William Gibson's Alien 3
This is the official adaptation of the original screenplay for Alien 3, written by William Gibson, the award-winning science fiction author of the cyberpunk cult classic Neuromancer. You'll see familiar characters and places—but not all is the same in this horrifying Cold War thriller!After the deadly events of the film Aliens, the spaceship Sulaco carrying the sleeping bodies of Ripley, Hicks, Newt, and Bishop are intercepted by the Union of Progressive Peoples. What the U.P.P. forces don't expect is another deadly passenger that is about to unleash chaos between two governmental titans intent on developing the ultimate cold war weapon of mass destruction.Collects William Gibson's Alien 3 #1–5.

William Gibson's Alien 3 Details

TitleWilliam Gibson's Alien 3
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 6th, 2019
PublisherDark Horse Books
ISBN-139781506708119
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Science Fiction, Horror, Graphic Novels, Fiction

William Gibson's Alien 3 Review

  • Craig
    January 1, 1970
    I was hoping for the sequel that Aliens really deserved and there are moments in this, but it is still kind of a mess. Gibson says in an introduction that it was his first attempt at a screenplay and "work for hire," and he does a pretty good job, but there are some weird things here that just don't fit with the earlier iterations of the story (such as the alien lifecycle, which is quite a bit different this time out). Also, it's quite strange that Ripley is not really present at all, other than I was hoping for the sequel that Aliens really deserved and there are moments in this, but it is still kind of a mess. Gibson says in an introduction that it was his first attempt at a screenplay and "work for hire," and he does a pretty good job, but there are some weird things here that just don't fit with the earlier iterations of the story (such as the alien lifecycle, which is quite a bit different this time out). Also, it's quite strange that Ripley is not really present at all, other than as a comatose survivor of the Sulaco who is off to the side of things through most of the book (Newt makes more of an impact before being shipped off for home). Bishop and Hicks have the most to do, along with a new cast of characters, including some Marxist space colonists on their own space station and the crew of a Weyland-Yutani space station in danger of being mothballed. The script could still use some work--it isn't always clear who's who or just what the heck is going on (there are a couple of alien burst out scenes that look like they belong more in John Carpenter's version of The Thing than anything Alien-related). The artwork is pretty good throughout, though can be a bit sketchy at times. Also interesting to see how this first attempt (with some revisions and polish) ultimately evolved into the weirdness that was David Fincher's Alien 3.
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  • Tiago
    January 1, 1970
    Good call on not picking this up for the third movie, its not a bad horror story, but its certainly not Alien material. There's some major flaws here, some that could even ruin the franchise in the process, for one there's the new Alien transformation, which makes absolutely no sense, its like Gibson didn't even watched the previous movies, the red-eyed Alien was totally random, and not using Ripley for the entirety of the story, goddamn... she's the main hero of the original series dude, you do Good call on not picking this up for the third movie, its not a bad horror story, but its certainly not Alien material. There's some major flaws here, some that could even ruin the franchise in the process, for one there's the new Alien transformation, which makes absolutely no sense, its like Gibson didn't even watched the previous movies, the red-eyed Alien was totally random, and not using Ripley for the entirety of the story, goddamn... she's the main hero of the original series dude, you don't just leave her on the capsule the whole movie.I'm a huge fan of the entire saga and I regard Alien 3 as the second worst movie in the series, so if Gibson's screenplay doesn't top that, I can't have many good things to say about it, other than its not a bad read, its just not Alien.
