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April 28, 2016

A Review: ALIENS: DEFIANCE #1

The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of ALIENS: DEFIANCE #1 from Dark Horse Comics. Brian Wood writes, Tristan Jones draws, Dan Jackson colors, and Nate Piekos of Blambot letters.

Zula is a Colonial Marine, and she’s just coming off of a nasty injury rehab. Her warm-up assignment is to accompany a group of Company security drones to check out a derelict ship. But the ship is not unoccupied, and Zula’s suit gets ruptured. The drones save her and stick her in stasis, and when they wake her, they have “gotten creative” with their orders.

The Company is still the Company, but Zula is a soldier and the synthetics are ever curious. They’re pretty sure the Company knew what was on the ship, and they don’t like the implications of that at all. So this is an interesting twist on an Aliens story, and it has some real potential, not to mention a bunch of layers. And the art is just brilliant, with beautiful xenomorphs and exterior ship shots.

The thing I respect about this issue (if I can limit it to one thing) is that as pretty as the xenomorphs are, the book doesn’t have us swimming in them. Which means they can be scary again. I love that.

ALIENS: DEFIANCE #1 is available now at your FLCS or at darkhorse.com.

~Mike ( @MikeyGeek )

A Review: MICRONAUTS #1

The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of MICRONAUTS #1 from IDW Publishing. The story is by Cullen Bunn, with breakdowns by David Baldeon, finishes by Baldeon, Fico Ossio, Max Dunbar, and Jack Lawrence. The colors are by David Garcia Cruz, Joana LaFuente, Thomas Deer, and John-Paul Bove. The lettering is by Tom B. Long.

Oziron “Oz” Rael and his team are tasked with breaking through the Ministry of Defense’s blockade to obtain and distribute medicine. Sounds easy, right? Not really, as things isn’t what they appear to be. Meanwhile, Baron Karza continues his war against the Ministry of Science in an attempt to rule all. While this is going on, the Entropy Cloud continues to grow, destroying every planet that is in its way.

The Micronauts are back and IDW has them! I’ll admit that I didn’t get into the comics when they were first published, but making up for lost time in recent years. Cullen Bunn has done an excellent job of setting up characters and the situation with enough action and intrigue that will want you to stick around for more. The art is incredible; every page is so beautiful and colorful. Those who are unfamiliar with the original comics and the toy line won’t have a problem getting into this new series. Try it out!

MICRONAUTS #1 is in stores now, or available for ordering at www.idwpublishing.com.