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Dark Horse Comics has provided The Beat with an exclusive preview of William Gibson’s Alien 3 #4, the penultimate issue of the adaptation of Gibson’s unused film script for the franchise sequel. The adaptation is written and illustrated by Johnnie Christmas, with colors by Tamra Bonvillain and letters by Blambot’s Nate Piekos.

Gibson’s version of the third Alien film focuses on the crew of Anchorpoint, a deep-space science station owned by Weyland-Yutani. After the Sulaco (the ship that Ripley, Hicks, Bishop, and Newt use to escape at the end of Aliens) docks with the station, the science team must determine what exactly happened onboard the ship—and contend not only with a team from Weyland-Yutani’s Weapons Division who are after something aboard the ship, but also with representatives of the Union of Progressive Peoples, a rival government who wants the information the company is gathering for itself. Facehuggers, chestbursters, and full-grown xenomorphs have all put in brief appearances thus far, with the added wrinkle that the alien genetic material has developed the ability to overwrite the DNA of other organisms. As the preview images for the next issue show, that premise is being played out to its logical, gruesome conclusion.

Check out the first five pages for the issue, plus both covers, below. William Gibson’s Alien 3 #4 is due in stores on February 13th.

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