Dark Horse Review: Alien: The Original Screenplay #5

by Kendra Hale
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Review: Alien: The Original Screenplay #5



[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]

Writer: Dan O’Bannon

Adaption Script: Cristiano Seixas

Artist: Guilherme Balbi

Colorist: Candice Han

Letterer: Michael Heisler


Review By: Kendra Hale


And Then There were Three 

Alien: The Original Screenplay #5 is here and brings us the conclusion to this Alien saga. When we left off there was a dire plan in place. That plan is put fully into action in this issue. With the Alien using the ship as its feeding ground it is only a matter of time before another face to face is bound to happen.  If you are looking to catch up, which I recommend, you can grab the issue here, or my last review here.  All done? Let’s dive in, this being the last part of the story it should go without saying that there may be some spoilers. 

Time Is Up

The Captain, Hunter, and Roby have a mess on their hands and their time is running out quickly as the ball starts rolling. Standard and Hunter will try to drive the beast while Roby is to be ready.  As the trio split off in order to make their plan work, Roby soon hears nothing but chaos on the radio chatter…and then silence.  Things are getting worse as the alarm begins to go off and around ever corner, terror is waiting. The crew has given it their best but in a case where the game was stacked against them from the beginning. It is up to the reader to see just who survives..if anyone. 

In The End

The one thing that Alien has always given in fans of the series is that feeling of terror. The type of terror of there being no way out and no where you can run. The ” There’s something around the corner or in that dark hallway. Something is in the shadows.” style of horror. This isn’t always easy to translate to the written word even with the beautiful visuals that this series gives us. In 1979 the original tagline ” In space, no one can hear you scream.” entered the pop culture and gave us the terror that is the Alien species. 

Alien: The Original Screenplay gives us those same feelings and the artwork is gorgeous to behold. Following the crew from beginning to the ending has been fast paced. It has held the best elements that are so synonymous with the franchise.  Dan O’Bannon, Cristiano Seixas, Guilherme Balbi, Candice Han, and Michael Heisler have created an all in story that is a beautiful addition to the Alien story. It gives all the right emotions as it is being read. 


 The closing part of this saga, Alien: The Original Screenplay #5, was a thrill ride to see if there would be any survivors. It was worth the wait to see. By reading this short series it made me as a reader want to go back and enjoy the movie series again. There were so many moments where nostalgia hit. I loved every moment of it aside from the having to be patient. Even knowing the atmosphere I was coming in to never changed how good this read was. I looked forward to each twist and turn as the story played out. 

This is a definite recommendation to read if you are a fan of the series or even just curious and want to experience the franchise for a small bit. Full five out of five from me.  




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