The Alien movie franchise is a mess, and while there have been attempts to reboot it with a follow-up to Aliens that would ignore Alien 3 and Resurrection, those plans seem to have fallen through, at least for now.
Still, an alternate vision of that universe won’t be denied. Now, Dark Horse Comics is adapting a version of the Alien 3 script by cyberpunk sire William Gibson.
While Gibson was a contributor in the early phase of the writing for Alien 3, ultimately most of his concepts never made it into the final film. “As the father of the cyberpunk genre with titles like Neuromancer, Count Zero, and Mona Lisa Overdrive, Dark Horse is thrilled to see Gibson’s vision fully realized for the first time,” the company said Thursday.
Dark Horse released a synopsis for their alternate adaptation:
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.
This “what if?” features an intense script by Gibson (Neuromancer, Agency, Count Zero, Archangel), cinematic art by Johnnie Christmas (Angel Catbird, Firebug, Sheltered), vibrant colors by Tamra Bonvillain (Doom Patrol, Wayward, Uncanny Avengers), and a slate of variant covers by James Harren, Daniel Warren Johnson, Paolo Rivera, Tradd Moore, and Christian Ward.
The five-issue miniseries’ first installment is due out Nov. 7, 2018. Check out some samples provided by Dark Horse below: