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Marvel Announces First New Alien Comic Series From Marvel Zombies Writer!

With the last of Dark Horse Comic’s Alien/vs/Predator comics now released, Marvel Comics has officially announced the creative team behind their first venture in Alien, as well as brief synopsis of what to expect.

Written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson (EMPYRE: CAPTAIN AMERICA) with art by Salvador Larroca (DOCTOR DOOM), ALIEN #1 will be a thrilling addition to the incredible legacy that began with the groundbreaking 1979 film. Featuring both new and classic characters from Earth and beyond, this bold take on the Alien mythology will entertain both longtime fans and newcomers to the legendary horror/science-fiction saga.

The new story will feature a Weyland-Yutani mercenary named Gabriel Cruz as he battles a deadly new breed of xenomorph with the survival of his child hanging in the balance. No stranger to infusing horror with the classic Marvel storytelling, Phillip Kennedy Johnson most recently shocked readers in the terrifying MARVEL ZOMBIES: RESURRECTION series.

 Marvel Announces First New Alien Comic Series From Marvel Zombies Writer!

Both are new names to the expanded universe of Alien, but as the press release points out Johnson has experience writing for the darker side of Marvel, having written their recent Marvel Zombies series, Resurrection.

The series has no subtitle yet, and there’s no news as to if this will be a limited release or an on-going, but talking to Games Radar last September about his next project (which was this), Johnson told the outlet that he hoped “to be writing it for a long, long time.”

The first issue of Marvel’s Alien is currently slated for release in March of 2021!

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  1. Perfect-Organism
    Any news on the Predator: Original Screenplay adaptation please, do you think it'll be published at Marvel?

    As far as we know it's not happening. It's been written, so maybe Marvel will go forward with it? Is there any precedence for that with Star Wars?

    Well did they not adapt into comics ADF’s Splinter of the Mind’s Eye?  That was an alternate reality sequel to Star Wars right?

    Actually it looks like it was first published by Dark Horse, but Marvel re-released it as “Legends”.

    Aliens Legends??
  2. Kailem
    It's a damn shame Dark Horse couldn't even get it out purely in trade or hardcover form before the end of the year. It would have been the perfect compliment to Alien: The Original Screenplay.
  3. Nightmare Asylum
    https://img.fireden.net/co/image/1453/54/1453546902771.jpg

    yea, Salvador's garbage.

    This may end up being really well written but this guy's art is consistently laughable.

    This one is by Greg Land.

    I thought the same but backwards Google search claims its Salvador's. Go figure

    Some day Land will trace a Salvador piece that Salvador had already traced from a Land piece and the universe will implode into itself.
  4. Voodoo Magic
    Oh goody... More comics with goofy-ass Aliens being used as punch-bag cannon fodder....yay...

    Well, you can't be in a no-weapons maximum security prison forever or have unarmed protagonists forever. Eventually one must appreciate the weapons versus haunting swarm. :o

    ...no need to turn the Aliens into cannon fodder shooting gallery target practice or slack-jawed whack-a-mole punching bags for the protagonists though.

    Yeah, that's fair. There's a balance. It's important not to go too overboard.

  5. PraetorianX101
    Oh goody... More comics with goofy-ass Aliens being used as punch-bag cannon fodder....yay...

    Well, you can't be in a no-weapons maximum security prison forever or have unarmed protagonists forever. Eventually one must appreciate the weapons versus haunting swarm. :o

    ...no need to turn the Aliens into cannon fodder shooting gallery target practice or slack-jawed whack-a-mole punching bags for the protagonists though.
    Based on what Ive seen on marvel forums and videos etc most marvel fans are mostly looking forward to having their marvel charachters beating up xenomorphs, so if marvel want to earn money its easy to predict which route is the most profitable....
    I know it'd probably never happen, but I'd love it if they did what that old WildC.A.T.s/Alien crossover did where it depicted superheroes getting slaughtered and/or impregnated by the Aliens. As silly as Aliens with superpowers may sound, that fire-breathing Alien was pretty cool. ;D
  6. SuperiorIronman
    The only crossover I can see them doing anytime soon would be an AVP but I think that's probably an event they'd do inside a Predator book rather than an Alien comic.

