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Alien (II) #1 (of 4)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 6 critic ratings.


In deep space spins a world infected by the universe’s greatest killers. Most people – sane people – would construct a barrier thicker than the hulls of ten Nostromos and leave it to rot. But where most people see a death trap, Weyland-Yutani sees the biggest payout in the history of civilization. And if it costs a few human lives to secure? Those come cheap here.

Corporate corruption, personal betrayals and extraordinary violence – Declan Shalvey and Andrea Broccardo’s next and greatest Alien story starts here!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
32 pages
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6 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Un Cómic Más

    This new story arc continues to nourish the story that Declan has been putting together calmly and precisely, however it is not necessary to read anything prior to this to be able to enjoy this aswesome comic.

    With textures and tone of 1980s comics, especially the color palette, full of impressive details and a great cinematic vision. The color palette is interesting and changes depending on the year the story is told.

  • 86

    The Fandom Post

    Shalvey’s been putting together some good stories in the Alien world for a bit now and this one builds on it while still feeling like it can be accessible to a new reader. You get more out of it if yo know the previous work but you can still run with it easily. The artwork for both periods is strong in very different ways. Broccrdo’s work with the color design used on it hits a sweet spot with its details and intensity while Shalvey’s flashback storyline with their artwork has a lighter and different feeling that makes it clear it’s not operating in the same time or period. It’s pretty slick with both things we get and you’re likely left like I was in wanting a full accounting of both of them to enjoy.

  • 85


    Alien: Descendant shares a trait or two with Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. A recovery expedition to a barren alien planet, privately funded by one of the company founder’s family namesakes (this time Jun Yutani as opposed to Peter Weyland, both pulling strings from the comfortable confines of their detachable spacefaring yachts). The story’s setting, a snowbound outpost surrounded by ice, is also reminiscent of John Carpenter’s The Thing (and dare I say there’s even a dash of H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness). Our heroine Zahn/Cole functions remarkably well as an amalgamation of Amanda Ripley (coping with the absence of her mother) and Rebecca “Newt” Jorden (a survivor who was forced to contend with the xenomorph as a young child). Under the stalwart stewardship of Shalvey and Broccardo, this once sinking Sulaco now charts an optimistic new course for the stars.

  • 85

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: An entertaining issue from Shalvey. I like bringing the story back to the same planet from the previous arc and how it also shifts the narrative between two different planets. The characters seem interesting as well and I look forward to seeing what the story puts them through.

    The Art: Broccardo and Shalvey have great visual styles the complement each other throughout the issue. The imagery is beautifully detailed and brings the reader into the stark environments of the story.

  • 80

    Graphic Policy

    Alien #1 is another solid chapter start expanding the classic sci-fi franchise and delivering exactly what fans of it enjoy. There promises to be lots of action and a high body count and it should be interesting to see exactly how this shakes out and where it takes everything from here.

  • 70

    Alien’s new path is accessible enough for newer fans of the franchise, but still possesses a unique relationship to what came before it. Declan Shalvey’s script provides enough emotional tension and moments of macabre brevity, while also laying the groundwork for a new fight against the Xenomorphs. Andrea Broccardo’s art works well with the titular aliens, but is slightly inconsistent with regards to the humans, but not enough to be inherently distracting. I might not love everything about this new Alien, but I like a lot of it.

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