Aliens: Dead Orbit #1

Writer: James Stokoe Artist: James Stokoe Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: April 26, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 26 User Reviews: 15
8.8Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

After a horrific accident strikes a space station, an engineering officer must use all available tools-a timer, utility kit, and his wits-to survive an attack from the deadliest creature known to man.
Orc Stain creator James Stokoe pens a thrilling and claustrophobic Aliens story: Dead Orbit!

  • 10
    Comicosity - Nikki Sherman Apr 30, 2017

    Overall, I couldn't be happier with this offering ofAliens lore from a comic great like James Stokoe. This book is satisfies myAliens needs while also delivering a suspenseful and intriguing sci-fi-horror story. As a huge fan of theAliens franchise, and as someone who shouts Stokoe's name in the comic store when recommending new books for people to try, I couldn't be happier with the start of this mini-series. Read Full Review

  • 10
    AIPT - JJ Travers Mar 28, 2017

    It would be a disservice to yourself as a comic fan to miss this story. Read Full Review

  • 10 - Chase Magnett Apr 19, 2017

    Stokoe is a cartoonist who both adores genre and studies his craft. This is what makes him the perfect artist to tackle an adaptation like Aliens: Dead Orbit. The chills and style of films are captured through Stokoe's own eyes. The gap between the thing and the thing itself is closed because Aliens: Dead Orbit #1 is not an imitation, it is its own work of art " and a thrilling piece of comics storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 10
    All-Comic - Tyler Goulet Mar 23, 2017

    Okay, maybe that isn't exactly how it was said previously, but you get the picture.Aliens: Dead Orbit comes straight from the hands of a comic book god up there with the likes of Jack Kirby, Will Eisner, Brian Bolland, Osamu Tezuka, and more. That is the kind of artist and storyteller that James Stokoe is. This is setting itself up to becometheAliens book; the best book to come out of this franchise in its almost thirty-year existence. No bullshit, buy this book and you will not be sorry. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Apr 27, 2017

    Aliens: Dead Orbit is a testament to great storytelling. It shows how effective mood can be in a horror comic. You don't need jump scares or over-the-top gore. You can fill a reader with fear with the right pace and setting. Sure, xenomorphs help and I'm betting we'll get plenty of blood and guts in future issues, but for now, this is a fantastic introduction that stands on its own for new and old fans of the franchise. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Nerdophiles - Jackson Adams May 27, 2017

    Aliens: Dead Orbit #1 succeeds by recognizing what audiences are expecting and leading with a protagonist who's dreading what we know is coming. It's a balancing act that plays both to the strength of the franchise and the iconic creature at its heart, as well as what readers are looking to from the horror icon. It's also a fantastic showcase of Stokoe's one-of-a-kind talent and arguably the best Alien comic in years. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Mar 25, 2017

    This issue could be entirely wordless and I'd suggest you go out and buy it for the art alone. With overly cluttered and claustrophobic art wrapped in dread filled beautiful colors it is absolutely masterful in setting a perfect tone for this story. The story is a bit tropey to start, but it does a fine job of steering around it and ends up adding some great touches by the end. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Lune Apr 10, 2017

    A new book by James Stokoe is always a highlight, but "Aliens: Dead Orbit" #1 is a rich and rewarding chapter in what promises to be a must-read addition to the franchise. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Apr 26, 2017

    Even if Alien: Covenant fails to live up to its promise, at least fans of the franchise are getting one worthwhile Alien story this spring. Dead Orbit is an excellent throwback to the original film, focusing on claustrophobic horror and dread rather than action and spectacle. This is what happens when you give a talented storyteller the reins of a beloved franchise and simply let them go wild on the page. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicWow!TV - Huck Talwar Apr 27, 2017

    For any and every horror, sci-fi, and Aliens fan, this issue is a must-read. It feels like this is going to be a really enthralling series, and I can't wait to see how the crew (or just the engineering officer) handles the Xenomorph(s). Stokoe has done a brilliant job on the premiere issue, and I'm already addicted. To check out this gem of a book for yourself, get out to your local comic shop and give it a read! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Adam Frey Apr 26, 2017

    We don't get a lot of xenomorph action in this one, and that's a necessary consequence of a multi-part story. Alien is horror at its core, and horror always requires a slow burn. But it's wonderful eye candy, and with Stokoe drawing it, it can only get better with each issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Apr 26, 2017

