Friday night at New York Comic-Con took Aliens fans way down memory lane with a look at the franchise’s evolution over the past 35 years, to celebrate the release of Dark Horse’s new comic book event Fire and Stone and Sega’s Alien: Isolation (fans got to see the trailer). Hosted by Dark Horse publicist Aub Driver, panel guests included Joshua Williamson (Predator), Paul Tobin (Prometheus), Alex De Campi (Grindhouse), Randy Stradley (vice-president of publishing Dark Horse Comics), and Chris Mooneyham (Predator).
Here’s the list of some of the striking slideshow issues-through-the-years that produced from the audience some ooohs, some ahhhhs, one groan (maybe), and some applause:
1990: Aliens vs Predator and Aliens Earth War
1991: Aliens Genocide and Batman vs Predator
1992: Aliens Hive
1993: Colonial Aliens Marines and Aliens vs Predator Deadliest of the Species
1994: Aliens Music of the Spears and Aliens Stronghold
1995: Aliens vs Predator War and Superman vs Aliens
1997: Aliens vs Predator and Batman vs Aliens
1998: Aliens vs Predator
1999: Aliens Apocalypse
2000: Aliens vs Predator vs Terminator and Green Lantern vs Aliens
2003: Judge Dredd vs Aliens (biggest applause)
2009: Celebrated reissued books Aliens and Predator and Aliens vs Predator Three World War
2014: Fire and Stone: Prometheus
Predator (releasing 10/22/14)
Aliens vs Predator (just released)
Paul Tobin said that with the new series they really tried to get back to the horror because that is the key, the fear of the unknown. This was interesting for him to write because, he said, “I needed to write a complete series, while also leaving other writers room to expand.”
The panelist went on to say that the Fire and Stone process was everybody going to the editor’s house to talk and argue, and Patrick Reynolds (artist on Aliens) was there making characters and designing spaceships, complete with maps.
Alex de Campi revealed that April 2015 would bring Archie vs Predator, taking the “accessible teen series and slaughtering all of its characters with Predators.” The Archie people asked her to make it as “gory as possible.”
The last part of the panel was an audience Q&A. Some of the questions included were: What were your most memorable experiences? What is your favorite Aliens? (Almost all said Alien.) Do the people writing more Aliens stuff read the comics beforehand? (They didn’t think so.)
The last question was: Have any of you ever felt pressured to live up to the huge legacy of Aliens vs Predator?
Paul Tobin answered, “I got over that pretty quickly. As long as you believe in your story.”