Comic Review 175 // Alien 3 by William Gibson

Now you are correctly thinking...'Hey, didn't you just do this title?'. Well, yes, I did. If you haven't read the review, head over here. LINK. So why should you read this? That first review is the audible version of the story, while this is the comic. The story remains the same but is told in a different format that we all know can change the lookout of a story. Let's dive in.

Title: William Gibson's Alien 3

Author: William Gibson

Illustrator: Johnnie Christmas & Tamra Bonvillain.

Description: This is the official adaptation of the original screenplay for Alien 3, written by William Gibson, the award-winning science fiction author of the cyberpunk cult classic Neuromancer. You'll see familiar characters and places--but not all is the same in this horrifying Cold War thriller!

After the deadly events of the film Aliens, the spaceship Sulaco carrying the sleeping bodies of Ripley, Hicks, Newt, and Bishop are intercepted by the Union of Progressive Peoples. The U.P.P forces don't expect another deadly passenger that is about to unleash chaos between two governmental titans intent on developing the ultimate cold war weapon of mass destruction.

Collects William Gibson's Alien 3 #1-5.


After completing the audible review, I was amazed to stumble across the title in comic form at my local library, which by the way, has a fantastic selection of comics (any recommendations?). Having enjoyed the audible, I felt it was a safe pick to read one evening and enjoy.

The artwork is rather enjoyable and exciting to stare at for longer than needed. The story does suffer from similar issues to the audible drama, but it seems more pronounced in a comic. The best example is jumping between characters and ships; though easy to pull off with a cutscene, it is hard to pick up on while looking at pretty pictures (it might also just be me not paying enough attention, lol).

Overall it brought characters to life for me, and it kept me entertained for an evening, and that is really all I want from a graphic novel, a little escapism.

Want to read? Don't want to visit the library, grab a copy here: (not cheap to find these days)

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