Marvel is running with the xenomorphic football and bringing the series back to arguably its most popular point. Return to Hadley’s Hope this July.
Hope doesn’t spring eternal
Whatever your feelings are about Marvel Comics getting the Aliens comic book rights, this is pretty cool. For the 35th anniversary of Aliens, the popular original film’s mega-popular sequel, the publisher is taking its brand new comic series back to LV-426.
For the uninitiated, LV-426 is a planet. It’s one that houses Hadley’s Hope, a human colony. And if you know the film, then you know that it’s an ill-fated one. Hadley’s Hope serves as the backdrop for the movie, and becomes overrun by a previously unknown lifeform- the titular “aliens”.
Marvel’s take on the semi-sequel will be a one-shot, with what sounds like a pretty neat story. Benjamin Percy and Dave Wacther will be in the creative command seats.
It’s been 35 years since the tragedy of the Hadley’s Hope colony, but what happened during that ill-fated venture has been shrouded in mystery. A renegade crew of investigative journalists are heading towards the moon that Weyland-Yutani has wiped from all records, and they’ll bring back the truth even if it kills them…and what remains in that bombed-out site will try to do just that. Here’s what Percy had to say about penning this new saga:
“When I was a kid, I had a door-length poster of a xenomorph crashing through the wood, tearing off the hinges, creeping forward with a drippy fanged smile. This is the image I would drift away to every night, which no doubt influenced my imaginative hard-wiring, along with the films and comics that I watched and read over and over and over. To this day, I can’t grip a knife without wanting to lay my hand on a table and tick-tick-tick the point between my splayed fingers — I can’t play a game of ping-pong or Clue without yelling, ‘Game over, man.’ — I can’t scratch an orange tabby without whispering , ‘You are my lucky star….lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky.’ I’ve been in love with these stories most of my life, and it’s truly an honor and a delight to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Aliens with a script inked in acid blood.”Marvel Comics
Aliens: Aftermath #1 lands in stores this July the 14th.