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  • Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
    January 1, 1970
    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.Following the incredible success of both the original Alien (1979) movie directed by Ridley Scott and its sequel Aliens (1986) directed by James Cameron, it was only a matter of time before another project was set loose at the box office to further explore the horrifying world filled with xenomorphs. Unfortunately, the third installment knew more problems than mankind could ever deal with, as issues during production arose from left and right, s You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.Following the incredible success of both the original Alien (1979) movie directed by Ridley Scott and its sequel Aliens (1986) directed by James Cameron, it was only a matter of time before another project was set loose at the box office to further explore the horrifying world filled with xenomorphs. Unfortunately, the third installment knew more problems than mankind could ever deal with, as issues during production arose from left and right, shooting began without a script to help it, and countless screenwriters and directors were recruited for this movie. In his directorial debut, director David Fincher sees himself attributed the burden to launch this sequel and suffers through an underperforming and poorly-received movie that however didn’t stop him from later releasing some of the best movies cinema has ever witnessed.What is Alien 3 about? This unproduced screenplay is author William Gibson’s second draft for the movie. While both his first draft (can be found online here) and his second draft were turned down by studios, he was now invited to produce a graphic novel based on the second script for fans to discover what he originally planned for a sequel to Aliens. Set during the Cold War, the story begins with the Union of Progressive Peoples intercepting the spaceship Sulaco, carrying Ripley, Hicks, Newt, and Bishop. Within the ship, another deadly passenger happens to also be patiently waiting, looking for the perfect opportunity to reign havoc. While two of the most powerful governments are looking to develop a weapon of mass destruction, their project will have to be put to the side as they try and deal with the nastiest alien threat they will ever face.If you think Willaim Gibson’s screenplay is anything like the movie, think again. The script utilized for this graphic novel completely reimagines the franchise’s direction and invites readers to forget anything they’ve learned about the creatures to even enjoy this adventure a little. One of the biggest change is how Ripley, while present in this story, isn’t the main protagonist and is actualize quickly disposed of—not literally—halfway in. It was already a big move in the movie when Ripley was quickly made the center of attention as the rest of the crew was removed from the picture, but this time around, fans won’t have any known figures to truly follow as they are forced to reacquaint themselves with new figures who are completely uninteresting.If that wasn’t enough, the story also gives the xenomorphs new abilities that are absolutely insane. They aren’t just creatures that look for incubators in living beings in order to grow at an exponential rate, this time around they also have mutating powers that appear out of the blue, making them threats à la Terminator. As much as I love when a world expands and the story brings in new key components to play with, this seemed like an extremely ambitious idea that steered the original plotline into directions that are beyond anyone’s understanding. Would it have made for a better movie than what we got with Alien³, I doubt it.The artwork that accompanies this story is still decent with excellent and vibrant colouring that offers clear visuals that make it easy to follow the action. It’s in the structure of the story that it, however, suffers immensely with the story alternating points of view too often for anything to seem fluid. From one page to another, the story can shift perspectives, leaving no room for the reader to really grasp the context. With a lot of elements left aside for readers to deduce—actually, to guess—the artwork could never save the story even if the artists wanted to. Even the design of the xenomorphs is different and that’s something you just shouldn’t touch.Alien 3 is a high-reaching proposal that completely reshapes the xenomorph’s lore with new creatures, characters, and environments, without staying loyal to the original premise.Yours truly,Lashaan | Blogger and Book ReviewerOfficial blog: https://bookidote.com/
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  • Joshua Shioshita
    January 1, 1970
    So a few things - I'm a big fan of William Gibson, Neuromancer is one of my favorite books and I love the Alien franchise (give or take a few movies in there). I'm in the minority, but I also like the Alien 3 we got in theaters. I understand people's gripes with it, I miss Hicks and Newt too, but I watched the crap out of it in the 90s on a banged up VHS when my parents weren't looking and it holds a strange place in my heart. That being said, I always wanted to know what William Gibson's script So a few things - I'm a big fan of William Gibson, Neuromancer is one of my favorite books and I love the Alien franchise (give or take a few movies in there). I'm in the minority, but I also like the Alien 3 we got in theaters. I understand people's gripes with it, I miss Hicks and Newt too, but I watched the crap out of it in the 90s on a banged up VHS when my parents weren't looking and it holds a strange place in my heart. That being said, I always wanted to know what William Gibson's script would have looked like. So I read this comicbook as it came out, pumped up and ready to have my mind blown. Well...my mind was blown but not in a good way. Maybe the cold war backdrop would have been more meaningful back when it was written, but now it just seems cliched. The xenomorphs have become things from another planet, and specifically for the comicbook version, the layout and plotting from panel to panel was so confusing. When you take a complicated plot with multiple characters who are all drawn to look exactly the same and have forgettable names, and put them all in a comicbook together that jumps all over the place, I had no idea who was who or what was happening. Ripley's not even in it. I liked the individual covers though, but man, what a weird take. By the end of it, I didn't know what had happened, and I read it twice to try and make sure I didn't miss anything.
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  • Stephan
    January 1, 1970
    Why is it that whenever a new chapter in the Alien saga is to be written there’s a need to change the creatures? The first movie portrayed a horrifying monster never seen before. In the second movie they suddenly had a queen. In the third the face huggers could infect more than one host, in the fourth they were cloned and we got a hybrid as well. And don’t get me started on the Aliens vs. Predator mess or *shudder* the Prometheus films.We get the same crap here. Suddenly the Aliens can infect hu Why is it that whenever a new chapter in the Alien saga is to be written there’s a need to change the creatures? The first movie portrayed a horrifying monster never seen before. In the second movie they suddenly had a queen. In the third the face huggers could infect more than one host, in the fourth they were cloned and we got a hybrid as well. And don’t get me started on the Aliens vs. Predator mess or *shudder* the Prometheus films.We get the same crap here. Suddenly the Aliens can infect humans by releasing spores in the air and having them transform the humans into aliens. There’s even one human who gets turned into an Alien after getting bit by one. I never thought the Aliens were space-werewolves.This is my biggest problem with this story. The way the Aliens infect humans makes the entire cycle of egg-> facehugger-> chestburster obsolete. Why would any of those be needed if it’s enough that the Aliens nibble on a human a bit?Besides the weird evolution of the monsters I found the story hard to follow. We get thrown between different characters and places I can hardly tell apart and everyone’s just running around for no apparent reason.No. This story certainly wasn’t my cup of tea.
