In 1979, Archie Goodwin and Walter Simonson collaborated on a comic based on the movie, Alien. Luckily for us, Titan Books has just released a reprint of the original in a snazzy new glossy format. Alien – The Illustrated Story is a must-read for any fan of the Alien movies.
Movie adaptations can be hit or miss, but this one absolutely works. Frank Miller is actually quoted on the back saying it “might just be the only successful movie adaptation ever done in comics.”
The skilled creators effectively condense the 2-hour movie into a svelte 64 pages. Much of the dialogue has been cut but Simonson’s artwork does more than enough to fill the space.
The tense moments of the film have been graphically conveyed in a manner that keeps you turning the pages, even though you know what’s coming.
If you’re a fan of Alien or if you just enjoy visual storytelling, grab a copy of this book and prepare yourself for some great face-hugging action.