    Aliens: Dead Orbit grabbed me from very early on just for its visual style in bringing us this cramped and claustrophobic world with all of its detail. As the crew and our lead character come into focus, a collection of people that will be killed soon enough, the sense of dread builds quickly and effectively. Stokoe's pacing is spot on here and what we know of the cast is engaging with the lives they lead and what they have to deal with. The mystery of the new ship and the arrival of the xenomorphs inside hopefully has a flashback tale to be told as I want to know the journey of this ship and its crew but I'm also excited to see how things unfold on this station once it gets running. I'm definitely excited to see where this goes as Stokoe has everything lined up perfectly. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Hulking Reviewer - Dave Gogel Apr 14, 2017

    It looks like we have a new addition to the “must read” category with Aliens: Dead Orbit #1. What makes it even more impressive is that James Stokoe pulls a triple-double that would leave Russell Westbrook impressed: He does the writing, the art, and the cover! That is just awesome. Aliens: Dead Orbit will be released on Alien Day 4/26. Be sure to go get it! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Rogues Portal - Lindsay Pereira Jun 10, 2019

    If you like the Alien franchise and love how comics have approached the subject, this will be a great addition to your collection. If you haven't read any of the comic spinoffs before and are one of the few human beings on Earth unfamiliar with the films, this may be one of the most satisfying comics you will read in a long time. Either way, you win. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Graphic Policy - christopher scott author Apr 23, 2017

    The art, also by Stokoe, creates a dark atmosphere that merges horror and science fiction well. The art manages to amplify the feeling of desolation and hopelessness, things that are staples of a good Alien tale. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Apr 26, 2017

    Aliens: Dead Orbit #1 is yet another story with potential. Life out in space already is no safe venture, but when you throw in the danger of Xenomorphs you are stepping into the absolute worst case scenario. We see this mess of a ship and just the taste of what goes wrong is enough to make you want to know the full story. Not to mention the need to understand what will make this engineer so special enough to survive this. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Apr 25, 2017

    Could this book have used more actual aliens? Absolutely. But fear is and can be more than just monsters, and I believe that as it goes on Aliens: Dead Orbit will prove just that. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Mar 28, 2017

    The best way to celebrate Alien's Day is to pick this comic up. It's a great bit of throwback for old-school fans, but it's also warm and welcoming to anyone that's looking to dive into the Xenomorph pool for the first time. While this first issue was missing something that I couldn't put my finger on, I'm still very excited for the rest of Aliens: Dead Orbit. I have zero doubts that this is the start of something great and one of the best of 2017. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Mar 24, 2017

    As it stands now, this is still a thoroughly immersive read, focusing heavily on atmosphere rather than plot, and featuring some impressively detailed and utterly dynamic artwork. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Forrest Hollingsworth Apr 26, 2017

    This is a solid, tense issue penned and realized by an incredibly talented artist. I recommend fans of the property check it out as soon as possible, Alien Day being as good a reason as any. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Impulse Gamer - Dana Folkard Mar 31, 2017

    Overall, Ive enjoyed the first issue of Dead Orbit and I look forward to watching this intense game of cat and mouse unfold. I love nothing more than being immersed in a scary, adrenaline-fueled space horror, especially one that involves a xenomorph. I just hope that this story maintains its chilling momentum and offers us something that we havent encountered from this nasty creature yet. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - David Ferguson Mar 29, 2017

    This was a fantastic read, The background art was intricate which lent to a very claustrophobic feel, and the character design was innovative. The writing was spot on, although most of the issue was our protagonist alone, I was able to interpret perfectly what Stokoe was portraying. I think it will be a challenge to tell the story I would like to read in only four issues, but that means we will not get any "filler" issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Infinite Earths - J.D. Jr. Mar 31, 2017

    Taking inspiration from Ridley Scott's original Alien film, this new tale promises to be both tense and terrifying in the same way that made the 1979 original so great Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - David Ferguson Mar 26, 2017

    This was a fantastic read, The background art was intricate which lent to a very claustrophobic feel, and the character design was innovative. The writing was spot on, although most of the issue was our protagonist alone, I was able to interpret perfectly what Stokoe was portraying. I think it will be a challenge to tell the story I would like to read in only four issues, but that means we will not get any "filler" issues. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Doom Rocket - Arpad Okay Apr 27, 2017

    The work is powerful. Inspired by, not based on. If you don't know the franchise, it's a damn thrilling read. If you do, there are clues for you, things to make the inevitable all the more painful. Stokoe makes horror better, and Aliens bursts with promise. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    We The Nerdy - Chad Waller Mar 24, 2017

    The sales pitch for Aliens: Deadly Orbit reminds me of the gameplay to Alien: Isolation, and the thing about horror is that it doesn't work unless the reader cares about the main character. If that's what the first issue is going to do, then I guess I'm willing to wait this out in the long term. I don't know James Stokoe, but I do know Dark Horse. I trust them. Read Full Review

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