Alien comics land into Marvel (with worry)

13 Mar

-For the Uncensored!

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujtcRKToClc

It must be said that when I heard that there was a new alien comic series, and then it was being created by Marvel, I think my heart sank a little. Considering the future of Marvel being female, which I don’t mind. I will cover that in another article, but that topic alone could derail us from the idea itself. Alien, written by Dan O Bannon and Steve Schusett, was a series that started off in 1978, and has moved on to its 42nd year as one of the major sci-fi franchise that’s not afraid to handle personal topics and put it into a large dark sci-fi landscape. It’s a reminder that not all sci-fi franchises have to be like Star Wars. Encompassing directors like Ridley Scott, James Cameron, and even David Fincher, Alien has proved to be a cult classic that hasn’t really died. 

            The “Alien Franchise quickly expanded into video games, comics, novels and even action figures. Regarding this mélange of media, there have been some stand-out successes. The Dark Horse Universe of Alien comics has existed since the late ’80s.” (https://www.thepostathens.com/article/2021/03/alien-is-an-undying-franchise-video-games). I don’t really agree that the Alien Franchise had “duds” but it does mean that the Alien franchise is a very versatile series that can match a vision it wants to make, and while many have there favorites, Marvel can expand there adult wings with there new Alien run.

            The plot seems simple: “The series centers on Gabriel Cruz, a Colonial Marine who barely survived an encounter with the Xenomorphs. Cruz is trying to patch up his relationship with his son, but the threat of the Xenomorphs comes back to haunt him.” I would love to say I’m excited, but also worried that Marvel might not go into the darkness to find there thesis. Even Batman Vs. Alien was an extraordinary comic, and still is one of the best batman cross overs ever. Also, I love Alien Vs. Predator, too.

            Philip John Kennedy will pen the series, as he proclaims, “When Marvel announced the series, Kennedy said, “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. 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.” (https://www.animationxpress.com/comics/marvel-reveals-first-look-of-the-comic-series-alien/. Found on 03/12/21.)

            Some could argue the fourth film didn’t help the Alien franchise, but it did bring a center to Ellen Ripley’s character. The Alien prequels, Prometheus and Alien Covenant, were polarizing for audience and critics, but I still say it brought Ridley back into the fold, incorporating ideas that nobody touched upon in the Alien franchise. Studying the idea of where we come from as human beings.

            What does this mean for Marvel studios, as Marvel is more family friendly than Alien could be. With successes like Dead Pool and Logan, it helped Marvel explore the idea of having more adult themed movies in there catalogue. 

            If Disney and Marvel are smart, they will keep Alien for adults. It’s a series that has always evolved but seemed to find the center of what it means to be human in desperate circumstances. If Disney and Marvel are smart, which I hope going in, forces them to keep more adult themed topics in the Alien, and according to animantionexpress.com, “the predator series” it could be a treasure trove for Marvel to find there footing and appeal to the older audience while they manage to find footing for the rest of there planned series. I hope they don’t mess this up, but since Marvels failed television and movies not generating any interest, Alien might be the trump card to save Marvel.  

-Louis Bruno is the author of more than 15 books, including, The Michael Project, The Michael Project: Book 2: The Lost Children of Eve, Thy Kingdom Come, The Disintegrating Bloodline, Apocalypse Soldier, Hierarchy of Dwindling Sheep. His books can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Lulu. He can be found on Gab, https://gab.com/thereallouistbruno, Minds https://www.minds.com/lbruno8063/, and Parlerhttps://parler.com/profile/therealLouistbruno/posts. Instagram @lbrruno8063 and @louisbrunoofficialbook. He has written for the Intellectual Conservative and Ephemere. His latest, Come Home, Young One, a dark fantasy novel is out now at Lulu.com. Link is here: https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/louis-bruno/come-home-young-one/hardcover/product-pw8q7z.html?page=1&pageSize=4.  His next series, City of Sand, will be available sometime this year.

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