What Marvel’s Alien Comics Get Right About Adapting From Horror Movies

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What Marvel’s Alien Comics Get Right About Adapting From Horror Movies

Marvel’s Alien series takes advantage of the strengths that horror comics have over horror films, making the series more than just a retelling.

A good horror story like Alien leaves fans hungry for more, a fact which Marvel Comics is taking full advantage of. Now entering a new phase in the franchise’s history with a series from writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson, artist Salvador Larroca, colorist Guru-eFX, and letterer Clayton Cowles, it isn’t difficult to imagine why Alien has been such a lingering force in popular culture. Emerging in 1979, at a time when space travel was romanticized in movies and television shows such as Star Wars and Star TrekAlien ripped open the genre’s façade to tell a story that was stooped as much in science fiction as it was in horror. Space was no longer a blank canvas for humans to project their most noble ideas onto, but an unforgiving void filled with monsters beyond all imagination. The ideas that the first Alien film put forth about exploration and human endurance radically took both horror and science fiction to new heights, imbuing it within the nightmarish silhouette of the xenomorph.

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And yet today, the most expansive work in the Alien franchise is not being done on film, but in its Marvel Comics series. Without the cinematic attributes that gave Alien such an immersive sense of terror in 1979–its sound design, editing, and the illusion of reality inherent to all live action films–Marvel’s Alien series has managed to invigorate the franchise by understanding exactly what horror comics offer from an expressive point of view. While other horror movies have been brought to the world of comics, such as The Conjuring, they have suffered from trying to compete with the scariness of their original films. More than any other comics adaptation of a horror film or franchise, Marvel’s Alien succeeds because it understands that it will never be able to replicate the same type of fear from Ridley Scott’s film onto the page. In fact, it is disinterested in having its worth based entirely on scares to begin with.

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