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  • Zachary
    January 1, 1970
    The story was a bit confusing and the characters had a few solutions that were a little too convenient. Still, I found this to be a lot of fun. I liked seeing Bishop and Hicks more, kinda wish this was the script used for Alien 3.
  • GW Review Dabbler
    January 1, 1970
    William Gibson’s Alien 3Okay so this isn’t the Hardback Collection, as that isn’t due out till August but the five individual comics that I’ve saved up to read in one go.Now, I’m a self-confessed Alien fan, Aliens is probably my favourite movie of all time and I’ve been waiting for this graphic version since it was announced and waiting for William Gibson’s Alien 3 for even longer. Though I would’ve preferred to see his first draft brought to life which was much more like Aliens than Alien.This William Gibson’s Alien 3Okay so this isn’t the Hardback Collection, as that isn’t due out till August but the five individual comics that I’ve saved up to read in one go.Now, I’m a self-confessed Alien fan, Aliens is probably my favourite movie of all time and I’ve been waiting for this graphic version since it was announced and waiting for William Gibson’s Alien 3 for even longer. Though I would’ve preferred to see his first draft brought to life which was much more like Aliens than Alien.This has its issues, it obviously takes license from Mr Gibson’s story to create a graphic version and the characters do not get enough of an introduction for my liking and it can sometimes be difficult to remember who was who and why they are important and most importantly Bishop, Hicks and Newt(the main reasons I’ve been waiting for this after they were unceremoniously killed off in the film version) do not get anywhere near enough of the story.However, it is entertaining and for any fans of Aliens it is a must read as this is such an important story in the franchise history and helps create the universe that the graphic novels of the last twenty years inhabit.Don’t expect to be wowed but you will enjoy it and I’m going to read again so that I have a better idea of the characters story arcs.
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  • Ramon
    January 1, 1970
    To be honest, just the story itself that Gibson came up with is pretty unremarkable, a pretty dry continuation of Aliens but with fewer characters, and an additional political angle. What's surprising is how it actually docks Ripley for 95% of the action. No wonder it wasn't used. Fincher's story was more interesting, even if it was considered mega-dark just for doing away with Newt. But even the adaptation is lacking in places. For one thing some of the characters look too much alike, even in t To be honest, just the story itself that Gibson came up with is pretty unremarkable, a pretty dry continuation of Aliens but with fewer characters, and an additional political angle. What's surprising is how it actually docks Ripley for 95% of the action. No wonder it wasn't used. Fincher's story was more interesting, even if it was considered mega-dark just for doing away with Newt. But even the adaptation is lacking in places. For one thing some of the characters look too much alike, even in the pigmentation of their skin. And some sequences are just oddly laid out, like the wrong moment was chosen for the panel and the flow is not as smooth as desired. Thus, raising suspense and tension in a horror book isn't as effective as in the works of, say, Junji Ito. Though maybe that's a harsh comparison, as he is the best at horror/suspense comics.
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  • Laura Ruetz
    January 1, 1970
    I was so excited for this. Neuromancer by William Gibson is one of my favorite books, it is dark, gritty and utterly riveting. So, a graphic novel treatment of the Aliens 3 script that never saw the big screen, written by William Gibson, yes please! In his forward, he clearly says he had not written a screenplay before, but was excited as he is a fan of the movies. While this has some cool elements, such as a new type of xenomorph (not going to give it away because spoilers suck) but the story i I was so excited for this. Neuromancer by William Gibson is one of my favorite books, it is dark, gritty and utterly riveting. So, a graphic novel treatment of the Aliens 3 script that never saw the big screen, written by William Gibson, yes please! In his forward, he clearly says he had not written a screenplay before, but was excited as he is a fan of the movies. While this has some cool elements, such as a new type of xenomorph (not going to give it away because spoilers suck) but the story itself is a little convoluted and unclear. I had to go back a few times to puzzle out what was happening in a few pages before what I had just read made sense. I just wanted...a little more maybe? The artwork is the best thing about it.
