ALIENS On a distant, frozen world, “artificial persons” are manufactured in discreet seclusion. With formidable new security synthetics coming online, how better to test their mettle than against a hive of deadly xenomorphs? But as “socialization specialist” Jean DuPaul sees her ever-more-human android charges sent to their destruction, she learns that the most savage species in the universe is man. From writer John Layman, creator of the award-winning Chew, and acclaimed artist Sam Kieth comes Aliens: Inhuman Condition, a hardcover graphic novella from the pages of Dark Horse Presents that shines a dark, disturbing light on the Aliens universe.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16255051-aliens

Aliens rating

(Ratings are based on the original rating form for school children that can be found here)

Story

The story was okay, I guess. I’ve never seen the Alien films so the story – of a scientist discovering the horrors of humanity – was a tame introduction to a film series that I’ve always been afraid to watch. From what I have seen of the films, the comic echoes the gritty and dark tones. If I had see them I have no doubt this comic would have held more significance. Not for me, but something I have no doubt fans would appreciate.

 Artwork

I really, really disliked the artwork. Rough lines and dull colours made for distracting and out-washed reading that didn’t seem to match the story. Don’t get me wrong, some panels were interesting.

  aliens-page-1 Characters

I found that the characters were often confusing and all in all didn’t have much heart to them. The only character I found remotely cool was the stuffed bear.

 Dialogue

Again, dialogue is very hard to comment on. There’s not too much to say here – average dialogue over a story I didn’t really enjoy.

 

What the kids say: Children love blood and horror. I think this was one of their favourites!

A dark and often flat comic that made me feel uncomfortable – no doubt someone who knows the fandom would appreciate it.

 Author borrowed this from a library.