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Genocide

10/08/2016 - Book 2, Reviews
Genocide

Script: Johm Arcudi

Pencils: Damon Willis

Inks: Karl Story

Colours: Arthur Suydam

Lettering: Jim Massara

Cover illustration: Arthur Suydam

 

 

Synopsis

Businessman Daniel Grant owns the company Neo-Pharm, which produces the performance enhancing drug Xeno-zip.  As the name suggests this drug is manufactured using the Aliens Queen Mother’s royal jelly, stocks of which are running out. Attempts to synthesize the jelly results a small percentage of the population suffering adverse reactions, going berserk. Grant persuades the military to mount a mission to farm the royal jelly form the Alien home world in exchange for a supply of the synthesized drug to create ‘super soldiers’.  However the mission is jeopardized by a corporate spy.

Review

Genocide has an interesting enough story, with the Marines on a mission to the Alien home world to harvest royal jelly from Queen Mother’s Hive. This jelly is needed to manufacture a performance enhancing drug called Xeno-zip. I did find the idea of the red and black factions of Aliens interesting but was disappointed that nothing was really done with it. I have never really liked the recurring insect analogy, comparing the Aliens to ants or termites but it’s limited in this instance. The Aliens are more in the background of this story which is more concerned with corporate deception and double dealing. I liked the character of Daniel Grant it’s nice to see a sympathetic character who actually develops a conscience due to the consequences of his actions, rather than the usual repeat of the greedy businessman/corporate executive trope. The Marine characters had also been thought out and were individuals rather than the usual recycled copies of the Aliens (1986) characters.

The art is acceptable with nothing really outstanding; it’s nice to see the Marines in well thought-out powered combat armour instead of the beach-wear favoured in the Earth War/Female War book. The Aliens are a lot more beefy than normal but this is acceptable as they’re supposed to take on attributes of their host (Which we never see). As with the earlier Outbreak book the Aliens home world is again a rather bland desert-like planet, whereas I always imagined it as a nightmarish place.

Overall genocide is a decent enough continuation in the world of Aliens comics; it’s just a pity that it doesn’t really push the boundaries on its innovative ideas.

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