Comic Book Review: William Gibson’s Alien 3 #2


Even with this second issue, I was unsure about the way that William Gibson’s Alien 3 script would grab me. I love any opportunity to jump into an Alien story, and it is bold to adapt a whole movie script into comic form. There’s a lot of talking to have patience for, but also just as much action to look forward to when the moment it right. My hope here is that the transition runs smooth and with consistency.

First of all, one heck of an opening scene to start us off to. One thing we admittedly aren’t used to in the current books for Aliens is seeing some of the action from various means than just a bunch of the adults slaughtering. Being the second issue it was also good to see that things could begin to pick up for Ripley, Hicks, and company. As interesting as everything else is dealing with Weyland Yutani, these are the characters you wanted to see most from this story. Their reactions made sense given what they had just been through.

The story unfolding on Anchorpoint has been a point of interest to me for the corporate perspective that we are seeing. Everything is about the corporation and what the corporation wants. This is the kind of thing I enjoy following from the Alien universe. The aliens are dangerous, but they are not nearly as dangerous as this ambitious corporation that will stop at nothing to get what they want at the end of the day. They will cross lines and they will accept nothing short of completion. This second issue also gave us a conversation that emphasized the urgency of this mission. When it is a race to get as many samples as possible from the Sulaco, anything could happen. For those on Anchorpoint, it was engaging to see where everyone stands on the kind of work that they do. There may be no choice in what they do, but that doesn’t stop there from being opinions about messing with Xenomorph parts for experimentation. By the end of this issue I knew exactly where I would stand with the shocking turn of events that came with understanding exactly how far the corporation is willing to go in this scenario.

On the other hand we also have a storyline to follow from the perspective of the U.P.P. who are also taken by the discovery of the Sulaco. They may not be Weyland Yutani, but it was just as evident that this was dangerous territory we were stepping into when this other interested party wants just as much to have this weapon in their possession. A great conflict to set up when you know that someone is going to end up getting more than they bargained for. The question of course is when. Till then,

Johnnie Christmas and Tamra Bonvillain did great work for this second issue. There was nothing exactly which stood out aside from that opening scene, but there was plenty to appreciate about the way they breathed life into this script in visual form. As I said above, nothing beats seeing what happens to someone who crosses paths with a Xenomorph. No mater which form it takes, it is a death sentence for those who are unprepared. Beyond that, it was the quality of work that was put into these characters. Such a range of emotions and expressions experienced from everyone involved in this madness. You were either frustrated by what you have little say about, fearful of what you now know you’ve gotten yourself into, and there was more than enough apathy written on the faces of those who will do anything to see their job done. Like the first issue, the colors played a big part in completing the experience. Every change of lighting and overlay played a part in nailing an atmosphere fitting for horror. The reds, cold colors, dark lit rooms, all of it set a mood that left you bracing for what came next.

William Gibson’s Alien 3 #2 was a solid transition for this book. I got to the end feeling a lot more confidence in what this story has to offer than I initially did after the first issue. There was a lot of talking that might lose some readers, but if that isn’t you there was plenty to be captivated by knowing where everyone now stands.

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