Skip to main content

REVIEW: 'Aliens/Vampirella' #3 by Corinna Bechko and Javier Garcia-Miranda


★★★★★ (5/5)

It doesn't happen often enough where a comic book series, a crossover especially, gets better as it continues. There's usually a lull around issue three or four that is either heavy in exposition or deviates from the action to develop the characters. 'Aliens/Vampirella' #3 balances all these things and keeps the story moving forward with intelligence, suspense, and superior pacing. 

Vampirella and Lars are still trapped in the underground base being hunted by xenomorphs. It's a tension-filled series of near-misses that gives this comic its horror bonafides but Corinna Bechko doesn't rest on those laurels. She creates moral dilemmas above ground. 

The orbiting crew is staying put while the quarantine is in effect but understandably Lar's wife, Sarah, wants to know what's going on down there and if they're in danger. Meanwhile, the crew on the ground in the new base is getting nervous about what they've seen from the video footage and are considering containing the threat with Lars and Vampirella still down there. 

'Aliens/Vampirella' is more than just a showcase for two different properties. In fact, this fully realized universe belongs completely to the 'Aliens' franchise and Vampirella just happens to be guest starring. That's not to say she is isn't vital because it's quite the opposite. The discovery of Nosferatu is what brought her there and now she's the key to revealing more of this old base if they survive long enough. Bechko has taken the best elements of both franchises and blended them seamlessly into a taut science-fiction horror thriller. 

Javier Garcia-Miranda does wonderful character work and the xenomorphs are especially terrifying. The layouts are efficient, propelling the action forward without wasting a panel, and Garcia-Miranda's splash pages are perfectly timed. The pacing is quick but not rushed with each scene succinctly rendered in economic panels. The story flows well from scene to scene.

'Aliens/Vampirella' #3 is a quality series that fans of both properties will enjoy but more importantly anyone can jump into and share the thrills of this great crossover. Bechko and Garcia-Miranda have created more than just an homage to the 'Aliens' universe but have carved out a worthy chapter all their own.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

DC Comics March Movie Poster Variant Covers are Fantastic

DC Comics may have outdone themselves with their running themed variant covers for the month of March 2015. After some fun and gorgeous variants in 2014 like Darwin Cooke (December), LEGO (November), and Bombshells (June) to name a few DC Comics is continuing to bring some creative covers in 2015. January will feature Flash throughout the company line in celebration of his 75th Anniversary, February will bring everyone’s favorite wild card, Harley Quinn, on DC covers, and perhaps the best mash-ups of comics and famous movie posters will arrive in March.

WONDER WOMAN OF THE DAY: Fitness Model Gia Macool Embodies the Amazon Princess

The closest we'll ever get, probably, to superheroes in real life is through the great work of cosplayers. You see them at every pop culture convention from the very basic to extremely elaborate costume design. However, you don't have to be a cosplayer to enjoy dressing up as your favorite superhero from time to time. Take fitness model and entrepreneur Gia Macool for example. An accomplished fitness competitor and model, Macool is also a big fan of DC Comics' Wonder Woman. She shows her love of the iconic Amazon Princess in her fitness wear, meal prep accessories and even a full blown photo shoot in a Wonder Woman costume. 

For decades comics have featured very muscular superheroes, male and female, epitomizing the human form at its strongest. So when bodybuilders and fitness pros decide to suit up as these costumed heroes, they are the embodiment of those fictional characters in the flesh. Macool looks like she stepped out of the pages of a Wonder Woman comic with a suit …

PREVIEW: 'Red Sonja Vol. 4' #20 by Amy Chu, Erik Burnham, Carlos Gomez, and Vincenzo Federici

As the castle prepares for the Feast of the Deities, Sonja and her friends reluctantly take on the job of event security for the owner, the shifty Rusa Sandak, while Sonja attempts to solve the mystery of the missing Lord Skath... at the local tavern.


Red Sonja Vol. 4 #20
writers: Amy Chu, Erik Burnham  |  artist: Carlos Gomez, Vincenzo Federici covers: Babs Tarr (A), Tula Lotay (B), John Royle (C),               J. Bone (D), Cosplay Cover (E)               Babs Tarr (RI-B/W), Tula Lotay (RI-Virgin),               John Royle (RI-B/W)
FC  |  32 pages  |  $3.99  |   Teen+ 










PREVIEW: 'Barbarella' #7 by Mike Carey and Kenan Yarar

Barbarella is lost in a maze of Radically Unstable Space-Time, with Pulver Glain, his boys, and his smarter-than-smart gun Sally-Anne hot on her trail. But what’s at the heart of the maze is a threat - and a miracle - that none of them are ready for.


Barbarella #7

writer: Mike Carey  |  artist: Kenan Yarar
covers: Butcher Billy (A), Hayden Sherman (B),
              Daniel HDR (C), Giovanni Timpano (D),
              Kenan Yarar (E-Sub)
              Butcher Billy (RI-B/W), Daniel HDR (RI-B/W)
              Giovanni Timpano (RI-Virgin)

In Stores 06/20/2018

FC  |  32 pages  |  $3.99  |  Mature








PREVIEW: 'Barbarella' #9 by Mike Carey and Kenan Yarar

Barbarella has been lied to. Worse, she’s been weaponized, and someone’s going to answer for that, for sure. (Well, assuming she survives the judgment of the Esseverine sun-giants, and an armada of a thousand ships...)


Barbarella #9
writer: Mike Carey  |  artist: Kenan Yarar covers: Dave Bullock (A), Scott Chantler (B),               Eoin Marron (C), Anthony Marques (D),               Kenan Yarar (E-Sub)               Eoin Marron (RI-B/W), Scott Chantler (RI-Virgin)               Dave Bullock (RI-B/W)
FC  |  32 pages  |  $3.99  |   Teen+