Dark Horse really came through for this year’s Alien Day. The publisher is finally kicking off the eagerly anticipated Aliens: Dead Orbit from the one man creative force that is James Stokoe. Not content to deliver one of the best Godzilla comics ever with The Half-Century War, now Stokoe seems determined to leave a similar mark on the Alien franchise. And based on this first issue, he very might well pull it off.

Dead Orbit covers very familiar ground for Alien fans. The issue opens aboard a remote Weyland-Yutani space station as a haggard, emaciated employee named Wascylewski goes about his business. The seemingly innocuous setting gradually becomes a foreboding, claustrophobic nightmare as Stokoe reveals how Wascylewski found himself in this situation and the very real, very hungry enemy that is his only companion on the station. This is a story very much in the vein of the original Alien, featuring a few, mostly helpless humans fighting for survival against a ruthless Xenomorph.

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