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Friday, January 11, 2013

Graphic Novel Review: ALIEN: THE ILLUSTRATED STORY by Archie Goodwin & Walter Simonson

Written by Archie Goodwin
Artwork by Walter Simonson
Bases on the screenplay by Dan O'Bannon

If you are a fan of the ALIEN films, you will love this new graphic novel put out by Titan Books.  ALIEN: THE ILLUSTRATED STORY, is an updated version of the same book put out back in 1979.   Here is a brief description of the book from the Titan Books website:

Two of comics’ greatest talents joined forces in 1979 to bring Ridley Scott’s epic Alien motion picture to the comic book page. Out of print for over thirty years, this brand new edition (released in time to coincide with Scott’s latest opus Prometheus) has been ∂f the greatest sci-fi horror ever produced.

I love the ALIEN films, and reading through this adaptation of the film was a lot of fun.  The artwork does have an old style and look to it, which I personally loved. It reminded me of how comic books looked when I was a kid.  The only difference in this version versus the original put out back in 1979 is that artwork and coloring are very bright and vivid.  The back of the book explains that "this edition has been digitally remastered for the first time using the original color artwork from the artist's personal archive".   I didn't realize that a comic could be "digitally remastered", but I guess it can!  The coloring is beautiful, especially in the infamous alien bursting out of the chest scene.

Fans of horror comics and the ALIEN franchise will definitely want to check this out.   ALIEN:  THE ILLUSTRATED GUIDE is available now online and in stores!


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