William Gibson's Alien's 3 #3 Review
• Johnnie Christmas (Pencils) • Tamra Bonvillain (Colorist)
• Johnnie Christmas, Tamra Bonvillain (Cover Artists)
Now, this is more like it.
Up until issue #3, this series has suffered because the plot has been a bit too complex and the action beats have been few and far between. This issue picks up the pace and the series is much better for it.
The main point of this issue is that Bishop has been rebuilt and sent back to Anchorpoint station. He's been tampered with since he's been rebuilt but the tampering has not been noticed by any of the crew even after Bishop submits to a full evaluation. Even with the lack of evidence, the brass on Anchorpoint assumes that Bishop is compromised and that The Rodina scientist have samples of the Alien.
What the Rodina scientist aren't aware of is that aliens have already infiltrated the ship and begun the construction of a hive. There is also another Alien stalking about in the Anchorpoint Docking bay.
While this is happening our main characters have reached out to Hicks in an attempt to recruit him to assist in destroying the xenomorph embryos that are on the ship.
The comic ends as it becomes painfully clear that all hell is about to break loose on both stations.
The problem with the previous issues was that there was a lot of info thrown at the reader but none of it was particularly interesting. The tension ramps up in this issue. We're given insight into the company plot and also made privy to the rapidly escalating situations on both ships.
It almost feels like the story has been unnecessarily padded. The first issue should have been extended and issue #2 should have been cut entirely.
Nevertheless, this issue was fun and had a lot of really creepy moments interspersed with exposition. The action sequences were great and the gore is used effectively in this story. The power of the Xenomorph is also conveyed well as one fully formed Xeno is able to clear out a room full of soldiers stationed on the ship.
My only complaint is that the atmosphere is lacking because of the bright color palette. I love Tamra Bonvillain but the series may have benefited from having a different colorist. This isn't a knock on her but I'm not sure if this is the right fit for her skill set.
The issue sets the table for the huge events likely to come in the next few issues. It's not a perfect issue but it's definitely a step in the right direction and I'm suddenly excited for what's to come.