Dark Horse Cancels Brian Wood’s Aliens: Colonial Marines: Rising Threat Over New Allegations

Following statements made by former Comics Alliance EIC Laura Hudson regarding the behaviour of Brian Wood to her several years ago, Dark Horse has confirmed to Bleeding Cool that the upcoming Aliens: Colonial Marines: Rising Threat written by Wood scheduled for September will no longer be published and they will no longer be pursuing new comic book projects with Wood.

Dark Horse has published the majority of comic books written by Brian Wood in recent years, mostly concerning the Aliens franchise, but also a number of creator-owned titles such as Massive, Briggs’ Land, Rebels and Sword Daughter. Wood also wrote the Robotech series for Titan Comics until Simon Furman took over the book, as well as had creator-owned titles such as Starve, and Black Road published through Image Comics.

What Dark Horse hasn’t been able to clarify further is why the employment of Brain Wood is now an issue for the publisher today, when it wasn’t an issue for Dark Horse several years ago when this was last in the headlines over accounts by artist Tess Fowler and others. But they have confirmed that they do not see a difference regarding the allegations made then and now.

Brian Wood has not replied to e-mails. Here are the solicitations for Aliens: Colonial Marines: Rising Threat that will no longer be published.

ALIENS COLONIAL MARINES RISING THREAT #1
(W) Brian Wood (A) Werther Dell’Edera, Michael Atiyeh (CA) Tristan Jones, Simon Gough
Tying into the events from the upcoming Cold Iron Studios video game, this series delves into the formative years of the Colonial Marines. Introducing Olivia Shipp, leader of a squad of battle-weary Marines who have defied orders to rescue the survivors of a refinery under siege. Based on characters from the upcoming Aliens video game!  Written by Brian Wood of Aliens: Resistance! In Shops: Sep 18, 2019 SRP: $3.99

ALIENS COLONIAL MARINES RISING THREAT #2
(W) Brian Wood (A) Werther Dell’Edera, Michael Atiyeh (CA) Tristan Jones, Simon Gough
Olivia Shipp and the Colonial Marines of the Typhoon find themselves fighting for their lives as they make their way toward a trapped engineer in a rescue operation that’s starting to look more and more like a suicide mission.In Shops: Oct 23, 2019 Final Orders Due: Sep 30, 2019 SRP: $3.99

ALIENS COLONIAL MARINES RISING THREAT #3
(W) Brian Wood (A) Werther Dell’Edera, Michael Atiyeh (CA) Tristan Jones, Simon Gough
Given the lucky break of finding a mobile water drill rig, Olivia and the marines make their way through the alien-infested Katanga refinery toward the Xenomorphs’ nest. Yet how long can their luck last when faced with the onslaught of the perfect killing machine? In Shops: Nov 20, 2019 SRP: $3.99

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