Titan Comics 2016
Written by Victor Gischler
Illustrated by Rodney Ramos, Ivan Rodriguez
Renarto Arlem & Rui Woberto
Coloured by Stefani Rennee
Lettered by Rob Steen
While the world celebrates humanity’s apparent victory over its extraterrestrial invaders, another alien vessel - quite unlike any seen before - has been discovered deep beneath the Atlantic Ocean, prompting a top-secret investigation by the US military. Captain Joshua Adams, along with Dr. Jessica Morgan of the President’s Advisory Council, have established contact with a ballistic sub, with the hopes of studying the craft up close and determining its purpose. Accompanied by an outfit of highly-trained marines, Adams now prepares to explore this vast organic labyrinth. But upon boarding, it becomes immediately apparent that this new vessel is far from abandoned....
With the new movie coming out in two months it makes sense to explore things further here. What a wild movie the original was and Victor has found a way to keep that initial invasion going after the events of the movie so personally i’m loving every minute of this. That we aren’t really focusing on any of the major characters give them the chance to get some new fresh, storytelling in and do it in a way that honours the source material while being wildly original.
I love the interior artwork here! These suits or exoskeletons the aliens wear and those appendages they’ve got work really well visually on the page bringing that menace, fear and that creepy alien feeling to life. While the special effects in the movie were impressive this is much more frightening to me and so I applaud the entire art team here in doing that. Oh and also the attention to detail throughout, the backgrounds and just the eye for powerful visual storytelling from page to page, panel to panel.
The characterization here is pretty incredible among these Marines. The almost feel like they are the early progenitors of the ones see in the Alien franchise. So yeah know one Marine know them all but seriously I do really like how they are individuals, teammates and family here. What the mission is and what evolves to while being totally different both represent some serious complications that will and should arise. So the way the story is progressing has me excited to see what’s next.
So there are moments you expect and there are definitely some you don’t so reading this is hoot. There’s something to be said for taking movies and television shows and expanding on what we already know into something much more dynamic and in this case thrilling.
While the original was at it’s core a disaster movie Victor’s picked up on that and is using some similar elements to mix into this science fiction/horror/action thriller. I’m really very much enjoying this and I gotta say with the new movie on it’s way i’m sure we’ll have more things to explore with this world as Humans and these Aliens continue to fight for the dominance of Earth.