- Hardcover: 117 pages
- Publisher: Dark Horse Comics; 1st edition (April 14, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1878574280
- ISBN-13: 978-1878574282
- Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 7 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,033,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Aliens: Tribes Hardcover – April 14, 1992
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This is the first in a series of graphic story albums based on the popular motion pictures of the same name, with each volume bringing together a well-known writer and artist. Aliens: Tribes debuted the first major literary work of Stephen R. Bissette, an award-winning comic book artist universally recognized for his artwork on Swamp Thing. Bissette's take on the movie series is to lock us into an orbiting medical facility infested with a horde of aliens. The only way they can be destroyed is to unleash upon them a specially trained military cleanup crew programmed to be even more ruthless than the aliens. Bissette displays an instinctive talent for writing gripping, visceral prose equal to his talents as a horror artist. The volume is further complemented by the magnificent full-color paintings of another award-winning artist, David Dorman. A truly terrifying ride, it should come as no surprise that this book later won a Bram Stoker Award from the Horror Writers Association. --Stanley Wiater
Top customer reviews
You end up with tragedy, a little travesty, and then some.
In Tribes we find ourselves with the question of "who is really the most monstrous" again in another Alien forum, repeating a story that we saw in Berserker but without the Perry touches. That's somewhat sad, too, because I really like the way Perry puts the touches on the Alien books and I found myself liking this book. I even grew partial to the set-up of this book as I looked at the 60 + illustrations that graced page in and page again, but I wasn't really happy with the way I didn't get a complete Alien story. When you added up the interior pages, taking out the introduction and the blank areas, you had something more akin to Alien comic than one of the Alien novels.
And that isn't to down the Alien comics because many of them - especially Labyrinth and some of the Batman pieces - were really done well.
I just thought this was a novel because it was shelled with a hardcover and I wanted my Alien fix and I found myself instead facing down the barrel of a gun with only 40 pages.
Still, for what it costs now and how good some of the art looked, I really can't complain and neither can anyone who picks it up. The Alien takes good pictures, and anyone that has talents like those displayed in this really deserves praise for what they've done. There are some really cryptic pictures of the Alien that give it a realistic quality that make me think "alive" - and by alive I mean that sexy "I can inhabit any world I wanna" kinda sheen.
If you miss the Alien and need a good fix then this is a place to see plaenty of portraits of it saying "hello."
Love the art, love the book.