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After fending off a group of space pirates, Hendricks, Davis, and Hollis find themselves trapped on a barely functioning ship headed straight for earth. I have a feeling that if they survive, the Weyland-Yutani Corporation won’t be throwing them a welcome party.

Aliens: Defiance #10 (Dark Horse Comics)

Observations

  • Silent space walks are always more fun with body parts floating around.
  • Good lord. Davis looks like hell.
  • Still not Bishop, but Davis is definitely an android who’s worthy of human consideration.
  • Heh. Now that’s the way you tell them you’re back.

The Verdict

On one hand, the whole “Can a robot be human?” thing has been played out in so many different ways—and multiple times in this very franchise—that the story beats are painfully predictable.

Thankfully, Brian Wood makes the most of it with a beautiful script, observing Davis’ heroics through Zula Hendrick’s battle weary eyes. It’s well traveled narrative territory, but it’s also very well done.

It’s also…uh…just about all there is to discuss about the issue. Aside from some gorgeous space visuals via artist Stephen Thompson (and an awesome escape plan that I won’t spoil here), Aliens: Defiance #10 is a big heaping helping of the “Androids Are People, Too” trope. I’ve personally had my fill of it over the years, but this is still one of the better examples of it I’ve seen in a long while.

Aliens: Defiance #10
A heaping helping of the all too common 'Androids Are People, Too' trope, but it's executed exceptionally well.
Stephen Thompson makes wandering through open space that's littered with severed body parts look beautiful.
No matter what the story, Zula Hendricks always makes for a great narrator.
I'm still a bigger fan of Bishop, but Davis is becoming a close second.
The story is good, but it's also one we've read a million times before--and multiple times in this very franchise.
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