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  • Roy
    January 1, 1970
    Pretty dissapointing Aliens story. No Ripley slow plotting and weird aliens that aren't the aliens. Kinda see why this wasnt made into a film
  • J K
    January 1, 1970
    Ripley isn't really in this whatsoever. Shame. The rest is good, interesting ideas. But clearly wanted a sequel or something. Wasted opportunity.
  • Jake Hahn
    January 1, 1970
    This was one of June's free Audible Originals. It is trash just like every other free Audible Original I have ever listened to. Complete waste of time.
  • GONZA
    January 1, 1970
    I do not usually say that, but this time the movie was better, and it is strange because I had the greatest faith in Gibson....Per quanto non lo dica quasi mai, stavolta il film era meglio di questo fumetto, nonostante io avessi la piú grande fiducia in Gibson....THANKS EDELWEISS FOR THE PREVIEW!
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  • Alan
    January 1, 1970
    Companion Piece to Alien III: Audible Original DramaReview of the Dark Horse Books graphic novel edition/adaptation (2019) of the unproduced William Gibson screenplay (1987)This Dark Horse graphic novel collects the material from the five floppy comic books William Gibson's Alien 3 #1 to William Gibson's Alien 3 #5 released earlier this year. It also includes a 2 page Introduction/Foreword by William Gibson which provides additional background about his original work on the screenplay. There is Companion Piece to Alien III: Audible Original DramaReview of the Dark Horse Books graphic novel edition/adaptation (2019) of the unproduced William Gibson screenplay (1987)This Dark Horse graphic novel collects the material from the five floppy comic books William Gibson's Alien 3 #1 to William Gibson's Alien 3 #5 released earlier this year. It also includes a 2 page Introduction/Foreword by William Gibson which provides additional background about his original work on the screenplay. There is also a section of original sketch and concept art. I am assuming these 2 latter sections are bonus material that were not included in the floppy comic books.The William Gibson introduction is quite fascinating as it provides an insider's view to the screenplay process and the Hollywood machine. Gibson produced the work as a writer for hire and wrote his script according to a treatment (a proposed film synopsis) that he was provided. The decision to leave Ripley in a comatose state for most of the proposed film was therefore not his, but was simply according to the treatment he was responding to. In the end the script he provided did not meet the expectations of the producers as he did not really give it any so-called "cyperpunk" edge that they had thought he would bring to the table. After that early script and several later ones were rejected, the film was finally produced as Alien³ (1992) (the novelization of the David Fincher movie).On the whole I really preferred the Audible Original adaptation as the audio producer Dirk Maggs managed to give Ripley an increased cameo role and also gave more prominent roles to Bishop and Hicks (who were voiced by original Aliens actors Lance Henriksen and Michael Biehn respectively). The graphic novel adaptation does follow the same plotline but I often found the panels confusing and the life-cycle of the alien creatures was all out of wack with the Alien/Prometheus canon. That might have been the case in the audio as well, but it did not jar as much as in a drawn visualization. Bishop was drawn somewhat like Lance Henriksen, but the Hicks character was very generic and did not strike me as anything like Michael Biehn.
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  • Ross Coulbeck
    January 1, 1970
    Just picked up Audible Originals new adaptation of this, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. In my opinion neither of the final two Alien movies were great, so this might have been an interesting direction to go.That said, I can see why they didn't go for it in the end. The lack of Ripley as the main character is probably something they wanted to avoid, they'd rather keep building on her. Which is fine, but giving the spotlight to other characters in this was good too, and she's still 'around'.It intro Just picked up Audible Originals new adaptation of this, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. In my opinion neither of the final two Alien movies were great, so this might have been an interesting direction to go.That said, I can see why they didn't go for it in the end. The lack of Ripley as the main character is probably something they wanted to avoid, they'd rather keep building on her. Which is fine, but giving the spotlight to other characters in this was good too, and she's still 'around'.It introduced the UPP faction, which was a nice change of pace, someone actually fighting against Weyland-Yutani. Actually that seemed to be a theme in this, as in the first few minutes of the classic WY scientists arrival, the station chief calls them out on their real agenda. It also showed how the Alien species will adapt to literally any environment or situation to continue to dominate and kill. This time in the form of hybrids, born of Alien DNA splicing itself into human. It was a nice touch, especially when the one 'true' Alien in this see's one and instantly destroys it. One assumes because it's not pure. I got Dalek vibes there.If this was going to be used as the film script, it would have needed tweaking. There were a few points which felt a bit disjointed or weak plot wise. Some of those were probably caused by not seeing it like we would in an actual movie, but others just needed tidying up. But that probably would have happened further down the line if it had been chosen.Overall, a nice addition if you love all things Alien, and an interesting look into a direction the franchise could have gone, that may have been quite interesting.
