'Aliens: Dust to Dust' Comic Takes Franchise Back to Its Horror Roots

The new series comes from 'Logan' storyboard artist Gabriel Hardman.
Courtesy of Gabriel Hardman/Dark Horse Comics

While the cinematic thread of the Alien franchise explores the origins of the xenomorphs in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus and Alien: Covenant, the comic book element continues to mine the horror genre with a new four-issue miniseries launching this spring.

Aliens: Dust to Dust is written and illustrated by Gabriel Hardman and will follow the attempts of a mother and her 12-year-old son to evacuate a planet in the midst of an attack by the titular xenomorphs. 

“I was actually inspired to tell the story from the point of view of a 12-year-old boy in large part because that’s the age I was when first exposed to Aliens,” Hardman explained to CBR.com. “I didn’t want to write about Marines or anyone who seems like they could stand up to the xenomorphs. Kids lack power — they lack agency. I wanted to throw this boy into extraordinarily scary and difficult circumstances and force him to navigate it. And not tell it from the parent’s perspective, but the kid’s.”

Hardman's comic book résumé includes Planet of the Apes and DC’s upcoming Green Lantern: Earth One, in addition to storyboard work on LoganThe Dark Knight Rises and Inception.

The upcoming series, which he describes as being “tension-filled, gut-wrenching and scary,” continues indie publisher Dark Horse Comics’ 30-year history with the franchise. Aliens: Dust to Dust launches April 24 in comic book stores and digitally.