Dark Horse Comics 2016
Written by Dan Abnett
Illustrated by Brian Albert Thies
Coloured by Rain Beredo
Lettered by Michael Heisler
Unanswered distress calls to the orbiting Hasdrubal forced Captain Paget and her Colonial Marines to seek refuge in an Engineer pyramid on LV-223. They hastily fortified their position, expecting an attack from the Alien horde that seeks to claim the larval queen that was implanted in Chris, one of the survivors of a previous mission to the planet. The attack came, but the timely arrival of Galgo—another survivor—and his Predator cohort, Ahab, turned the
tide of battle . . . just in time for Paget to discover that their distress calls were heard, just not by fellow marines . .
With every issue of this that comes out, and by this I mean all the mini-series to date, Dan continues to impress me with his love, passion and understanding of this universe. From the moment the Prometheus movie hit we’ve gotten a plethora of new stories set in the shared universe and it’s like a dream come true. Dan’s ability to control the ebb & flow of the action along with the tension of the situations continue to mesmerise me as a reader.
Last issue the Predator’s killed everyone on board the ship and landed planetside. Now they head towards the survivors and I have to say the characterisation here is utterly brilliant. Chris is a dream she’s just losing it while feeling the new Queen inside her and unable to stop laughing at the ridiculousness of their predicament. Without some timely intervention the group would start an attack with the Predator’s sealing their fate. Good thing Galgo and Ahab found them before Ahab’s people did.
One of the things I really liked about this particular issue is that it totally feels like the calm before the storm. Yes Ahab goes and has this thing with his people and that’s tension filled in itself but the humans aren’t a part of that. They are helpless as they watch from their vantage point. I like what actions they take and what they decide to do but somehow it feels like it’s a little too late for that action, but better late than never?
Brian and Rain do some marvelous work here. There’s this absolutely wonderful blend of detail and abstract going on here that give us an amazing look at the characters and the landscape. I’m really rather impressed with how the characters look here and the emotion and feelings they give off. The use of page layouts with their angles, perspective and even the strategic use of backgrounds all help tell us the full story.
These runs of arc give me the same sense of excitement and adventure that i’ve come to associate with Dark Horse staple series, like Conan. This is some of the more excellent storytelling in comics today between the situations, characters, characterisation and the dialogue we are treated to.