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  • Dan Choquette
    January 1, 1970
    I still remember when I heard that William Gibson was writing the sequel to Aliens. It was the early 90's and I was still high on having finished the awesomeness that was Neuromancer and Count Zero (and Snow Crash, but that is a different author.) Could he bring the same kind of edgy cool that he brought to the cyberpunk genre? Alas, it was not to be, as Alien 3 as filmed went in a different direction. But this book gives us a chance to see what if... The story begins much like the Alien 3 we kn I still remember when I heard that William Gibson was writing the sequel to Aliens. It was the early 90's and I was still high on having finished the awesomeness that was Neuromancer and Count Zero (and Snow Crash, but that is a different author.) Could he bring the same kind of edgy cool that he brought to the cyberpunk genre? Alas, it was not to be, as Alien 3 as filmed went in a different direction. But this book gives us a chance to see what if... The story begins much like the Alien 3 we know: the Sulaco is intercepted on it's trip back to Earth by space Soviets, but maybe the alien queen left a little surprise behind? The survivors - Hicks, Newt and a mostly comatose Ripley - are revived and deal with the repercussions of the events of LV-426 and the alien becomes the focus of a bit of an arms race. Oh and the alien queen did leave a surprise. This was a quick read, very rushed and not detailed at all. In fact, this felt more like a script treatment than an adaption of a full screenplay. There was little to no character development; at times, it was hard to tell who was who. Also after the first chapter, which established the setting, there was little to no detail. Hicks made a good showing, as the book positions him as the hero instead of Ripley, but the other characters are almost interchangeable. No names, an occasional reference to the name of the space station, that's about it. It had more of the feel of the first two Alien movies that what we eventually got and for that alone, I gave it a star. But the muddled and rushed plot, especially at the end made this a little bit more of a letdown. Read it if you want but If you are looking for a better followup to Aliens, check out the original Dark Horse comics.
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  • Eric
    January 1, 1970
    So this is the graphic novel version of one of the more infamous scripts of Alien 3 that hit the cutting room floor as there was something like 4-6 scripts that it went through in its very troubled production. So first of all, I liked this overall more than the movie that Alien 3 became. I feel that the movie Alien 3 is nothing more than a terrible rehash of the first movie and the killing off of Newt and Hicks is awful (this movie is 27 years old so I'm not spoiling anything at this point, if y So this is the graphic novel version of one of the more infamous scripts of Alien 3 that hit the cutting room floor as there was something like 4-6 scripts that it went through in its very troubled production. So first of all, I liked this overall more than the movie that Alien 3 became. I feel that the movie Alien 3 is nothing more than a terrible rehash of the first movie and the killing off of Newt and Hicks is awful (this movie is 27 years old so I'm not spoiling anything at this point, if you didn't know that then you never planned to watch it). I do like the scuttling of the prison planet plot and jumping for the anchorpoint thing instead, I do not like the fridge-ing of Ripley for the whole movie, and I also find that it's still close in some spirit to the first Alien movie (Aliens vs. people with no weapons). I'm a bit glad this wasn't made into the movie as when they get the weird Alien-human spliced DNA looking creatures, I feel this would have been laughable in 1992 (it basically becomes this weird mash-up of Alien Meets John Carpenter's the Thing with the body-horror it gets into). Ripley however is the star and most recognizable person in the franchise so not making more of it about her is dumb. However, this version of Alien 3 is better as it would have negated Alien Resurrection (also terrible) and has nothing to do with Ridley Scott's awful prometheus universe he is trying to build (but no one wants).
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  • Chad
    January 1, 1970
    I'll give this an extra star just because this is a fantastic idea, to turn unproduced screenplays that fans would love to read as comic books. As a long time fan of the Alien franchise, I was really excited to read this. Alien 3 is not a very good movie, even with David Fincher behind it. I will say this script has absolutely nothing to do with the Fincher movie. It's a completely different direction.This story has a lot of issues. At the time, the studio told Gibson to sideline Ripley so she's I'll give this an extra star just because this is a fantastic idea, to turn unproduced screenplays that fans would love to read as comic books. As a long time fan of the Alien franchise, I was really excited to read this. Alien 3 is not a very good movie, even with David Fincher behind it. I will say this script has absolutely nothing to do with the Fincher movie. It's a completely different direction.This story has a lot of issues. At the time, the studio told Gibson to sideline Ripley so she's in a coma for the entire book. Newt, Hicks, and Bishop thankfully do get some love. The Xenomorphs have these new powers that make absolutely no sense. (Even if they do make for some neat scenes.) Johnny Christmas's art is pretty good. Christmas made a mistake keeping the same structure as the movie though. The script jumped back and forth between multiple characters and even ships, which can work in a movie because it's easier to tell we've switched scenes. It made this impossible to follow though as the pages bounced back and forth between 10 and 15 different characters. It was often unclear we had switched to a new scene and I was flipping back and forth to figure out what happened. Restructuring the screenplay into a more narrative order would have made for a better comic.
