(Welcome to Comic Book Drive-In, a series where comic and movie fans Jazmine Joyner and Rosie Knight recommend brand new, ongoing, and completed comic book series that tie into classic films and new releases.)

Alien is undoubtedly one of the best films ever made and it has been terrifying audiences for nearly 40 years now. Sigourney Weaver is nothing short of iconci as the xenomorph-beating badass Ellen Ripley, that H.R. Giger-designed creature is a total nightmare machine, and Ridley Scott’s direction is a masterclass in isolation, fear, and suspense.

We’re stoked to bring you a selection of scary, science-y, sometimes sweet, and (most importantly) female-led and female-created comics to fill the Ripley-sized hole in your 2018!

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Alien documentary

There have been plenty of great feature-length documentaries about filmmaking: American Movie, Lost in La Mancha, Hearts of Darkness, Best Worst Movie, Jodorowsky’s Dune, and Burden of Dreams immediately spring to mind. Now a new documentary aims to join those hallowed ranks.

It’s called Memory: The Origins of Alien, and it’s an exploration of Ridley Scott’s seminal 1979 sci-fi horror classic that features never-before-seen materials from the archives of writer Dan O’Bannon and designer H.R. Giger. Read more about the newly-announced Alien documentary below. Read More »

sequel bits halloween 2018

In this edition of sequel bits:

  • Jason Blum, the man who produced Halloween, wants you to know Halloween is very good. Why would he lie?
  • Amy Adams offers an update on the Enchanted sequel.
  • Sylvester Stallone gets his own Creed II poster.
  • Stallone also provides an update on the next Rambo movie, because the past never dies.
  • Social media expert Dwayne Johnson welcomes Idris Elba to Hobbs and Shaw.
  • Steven Spielberg gave the O.K. to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom‘s twist.
  • Netflix’s Godzilla anime sequel now has a release date.
  • Want to see a blurry set pic of Chris Hemsworth filming Men in Black? Of course you do.
  • Mission: Impossible – Fallout has a new IMAX poster featuring Tommy Cruise doing dangerous stuff.
  • Behold a new image from The Crimes of Grindelwald.
  • Grumpy Gus Terry Gilliam reveals he once turned down an Alien sequel.

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Richard Alan Greenberg

You may not have known the name Richard Alan Greenberg, but you almost certainly know his work. Greenberg was an Oscar-nominated effects artist who created memorable title sequences for films, including Alien and Superman. Greenberg died this week at the age of 71.

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Gallery 1988 Super Secret Fun Club Artwork

Gallery 1988 always has outstanding pop culture artwork up their sleeve, and their latest exhibition has some of the most unique pieces we’ve seen in a long time.

Super Secret Fun Club is the latest artist to bring a new show to Gallery 1988, and with it comes a special focus on “Wax Packs and Card Backs.” What that means is that artists delivered some unique action figure style creations, an extensive series of film and television characters given the Garbage Pail Kids treatment, and some awesome enamel pins too.

Check out some of our favorite Gallery 1988 Super Secret Fun Club artwork and creations below. Read More »

Sequel Bits Pitch Perfect

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Pitch Perfect 3 director talks about a potential Pitch Perfect 4
  • Alien: Covenant‘s Ridley Scott compares Alien to Star Wars and Star Trek and gives an update about his planned sequel
  • Neill Blomkamp says he’s “moved on” from his take on Alien 5
  • Power Rangers actor explains how his character will change in a possible sequel
  • And more!

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alien has run its course

If you watched Alien: Covenant earlier this year and thought, “Huh, director Ridley Scott really doesn’t seem all that interested in the aliens in this Alien movie,” well…it seems like you were right. While Covenant was a box office disappointment, the legendary filmmaker still intends to make another movie in the franchise and it certainly sounds like he’s going to double down on not caring all that much about the creature that supplies these movies with their titles.

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Blade Runner - Vance Kelly - Hero Complex Gallery NYCC 2017 Prints

New York Comic-Con has come and gone, but for those who couldn’t attend the convention, you can get your hands on some cool prints that were first available on the show floor.

Hero Complex Gallery brought a new batch of prints from artists like Craig Drake, Kevin M. Wilson, Vance Kelly, Glen Brogan and more, paying tribute to movies like Wonder Woman, Alien, Harry Potter and the Chamber of the Secrets, Back to the Future, Gremlins, Blade Runner and others. Check out all those Hero Complex Gallery NYCC 2017 prints and find out how you can pick them up. Read More »

Ridley Scott on the set of The Martian

(Welcome to The Unpopular Opinion, a series where a writer goes to the defense of a much-maligned film or sets their sights on a movie seemingly beloved by all. In this edition: Ridley Scott has only made two good movies…and the reason why they’re good explains the rest of his weaker filmography.)

Sir Ridley Scott’s 40-year career is marked as much by its successes as it is by his chameleonic willingness to jump from genre to genre on an almost annual basis. This year alone, Scott has directed the grim sci-fi film Alien: Covenant and is following it up in December with All the Money in the World, a true-story crime drama about kidnappers trying to extort industrialist J. Paul Getty. His past films include the nihilistic thriller The Counselor, the light dramedy A Good Year, the con caper Matchstick Men, the sci-fi adventure The Martian, and on and on and on.

But the films that loom largest over Scott’s career are two of his earliest: Alien and Blade Runner, the latter of which received a long-awaited sequel last week in the form of Blade Runner 2049. Considering that both Alien and Blade Runner have gotten second lives of sorts in 2017, I feel compelled to come clean to my fellow cinephiles: for me, these are the only good Ridley Scott movies.

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Top Gun 2 drone

Before his death in 2012, director Tony Scott promised Top Gun 2 would be “a very different movie” from the 1986 original and hinted at the idea of involving drones in the high-flying sequel. In the subsequent years, the project has undergone numerous rewrites – so much so that it seems the drone idea has been scrapped altogether.

And speaking of a director with the last name of Scott, Ridley Scott  – Tony’s brother – recently spoke about his plans for the still-untitled follow-up to Alien: Covenant and how it’s going to center more on artificial intelligence characters than the actual aliens themselves. Read more about both of these projects below.
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