Dark Horse Comics will release a four-issue miniseries entitled Aliens: Dust To Dust this April, making it a reunion for the comics publisher and writer/illustrator Gabriel Hardman to the world of the Xenomorphs. The new series will feature variant covers from Carlos D’Anda.
Aliens: Dust To Dust tells the tale of a 12-year-old boy named Maxon and his mother looking for safety while under attack from the Xenomorphs; the miniseries will have echoes of James Cameron’s sequel but not share any narrative threads apart from being set in the same universe. The dynamic between young Maxon and his mother should also feel reminiscent of Ripley and Newt from the 1986 film.
Hardman previously worked on Alien comics before, providing the cover art for the Aliens/Vampirella crossover series back in 2015 and 2016. His work has also included several different franchises including Planet Of The Apes, Green Lantern and previously with the Aliens: Dust To Dust publisher on Star Wars: Legacy Volume 2.
“I was actually inspired to tell the story from the point of view of a 12-year-old boy in large part because that’s the age I was when first exposed to Aliens,” Hardman explained to CBR.com. “I didn’t want to write about Marines or anyone who seems like they could stand up to the xenomorphs. Kids lack power — they lack agency. I wanted to throw this boy into extraordinarily scary and difficult circumstances and force him to navigate it. And not tell it from the parent’s perspective, but the kid’s.”
Hardman is also a storyboard artist and has worked on notable films like Logan, Ben Stiller’s comedy Tropic Thunder as well as Christopher Nolan’s Inception and Interstellar.
In addition to Hardman’s cover, seen below, the book will get a variant by Carlos D’Anda.
Here’s the official description:
In deep space, the Trono colony on the planet LV-871 finds itself under attack by mysterious and deadly creatures of unknown origin. Emergency evacuations are ordered and shuttles are taking off as the massacre sweeps the colony. All that stands between twelve-year-old Maxon and his mom making it to the safety of the spaceport is a horde of Aliens! You’ll be gripping the edge of your seat as a mother and son fight for their lives against the deadliest monsters in the galaxy.
Aliens: Dust To Dust #1 (of 4) hits stores on April 24.
Images: Dark Horse