    Why so ?

    I don't see that being a thing in Alien books since it doesn't seem clear what direction they're taking with Alien just yet. AVP is still relevant to Predator so if any book would do a one shot or an arc with Aliens I could see Predator doing it. But Alien I'm sure they'll keep its own thing until they work out what direction they're taking the franchise since I'd imagine this would tie into whatever is going on with the movies, TV, and whatever is going on with that game. Aliens I don't see handling Predators in its own book but I could see Aliens making an appearance in Predator media since Predator seems to acknowledge the crossovers where Alien doesn't as much. AVP being a thing would probably wait a few arcs for a crossover (assuming both brands did well) but really I feel it'd wait on Disney's next project to synergize with it which is common for Marvel to do. And if anything they probably should wait a year or two before any crossover anyways so the audience can build up hype and get the audience acclimated to the brand and characters.
  7. SuperiorIronman
    If anything it will run at least 6 issues. Long enough for a trade but short enough it could be written off as a mini if things don't go well. I'd expect at least 12 issues should it succeed.

    Marvel crossovers are a given especially if Alien is successful. Aliens versus the Marvel Universe is a pretty obvious concept but don't expect it to be canon to any of the Alien stuff Marvel puts out. It'd just be a fun crossover should they do it. It alternatively could just be a cameo in a Marvel book or like Predator where a Predator is in the background in a Star Wars book. While I'd expect the crossovers to happen I don't think they'd take them seriously or have them happen anytime soon.

    The only crossover I can see them doing anytime soon would be an AVP but I think that's probably an event they'd do inside a Predator book rather than an Alien comic.
  8. judge death
    Oh goody... More comics with goofy-ass Aliens being used as punch-bag cannon fodder....yay...

    Well, you can't be in a no-weapons maximum security prison forever or have unarmed protagonists forever. Eventually one must appreciate the weapons versus haunting swarm. :o

    ...no need to turn the Aliens into cannon fodder shooting gallery target practice or slack-jawed whack-a-mole punching bags for the protagonists though.
    Based on what Ive seen on marvel forums and videos etc most marvel fans are mostly looking forward to having their marvel charachters beating up xenomorphs, so if marvel want to earn money its easy to predict which route is the most profitable....
  9. SpreadEagleBeagle
    Oh goody... More comics with goofy-ass Aliens being used as punch-bag cannon fodder....yay...

    Well, you can't be in a no-weapons maximum security prison forever or have unarmed protagonists forever. Eventually one must appreciate the weapons versus haunting swarm. :o

    ...no need to turn the Aliens into cannon fodder shooting gallery target practice or slack-jawed whack-a-mole punching bags for the protagonists though.
  10. SiL
    Yeah I addressed that above.

    EDIT

    Looking at the Alien with the wonky crotch again, the problem is the whole lower body of the Alien is twisted away to the right of frame but the legs are still attached as though it's in line with the torso. What a wreck.
  11. Sabres21768
    https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1164/9704/products/STL175125_600x600.jpg?v=1607028411https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1164/9704/products/STL175126_1024x1024.jpg?v=1607975735

    Proportions on the Marauders one are wonky, but I like the X-Force one for the most part. The only thing that stands out to me is the crotch of the alien getting shot by Cyclops. Looks like an action figure reference where he didn't bother to fill in the open leg joint.

    Wow, it’s a little obvious that this guy used Neca’s Alien figure to draw his Aliens.

    I haven't seen anyone mention this here, but Larroca's Marvel variant covers have been released for Marauders and X-Force:

    https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1164/9704/products/STL175125_600x600.jpg?v=1607028411https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1164/9704/products/STL175126_1024x1024.jpg?v=1607975735

    Proportions on the Marauders one are wonky, but I like the X-Force one for the most part. The only thing that stands out to me is the crotch of the alien getting shot by Cyclops. Looks like an action figure reference where he didn't bother to fill in the open leg joint.
    That X Force one is just the MacFarlane Movie Maniacs Five Alien from different angles, with the mouth closed in one.

