In the spirit of Halloween, Ben is reading one horror comic every night before he goes to bed. Will they keep him up? Or will they put him to sleep? We’ll find out…
It’s October 5th. After two misses, I’m going with a surefire hit. I think. Another recommendation of a franchise I love from from my buddy JS Earls. Don’t let me down, franchise and buddy . . .
ALIENS: SALVATION: Dark Horse Comics; Dave Gibbons. writer; Mike Mignola & Kevin Nolan, artists; published 1993
A man of faith takes on demons from nightmares and a company that does not care about the universe or its inhabitants.
This story takes the form of a prayer. A confession. As the main character must do things he regrets in order to serve the greater good. He moves from just trying to survive to realizing that his struggles is not “against flesh and acidic blood” but against the “powers and principalities of the company”. It’s a tough lesson.
The plot itself lives in the dirty physicality of a harsh world, while the ideas of the story rise above to loftier places. It’s nasty and mean, with some small glimmers of hope. It’s a powerful story that walks the line between the typical nihilism of the Alien franchise and the hopefulness that faith in something more than the physical brings.
Thanks, buddy and franchise! I liked this one.
You can read the rest of this series here: Ben’s Horror-Comic-Athon October 2018
While Ben’s not podcasting daily for the entire month, The Comic Book Time Machine will be going daily for a week at the end of October. Don’t miss our WEEK OF WEIRD, as we explore some weird comics from October 25-31!