Aliens: Resistance trade paperback is published by Dark Horse Comics. It comes from the creative team of writer Brian Wood, artist Robert Carey, colorist Dan Jackson, and letterer Nate Piekos. This trade opens three years after the events of video game Alien: Isolation. Amanda Ripley, it’s protagonist, is in hiding. She is recruited by a woman named Zula Hendricks to help bring down the Weyland-Yutani corporation.
Zula introduces us to Davis, her artificial intelligence, shortly after. Together Zula and Davis explain to Ripley that Weyland-Yutani has begun a bio-weapon program. Using the series namesake Aliens, they are performing experiments. Zula needs Ripley’s help to track a colony ship and expose the nefarious program’s inner workings.
Ripley and Zula’s discoveries become increasingly grim as they learn more about the project. The records of every colonist aboard the ship have been erased. Additionally, aliens were allowed onboard as they slept. As they learn this, the story shifts to onboard the ship. The ship’s destination has changed, and the colonists have been drugged. But more secrets still remain, and more horrors are left to be discovered.
The story, from Brian Wood, is excellent. Here, Wood chooses to focus on the evil megacorporation rather than the titular Aliens. But the real strong point of this story comes from the characters. Amanda Ripley and Zula Hendricks are an immensely entertaining duo.
Add in Davis the A.I. and the three have brilliant chemistry. Seeing how these three bounce off of each other in conversation is a treat. But the story isn’t all fun and games either. The twists and turns are suitably grim. By the end of this story, it is easy to understand why these two hate Weyland-Yutani as much as they do.
Robert Carey’s art is another strong point. The action feels frantic but is also easy to follow. The characters are appropriately expressive, and each is detailed. Additionally, when the time comes for the Aliens to make their appearance, Carey makes sure that it is a memorable one.
The colors from Dan Jackson help to keep the art immersive. Particularly when the story makes it’s abrupt shifts from planetside to spaceship. Nate Piekos’ letters are solid as well. The dialogue is clear and, even with a formless speaker, it is always easy to tell who is talking.
Aliens: Resistance TP is a hell of a good time. The characters are fun to read. The story has a lot of twists and turns and remains compelling throughout. It also has great art and a strong creative team at the helm. If you are a fan of Aliens then this is a must-buy. If you’re looking for a good sci-fi story, then there’s a lot here for you as well.
Aliens: Resistance TP will be in comic stores everywhere on August 7th, 2019
Rating: 5/5 Burst Chests