The Illustrated Story

I must admit this is the first graphic novel I’ve ever read. I was pleasantly surprised to find had I not seen the original movie (ad nauseum) I would have gotten the full (if less gory) effect that was relayed on screen. The tension was present, of course, but what I got out of the graphic novel that I didn’t get out of the movie was Brett and Parker’s total disgust with their situation as engineers not getting a full percentage. Go figure.

As a fan of the Alien movies this was a refreshing look at the groundbreaking movie from a different perspective. I was able to catch nuances from the graphic version that I missed in the film and vice versa making my appreciation for the film more well rounded. It starts out as the movie did and remains true to the film but with limited frames the author focused on things that I didn't pay attention to or missed in the film which gave me an opportunity to reflect further on what I thought of the original film. A true fan of the Alien movies will want to have this in their collection of memorabilia to open and revisit the Nostromo and it’s doomed crew again and again.

Book Blurb for Alien

Vacant. Two space helmets resting on chairs. Electronic hum. Lights on the helmets begin to signal one another. Moments of silence. A yellow light goes on. Electronic hum. A green light goes on in front of one helmet. Electronic pulsing sounds. A red light goes on in front of the other helmet. An electronic conversation ensues. Reaches a cresendo. Then silence.

And when the silence is broken... the crew of the Nostromo must grapple with a terrifying life force they cannot leash, nor even comprehend - the Alien!

The stunning color graphic novel of Ridley Scott's legendary sci-fi thriller!

Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2013 4.00