THIS is an intriguing first issue – a space station picks up a signal from a seemingly abandoned space freighter and sends a team over to investigate it. They find three crew in cryo-sleep…and something else. As it’s told in flashback, we know that a nasty alien is going to turn up very soon and its first appearance on the final splash page is a heart-stopper. Dark Orbit starts slowly, but it appears business is going to pick up pretty bloody rapidly with the next issue.
Canadian writer/artist James Stokoe – of Orc Stain fame – gives proceedings a gritty, dirty feel. Everything he draws looks like it’s covered in motor oil, rust and coffee stains.
Dead Orbit gives off a vibe that’s more Alien than Aliens: claustrophobic, paranoid and downright scary. I look forward to where Stokoe takes us next.
Aliens: Dead Orbit #1 is published by Dark Horse and retails for US$3.99. It goes on sale April 26.
RATING: 7.5 out of 10