Some Things Should Stay Lost – Aliens: Resistance TP

by Brendan M. Allen

Following the events of Alien: Isolation, Amanda Ripley is kept silent by the Weyland-Yutani Corporation about the xenomorph threat. Enter Zula Hendricks, an ex-Colonial Marine, in need of Ripley’s help to expose a sinister bioweapons program. The duo teams up against an upgraded arsenal designed to keep the darkest atrocities secret!

Aliens: Resistance TP reintroduces the deeply scarred leads from Dark Horse’s limited series Aliens: Defiance and SEGA’s first person survival horror game Alien: Isolation and throws them into a plot to bring down Weyland-Yutani’s secret bio-weapons program. 
Ellen Ripley’s daughter Amanda teams up with former Colonial Marine Zula Hendricks to break into a secure Wey-Yu facility, where they discover data that leads to a black site where the evil corporation is conducting its illegal, immoral, and inhumane research. No facehuggers this time around. These experiments involve some sort of aerosolized agent in a gruesome series of tests.

Resistance doesn’t require a whole lot of set-up. After forty years observing Weyland-Yutani’s obsession with weaponizing xenomorphs, it’s fair to say even casual readers should have a pretty good idea where this thing is headed. That leaves a lot of space for Brian Wood to develop Amanda and Zula’s relationship. These are damaged characters, sure, but they come by their idiosyncrasies honestly. They play well enough together, but their success and survival will hinge on their collective ability to overcome emotional, psychological, and physical trauma they’ve faced at the hands of the Corp.
Robert Carey delivers tight, claustrophobic set pieces aboard the abandoned ship. His characters bring clear, tense emotion through expression, posture, and ambulation. There’s even a smug arrogance that’s easy to read on the almost featureless faces of the these new Destro-masked Franklin synthetics. Dan Jackson offers great filters of light and dark. Scenes that take place in Wey-Yu corporate offices are light, well lit, airy. The scenes on board the abandoned ship are dark, spooky, lit in red and yellow emergency egress lighting.
As the reader ventures further into this book, the walls literally close in, visually tightening the screws and leaning into the hallmark claustrophobia and restlessness of the Xeno-verse.

Aliens: Resistance TP does a tremendous job tying together Defiance and Isolation, but doesn’t really require having experienced either. Knowledge of the previous series and the games are helpful, but there’s plenty here to bring new or casual readers up to speed fairly quickly. Resistance stands alone just as well as part of a larger set.

Aliens: Resistance TP, collects issues #1-#4 of the miniseries, Dark Horse Books, released 07 August 2019. Script by Brian Wood, art by Robert Carey, color by Dan Jackson, cover by Roberto De La Torre, letters by Nate Piekos of Blambot.

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