Aliens: Dead Orbit #4

Writer: James Stokoe Artist: James Stokoe Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: December 13, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 6
9.0Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

With one last gambit aboard the space station, Wascylewski finds himself ambushed by two more deadly xenomorphs that will stop at nothing until he's dead.

The conclusion to Orc Stain creator James Stokoe's thrilling and claustrophobic Aliens story!

  • 10
    Horror Talk - James Ferguson Dec 19, 2017

    Stokoe brings that tension to the lettering as well, with a jagged font that makes the dialogue (mostly grunts and breaths) appear pained. It's like it's a struggle for Wascylewski to even make a sound, let alone put a few words together. Screams are particularly expressive with letters changing in size to coincide with the volume. Aliens: Dead Orbit will leave you with white knuckles and clenched fists. This is the best Aliens comic I've ever read and gave me a newfound appreciation for the franchise. James Stokoe's work is absolutely gorgeous from beginning to end and I hope to see more of it very soon. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Infinite Earths - J.D. Jr. Dec 11, 2017

    Aliens: Dead Orbit packs on the action and does right by the 1979 film in such a perfect way that it has us hungering for the days of truly great Aliens films.  Read Full Review

  • 10
    AiPT! - JJ Travers Dec 13, 2017

    This series is like a good rollercoaster: it's over quick, but it'll push your stomach into your throat and scare the shit out of you. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Dec 17, 2017

    Ultimately, Dead Orbit provides a welcome return to the haunted house horror that made Ridley Scotts movie such a runaway success while proving that, in the right hands, it isn't necessary to reinvent the wheel in order to produce a compelling Aliens comic. We can only hope that this isn't the last time Stokoe is allowed to play in this particular sandbox. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Dec 13, 2017

    I thoroughly enjoyed this series from start to finish as James Stokoe delivered a strong work across the board. The gap between issues is a killer but for those that read it in the future they'll have a single run to just absorb and enjoy. This is almost a theatrical experience in what he produces here, giving us enough character to set the stage but keeping the focus on the tension, panic, and chaos that comes from trying to survive. The details are incredible and I love the look of this from the layouts to the character designs. This issue goes a bit bigger on the exteriors and that made me want a lot more of that as well. Definitely a great book and a wonderful way to dig into the franchise a bit more without needing a huge amount of mythology to engage with. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Dec 14, 2017

    Aliens Dead Orbit has been a wonderful, horrific series that let James Stokoe loosein the Aliens universe. While the story did not do anything majorly crazy it was successful in telling a very creepy story that played with a lot of the tropes from the Aliens mythos. Stokoe's art shone brilliantly throughout this series and shows why he is one of the best in the business right now. This is a great series for Aliens fans and comic book fans alike! Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Dec 13, 2017

    Aliens: Dead Orbit #4 was as tragic as it gets when you find your world turned upside down by an encounter with xenomorphs. For as much as you find yourself rooting for Wascylewski to make it to the end, reaching that point was heartbreaking when understanding what the end of the line tends to mean regardless. There are no happy endings for even the survivors. This was another addition to the AvP collection that you will hopefully treasure because it offers you the terror and fear that consumes you with every passing issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Nicholas Palmieri Dec 15, 2017

    Final Verdict: 8.5 – A visceral conclusion that shows how a one-man creative vision can turn a straightforward take on an established franchise into something special. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Jonathan Baldessari Dec 17, 2017

    Aliens: Dead Orbit #4 is a satisfying conclusion to a mini-series with terrifying art and unique storytelling. It easily stands with other entries in the franchise. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Doom Rocket - Dec 7, 2017

    This issue manages to make the solitude of outer space abundantly clear while also delivering on the frantic chaos of the captain and crew fighting for their lives. It is far from the best story ever told by Stokoe, but it succeeds in expressing a dire situation while staying true to what we know about the Alien franchise. I was not disappointed in the brevity, I simply wanted more. Read Full Review

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