If you missed the news, Marvel Comics has announced that they now have the Alien license, and they’ve got a fresh series heading to stores next year.
Terror comes to Marvel
Alien, as a franchise, might have a bigger and better history (overall) on the printed page than on the silver screen. It’s had years and years of stories in the pages of Dark Horse Comics after all, and only a few well-received films.
That’s a tradition that Marvel Comics is planning on continuing now that they’ve picked up the license (along with Predator). But when Alien #1 debuts in March 2021, it’ll be telling stories from a whole “never-before-seen corners ” of the Alien universe.
Phillip Kennedy Johnson will be taking up the writing chores for the book, and his is a name that horror fans might know from Marvel Zombies. You might know Salvador Larroca as well, the artist on the series, from his work on Doctor Doom.
“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 said. “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.”Phillip Kennedy Johnson