Monday, July 16, 2018

Thursday, July 12, 2018


It's been years since I read the Gibson script so I may have to do a quick re-read in anticipation for this fun project!

via CBR:

Dark Horse Comics today announced an upcoming comic book series based on legendary sci-fi author William Gibson’s original, unproduced script for Alien 3. The series will be adapted for the page by writer and artist Johnnie Christmas.

At the time of its release, David Fincher’s Alien 3 was perhaps the most divisive film in the franchise. Notorious for killing off several fan-favorite characters at the outset, the film strands series protagonist Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) on an off-world penal colony with a single Xenomorph and a group of dysfunctional convicts. Alien 3 was considered a sharp about-face for the series’ overarching narrative (and, then, an abrupt end), but that almost wasn’t the case.

Gibson (Neuromancer, Count Zero, Mona Lisa Overdrive) was originally recruited to pen the film’s script based on early treatments. His vision never reached the big screen, but now fans of the Alien franchise will finally get to see what the author had in store for the third entry in the series. The comic will plot a wholly new course for Ripley and the survivors aboard the Sulaco, as, according to Gibson, almost nothing from his original script made it into the final cut. Writer and artist Johnnie Christmas (Angel Catbird, Firebug, Sheltered) will be the series’ main artist.

“When your first contracted screenplay (or screenplay of any kind, in my case) isn’t produced, but the film is eventually made with a different screenplay, retaining nothing of yours but a barcode tattoo on the back of a character’s neck, the last thing you ever expect is to see yours beautifully adapted and realized, decades later, in a different medium, by an artist of Johnnie Christmas’ caliber,” Gibson said in a statement released exclusively to CBR. “It’s a wonderful experience, and I have no doubt that Johnnie’s version, which adheres almost entirely to the script, delivers more of my material to the audience than any feature film would have been likely to do.”

The synopsis for Gibson’s Alien 3 reveals that the series’ story will evolve one of the primary conflicts of the first two films, the struggled between personal welfare and corporate interests, by introducing a hefty dose of governmental strife into the equation.

“Following the deadly events of Aliens, the Union of Progressive Peoples intercepts the spaceship carrying the hibernating bodies of Ripley, Hicks, Newt, and Bishop. But unbeknownst to them, they have also picked up another deadly passenger whose discovery will unleash a race between two governments to weaponize the xenomorph in this horrifying and poignant Cold War-themed thriller.”

Some fan-favorite characters originally killed off in the final cut of Alien 3 will also return in full force. In particular, Bishop, played by Lance Henriksen in the film, will play a pivotal role in the series.

“As for my screenplay, I’d like to point out that I worked from a treatment provide by the film’s three producers, so it wasn’t my idea, at all, to jettison Ripley,” Gibson said. “Unhappy with that, as a fan of the previous two films, I went for a multiple helping of Bishop, my second favorite human character in the first film.”

Based on a script by William Gibson, William Gibson’s Alien 3 #1 goes on sale on Nov. 7. Johnnie Christmas is the issue’s artist. Tamra Bonvillain provides colors, while James Harren, Daniel Warren Johnson, Paolo Rivera, Tradd Moore and Christian Ward pen the issue’s variant covers, two of which can be found in the gallery above, along with a five-page preview of the debut issue.


Tuesday, July 10, 2018


This new Grey Hulk statue looks sweet!

...and reminds me of Keown's Hulk:

Bonus Pics:

Other cool Grey Hulk statues:



If you're not reading the current "New" Archie by Mark Waid, you're missing out!

There's also some fun Mature Reader Horror Archie books: 'Afterlife With Archie' (Zombies), 'Jughead: The Hunger' (Werewolves), 'Vampirella' (Vampires), and 'Sabrina' (Witches). Great stuff!

via The Hollywood Reporter:

[Archie Comics is set to] turn back the clock and introduce versions of the characters from the dawn of World War II.

Archie 1941 is a five-issue miniseries that imagines how life in a United States on the verge of wartime would impact Archie’s pals and gals. The series was co-written by Mark Waid — writer on the regular Archie series, which goes on hiatus with July’s No. 32 — and Brian Augustyn, with art by Peter Krause.

(The choice of 1941 as a setting isn’t entirely random; it also happens to be the year the characters debuted, in Pep Comics No. 22.)

"A few years ago, Archie Comics called to ask me to relaunch the main book in a contemporary setting, which has been a blast. This time, they called to ask about a whole different setting,” Waid told Heat Vision. “Deep-diving into the characters and their parents from a whole new perspective, Brian Augustyn and I have been able to find a new, rich vein of stories to be told as America edges into World War II and what it'll mean to the kids. It's been an exciting project made only more thrilling by the chance to be able to work alongside my longtime co-conspirator on Irredeemable and Insufferable, Peter Krause."

Krause also expressed his excitement.

"Archie Comics has caught the fancy of fans and comic creators alike with new twists on their classic characters. So when they approached me about drawing Archie 1941 and giving me a chance to work with writers Mark Waid and Brian Augustyn, I said, 'Sign me up!'" Krause said. "How would Archie and the gang look in 1941? That is my responsibility, and my honor. I’ve had great fun going through reprints of Sears catalogs and diving into online photo troves. Along with great colors by Kelly Fitzpatrick and wonderful lettering by Jack Morelli, we’ve done our darnedest to make it all look good."

The project is a reteaming of Augustyn and Waid, who worked together on DC's The Flash.

"Working with this team is proving to be enormously exciting,” said Augustyn. “Mark and I go way back as good friends, and have collaborated many times. He's a comics genius and it's a joy to pick up the reins with him once again. Pete Krause is a fantastic artist, and is doing his best work ever on our project — I couldn't be happier with how he makes our story 20 times better. Kelly Fitzpatrick's wonderful coloring adds tremendously to the realism and historical feel that Pete delineates so well. I also want to thank Victor Gorelick, Mike Pellerito and the entire Archie crew for this opportunity — they're a genuine pleasure to work with.”

The series debuts in September, and follows how the Second World War impacts the lives of Archie, Jughead and the rest of the Riverdale gang as the specter of enlistment hovers above them.

"Through the gauzy shades of decades gone by, it’s easy to imagine that all Americans were on board with the battle against the Axis but it was not so — at least not until the attack on Pearl Harbor,” Krause explained. “Mark and Brian have spun a tale that details the ambivalence, the consequences and ultimately the sacrifices that led us to label those patriots, 'The Greatest Generation.'"

Augustyn said the series is a chance to see the "lovable characters through the lens of time."

“This narrative is a bit more serious and occasionally somber, but I hope we've leavened that with humor and warmth," he said.

Archie 1941 No. 1 will be released digitally and in comic book stores Sept. 12.


* thanks, Paul!