Script: Jim Woodring
Art: Killian Plunkett
Background inks: Monty Sheldon
Colours: Mat Hollingsworth
Lettering: Ellie De Ville
Cover illustration: Killian Plunkett
A military doctor is sent on a mission to investigate strange events on a remote research space station. Will he uncover the truth? What is the eccentric and enigmatic Dr Church hiding there?
Labyrinth features the ‘Mad scientist/secret base’ storyline, but this time its simply a framing device for the best part of the story; the flashback tale of Dr Church. I won’t give away any of the story because it is brilliant, exploring ideas within the universe and introducing a real element of horror for the first time in the Aliens comics, not just gory deaths by the bucket-load. The horror aspect is something that has been truly lacking in the series of books until now.
The framing story is pretty much a carbon copy of the earlier Rogue story albeit with a different ending, but I thought this was over-shadowed by the flashback story. As with all the best Aliens stories the plot is simple and is driven by its central human characters, rather than a grand storyline or some ‘zany’ idea a writer has had.
Art was good; gory in the right places and suitably creepy and grubby in others.
This has to rank as one of the best Aliens comics, a cracking story with great artwork.