Genuine Fright in Aliens: Dead Orbit 3
Writer: James Stokoe
Artists: James Stokoe
Letters: James Stokoe
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Aliens: Dead Orbit 3 opens with Wassy (Wascylewski) waking up in a cocoon, so you know things are clearly bad. Uncertain how he got there, Wassy remembers his crew mates getting picked off one by one by various sources, the survivors may have come up with an escape plan, but will it come to fruition? After all, he did wake up in a cocoon. And this is on top of the eyes he finds staring at him upon awakening.
James Stokoe’s writing is superb. His pace builds suspense and leaves you far more on edge when something goes inevitably wrong for the doomed crew. Their dialogue is extremely appropriate, from ship crew banter to terrified and about to die aggression. Even recently revived members of the med bay who, for a particular reason, do not have lips anymore, sound like someone who just woke up and found their two crew mates dead, in words and diction.
In case you couldn’t tell from the covers, Stokoe is also one hell of an artist. His well-done graphic violence and incredible detail are definitely something to be admired, whether you’re a reader or simply an art fan. The dark visuals mixed with bright flashes of life and loss thereof leave the reader shaken in the most wonderful way. His work, if only for art (which it should not be), is definitely for you to keep an eye on.
Aliens: Dead Orbit is an outstanding addition to the Aliens saga. Stokoe’s brilliant writing and astonishing art will keep readers, new and old, on the edge of their seats to find out what comes next. I highly recommend Aliens: Dead Orbit 3.