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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. Xiggz456
    Marvel solicitations are up:

    https://aiptcomics.com/2020/12/23/march-2021-marvel-comics-solicitations/

    I was right, the character is

    Spoiler (click to show/hide)

    We called it! Wow 14 variant covers! Also I like that it’s a 40 page issue!
  2. Ultramorph
    Marvel solicitations are up:

    https://aiptcomics.com/2020/12/23/march-2021-marvel-comics-solicitations/

    I was right, the character is

    Spoiler (click to show/hide)
  3. Kimarhi
    If Scott wanted to make scifi epic alien exploration movie and not include the alien, he should've just started up another IP.

    Tbf, he sort of tried that with Prometheus... before bottling it and having something pointlessly burst out of something else right at the end.

    But it wasn't really its own IP when the movie was promoted as having answers for the Alien franchise within.  He should've just had his own engineer story in it and left out everything else related to the franchise if that is what he wanted to do in the firstplace.  I like Scott, he's got four of my favorite movies of all time: Alien, Blade Runner, Black Hawk Down and Kingdom of Heaven, but he's weighing the progression of the franchise down. 



  4. Local Trouble
    He describes how he doesn't think Alien 3 will be canon forever and how this book relies heavily on the first two movies.

    The interviewer asks if we'll see any returning characters from those movies. He answers yes.

    So unless the returning characters are the salvage crew, medical staff, boardroom execs, or Jonesy, it sounds like he's already going against Alien 3.

    https://www.avpgalaxy.net/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fmedia0.giphy.com%2Fmedia%2FUTFiHeDL8cOSA%2Fgiphy.gif&hash=16c64ea93a412f61d081d1b4396f6cdcff734a02
  5. Voodoo Magic


    Not watched yet, but another interview.
    He describes how he doesn't think Alien 3 will be canon forever and how this book relies heavily on the first two movies.

    The interviewer asks if we'll see any returning characters from those movies. He answers yes.

    So unless the returning characters are the salvage crew, medical staff, boardroom execs, or Jonesy, it sounds like he's already going against Alien 3.

    It certainly seems that way. One would guess he just can't announce precisely what he's doing yet - what that returning character is. Can't let the Jonesy out of the bag.
  6. Nightmare Asylum
    I kind of just imagined the WY execs were who he was talking about anyways. They would make sense given the post-Aliens setting and the content of this particular story (and iirc, I think at least one of them was mentioned in The Cold Forge already).

    It doesn't sound to me like he's going to be contradicting anything in Alien 3 here. Just that he's not going to explicitly acknowledge it, in case it doesn't stick, so that it doesn't "date" his story.
  7. Nukiemorph


    Not watched yet, but another interview.
    He describes how he doesn't think Alien 3 will be canon forever and how this book relies heavily on the first two movies.

    The interviewer asks if we'll see any returning characters from those movies. He answers yes.

    So unless the returning characters are the salvage crew, medical staff, boardroom execs, or Jonesy, it sounds like he's already going against Alien 3.
  8. Voodoo Magic
    I don't know why so many people want him in the Alien franchise anymore when it is clear he's bored with it. 

    Indeed. And that boredom shows (to me) in the last act of Covenant.

    However, I wouldn't mind a episodic spinoff, either in comics or television. Say Guy Pierce as a young Weyland in pre-Goldmember makeup. More in line with the TED 2023 speech, etc. I would enjoy that. Or the chronicles of a synthetic that is not about creating the Xenomorph. Stop making the universe so darn small Ridley!
  9. Kimarhi
    Ugh.


    If Scott wanted to make scifi epic alien exploration movie and not include the alien, he should've just started up another IP.


    I don't know why so many people want him in the Alien franchise anymore when it is clear he's bored with it. 
  10. Stitch
    I'd be ok with retconning Covenant but keeping Prometheus.  Despite its shortcomings, I really do love that film.  The sheer grandeur of the whole thing is amazing.
    Prometheus, despite having the potential for a better film (as many fan edits show), is still far superior to Covenant in my opinion.

    If it's 'near future', though, it might just retcon both.

    EDIT:
    Clearly I thought this was the thread about the new TV series. Point still stands, however. It might retcon both.
  11. SM
    I watched some of the interview.  I didn't get an overt 'new continuity' vibe, just a 'we're not going to link up with the Dark Horse continuity'.  Which generally means they'll tread all over it at some point and it'll be a new continuity.  The other thing I got is that the knowledge level was fairly superficial.  Which won't really be too much of an issue if he can tell a good story.
  12. Voodoo Magic
    It seems like he was uncertain if Dark Horse continuity would remain/be ported over to Marvel, seemingly anticipating a retcon of everything after Aliens, and a returning character from Alien & Aliens??

    Very excited to check out this comic and delve into our new Alien future!
  13. Kimarhi
    The above is kind of what I figured all along.




    It will be telling if they can get Scott onboard the tv series as a producer though.  I think he wouldn't go for it if Prometheus and Covenant were nuked.


    The only selling point I think Disney would have is if they promised Scott a redux on the movies because of the new continuity OR a different series for him to helm. 
  14. skhellter
    Relevant info he dropped:

    - This is a new continuity in the Alien comics.
    - Only Alien and Aliens matter for his story, as the writer isn't confident that any of the other movies will matter for the "canon" once the dust settles over at Disney.
  15. Nightmare Asylum
    Haven't listened to it yet: http://fanbasepress.com/index.php/audio/podcasts/the-fanbase-weekly/item/11466-fanbase-feature-an-exclusive-interview-with-writer-phillip-kennedy-johnson-on-crafting-the-first-alien-story-from-marvel-comics

    So from what I've listened to so far - sounds like the intent is it be an ongoing series with mini-arcs like any of the other Marvel titles. First arc seems to be under the working title of Bloodlines/Spring. Marvel seems to have been hands-off editorially with this one, with the only real thing being they wanted to replicate Aliens which Johnson pushed back on, and seems to be going for more of an Alien-vibe.

