You just can’t keep a good xenomorph down, at least that’s my takeaway on things after the news of an upcoming Marvel comic book spotlighting the popular Alien film franchise was announced from those body-snatching pod people at The Hollywood Reporter.
Scheduled to drop in comic book shops and drug stores this March, this new Alien comic book series will be helmed by scripter Phillip Kennedy Johnson (of The Last God fame) and artist Salvador Larroca (DC’s Flash). According to the press release, this Marvel series will focus on a “bold take on the Alien mythology.” Also promised for devotees of the film series (which, at last count, featured no less than eight films, counting the two monster mashups that brought the Alien and Predator franchises together.) is a sprinkling of new characters into the ongoing saga as well as the return of some old favorites. The new series will follow a character named Gabriel Cruz who is being touted by Marvel as “a Weyland-Yutani mercenary.”
Writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson said in a statement that “Just as a reader and fan, I was as excited as anyone when I heard the franchise was coming to Marvel, and when they asked me to write the launch, I was floored. I’ve been training my whole life for this gig without knowing it. Ever since seeing Ridley Scott’s Alien at way too young an age, I’ve been obsessed with the xenomorph, the single most iconic representation of terror on film.”
The comic book license for the Alien franchise previously was in the capable hands of Dark Horse Comics. Dark Horse published a grand sum of seventy two Alien stories, along with various and sundry collected editions and reprints before finally ceding the license to Marvel. For its part, Marvel has never been a slouch with their own licensed film material, notably that of Star Wars which, in the late 1970s, was largely responsible for saving the financially ailing company from potential bankruptcy (thanks be to prognosticator of good things and writer and former editor-in-chief of Marvel Roy Thomas for that prescient decision).
The Alien ongoing comic book is set to drop in March from Mighty Marvel, while an Aliens Omnibus Volume One collecting the Dark Horse Alien material will be released by the company in April.