With hi-resolution, freshly scanned prints of the original artwork, along with a series of brand new original drawings in the back, The Maxx: Maxximized, Vol. 1 by Sam Kieth is a consummate success. This limited edition collection from the beloved comic series is luminescent, with cool tones that add a crispness and modern edge.
Although more aesthetically pleasing than maybe a burnt orange or a murky green as in the original comics, the new hues also allow for bright reds, golds, and of course, that famed purple to pop and contrast. We see a more realistic Mr. Gone with cream-colored skin and ruddy highlights, which seem to make him appear even creepier than in the original drawings.
On a distant frozen world, “artificial persons” are manufactured by mega-conglomerate Weyland-Yutani. These formidable new security synthetics, designed for combat, test their mettle against a hive of deadly Xenomorphs.
Socialization Specialist Jean DuPaul, who teaches the synthetics empathy, sees her ever-more-human android students sent to their destruction and learns that the most savage species in the universe is man.
Aliens: Inhuman Condition tells the story of Jean DuPaul and Bear, an unlikely duo in that Bear is an inanimate object – a fluffy, pink teddy bear to be exact. DuPaul lost her husband and daughter, and all she has left of her family is Bear, the stuffed synthetic play-thing that was to be her daughter’s.
Written by Eisner and Harvey Award-winner John Layman (Chew, Detective Comics), Inhuman Conditions sees DuPaul traumatized after losing her family during a Xenomorph attack. She’s eventually rescued by a task force of androids – but the damage is done.
DuPaul’s world view has been shattered, forcing her to see reality differently than her co-workers at the Weyland-Yutani manufacturing plant. She confides in Bear (think Steven Spielberg’s Artificial: Intelligence) and begins to see the Androids she teaches social skills to as living, breathing, human beings.
The Hollows #2 Written by Chris Ryall
Art by Sam Keith
Letters by Robbie Robbins
Created by Sam Keith & Chris Ryall IDW Publishing
Release Date: January 9, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99
Sometime in the future, the Earth has become a radioactive wasteland filled with soul-sucking zombies known as Hollows. In response, a privileged set of humans developed supertrees that can house entire cities in the clean, relative safety. The remaining humans? Well, they’re just shit out of luck and out on their own against the Hollows.
Craig Mayerik, a pony-tailed inventor, created a set of wings and crashed them while touring the radioactive ground scouring for supplies. He was rescued from certain death by a group of poor survivors. In the refuge, Craig befriends Lani and learned of the group’s meager existence. He realized that swooping down from the safety of his supertree and scavenging for supplies is practically the same as stealing supplies from the hands of desperate, surviving humans on the ground.
The latest issue of Dark Horse Presents #12 brings you 80 pages of ad-free, full-color illustrated stories, featuring a brand-new Aliens adventure by John Layman and legendary artist Sam Kieth.
Inhuman Condition: Chapter 1 tells the story of Miss Jean DuPaul and Bear, an unlikely duo in that Bear is an inanimate object – a fluffy pink teddy bear to be exact. While we’re only given an 8-page introduction into Layman and Kieth’s new story, it’s clear the series will be filled with plenty of acid-spewing Xenomorphs and synthetic “artificial persons.” It’s hard not to compare Inhuman Condition to those early Dark Horse Aliens mini-series like Aliens: Book One (1988), Aliens: Book Two (1989) and Aliens: Earth War (1990), which Kieth drew for Mark Verheiden.
Miss DuPaul is a woman who has lost her husband and daughter, and all she has left of her family is Bear, the stuffed play-thing that was to be her daughter’s. She’s evacuated from a colony by a task force of androids during a Xenomorph attack.