    And that mouth looks awkward because that figures mouth doesn't close.
    Actually it’s NECA’s figure.
  12. Voodoo Magic
    The only thing that stands out to me is the crotch of the alien getting shot by Cyclops. Looks like an action figure reference where he didn't bother to fill in the open leg joint.

    Good catch. Now I can't unsee it!  :laugh:

    Oh goody... More comics with goofy-ass Aliens being used as punch-bag cannon fodder....yay...

    Well, you can't be in a no-weapons maximum security prison forever or have unarmed protagonists forever. Eventually one must appreciate the weapons versus haunting swarm. :o
  13. SiL
    I haven't seen anyone mention this here, but Larroca's Marvel variant covers have been released for Marauders and X-Force:

    https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1164/9704/products/STL175125_600x600.jpg?v=1607028411https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1164/9704/products/STL175126_1024x1024.jpg?v=1607975735

    Proportions on the Marauders one are wonky, but I like the X-Force one for the most part. The only thing that stands out to me is the crotch of the alien getting shot by Cyclops. Looks like an action figure reference where he didn't bother to fill in the open leg joint.
    That X Force one is just the MacFarlane Movie Maniacs Five Alien from different angles, with the mouth closed in one.

    And that mouth looks awkward because that figures mouth doesn't close.

    I think he's using NECA big chap there actually. At least for the one being held up by Colossus.
    The legs are the exact pose of the MacFarlane, but it could be a coincidence.
  14. RidgeTop
    I haven't seen anyone mention this here, but Larroca's Marvel variant covers have been released for Marauders and X-Force:

    https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1164/9704/products/STL175125_600x600.jpg?v=1607028411https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1164/9704/products/STL175126_1024x1024.jpg?v=1607975735

    Proportions on the Marauders one are wonky, but I like the X-Force one for the most part. The only thing that stands out to me is the crotch of the alien getting shot by Cyclops. Looks like an action figure reference where he didn't bother to fill in the open leg joint.
    That X Force one is just the MacFarlane Movie Maniacs Five Alien from different angles, with the mouth closed in one.

    And that mouth looks awkward because that figures mouth doesn't close.

    I think he's using NECA big chap there actually. At least for the one being held up by Colossus.

    https://img.fireden.net/co/image/1453/54/1453546902771.jpg

    yea, Salvador's garbage.

    This may end up being really well written but this guy's art is consistently laughable.

    This one is by Greg Land.
  15. Kimarhi
    Everyone will have to wait and see.

    Even Marvel comics runs of SW has had its ups and downs. 


    Aliens did with DH, and Marvel will to.


    Media is subjective, so ones trash is another treasure.  I have plenty of liked Aliens comics that were kind of panned on release but I enjoy them anyways. 
  16. judge death
    Indeed, read on tristians twitter some other marvel artists are tracing stuff for the alien comics, not alien art this time but people and scenery etc and after seeing here the level of tracing and using xenomorph action figures and stuff its embarrasing level.....
  17. SiL
    I haven't seen anyone mention this here, but Larroca's Marvel variant covers have been released for Marauders and X-Force:

    https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1164/9704/products/STL175125_600x600.jpg?v=1607028411https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1164/9704/products/STL175126_1024x1024.jpg?v=1607975735

    Proportions on the Marauders one are wonky, but I like the X-Force one for the most part. The only thing that stands out to me is the crotch of the alien getting shot by Cyclops. Looks like an action figure reference where he didn't bother to fill in the open leg joint.
    That X Force one is just the MacFarlane Movie Maniacs Five Alien from different angles, with the mouth closed in one.

