Aliens: Life and Death #1

Event\Storyline: Life and Death Writer: Dan Abnett Artist: Moritat Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: September 21, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 3
6.8Critic Rating
5.3User Rating

In the aftermath of the battle with the Engineers, the surviving humans on LV-223 are wounded and scattered-and easy prey for a gathering horde of Aliens!

The Colonial Marines get a taste of what it's like to be at the bottom of the food chain!

"Dan Abnett lives up to the hype and delivers a fantastic story."-Hulking Reviewer

  • 10
    All-Comic - Matthew Strackbein Aug 23, 2016

    If you're a fan that's back for more, get ready for some serious fun, but if you're just joining us, well, get ready to be totally hooked. Life and death is gonna be a wild ride and Aliens is in very good hands. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Ryan.L Sep 21, 2016

    If you haven’t picked up this series I highly suggest you give it a try. This is an epic story and one that should not be missed. Go to your local comic book store or app and pick this one up along with the previous installments in Predator: Life and Death, and Prometheus: Life and Death. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Graphic Policy - christopher scott author Oct 31, 2016

    Moritat seizes hold of the art in this part of the story arc. Moritat's style brings in a noticeable difference compared to previous issues of this story arc. That artistic shift does make this issue stand out against the previous eight issues. The short fight scene is superbly well done and works well in the style. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    We The Nerdy - Chad Waller Sep 22, 2016

    When it came to the Fire and Stone line, I found the Alien section to be the weakest. It started off strong but its setting and strange attempts at philosophy just didn't work, and I suppose I only cared for one character, if that. When it comes to Life and Death though, it's starting off strong as hell, and I care about every character. There's also no philosophy to be found in this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Sep 21, 2016

    Abnett is keeping this train rolling right along and it's a solid bit of progress that we get here in showing the fallout from where the previous miniseries left us. Moritat's something of a surprise with how well his style works here and I'm loving it as it gives things a bit of a fresh injection of energy. I like the relative consistency we had with previous artists as there's a certain look that these various titles have had for the last couple of years but Moritat provides just enough of a tweak while staying close thanks to the color work. There's a lot of really neat scenes to be had here with how the layouts are done and the expressiveness of the characters and it has me excited to see how badly things go for this group that now has a sliver of hope that will be yanked hard from them very, very, soon. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Sep 21, 2016

    Aliens: Life And Death #1 is the start of another chapter with potential. Everything matters and nothing is irrelevant when the name of the game is survival and no man left behind (so to speak). Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Hulking Reviewer - Dave Gogel Sep 10, 2016

    Consideringall the action involved, Aliens: Life or Death #1 isn't your typical first issue. Instead of a slow build, we get a xenomorph jaws to the face. A nice contrast to the issues prior, this portion of the Life or Death story is off to a good start. Now that we've reached the halfway point, the story is set to continue its evolution. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Sep 22, 2016

    The plot is basic and the characters pretty standard Aliens fare, but that doesn't mean the story isn't engaging. Dan Abnett taps into the survival horror aspect while also wrapping this first issue on an intriguing note. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Nerdist - Blair Marnell Aug 25, 2016

    That said, this was a very strong opening chapter to the next phase of the crossover. The Colonial Marines are far from out of the woods, and they've got more than just Xenomorphs to worry about. Read Full Review

  • 6.2
    Multiversity Comics - Stephenson Ardern-Sodje Sep 23, 2016

    Fun and functional, this book feels nevertheless a little too formulaic to recommend to anyone beyond true fans. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Big Comic Page - David Gladman Oct 16, 2016

    Overall, if you're a fan of the franchise then fill your boots, otherwise I would recommend giving this one a miss. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Chris Tresson Sep 21, 2016

    Overall, not a great issue but if you've come this far in the “Life and Death” series, you'll probably want to finish reading it. You're nearly at the end of it all. If you're thinking about coming into the series late, I wouldn't choose to pick this issue up first. Try the Predator: Life and Death mini and go from there. Obviously, if you're a die-hard Aliens fan you won't give a shit what I say, and you'll buy it anyway. And that's what makes these licensed books work and that's why they'll keep printing 'em. Read Full Review

  • 3.5
    AIPT - Nick Nafpliotis Sep 21, 2016

    Unfortunately, that particular character's fate will have to remain a mystery"to me, at least. I'm tapping out of this one early. Aliens: Life and Death just isn't very new reader friendly"although the fact that I got bored/distracted by a story consisting of colonial marines blasting their way through a horde of xenomorphs could be a considered a troubling sign for even the most dedicated fans of franchise. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comic Crusaders - Kittie Pop Sep 22, 2016

    I know a lot of artists and creators that would completely soil their underoos at a chance to work on something regarded as highly as the Aliens franchise, especially the comic book form of it. But it just seemed like everyone on this project didn't care, and I take it as disrespect. Do something justice, or don't do it at all. Read Full Review

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