Alien #1

Writer: Philip Kennedy Johnson Artist: Julius Ohta Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: September 7, 2022 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 18
7.3Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

MAN, MACHINE, AND THE MOST TERRIFYING CREATURE IN THE UNIVERSE...IT'S AN EXPRESS ELEVATOR TO HELL, AND YOU'RE GONNA WANT TO BE ON IT! A small colony of synths have settled in secret on a backwater moon. When a company of United System soldiers come to them for help retrieving biotechnology on a hostile planet that could be the key to saving humanity, the synths must decide whether the prospect of peace between man and machine is worth the risk of betrayal.

  • 9.0
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - mrgabehernandez Sep 8, 2022

    Alien #1 (2022) is a much improved and engaging start compared to the previous two arcs. The pacing is excellent, the character introductions feel right, the stakes are high, and the plot is clear. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Sep 7, 2022

    Alien #1continues Phillip Kenndy Johnson's Xenomorph saga, turning the focus on a new set of characters while keeping the same cutting commentary and horrific scenery. So far, both theAlien andPredator franchises have had an impressive start at Marvel. Here's hoping it continues, or that it leads up to an eventual Aliens VS Predator revamp. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Sep 7, 2022

    Ohta delivers some wonderfully detailed art that beautifully captures the tension and fear of the world of Alien. The action scenes are equally as thrilling.  Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Sep 11, 2022

    Ohta's art isn't super breathtaking, but I love how he draws the androids as basically flawless humans plus the aforementioned xenomorph attack has a great atmosphere and chiaroscuro lighting thanks to colorist Nitro. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Oct 12, 2022

    This installment moves pretty briskly and that's not a bad thing, though it comes in short in the number of pages as well. But it does tell the tale it needs to at this stage even if I wish for a few more pages to expand on the events of Tobler-9 more or to see more normalcy that the synthetics live by before going into action mode. I like that the story is taking place some forty or so years after the events of Aliens and showing some different elements of what's going on in this time, and focusing on a synthetic group. The brief bit we get with the Xenomorphs is solid and it does leave you wanting more, and to know more of the “world design” of how humanity has spread out at this point. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Sep 7, 2022

    Alien #1 is an intriguing start. It focuses on an aspect of the world that often feels like a story shoved to the side and dips its toes into a genre I haven't see the world play in before. There's a lot here that long time fans and new readers in what could be something really new for the franchise. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - StoryBabbler Sep 7, 2022

    Alien (2022) #1 brings a new story with a slow start. The first issue presents all the familiar elements of the world of the Alien franchise, while introducing a new cast of characters who will be facing the alien Xenomorphs. The first issue has a solid presentation with Julius Ohta's art, but it's also a little more expository than expected. However, this is still a fine beginning to what is hopefully a good Alien comic book story. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    COMICON - Brendan M. Allen Sep 7, 2022

    Marvel's latest foray into the Xenoverse is much better than their previous attempt, but it's still an uphill climb from mediocrity. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Sep 7, 2022

    Alien #1 has such a strong premise and well-rendered sci-fi elements it's going to be enjoyed by many, but don't expect Alien action just yet. Unfortunately, this issue is a bit slow, and is in no rush to get the mission going. It essentially establishes everything it needs to get the story going, but for a first issue, it could be so much stronger if the mission got underway earlier. If you have the patience for it, check out Alien with the expectation that things will get nuts once the next issue is released. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Patrick Cavanaugh Sep 7, 2022

    Alien #1 is taking its time with its narrative, seemingly understanding that the inclusion of the more memorable elements of the franchise requires appropriate timing. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Impulse Gamer - Tim Chuma Sep 12, 2022

    Will have to see if I keep following this one or just dip in and out of it like I have done with previous series. Maybe wait until more of the series comes out and then come back and read this one. Read Full Review

  • 4.3
    Major Spoilers - Jonathan Cadotte Sep 10, 2022

    Alien #1 is the classic case of spending all of its page space to set up future issues, but doesn't do nearly enough to be interesting on its own. The art is hit and miss with some nice color work but poor character art. Read Full Review

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