    Totally missed this interview, but listening now and it seems like he's hitting a lot of notes that interest me. He has an interesting take on the prequel stuff, he actually likes Alien 3, is intrigued by Call/Autons in Alien: Resurrection despite not liking the film, and I appreciate that he pushed back a bit on the Aliens influence. I adore Aliens, it is a damn near film, but it shouldn't be the sole reference point of the series.

    What I find most interesting, though, is that he's drawing from a well of Giger art outside of his Alien work as well...

    I'm starting to feel a bit more optimistic about this comic than I had been.
  16. Xiggz456


    Haven't listened to it yet: http://fanbasepress.com/index.php/audio/podcasts/the-fanbase-weekly/item/11466-fanbase-feature-an-exclusive-interview-with-writer-phillip-kennedy-johnson-on-crafting-the-first-alien-story-from-marvel-comics

    Haven't listened to it yet: http://fanbasepress.com/index.php/audio/podcasts/the-fanbase-weekly/item/11466-fanbase-feature-an-exclusive-interview-with-writer-phillip-kennedy-johnson-on-crafting-the-first-alien-story-from-marvel-comics

    So from what I've listened to so far - sounds like the intent is it be an ongoing series with mini-arcs like any of the other Marvel titles. First arc seems to be under the working title of Bloodlines/Spring. Marvel seems to have been hands-off editorially with this one, with the only real thing being they wanted to replicate Aliens which Johnson pushed back on, and seems to be going for more of an Alien-vibe.

    DNA reflex seems like it is coming into play here. But the original Big Chap is going to be represented. We'll see more Gigeresque design elements too.

    Johnson considers this his best work.

    Not gonna lie, listening to Johnson talk about this is getting me really excited for what he’s bringing to the table! Thanks for sharing that podcast!
  17. BlueMarsalis79
    It's bended before, onscreen and offscreen. In fact I remember H.R Giger lamenting how "tube like" the inner jaw became in it's practical form. Then went on to improve it in his own words with a tongue designed to push down your throat and pull your intestines out.
  18. Nostromo
    So from what I'm gathering here, this seems like it is going to be an ongoing series, rather than a miniseries like we've been used to all all of Dark Horse's various runs.

    That could be a good thing. Guess we'll find out.

    Yeah I don't like the sound of new breed but ill give it a shot.

    New breed? Great, back to dumb lol.

    Yeah I don't like the sound of new breed but ill give it a shot.

    I'm not opposed to a mutation or whatever, Dark Horse had been pumping stuff out like that for decades for better or worse (and that is often why I cite Alien: Resurrection as being a Dark Horse comic come to life), but it just kind of baffles me that they want that to be the very first thing of theirs that people read. Especially with this being an ongoing, you'd think they'd be playing it a bit safer by having the first six issues would play out like a traditional Alien(s) story and then at the end of issue six tease this mutant thing to run through the next arc in issues 7-12.

    This exactly. Defiance, Labyrinth and the like worked without 2 IQ mutant stories.

    The bendy jaw! Brought to you by the fans of Crabators! 🦀

    Other than that, this guy's excited! (Except the new breed of Xenomorphs makes me involuntarily flinch a bit.)

    They had to bend the inner jaw...guess they never saw Alien...always a bad sign.

    Uncle marvel back at it again this time molsteing a new franchise but who knows It might be good I just not going to hold out hope so I can't be disspaonted no matter what

    Lol.
  19. SM
    The Alien spends some time flexing it's not at all floppy tongue on the Narcissus without killing anyone.

    The Fiorina creature fires out the tongue after Dillon wrestles Kevin from it.

    And that one on the Auriga used it to press a button.
  20. HicksIsAlive
    Ehhhhh, the only time we see the second tongue is when it kills someone so it never ruled out if it can even bend in the first place. Oddly, it also adds a flavor of being demonically perverse, that same artistic vision of H.R Giger's of the alien being violent, sexual, unknown, and parasitic, kind of like a throwback to the scene where the alien tail was going up to Lambert's cooch right before it killed her.

    I hated the idea of the bendy tongue since I saw it in Resurrection but you’ve made a really pertinent point there that could actually be used in a really interesting and Gigerly pertinent way. Would just seem a bit odd for them to start using the inner mouth so differently after all these years. Unless of course it’s down to some DNA trickery of a new strand of Alien based on some other alien biology?
  21. judge death
    Dunno what he means with xenomorphs who come six unbroken generations of humans means, xenomorphs dont have generations nor do humans change dna in generations, but well sounds like this xenomorph we get to have in the comic will just be born from a different creature than ox/human/space jockey then.

    Because in canon and the 3 alien movies we know:
    Facehugger + human: big chap and later warrior design.
    facehugger + ox/dog: runner alien
    facehugger + space enginner: what we saw int he comics.
  22. Ultramorph
    Not really a spoiler, but Johnson about about the DNA reflex on Twitter and one bit made me happy:

    Spoiler (click to show/hide)
  23. Bug hunt wilson
     Didn't the avp wiki said arcturians are like ape men with amphibian organs or something I want some new creatures to but as long as there host for the xenomorphs at one point
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