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As you might imagine, Hollis and Hendricks have been having some issues with the Weyland-Yutani Corporation since their return to earth.

Aliens: Defiance #12
Writer: Brian Wood
Artist: Stephen Thompson
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics


Observations

  • Hollis’ dream sequences are a hell of a lot scarier than what actually happened.
  • Never trust a group of scientists wearing gas masks—especially if you’re the only person in the room who’s not wearing one.
  • I’m starting to like Dr. Yang better, but I still don’t trust her.
  • Weyland-Yutani: Terrible at business models, even worse at surveillance.
  • Hello, old friend… 😢

The Verdict

While this was a decent issue, it definitely wasn’t the way I wanted to see the series end. I understand why they had to kill off who they did (as hard as it was to watch) and I get why all the xenomorph scenes had to be done in flashback. But Hendricks’ story still feels frustratingly incomplete.

Perhaps that’s by design. Hopefully Dark Horse will revisit her in the near future. For now, however, our last image of her is at least a sentimental and inspiring one…albeit facilitated by some hilariously contrived circumstances. Look, I get that Weyland-Yutani is occasionally supposed to represent monolithic incompetence, but would they really be so stupid as to let someone with the type of information Hendricks had just waltz out the front door?

Also, while I thought Stephen Thompson did a good job, it would have been nice to have Tristan Jones complete the series. Even though he wasn’t on art duties for every issue, his distinct look is always the first image that pops into my head when I think of the series.

But those quibbles aside, Aliens: Defiance was still a great series. I just wish it had ended with one fraction of the strength it started with.

Aliens: Defiance #12 Review
Is it good?
Aliens: Defiance is still a great series, but it ended with a fraction of the strength it began with
The last image we see of Hendricks is an appropriately sentimental and inspiring one.
The flashback sequences look great...
...unfortunately, they represent about all the action we see.
I get that Weyland-Yutani is occasionally supposed to represent monolithic incompetence, but would they really be so stupid as to let someone with the type of information Hendricks had just waltz out the front door?
Hendricks’ story still feels frustratingly incomplete.
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Average