Aliens: Dust to Dust #2 Review - Cover-to-Cover Intensity - Bleeding Cool

Aliens: Dust to Dust #2 Review – Cover-to-Cover Intensity

Posted by July 31, 2018 Comment

Aliens: Dust to Dust #2
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Writer and Artist: Gabriel Hardman, Color Artist: Rain Beredo, Letters: Michael Heisler, Cover by: Gabriel Hardman and Rain Beredo, Publisher: Mike Richardson, Editor: Randy Stradley, Designer: Lin Huang, Digital Art Technician: Josie Christensen, Special Thanks: Nicole Spiegel, Steve Tzirlin, and Carol Roeder at 20th Century Fox, Publisher: Dark Horse Comics, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $3.99

A xenomorph bust out of Maxon’s mother’s chest as the escape shuttle struggles to climb out of the storm. The creature scampers through the shuttle, and the passengers panic to kill it. The craft stabilizes, and the pilots come back to assess the situation. They calm the situation as best as they can, but things worsen when the shuttle begins descending once again.

Aliens: Dust to Dust #2 cover by Gabriel Hardman and Rain Beredo
Aliens: Dust to Dust #2 cover by Gabriel Hardman and Rain Beredo

Aliens: Dust to Dust #2 continues its tear of terror with a claustrophobic catastrophe on the tails of Maxon losing his mother. The resulting chaos is solidly tense and only worsens as the shuttle descends back to the planet.

All told, the entire comic doesn’t likely span over that much time. That said, a lot happens in that short amount of time. We don’t get to see Maxon’s mental state clearly either. Far too much happens nonstop for him to get a moment to breathe and process the death of his mother, and that is tragic in itself.

We get to see the security personnel clash with the administration as the situation calms down somewhat, and that seems to be placing another seed that will likely lead to more death and confusion as the story continues.

Aliens: Dust to Dust #2 art by Gabriel Hardman and Rain Beredo
Aliens: Dust to Dust #2 art by Gabriel Hardman and Rain Beredo

Gabriel Hardman’s artwork continues to bring this harrowing tale to life in exquisite detail and a nice layer of grit over it all. The xenomorphs are in good hands under his artistic style, as Hardman makes the classic monsters as unnerving as ever. Larger panels are framed well too; you get a solid grasp of each entire scene and the series of events throughout the book. Rain Beredo supports it all well with a dim and dirty color palette to make everything seem even more hopeless.

Aliens: Dust to Dust #2 is another tense and terrifying issue for the sci-fi horror spin-off series. We get to see our young protagonist have his world shattered as the adults around him scramble to discern how to handle this disaster. This comic earns a recommendation. Check it out.

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Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.

(Last Updated July 31, 2018 12:03 pm )

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