Aliens: Defiance #1

Writer: Brian Wood Artist: Tristan Jones Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: April 27, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 3
8.0Critic Rating
8.7User Rating

Battling demons from her past while fighting for her life, Colonial Marine Private First Class Zula Hendricks, in the company of Weyland-Yutani synthetics, is forced to question her strength and loyalty when the discovery of an insidious alien species on a derelict hauler sends her on a dangerous journey across the stars.

  • 10
    Hulking Reviewer - Dave Gogel Apr 3, 2016

    I was anticipating this issue after reading the early material for it and suffice to say it did not disappoint. Just about everything one can look for in a first issue was accomplished here. It was a treat to finally have a dedicated Aliens story without those bratty Predators snooping around. I can't recommend Aliens: Defiance #1 enough and it should be a part of every fan's arsenal. Stay frosty. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Forrest Hollingsworth Mar 30, 2016

    It's a stellar sci-fi horror comic in its own right, and it's a hell of an Aliens one, too. I'm excited for where Hendricks and Davis are headed even if they have no right to be. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes May 1, 2016

    This is how to celebrate a 30th anniversary. This is beautifully frightening: a love letter to fans that will make their chests explode in joy. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Bounding Into Comics - John F. Trent Mar 31, 2016

    Aliens: Defiance #1 has everything you are looking for in an Aliens story. It's got action, horror, blood and guts, a well characterized protagonist, and, of course, Aliens. If you are looking for a horror fix and love Aliens, go pick this one up and tell your LCS to order it with Diamond Code: FEB160010 before it hits comic book shelves on April 27th! You will be anxiously awaiting the second issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Project-Nerd - Lee Apr 16, 2016

    I look forward to reading the remaining eleven issues of this limited run. They're building towards an interesting exploration of the universe beyond the movies. The team at Dark Horse impress with an interesting and faithful rendition of a popular and familiar franchise. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Apr 1, 2016

    While the full scope of the story is only truly revealed during the final pages, Wood and Jones have crafted an impressively strong opening chapter for this latest Dark Horse Aliens series. While the bare bones may not be particularly daring, the strength of the lead character and the crisp, confident execution of both the storyline and the artwork make this an absolutely essential purchase for fans of the franchise, or simply for fans of science-fiction horror in general. Bring on issue two! Oorah! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Apr 29, 2016

    Anyone who is even remotely a fan of the Aliens franchise needs to read this series. There are so many elements to just this one issue alone. We have suspense, horror, violence, atmosphere, AI, high technology, and a journey to save the human race. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone and everyone interested in any of the aforementioned aspects of the series. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - christopher scott author Apr 10, 2016

    The art by Tristan Jones is mix of light, and dark depending on the settings. While the after attack seems to dominate the light side of the art style, with illuminated environments. On contrast to this the abandoned ship is much darker. That aids in in creating an atmosphere of fear, as the reason the ship was abandoned is revealed. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    We The Nerdy - Chad Waller Mar 31, 2016

    Aliens: Defiance #1 is a damn good start to what I'm hoping will be a damn good series. I trust Dark Horse with the Alien property though, because even with a few misses in their Fire and Stone series last year, they still managed to publish something worthwhile. They have a good track record. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Mar 30, 2016

    Aliens: Defiance #1 is the start of a new adventure you want to see through to the end. A main character you want to learn more about, intentions you want to see further explored. We should want to see how far Zula and these synthetics are willing to go to protect something bigger than themselves. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Apr 27, 2016

    With a year of material ahead of us, Aliens: Defiance is definitely going to be one of my more anticipated monthly encounters. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Isaac Quattlebaum Apr 13, 2016

    Aliens: Defiance stays true to the franchise by having a strong female protagonist. I'm rooting for Zula to take down the Alien or take it with her like (SPOILER ALERT) Ripley did in Alien 3 which depressed me a lot as a kid. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Casey Walsh Apr 25, 2016

    Aliens: Defiance #1 is not a perfect comic as it has some minor plot holes and logic leaps but Wood, Jones and Jackson create a comic that hearkens back to the hay day of the Alien franchise. Its a good start with some stellar art but lets hope the story tightens and the action intensifies as the journeycontinues. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Wilson Apr 1, 2016

    Aliens: Defiance #1 starts as a by the numbers Aliens story. By issues end it's clear this series is going to be much more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Apr 27, 2016

    After a brief prologue that introduces readers to the series' main protagonist, Wood and Jones structure the opening sequence with a series of horizontal panels that gradually unveil the creator credits but are otherwise wordless, further evoking the opening of the first film. There's also a connection to that film and the franchise's best known heroine, although the relevance of that cameo isn't established in this issue. "Aliens: Defiance" #1 is a slight cut above the usual "Aliens" comic thanks to Wood and Jones, who know when to use what's been seen before and when to change it up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Adam Brunell Apr 29, 2016

    The comic seems fresh on first look, but in the end it was still the same Aliens story being reused over and again. An infestation breaks out and people have to fight for their lives. But it is what it is, and devoted Alien fans should check it out for something a little different and judge for themselves if it's worth following the series. Those bored with seeing Aliens attack and kill continuously may want to steer clear. For my own part, I probably won't be going forward to read more as I fall into the second group. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    FanboyNation - Josh Heffington Mar 29, 2016

    Feeling too familiar, and not bringing anything new to the table until the last few pages hurts Aliens: Defiance #1. This series has a lot of promise, and the premise has some awesome potential, but this issue just didn't do it for me. There's just nothing we haven't seen countless times before. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Apr 26, 2016

    In many ways, Aliens: Defiance feels like a greatest hits package from the first two Alien films, which is going to suit some just fine. At a planned 12 issues, it represents the longest planned Alien title from Dark Horse as well, the Predator crossovers notwithstanding. So bearing this in mind, this first issue only represents a small fraction of a larger whole. Even so, it's hard to see the unique spin that the series offers just yet, but the final page at least offers some enticing hints as to why we should follow the next few steps. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shawn Hill Jun 9, 2016

    The team of synthetic and female soldier certainly feels familiar, a riff on the 2nd and 4th films, though tech looks firmly planted in the first one. The grim mood gives us a bit of the 3rd film as well. We even see Amanda Palmer, the daughter Ripley left behind, as one of Zula's nurses. So all the pieces are in place, but it remains to be seen if Dark Horse has anything new to add to the franchise this time out. Last year's Prometheus era series were hit and miss, and also relentless downers. I'd love for this one to at least rack up a few wins. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    AiPT! - Nick Nafpliotis Apr 4, 2016

    I normally enjoy Wood's writing and I love the Aliens franchise (except for the last few movies), so it's probably worth sticking around to see how the next issue is. If next month doesn't give us something different, however, you may want to nuke this title from your pull list. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Garcia May 2, 2016

    "Aliens: Defiance" #1 never really takes off, but it's not the worse "Aliens" story out there. A lot of it is fine, and there are some moments of well-built tension. But neither Jones or Wood offer much for it to stand out. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Outright Geekery - Ryan Dodd Apr 29, 2016

    A very weak start to a new series. The story shows little to no promise and the art barely carries the whole mess. Aliens Defiance fails to recapture the kind of quality this franchise has become known for. Read Full Review

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