Marvel’s present Alien comedian guide sequence will likely be ending with its subsequent challenge, #5, which finishes the present “Thaw” story arc by author Declan Shalvey, artist Andrea Broccardo, colorists Tríona Farrell and Ruth Redmond and letterer VC’s Clayon Cowles, however worry not, Alien followers, as that is simply the tip of 1 chapter, and a brand new chapter will start in a brand-new Alien sequence by Shalvey and Broaccardo that can launch in November, following an Alien Annual in October.
Within the present sequence, the motion is ready on an icy planet, the place a scientist is nominally meant to be researching methods to carry water to different planets for the sake of colonizing new planets, however she clearly has a secret goal that we see come into focus when her accomplice, Dayton, and her teenaged daughter, Zasha, carry again to base a facehugger frozen in ice. Quickly, it’s clear that your entire planet has frozen Xenomorphs under the ice, solely after the drilling, ultimately they’re not frozen.
That was simply in time for Weyland-Yutani to buy the scientist’s firm, and arrive to take the specimens for themselves, however their battalion of armed mercenaries are not any match for the thawed-out Xenomorphs, however it seems that there’s a new sub-species of Xenomorphs on this frozen moon, and we are going to be taught extra about this new subspecies within the upcoming sequence, which will likely be titled “Descendant,” and if the swimming Xenomorphs on the quilt of #1, drawn by Javi Fernandez, are any indication, whereas the primary arc was on ice, this second one will probably be set underwater.
What leads into this new Alien sequence?
An attention-grabbing twist with this upcoming sequence is that Shalvey, who’s writing the sequence, can even be splitting artwork duties on the guide with Broaccardo, as Shalvey will likely be drawing flashbacks that includes a doomed crew who had a Xenomorph run-in, whereas Broccardo will present the present-day impacts of that earlier mission gone mistaken.
In the meantime, Alien Annual #1, out in October, will join the 2 runs collectively. Marvel described the Annual’s plot in a press launch as, “In deep area spins a world contaminated by the universe’s best killers. Most individuals – sane folks – would assemble a barrier thicker than the hulls of ten Nostromos and go away it to rot. However the place most individuals see a demise entice, Weyland-Yutani sees the largest payout within the historical past of civilization. And if it prices a couple of human lives to safe? These come low cost right here. Put together for extra company corruption, private betrayals and extraordinary violence!”
What does Declan Shalvey should say about this Alien run?
In an interview with CBR when the present sequence launched, Shalvey defined what readers might count on his and Andrea Broccardo’s run, “The most effective iterations of the franchise are these with a transparent definitive tackle it. I consider I’ve that on this sequence whereas additionally beginning with a recent new story informed with improbable collaborators and storytellers. You’ll be able to learn this story with no earlier baggage [and] really feel such as you’re having fun with an genuine Alien story with recognizable components introduced in a refreshing new means. I am hoping to present the reader sufficient of what they count on whereas giving them a brand new and entertaining story that feels actual to this world.”
In the meantime, talking of this upcoming chapter, Shalvey informed Marvel, “It is such a pleasure to proceed to construct out our personal little nook of Marvel Comics’ Alien universe with this new ‘Descendant’ story arc. We’re constructing on what we have accomplished earlier than (with some nods to earlier tales) and get to dig a bit deeper on this arc (each figuratively and actually). It is also an actual deal with for me to attract a bit of the story.”
Alien #1 goes on sale November 15