Alien – Resurrection | Review


Published on Dec 04, 2018


The care that the Saldapress is giving to the Alien Universe is more than commendable. Never as in this period we had the opportunity to approcciarci to so many stories, old and new, from the fantastic universe dedicated to the xenomorph, which began with the cult movie made by Ridley Scott in 1979.

And Alien Resurrection is a volume that focuses on the main protagonist of the film dedicated to Alien: the Ripley played by Sigourney Weaver. The character at the center of the first story is her own, or at least a version cloned. At a distance of two hundred years by the sacrifice of Ripley, his clone is brought to life in order to pull out the embryo of a xenomorph queen, and to replicate it on a large scale the alien destroyers that the Government wants to use as weapons of war. The choice of course will be more that wrong.

The second story, entitled Spectrum, instead, is set in Tirgu-Mires a planet in which they live of the settlers. Among them there are a group of guys to spend a day or, they decide to go inside a cave in which he seems is inhabited by a monster. The lure of an urban legend, the whole to be examined will be for young adventurers the chance to make an encounter lethal with a xenomorph.

To realize the designs of both stories is Eduardo Risso, the comic became popular for having worked with Brian Azzarello on 100 Bullets. The stretch in the rough and milleriano Risso manages to give originality to the atmosphere and to the scenes depicted in the two cartoons, in addition to present versions of the intriguing characters that are already known. The version of the xenomorfi created by Risso is in fact less physical and stylistically imperfect, and it is more “freak”, which is quite an alternative to us (no easy task), a visual perspective is a little different than the xenomorph, already seen in hundreds of different versions, and is represented continuously by designers all over the world.

The style is crude but profoundly characteristic of Risso (enhanced by the vibrant colors of Dave Stewart and Chris Chalenor) fits the type of stories told in the Resurrection, and the Spectrum and enhances the screenplays of James Vance and Jay Stephens, who keep a good pace.

While Resurrection stands out as the classic story of the soldiers cooped up in a spaceship in which you roam the xenomorfi, the Spectrum is much more original and offers a new vision of an encounter with the Aliens: the group of boys who venture into the cave on the hunt for a legendary monster, appears in fact as a sort of The Goonies sauce xenomorfa, a divertissement (from the amazing ending and very bad) that will satisfy both lovers of Alien of horror stories with teenage protagonists.

Alien Resurrection arises in the wake of the comics Saldapress that they want to offer to the Italian readers, a more comprehensive approach to everything that has been published in the United States by Dark Horse about the universe of Alien. And between stories, the most classic and outputs well or less well, stapled, mini-series like Aliens: Fire and Stone, and volumes of value, such as one related to the 30ennale from the first publication of the comics of Alien, there has never been a better time to approach to the books of the xenomorph.

Alien Resurrection is, therefore, a worthy continuation of a path that Saldapress is bringing forward the best, and that lovers of horror, science fiction, and, of course, the universe of Alien, can't miss.

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