It was announced back in July that the iconic Alien and Predator sci-fi franchises were landing at Marvel Comics starting sometime in 2021; the first offering from the former Dark Horse Comics mainstays will be Alien #1, which will hit shelves in March with writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson (Empyre: Captain America) and artist Salvador Larroca (Doctor Doom) attached.
The new Alien series from Marvel will follow the adventures of a Weyland-Yutani Corporation mercenary named Gabriel Cruz, who must combat a deadly new breed of the infamous Xenomorph Alien to ensure the safety of his child.
Phillip Kennedy Johnson, who recently wrote the horror-centric Marvel Zombies: Resurrection series, elaborated on what the Alien movies meant to him as a lifelong fan.
“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,” Johnson says. “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.”
Artist Salvador Larroca added his thoughts (as well as a hint of what to expect from his art in the forthcoming Alien series from Marvel): “Drawing this has been like a dream come true, and I am so grateful to be a part of this series! 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!
“I’ve devoured every Alien story I could in every medium available and spent a lot of hours in the back of a classroom sketching out ideas for what happened before, after, and in-between the chapters we got to see. Now I have the opportunity to bring my favorite nightmares to life. And with my insanely talented friends at Marvel and some of the greatest artists in comics telling these stories with me, I can promise you: our nightmares will be yours.”
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