Marvel Comics reveals new Alien ongoing series

Alien #1 cover by Björn Barends
Alien #1 cover by Björn Barends (Image credit: Marvel Comics)

Two years after securing the rights to the ever-popular sci-fi horror series, Alien, Marvel Comics has announced another new Alien series to debut this August. Written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson with art by Julius Ohta, Alien #1 launches "an express elevator to Hell," which sounds like a brand new nightmare.

In the first arc of the newly relaunching title, a secret colony of synths who have settled on a "backwater moon" must team up with soldiers from the United Systems to venture into a dangerous world to retrieve "biotechnology" that "could be the key to saving humanity."

However, the Synths are faced with a moral quandary over whether to help the human soldiers in their mission or protect themselves from being potentially exploited and betrayed - themes that have become prominent in recent incarnations of the Alien franchise, including Prometheus and Alien: Covenant.

Alien #1 cover by Björn Barends (Image credit: Marvel Comics)

Alien #1 will feature main cover art by Björn Barends, as well as variant covers by Travis Charest, Carlos Magno, and Ryan Brown. The series debuts alongside Predator #2, keeping the two franchises as closely knit as one might expect, even if they don't appear to be crossing over (yet).

This comic comes with a parental advisory, likely for frightening images and adult concepts. Alien #1 hits shelves in August.

For more of what Marvel is up to in the dog days of summer, check out Newsarama's coverage of the complete Marvel Comics August 2022 solicitations, and stay tuned for more information on the new Alien series.

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