William Gibson's Alien 3 #1

Writer: Johnnie Christmas, William Gibson Artist: Johnnie Christmas Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: November 14, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 9
7.6Critic Rating
7.3User Rating

This is the official adaptation of the original screenplay for Alien 3, written by William Gibson, the award-winning science fiction author of the cyberpunk cult classic Neuromancer. You'll see familiar characters and places-but not all is the same in this horrifying Cold War thriller!

After the deadly events of the film Aliens, the spaceship Sulaco carrying the sleeping bodies of Ripley, Hicks, Newt, and Bishop are intercepted by the Union of Progressive Peoples. What the U.P.P forces don't expect is another deadly passenger that is about to unleash chaos between two governmental titans intent on developing the ultimate cold war wea more

  • 10
    The Fandom Post - Ruben Rosario Nov 14, 2018

    If you're a fan of the Alien franchise or you're a fan of the Alien comics, there's enough here to get people excited. The team on it is doing a fantastic job and I'm pretty confident that the rest of this mini-series is going to be more than excellent. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Infinite Earths - J.D. Jr. Oct 23, 2018

    An extremely strong starting point for what is sure to be one of the most popular titles on newsstands this year! Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Nov 14, 2018

    I'm not going to lie that I was unsure about the way that William Gibson's Alien 3 #1 would grab me. I always want to like an Aliens story, but this one for me was during a time where someone like me would have to go back and watch the previous movie just to feel up to date on what's unfolding. Fortunately I think this script made it easy to jumping into the next chapter knowing simply what makes it dangerous to cross paths with this alien threat and people who have no business trying to weaponize it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Nov 13, 2018

    Comic books has often provided a home for unproduced screenplays but I am hard pressed to think of one more high profile and infamous as William Gibson's Alien 3. Armed with the novelty of its troubled production and its reputation as a missed opportunity, this debut issue introduces a compelling hook for a sequel, bringing back fan favorites, and the taut politics and terror of the original films. It might not be the box office hit it should be William Gibson's Alien 3 #1 is the purest example of the lost classic as we are likely to get. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Christopher Egan Nov 15, 2018

    Issue one of "Alien 3" is an interesting and engaging alternate take on what could have been. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Outright Geekery - Erik Koehn Nov 11, 2018

    Dark Horse brings us THE biggest missed opportunity within the sci-fi world " the legendary and mind-blowing script for the third movie of the franchise by Cyberpunk literary giant, William Gibson. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Josh Begley Nov 14, 2018

    William Gibson's Alien 3 #1 is a bit janky in terms of pacing, and suffers a bit from first issue-itis, but it's a solid start with potential to grow. The cold war politics that Gibson's story injects into the Alien universe is interesting and opens up intriguing story possibilities, and that's enough to make me come back for issue two. Dr. J gives this a" Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Comic Watch - Steve Batley Nov 19, 2018

    Having once taken part in the Alien War Experience in the Trocadero Centre in London back in the 90s, here I could almost once again feel that claustrophobia and adrenalin rush. Sadly as it was removed in 96 there is no chance of a return. So I always love an opportunity to revisit that memory and this is as close as I will ever get. Bravo gang. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Brandon J. Griffin Nov 2, 2018

    The first issue of Alien 3 is a quiet setup more than anything, but one that perfectly establishes the tone and atmosphere fans want from the follow-up to Aliens. This is a one-of-a-kind experience for anyone with a love for xenomorphs. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - Michael Compton Oct 30, 2018

    I feel I can best put it this way: while I thoroughly enjoyed 1981's Halloween II, the recently released Halloween (2018) functions as a perfectly serviceable alt-followup to the original. If Gibson's Alien 3 paves the way for comic book adaptations of Vincent Ward's Alien 3 or Neill Blomkamp's Alien 3, so be it. The more Alien adaptations, the merrier. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Sequential Planet - James Merritt Nov 15, 2018

    Well executed by Johnnie Christmas but the source material is maybe thirty years too late. Lovers of the Alien Franchise will enjoy this but I found myself wanting it to be better. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Patrick Cavanaugh Nov 14, 2018

    From the return of Ripley to the possibilities of more xenomorphs, Alien fans are sure to be excited by this new series while non-fans will hardly see anything unique about this mythical script that makes it worthy of the hype. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Crusaders - Daniel Clark Oct 31, 2018

    William Gibson's Alien 3 #1 struggles out the gate as it suffers from the traditional adaptation woes. Massive fans of the Alien franchise do have reasons to be excited that go beyond seeing fan-favorite characters once again. If this series can improve the general pacing and build upon the central themes in an intriguing way this could turn into a second chance made good. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Big Comic Page - Mark Scott Nov 12, 2018

    So, with my reservations about delivering this story in single issues and my problems with the art, this unfortunately and ultimately is a disappointing delivery of what should be a celebration of what could have been. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ZodTee Nov 15, 2018

    Cool fun but a little slow.

  • 7.0
    I Review Comics Dec 10, 2018

    Well, that was uneventful...

    Alien #3 is based on the unreleased screenplay from William Gibson. I'm excited to see where this story goes as this issue has already subverted events that happened in the 90's film. That being said this comic is really boring. 


    What kills the momentum of the issue is the uneven pacing. It starts off fast but slows down to a crawl. Even with the interesting reveals it doesn't doesn't save the book. Newt, Hicks, and Ripley are all alive and the android Bishop makes an appearance. Any fan of Aliens will be happy to see them return. 

    The problem is all of the other connecting tissue for the comic is bland. The atmosphere for the comic is creepy b more

  • 6.5
    Cosmic Ray Nov 14, 2018

    Art is a 10 but the story is muddled and confusing, filled with extraneous dialogue that is really unnecessary, brings the comic down.

  • 4.0
    Synthozoid Nov 14, 2018

    As a movie, I can see this working, As a comic, it stinks.

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    Greg Hound Dec 1, 2018

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    KnM Apr 18, 2019

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    Ronin Jan 11, 2019

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    Jason The Dude Nov 23, 2018

  • 6.0
    Phil B. Nov 14, 2018

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