    And that mouth looks awkward because that figures mouth doesn't close.
  18. Nightmare Asylum
    I wish Marvel didn't always try to go so photo-realistic with their licensed properties. Some of the best Alien material in comics has been the really stylized stuff, if you ask me.

    https://strangerworldsdotcom3.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/photo-may-02-8-37-41-pm.png
    https://talesontheborder.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/aliens-salvation-4.jpg
    https://pixelpopnetwork.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/aliens-inhuman-condition-page-1024x787.jpg

    There are definitely ways to pull of realistic well, of course...

    https://2.bp.blogspot.com/nnGCMxQ64ncKfSFb535QdmSNneQzfWDSLyfhTTzG-sZYLxs99Cnu-4Ryr0Wv0VvyS6KWdOcO3XDu3ANaaAMzG_vdC55UYy1xraP7bs3BTRK14SCk6iqajtG4NDTEKpGSejcuUroPGxI=s1600

    But with the exception of Sacrifice (pictured above) most of my favorite comics haven't really gone for "cinematic."
  19. David's Creation
    I haven't seen anyone mention this here, but Larroca's Marvel variant covers have been released for Marauders and X-Force:

    https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1164/9704/products/STL175125_600x600.jpg?v=1607028411https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1164/9704/products/STL175126_1024x1024.jpg?v=1607975735

    Proportions on the Marauders one are wonky, but I like the X-Force one for the most part. The only thing that stands out to me is the crotch of the alien getting shot by Cyclops. Looks like an action figure reference where he didn't bother to fill in the open leg joint.
  20. Xiggz456
    Well good thing art is completely subjective cuz I think we’re going to see a solid comic book and I’m extremely excited with the writer/artist combo. Larroca’s Star Wars run had such a cinematic feel to it and I for one loved it.
  21. SM
    I wasn't really aware of Larocca one way or the other but I was talking to someone the other day who is and went a looked him up, and, well, not impressed to say the least.
  22. Nightmare Asylum
    Thinking about Dead Orbit and how much I absolutely loved the art style there and honestly, I have zero qualms whatsoever about issues constantly getting delayed on that to give Stokoe the time to really do his thing.
  23. Xiggz456
    Still pretty bummed about Salvador Larocca doing the art on this, though. :-\

    https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_1165/wcgmr1pl6sqpehuams2j.png
    https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_1165/oasnqcwkl99mctjligfc.png

    We may see some of this with Bishop but Larroca is still a solid artist and has a very dynamic style that I think will work great for Alien.

    Even if it is just for the new Bishop model, I really don't want to see any of this at all honestly.

    The fact that Giger's non-Alien art is going to factor into this book is incredibly exciting to me. The fact that it might turn out to just be traced Giger art? Not so exciting!

    So now you’re just assuming that everything will be traced  ??? come on dude you’re coming across like you’re just looking for
    something to complain about. There’s only one possible character that this can happen with meaning the rest of the characters (and the rest of each and every panel) will be original art.

    What I’m more excited about is that we have an artist who met 54 consecutive monthly deadlines with the Star Wars ongoing. Meaning no more monthly delays between issues which Dark Horse was so notorious for.

    I’ll take delays any day if it means a superior product.  The original Aliens series was notoriously delayed and it was perfect!  I don’t need my Aliens comics mass-manufactured.

    I’m quite confident that Larroca will do a fine job whilst still meeting deadlines.
  24. Perfect-Organism
    Still pretty bummed about Salvador Larocca doing the art on this, though. :-\

    https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_1165/wcgmr1pl6sqpehuams2j.png
    https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_1165/oasnqcwkl99mctjligfc.png

    We may see some of this with Bishop but Larroca is still a solid artist and has a very dynamic style that I think will work great for Alien.

    Even if it is just for the new Bishop model, I really don't want to see any of this at all honestly.

    The fact that Giger's non-Alien art is going to factor into this book is incredibly exciting to me. The fact that it might turn out to just be traced Giger art? Not so exciting!

    So now you’re just assuming that everything will be traced  ??? come on dude you’re coming across like you’re just looking for
    something to complain about. There’s only one possible character that this can happen with meaning the rest of the characters (and the rest of each and every panel) will be original art.

    What I’m more excited about is that we have an artist who met 54 consecutive monthly deadlines with the Star Wars ongoing. Meaning no more monthly delays between issues which Dark Horse was so notorious for.

    I’ll take delays any day if it means a superior product.  The original Aliens series was notoriously delayed and it was perfect!  I don’t need my Aliens comics mass-manufactured.
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