Aliens Omnibus Volume 1: v. 1 (Aliens (Dark Horse)) Paperback – 24 Jul 2007
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This Omnibus is split into three parts and is based on Steve Perry's novels (which I've also read): Earth Hive, Nightmare Asylum and Female War. Part 1 deals with Earth being overrun by the Alien menace and how Hicks and Newt attempt to escape the horror. Part 2 tells the story of a mad general who thinks he can train an army of Aliens to help him retake Earth. Finally part three covers the return of Ripley and how she assists with finally helping to rid Earth of the Aliens.
There are some errors in the story which I have to bring up. These books were written before Alien 3 came out so Newt and Hicks were still referred to by their proper names but had to be changed to Billy and Wilks when Alien 3 was released. That is all well and good but then they start getting referred to again by their proper names in book 3 which I find odd. Also, some of the marines from LV4-26 are referred to by their proper names while others from the same squad are not. Finally, LV4-26 is referred to as Rim and then changed back again by book 3. I just don't understand these inconsistencies.
Other than those complaints, these are very interesting books and definitely worth a read.
I was very impressed with many aspects - the stories choose some brave and dramatic ideas and run with them. Although names have been changed (although Newt is still referred to by her proper name instead of Billie in one amusing slip-up), it's largely a 'what happened to Newt and Hicks?' extension of the Aliens movie plot years after the events of the film.
The directions the writers have chosen felt interesting for Billie (*cough* sorry, Newt), but weirdly implied the kind of psyche damage that usually comes with unresolved trauma and abandonment. Since Newt's trauma was resolved by Ripley in kick ass fashion and she wasn't abandoned (in the film at least), it seemed a little strange, but it's inventive so I was happy to go with it. I was never able to swallow Wilks (*cough* sorry, Hicks) storyline as it invites us to suppose that the heroic Hicks, with a laconic nature, caring temperament and utterly good soul ends up as an angry bitter drunk getting into fights. It's like expecting us to swallow the idea that Johnny Rambo gets called back for one last mission and has to abandon his New York ballet school. It's too much of a role reversal.
Unfortunately we get stuck with one-note Hicks - bitter, angry, rebellious.
While the plots have moments of flair and excitement, they too easily lapse into lazy stereotypes and predictability. The bad-guy corporate types. The crazed military guys who just want the Alien as a weapon, etc etc.Read more ›
Generally the story is very good, especially the way in which the Hicks/Wilks character develops and the Alien draws closer to Earth. This deserves its own movie and is a whole heap better than the hit and miss third and fourth films. That said, after a while the stories do get repetitive. I lost count of the amount of times that Newt recounts her miserable experiences on Rim/LV426.
If you can't wait for Alien 5 and want to experience how the franchise ought to have developed, then get this. You'll be highly entertained.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The story was rather ok but the quality of print no so... The characters were blury in many pages. A ahame thought.Published 1 month ago by ANTONIO GONZALEZ KIRCHENMAYER
All the Alien goodness wrapped up in an easy-to-transport omnibus. Great! Get the set!Published 11 months ago by Xyalon
I love the graphic novels! A must have for any Alien series fan! Would recommend this product highly to anyone who loves sci fiPublished 14 months ago by Ms. T. J. Clears
Book 1 great, book 2 not bad, book 3 ripley is back, still reading book 4.
Good concept great artwork, story looses its way a little at times but there is a good overall... Read more
Thrilling to come back to the comics of my childhood all in a full omnibus digital edition. We all know this is how it should have gone if it wasn't for that damn alien3. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mr P S Strafford
3 very different art style; like the first two but the last one I'm not as keen on. Shame there are some of the odd adaption changes (Newt to Billie and Hicks to Wilks) but... Read morePublished 15 months ago by J. Tinker
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