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  • Igor
    January 1, 1970
    It was nice to get a chance to see what Gibson's screenplay might have played out as but having read this it's obvious to me why it wasn't made. First off, Ripley is only technically in it and does nothing, Newt gets shipped off to Earth quickly and we're left with Hicks, who, without Michael Biehn's charisma and performance here is just a generic marine. Bishop is the only one who actually has character. The story starts off very promising and then goes the way of Alien Resurrection. Not to men It was nice to get a chance to see what Gibson's screenplay might have played out as but having read this it's obvious to me why it wasn't made. First off, Ripley is only technically in it and does nothing, Newt gets shipped off to Earth quickly and we're left with Hicks, who, without Michael Biehn's charisma and performance here is just a generic marine. Bishop is the only one who actually has character. The story starts off very promising and then goes the way of Alien Resurrection. Not to mention that it all feels more like set up than a self-contained story. If it was a pilot for a spin-off, it might have worked. But whoever decided to pass on this as a feature wasn't wrong.Simply put: it's just not that good. It has an interesting premise, being for the large part a kind of a political thriller before the xenomorphs start killing people but the first part is let down by the second part where it all feels so muddled and rushed. Maybe Gibson really wanted to make a talky, suspense-y thriller with a very strong Cold War parallel and he forced the action parts in simply because it was expected to.There are some great ideas in here and at least one scene I'd love to see in live action, although I wonder how - if at all - they would be able to do it convincingly with early 90's effects.
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  • Joey Nardinelli
    January 1, 1970
    Well this was kind of a bummer. The foreword by Gibson promises an original treatment for Alien 3 that espouses real love for the franchise but I feel like this narrative, as it ended up coming together in this comic, was actually a lot of retread territory already written out in the Alien EU. Some of the stuff with recombinant DNA felt similar to what we’ve seen in Scott’s last two films entries, for better or worse (it actually seems better explained in this graphic novel). I really wish the d Well this was kind of a bummer. The foreword by Gibson promises an original treatment for Alien 3 that espouses real love for the franchise but I feel like this narrative, as it ended up coming together in this comic, was actually a lot of retread territory already written out in the Alien EU. Some of the stuff with recombinant DNA felt similar to what we’ve seen in Scott’s last two films entries, for better or worse (it actually seems better explained in this graphic novel). I really wish the design and layout were a bit more thoughtful, like truncating text bubbles in favor of allowing nameplates or more visually apparent character traits. There were some panels where characters had their eyes or head’s entirely or partially blacked out (maybe to be intriguing?) in ways that made the logical visual read incomprehensible. I also feel like this pushed the body horror into Carpenter territory in a way that felt like it warranted more horror than any characters mustered. It just feels too fast with insufficient character development, and the removal of one core Aliens character felt really moronic given the ability to adapt here. I’m really at the point now where the more and more I dig into the Alien mythos, the less and less I’m enjoying it outside the first two films.
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  • George Goodall
    January 1, 1970
    NOTE -- this review refers to the Audible production of Alien 3 rather than the graphic novel.William Gibson does Aliens. What's not to like?This story comes from a half-forgotten screenplay that William Gibson put together as a potential sequel to Aliens. The story picks up immediately from the end of the movie and we see the familiar characters: Ripley, Newt, Bishop, etc.The Sulaco is limping its way home but is redirected to a research station by nefarious elements within Weyland-Yutani. The NOTE -- this review refers to the Audible production of Alien 3 rather than the graphic novel.William Gibson does Aliens. What's not to like?This story comes from a half-forgotten screenplay that William Gibson put together as a potential sequel to Aliens. The story picks up immediately from the end of the movie and we see the familiar characters: Ripley, Newt, Bishop, etc.The Sulaco is limping its way home but is redirected to a research station by nefarious elements within Weyland-Yutani. The xenomorph is aboard, incubated within Bishop's mutilated body. During its journey, the Sulaco passes through (and infects) a part of space that is claimed by a Sino-Cuban-Soviet coalition. The story traces the efforts of two different groups to fight the xenos.The story itself is predictable but I found it incredibly entertaining to learn about the extended adventures of the Sulaco. The Cold War elements of the plot now seem like a particularly novel alternative history, but were simply informed futurism when Gibson put the story together. The Audible production is particularly good because it uses some of the Aliens actors as voice talent (Lance Henrikson and Michael Biehn). 3 stars.
