Marvel’s acquisition of the Alien license is about to be put to good use this March with Alien #1 by writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson and artist Salvador Larroca.
This will be the first series since Marvel picked up the Alien and Predator licenses in July, and the new title will feature both new and old characters from the films and will start with “…a Weyland-Yutani mercenary named Gabriel Cruz as he battles a deadly new breed of xenomorph with the survival of his child hanging in the balance.”
Kennedy Johnson sees the assignment as the fulfillment of a life-long dream, stating that “… 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.”
Larroca’ roots with the film franchise also go back to his childhood, saying that “Ever since I was young, Alien has been of my favorite sci-fi horror references, and I never could have expected to have the chance to draw this. Alien is a creative reference to a whole generation of artists, and I’m so proud to now be illustrating this series. I hope readers enjoy it as much as I do drawing it! Phillip’s story is going to be a delight for fans of this awesome franchise!”
Look for Aliens #1 in March to be followed by Aliens Omnibus Volume 1, an impressive collection of the first wave of Alien stories (originally published by Dark Horse Comics) in April 2021.