William Gibson's Alien's 3 #2 Review
• Johnnie Christmas (Pencils) • Tamra Bonvillain (Colorist)
• Johnnie Christmas, Tamra Bonvillain (Cover Artists)
Two issues deep into William Gibson's adaption of Alien 3 and I'm starting to understand why it was canceled. There is a lack of energy and urgency that is breaking up immersion within the series. There doesn't seem to be a lead character for the reader to anchor to. The plot feels like a series of events with familiar characters hovering around rather than a story audiences would have been interested in. This could change as the story continues but for now, I'm not impressed.
The main crux of the issue is that a rival corporation has found the sketches that the Android Bishop made of the Alien's reproductive cycle.
They also access his memory backs and make the connection that the mission to LV-426 was to obtain a specimen. To avoid suspicion, the company intends to repair Bishop and send him back to the Sulaco in exchange for their missing crew member while feigning ignorance of the Alien.
What could possibly go wrong?
There is an interesting premise beneath the surface of this blase affair. The lack of momentum really hurts the narrative to this point. This feels like a story more suited for a Trade Paperback or Graphic Novel than in single-issue format.
Tamra Bonvillain supplies nice colorwork but the backgrounds of the issue are drab and often empty. Johnnie Christmas supplies an excellent cover and the shot of the above proves that he's a talented artist. Maybe the screenplay isn't giving him much to work with.
Other than a rather gruesome opening sequence the comic is just dull throughout. You shouldn't feel bored reading a $3.99 comic. If you're a diehard fan of the franchise or completionist you may find enjoyment here but if not, I can't see this series holding your attention. At least not yet.