Aliens: Defiance #2

Writer: Brian Wood Artist: Tristan Jones Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: May 25, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 3
8.2Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

Colonial Marine Hendricks and the Weyland-Yutani synthetic Davis break protocol, navigating the Europa to a distant science station discovered in the once-derelict ship's data records-a station that recently went dark. Following the trail of the alien species, they dive deeper into a conspiracy, uncovering just how much is riding on their choices.

"With high-profile work on Star Wars and Mad Max: Fury Road, respectively, Wood and Jones are no stranger to the unique challenges of licensed comic storytelling."-Comic Book Resources

  • 10
    Pop Culture Uncovered - John Amenta May 17, 2016

    Wood brings the good here again, particularly in the way he subtly writes the shadow of distrust between Hendricks and the androids. Do they think she is weak and unsuitable for their mission? Does she believe it is impossible to trust synthetic beings? All is implied without much dialogue, which is a strength of penciller Tristan Jones. He manages to convey characters feelings through quiet images such as looks between each other very well. His portrayal of the aliens, particularly his version of the queen, are maybe the best I have seen in comic form. The scope of his art is truly cinematic, and his ability to capture the minute details of the equipment and tech of theAliens-verse is superb. Together they are telling a stand out tale in a comics franchise that has been watered down a bit over time. Read Full Review

  • 10
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes May 28, 2016

    Outstanding reading for fans of Aliens, science fiction, or horror. Succeeds on every level. Highest possible recommendation of the week! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Hulking Reviewer - Dave Gogel May 22, 2016

    The story it is a nice mix of tension and action. There is something inherently creepy about exploring a dead ship, with the ghosts of battles past haunting each corridor. It's a feeling that has been missing from the franchise for far too long, and Tristan Jones captures it perfectly. By going back to basics, Jones and Brian Woods have made the Aliens franchise fresh again. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Graphic Policy - christopher scott author May 27, 2016

    Alien is always a perfect balance between horror, and science fiction, and this issue is no exception. Alien: Defiance #2 has our main characters delving deeper into their mission, as they continue to find damaged or abandoned space crafts. Well not fully abandoned of course, the Xenomorphs have taken over. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    We The Nerdy - Chad Waller May 27, 2016

    It's always wonderful when a spinoff series knows its source material and does everything it can to keep things fresh while also paying homage to what worked Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge May 25, 2016

    Aliens: Defiance further cements itself as the series I'm most anxious to read more of this year within this particular franchise. Dark Horse Comics has several things going on with it, Predator, and Prometheus this year but the time spent with a solid plotted and paced twelve issue series is exciting based on what we've seen in these first two installments. I can already see just how strong this will be when read in full and envy those who get to do so after all is said and done. But I won't trade in the thrill on a monthly basis of taking in Jones artwork and what Wood is putting together with the script and its characters. Very solid and compelling material that's laying the right foundations now. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze May 25, 2016

    Aliens: Defiance #2 made progress, though above all gave us some excellent character development from Hendricks. From the start of this you wanted to know more about her, and luckily this creative team struck a balance between delivering that, action, horror, and suspense. Perfect recipe for a memorable story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Matthew Strackbein May 26, 2016

    Issues like this onemake you wish theseries was already collected in one trade paperback, because you cant help but wonder whats next. The creative team is enough of a reason to keep reading, but its the story of Zula Hendricks and her rogue mission to cleanse one infected space station after another that keeps your attention. After all, every successful mission leads to a new potential for disaster. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Mike Annerino May 23, 2016

    As I said before, the geek in me was very pleased with this. As not only an Alien geek, but a fan of compelling storytelling, this is exactly what I want from a story like this. It moves at a great pace, creating an uneasy atmosphere in a very hostile setting, with interesting characters and a story that fits right into the Alien universe That Ridley Scott and H.R. Geiger created with the first film. Even if you find the look of the book annoying, Id say that its still worth checking out for the brilliant writing alone. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AIPT - Nick Nafpliotis May 24, 2016

    All that said, the story itself still feels pretty generic. It's still good, but nothing that we haven't seen before from this franchise. If Aliens: Defiance ends up just being Hendricks and her droid crew shooting up xenomorphs for three more issues, then I'm actually okay with that–especially with Jones on the art duties. But it would be nice to see such a great new character have a bit more of an interesting/different story. Maybe we'll get to see more of Hendricks' days in the Colonial Marines via flashback. Either way, I'm now fully on board for the ride. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Isaac Quattlebaum May 25, 2016

    Overall I'm torn about how to feel about this series. If it were a movie then the story would be strong enough to hold my attention and the special effects would distract me from the flaws but because it's a comic book I just expect more. The Alien franchise has a successful formula that is hard to mess up. Comic books rely on strong storytelling and consistent artwork. The artwork is pretty weak overall in this series thus far. The storytelling is enough to make it an enjoyable read. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nerdophiles - Kylee Sills May 31, 2016

    The artwork and coloring from Tristan Jones and Dan Jackson continues to feel like still shots from a movie, the way things are framed, how the shadowing of a panel creates tension for the readers. We have seen just enough of the xenomorphs and their horrors to be properly creeped out, while obscuring Hendricks' " the only human's " face on more than one page in this issue. Would it be better as a movie? Maybe. But there is enough going on with this series that I'm happy to take Zula's adventure however we can get her. Read Full Review

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