Alien #2 Review

Written By: Philip Kennedy Johnson
Art By: Salvador Larroca
Color By: GURU-eFX
Letters By: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover Art By: InHyuk Lee
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 21, 2021

In Alien #2, Gabe Cruz is given the news that Epsilon Station was attacked by a terrorist group, led by his son. He’s given two soldiers and scant hours to recover the Alpha sample (Xenomorph embryo) and get back to Earth. If he doesn’t hurry up, the station’s failsafe sends the station down to burn up in Earth’s atmosphere, destroying all the alien samples and Gabe’s son with it.

Was It Good?

It was good enough.

That’s not a slight on the quality of the art or the storytelling at all. This book is shaping up to be your standard “race against the clock to get the prize while avoiding the monsters” story. That said, the setup is filled-in more here, and the net result is a standard, vanilla Alien flick in terms of story.

Specifically on the art — It is heavily referenced (meaning it’s “redrawn” from photos for much of the characters and sets) but the quality of the coloring is so good, that I didn’t mind it.

Good art. Standard story. Sometimes, that’s good enough.

What’s It About?

[SPOILERS AHEAD]

Gabe awakes from a dream about his first encounter with the Xenomorphs years ago. Through little hints and clues, we figure out Gabe was infected in that mission, and he managed to freeze himself in a sleeper tube so the company could save him and extract the alien embryo for experimentation.

The dream isn’t the only thing that wakes Gabe up. His old boss, Ted, is at his door, and he delivers the news that Epsilon Station was overtaken by terrorists. Gabe’s son is among them.

Ted wants to send Gabe up to retrieve the alpha sample the company’s been using for the last 20 years to run experiments. Ted’s got Gabe over a barrel as he knows Gabe’s got experience with Xenomorphs, he’s highly motivated to save his son, and if he doesn’t come through, the station (and Gabe’s son) will burn up in Earth’s atmosphere.

Gabe takes a ship up with two highly trained, very young, and completely obnoxious military grunts who didn’t take the time to watch the briefing video. Once inside Epsilon Station, they find mass destruction but not much movement until they get to the lab. There, they find a couple of insistent face huggers and a lab tech hiding in a locker.

Gabe and the grunts manage to shoot the face huggers, but one of the grunts gets a little reckless chasing the last one and he gets his ribs removed by a full-sized Xenomorph.

We conclude the issue with everyone making an “Oh, &$%^!!!” face.

It’s not terribly original. You can tell there are bits and pieces of Alien films in this issue and assembled in a different order. Again, it’s good enough if you want an Alien story in comic form.

Final Thoughts:

Alien #2 takes everything you like about the Alien film franchise and reassembles it in comic form for a decent enough story. The art is good enough. The story, while not very original, is good enough. If you like Alien, you’ll like this.

7/10

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