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  • Cláudia
    January 1, 1970
    The Sulaco is back!This unproduced script by William Gibson, with artwork by Johnnie Christmas and Tamra Bonvillain (what a great surname!), is a better sequel to Aliens than the third movie - the one that nobody asked for and everyone had to endure. It is true to continuity and ties perfectly to the new prequels.Granted: Ripley is the heart of the movies. Not having her in action in this third story made me a bit angry. Okay, Hulk-smashes kind of angry. But that could have been - and most proba The Sulaco is back!This unproduced script by William Gibson, with artwork by Johnnie Christmas and Tamra Bonvillain (what a great surname!), is a better sequel to Aliens than the third movie - the one that nobody asked for and everyone had to endure. It is true to continuity and ties perfectly to the new prequels.Granted: Ripley is the heart of the movies. Not having her in action in this third story made me a bit angry. Okay, Hulk-smashes kind of angry. But that could have been - and most probably would have been - changed if the movie actually got made. Also granted: it is too short. Characters and plot needed way more time to grow and evolve. Still, a hundred light-years better than Alien 3 - the movie.
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  • Henry
    January 1, 1970
    I love the Alien universe. I have been hooked ever since the first movie. This was a much-needed glimpse into the events that occurred after Ripley and the other survivors left Hadleys Hope in the Sulaco. We get to see the fate of Newt, Hicks, and Bishop. Could this have been the 3rd movie in the series as is? No, even though the audioplay is around 3 hours, I don't think there is enough depth to make it as a feature movie. I needed to know what happened here, and it definitely tells a great sto I love the Alien universe. I have been hooked ever since the first movie. This was a much-needed glimpse into the events that occurred after Ripley and the other survivors left Hadleys Hope in the Sulaco. We get to see the fate of Newt, Hicks, and Bishop. Could this have been the 3rd movie in the series as is? No, even though the audioplay is around 3 hours, I don't think there is enough depth to make it as a feature movie. I needed to know what happened here, and it definitely tells a great story. The Audible Original production was AMAZING! They did a great job. If you have seen any of my previous reviews, I hate audioplays, but this is one that does not SUCK. It actually excels. The most important quality for me is sound quality and volumes. You can HEAR all of the dialogs even with the music and effects. I hate it when the dialog (what am I here for) is drowned out with shitty sound effects and god-awful stock music. This production sounds great, you can clearly hear everything. The actors are amazing and getting to hear them again in the Aliens universe takes me back in time. Audible do more of THIS.
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  • Aubrey
    January 1, 1970
    As many Alien fans know, there was a script for Alien 3 that was abandoned and we got the Alien 3 we have now.This is that script, as written by William Gibson. Well, this is an adapted version of that script. Personally, I wasn't as enraged as others about Alien 3. There were things I wished differently, like not immediately killing off Newt and Hicks.So I was curious, what was the script that could have been Alien 3. I was excited to check it out!Unfortunately for me, I see why it wasn't adopt As many Alien fans know, there was a script for Alien 3 that was abandoned and we got the Alien 3 we have now.This is that script, as written by William Gibson. Well, this is an adapted version of that script. Personally, I wasn't as enraged as others about Alien 3. There were things I wished differently, like not immediately killing off Newt and Hicks.So I was curious, what was the script that could have been Alien 3. I was excited to check it out!Unfortunately for me, I see why it wasn't adopted. What bummed me out are a few things. 1) Ripley essentially doesn't exist in this story. She quite literally does nothing. And for me, Ripley is the Alien franchise. 2) Newt is (view spoiler)[sent off halfway through the story, making her existence in the first place not worthwhile (hide spoiler)]. 3) Hicks doesn't behave in a way I would envision him, considering what he had just gone through in Aliens. 4) It also just lacked the story and punch that needed following up to Aliens.I wouldn't recommend it for fans but if you're a fan like me, then I totally understand the desire to check it out.
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  • Matija66
    January 1, 1970
    I highly enjoyed this comic adaptation of William Gibson's screenplay for a Alien 3. The artwork is great, and Gibson captured the 'dinghy space opera' (for lack of a better term) feel of the Alien series very well. The added dimension of two warring factions was an interesting addition which fits well into the space opera politics that were hinted at in James Cameron's Aliens. That being said, this is far from perfect. As other reviewers have noted, there are too many characters and some aren't I highly enjoyed this comic adaptation of William Gibson's screenplay for a Alien 3. The artwork is great, and Gibson captured the 'dinghy space opera' (for lack of a better term) feel of the Alien series very well. The added dimension of two warring factions was an interesting addition which fits well into the space opera politics that were hinted at in James Cameron's Aliens. That being said, this is far from perfect. As other reviewers have noted, there are too many characters and some aren't fleshed out enough, making their contributions to the story a bit confusing. I also found the role of the alien here to be a bit disappointing and wish that the story would not have pursued this angle. It's also worth noting that Ripley spends most of the screenplay in a coma and is hardly featured at all, which is very disappointing.Overall, it nails the universe and feel, but the story itself leaves much to be desired. A must for fans of the series in any case.
