From the Publisher
"As I read it, I kept thinking, 'This is a super-strong adaptation,' and, 'If the movie were never made, and no one had ever seen Alien, this graphic novel would probably be considered one of the best sci-fi comics ever.'" – Comic Book Resources
“An incredible example of how to adapt a motion picture into a graphic novel.” – TG Daily
“Incredible...the illustrated story of Alien is unlike any movie adaptation I've read. It manages to capture the essence of the film, the pacing, the terror, and the lived in feel better than any film-to-comic I've ever encountered. Reading the book, I could even hear the notes from Jerry Goldsmith's score and the actual sound design.” “The sequential storytelling on display, an incredible collaboration between between Goodwin and Simonson working from the shooting script (and early cuts of the film), is as elegant and well-paced as a comic can be.” – Huffington Post
“"entirely satisfying...should be seeked out by any fan of the franchise." - GeekNewWave
When director Ridley Scott's highly influential, nail-biting horror/sci-fi film Alien was released in 1979, Heavy Metal Communications published this first graphic novel adaptation—staking territory in the nascent market. Goodwin served as chief writer and editor for Warren's Creepy and Eerie horror anthologies while concurrently writing Star Wars for Marvel. He and Simonson (famed for a stint on Thor) had previously collaborated on the award-winning "Manhunter" series. Together they relate the story of the space tug Nostromo's crew, whose investigation of a mysterious signal leads to the discovery of a deadly stowaway. VERDICT In 64 pages, the deliberate pacing of the film is tightened, but Goodwin preserves the story's dialog and action. Simonson finds room to emphasize key visuals from inside the immense spacecraft to scenes of horrific gore. Recommended for adult collections where Alien films are still popular. Also available is the "Original Art Edition" (ISBN 9781781161302), a stunning reproduction of Simonson's artwork, facsimile pages of Goodwin's original script, and a Simonson interview.—S.R.