One of the beautiful things about the [most] of the alien movies is that they are simple stories that are brilliantly told through great characters and well-earned tension, and most importantly, the horror of the aliens themselves is not overshadowed by what is going on elsewhere. This graphic novel has far too much going on to feel like canon, and really struggles to utilise the qualities of the amazing quadrilogy.Chris
Blah! Don't bother. As with so many other mythos out there this one is as screwed up and convoluted as any of them (star trek). Is it soooo hard to attempt a little continuity?Grantcorp
"Outbreak", first in a trilogy is the granddaddy of the Dark Horse Aliens publications and sets the scene that most of their other publications expanded upon. It follows the events of the survivors from the ill-fated LV-426 encounter depicted in the 1986 movie, a canon which was ruptured when 20th Century Fox decided to take the storyline elsewhere in the third installment, thereby destroying central components of the plot for "Outbreak". As a result, Dark Horse remastered their original edition, names of people and places were changed thus creating a bizarre mirror world to the one described in the film. It is best read by neglecting the events from the third and fourth movies, something that the hardcore xenomorph fan won't be hard-pressed to do anyway.Having said that, the story itself is a clever multi-threaded epic about the inevitable doom lurking over mankind: it was only a question of time before the Alien was going to arrive on Earth, and when it does, Lord help us all. The society depicted in the book is a grim and sinister one. Companies struggle to get their hands on an Alien prototype, a bizarre cult somehow connected to the alien presence is growing its influence and amidst all of this the fallen heroes attempt to survive in a world that has disowned them. The artwork is brooding and at times unnerving. This edition has been coloured as part of the remastering process but the tension from the black and white panels remains."Outbreak" ought to be required reading for any Aliens aficionado, it is that good, and like most other science fiction has a thing or two to say about the planet we call home.Johnny Zombie-writer
Good read, with what was originally a continuation, basically HICKS now wilkes and NEWT now billie return to a ALIEN homeworld.Good for fans with an interesting story that flows nicely, but if you're not a fan i think it may be a little on the dull side.