stories and horrible art in your Alien comics, send a tweet to Dark Horse to give some work to Tristan Jones already, been screaming about this since Defiance, not sure what they don't understand.

    My anger comes after reading Resistance, that crapola sucked. Both the art and the useless dumb story and glad Brian Wood has been shown the door.
  6. Still Collating...
    I'll say it again, this man needs to do a whole Alien comic. Maybe we wont see stuff cause he'll be working on the game? In the comments for the tweet, he did say this artwork was owned by the game studio if I understood that correctly.
  7. Kimarhi
    You don't need the CM at all.  You just need the Army.

    I want to see a riveting drama about them digging latrines and fighting boredom.

    Dig latrines?  We just chuck or shit in the direction the enemy is coming.

    Is that why the aliens in AR looked like that?  After all, Johner did say the USM were "Army guys."

    They were United Systems, not United States.  Inferior.


    But yes. 


  8. SM
    Which is why I said 'space monsters' and not specifically Xenomorphs.

    Hey! I didn't want to say it, but since you insist, here is the shoking truth: Cameron's Avatar is secretly "Arcturian poontang" chronicles.

    *The Matrix starts to shake*  :-X 8)

    That looks suspiciously like a sentence and pretty sure it's in English, but I don't have the faintest idea what it means.
  9. Local Trouble
    You don't need the CM at all.  You just need the Army.

    I want to see a riveting drama about them digging latrines and fighting boredom.

    Dig latrines?  We just chuck or shit in the direction the enemy is coming.

    Is that why the aliens in AR looked like that?  After all, Johner did say the USM were "Army guys."
  10. Kimarhi
    It would be unless it can track and engage targets further than the range of their incoming rounds.



    If it didn't you have to be able to go prone with it, which the smartgun would not seem to be able to do. 
  11. HuDaFuK
    As I said when I mentioned the idea, I don't expect a USCM movie without aliens to ever happen.

    But that doesn't stop it being something I'd like to see (even if fighting humans would probably show up some of the fallacies of their tech, like the Smartgun, which has never struck me as anything other than a liability in a situation where your enemy can shoot back).
  12. SM
    It's the best way to differentiate different lifeforms in the series to shield oneself from the terminally pedantic.  Plus it's the most popular term among casuals for the Alien.
  13. Engineer
    Honestly... I hate the term “xenomorph”
    It’s just a fancy name for “alien” which could literally apply to anything not of terrestrial origin.

    The predator IS a xenomorph! There! I said it...

    Sorry, pet peeve.
  14. Immortan Jonesy
    ;D

    I didn't say it wasn't a good idea.  I said I didn't see the point of doing a war movie with USCM unless it has them fighting monsters.

    Ok, here are my true colors on the subject. A movie with Colonial Marines that aren't fighting monsters is too dull for my personal taste. But even if we were talking about a war drama, portraying them in a recognizable way, I don't understand why it has to be something completely separate from Alien. You can count it as a spin-off of the main series. I think it has a potential for a TV show; addressing war, corporate espionage, space colonialism and stuff like that. There should be some monsters, or some kind of nonhuman threat though. But overall, I don’t see any reason whatsoever to completely separate it from the Alien universe. You just have to use recognizable elements of the Lore  to make it clear that this is not a generic or real-world military organization, but the USCM.

    Alien movies are about space monsters.  Either use the space monsters or you're wasting the IP.

    I dunno. Prometheus is a movie with new monsters, taking place in the same universe. Also, is a sister IP, but not something entirely unrelated. Actually, Prometheus was more successful than the sequel, which does have a pair of Aliens in it. That said, I don't think it would be a waste of IP whatsoever. You need monsters though, but by monsters I don't necessarily mean the Alien. Although you can release it for the ending, as Kimarhi has point it out, while thinking on a USCM story in TV show form.
  15. SM
     ;D

    I didn't say it wasn't a good idea.  I said I didn't see the point of doing a war movie with USCM unless it has them fighting monsters.

    Ok, here are my true colors on the subject. A movie with Colonial Marines that aren't fighting monsters is too dull for my personal taste. But even if we were talking about a war drama, portraying them in a recognizable way, I don't understand why it has to be something completely separate from Alien. You can count it as a spin-off of the main series. I think it has a potential for a TV show; addressing war, corporate espionage, space colonialism and stuff like that. There should be some monsters, or some kind of nonhuman threat though. But overall, I don’t see any reason whatsoever to completely separate it from the Alien universe. You just have to use recognizable elements of the Lore  to make it clear that this is not a generic or real-world military organization, but the USCM.

    Alien movies are about space monsters.  Either use the space monsters or you're wasting the IP.
  16. Still Collating...
    I think it could work.  You might draw in some people with just the CM tag.  But almost all of those people would want the Alien involved because that movie is what made them famous. 


    I think such things are better in a series format.  I'd have a Colony focus, a Corporate focus, and a CM focus with the CM focusing early on human combat to show how such a force would operate, and then tying them all in together with the Alien for the last episode. 


    The CM would have to undergo a serious gear overall.  Their tech is still better but better by decades, not centuries.  I would love a carbine that I could shoot that wouldn't build up with carbon for me to have to clean later.  That'd be every field soldiers wet dream.

    This. It could work. Futuristic soldiers are always cool. Upgrade their tech, show a lot more of it, the different regiments and tactics but keep the Aliens' style and look to a certain degree. The military is fascinating to a lot of people. A future military that's grounded, realistic and down to earth is always nice for the imagination. And having that cool military in the same universe as the Aliens would be awesome.

    The marines need to prove themselves to us in realistic combat against humans. Cause it's getting ridiculous, they keep saying (not showing) how badass they are and then getting their asses kicked by the aliens. We have no precedent for them being capable at their job, they seem frequently incompetent. And it's even worse when I see them fighting literal space bugs that look or are described ridiculous.
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