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  • Joel Jenkins
    January 1, 1970
    This Aliens follow-up written by cyberpunk godfather William Gibson focuses more on Bishop, Hicks and Newt (to some degree) and leaves Ripley out of most of the story. It introduces some nice political twists with a rival to the Corporations (Capitalism run amuck) in a Totalitarian Communist-style government that runs another sector of space. Both are vying to control the ultimate weapon (the aliens) and find out that there is no way to control them.It's done in the style of a radio drama, but o This Aliens follow-up written by cyberpunk godfather William Gibson focuses more on Bishop, Hicks and Newt (to some degree) and leaves Ripley out of most of the story. It introduces some nice political twists with a rival to the Corporations (Capitalism run amuck) in a Totalitarian Communist-style government that runs another sector of space. Both are vying to control the ultimate weapon (the aliens) and find out that there is no way to control them.It's done in the style of a radio drama, but overflowing with gratuitous profanity you wouldn't find in the heyday of radio dramas.Yes, it's a lot better than Aliens 3.
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  • Doug Gillan
    January 1, 1970
    The Universe A Alien 3, David Fincher's first feature film with story by Vincent Ward and screenplay by Walter Hill and two others, was OK, but not Fincher's best movie. William Gibson's Alien 3 exists in Universe B and as a screenplay and audiobook. In the audiobook, Lance Henriksen and Michael Biehn reprise their roles as Bishop, the synth, and Hicks, the Marine grunt, respectively. I found it to be an interesting sequel and wish that we could have seen the movie. The plot follows more directl The Universe A Alien 3, David Fincher's first feature film with story by Vincent Ward and screenplay by Walter Hill and two others, was OK, but not Fincher's best movie. William Gibson's Alien 3 exists in Universe B and as a screenplay and audiobook. In the audiobook, Lance Henriksen and Michael Biehn reprise their roles as Bishop, the synth, and Hicks, the Marine grunt, respectively. I found it to be an interesting sequel and wish that we could have seen the movie. The plot follows more directly from Alien and Aliens than does Universe A's Alien 3, which is set on a prison planet. I believe that it is worth listening to for sci-fi/horror mash-up fans and for Alien series completists.
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  • decompiler
    January 1, 1970
    Too bad this didn't make it to the big screen (or even the little screen), or maybe turn up as a full-blown novel; having said that, this format is definitely better than nothing. I won't spoil anything here, but I will say that I really enjoyed the story. Please do read the forward by Gibson - after finishing the graphic novel, I definitely share his opinion on the guidance he was given as to the major story arc, but I like what he did with what he was tasked with. I loved the art in this book, Too bad this didn't make it to the big screen (or even the little screen), or maybe turn up as a full-blown novel; having said that, this format is definitely better than nothing. I won't spoil anything here, but I will say that I really enjoyed the story. Please do read the forward by Gibson - after finishing the graphic novel, I definitely share his opinion on the guidance he was given as to the major story arc, but I like what he did with what he was tasked with. I loved the art in this book, too - Xmas really outdid himself on some of these panels... so much so I went to go look into some of his other work.
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  • jim
    January 1, 1970
    Perhaps because it's the first Alien-related anything I knew about, I never hated Alien 3. That said, this still seems like it would have been the better film. Certainly a more satisfying conclusion for everyone else who survived Aliens. As it is, it's a pretty good comic, although I'm still more interested in getting back to Brian Wood's take in the current books. I think we can all be done with Ripley at this point, right?
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  • Nathaniel
    January 1, 1970
    Overly plotty and too full of cannon fodder characters. I found the art a little sloppy, in that I had a hard time distinguishing the faces, and I often found the location geography confusing. Still, a fascinating and worthwhile read for an Alien 3 superfan such as myself. If this movie had been made it would not have been any more popular than the one we got, and potentially even less so, if for no other reason than the complete disregard for Ripley as a functional character. The choice to focu Overly plotty and too full of cannon fodder characters. I found the art a little sloppy, in that I had a hard time distinguishing the faces, and I often found the location geography confusing. Still, a fascinating and worthwhile read for an Alien 3 superfan such as myself. If this movie had been made it would not have been any more popular than the one we got, and potentially even less so, if for no other reason than the complete disregard for Ripley as a functional character. The choice to focus not on her (or really even Hicks or Newt) was an interesting one, but not very effective.
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