Title: Delta 13 #1
Script: Steve Niles
Art: Nat Jones
Publication Date: May 23, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: Who knows what mysteries lie deep in the asteroid belt? When a mysterious, huge, and previously undiscovered asteroid looms over their ship, a small crew of blue-collar workers discovers a terrifying threat unlike anything they’ve ever seen. Now, the crew must escape the asteroid, but even if they do, will they be able to escape each other and anything they bring back with them?
In space, no one can hear you scream. Alright, so this isn’t Alien, but it certainly is a Sci-fi Horror tale that’s set in the vast emptiness of space and centers around a crew of ‘blue-collar’ workers who just so happen to stumble upon a great and terrible alien-force of some sort. Delta 13 is reminiscent of the 1979 film, and, at times, feels more than just familiar. There’s even a scene where a member of the crew scans the location and picks up on a heat signature that doesn’t belong; although it was slightly different, I couldn’t help but think about the scene from Alien when Dallas dies…
For avid comic book readers, reading this series and judging it on its own merit may be difficult since the writer of this series, Steve Niles, also wrote/co-created 30 Days of Night. This issue isn’t exciting, but thanks to Niles’ track record, I’m confident in saying that this tale will take off soon.
Niles’ script is functional and accomplishes what it was intended to, and while I am looking forward to what’s still to come, this issue’s ending didn’t leave me on the edge of my seat either. Nat Jones’ illustrations are subdued and less ‘refined’ than what I typically enjoy, but they works well enough here in an issue that lacks much action or intensity. What stood out most in this issue, visually at least, was the color-work and the tone that Jones was able to set.
Regardless of its familiarity and similarity to Ridley Scott’s Alien, Delta 13 shows promise.
The Bottom Line:
Delta 13 is a Sci-fi Horror tale that feels familiar enough for readers to immediately recognize the peril that our protagonists face but also fresh enough to excite and unsettle. Issue #1 is slower than expected but made a solid introduction nonetheless.