ALIEN LEGION: UNCIVIL WAR (COLLECTION #1-4)
Writer: Chuck Dixon (Punisher War Journal, Savage Sword of Conan, Batman and the Outsider)
Artist: Larry Stroman
Colorist: Tom Mason
Creator: Carl Potts
Release date: Wednesday February 11, 2015
Hi, my name is Nicole and I apparently was born in a barn. Prior to reading, “Alien Legion: Uncivil War,” I didn’t know anything about the military unit made up of foul-mouthed, tough, space soldiers who aren’t above getting their hands dirty for safety’s sake. Think: Guardians of the Galaxy, but more structured, and sadly, less funny.
This particular story starts when a mission to assist refugees escaping a civil war turns into a full-fledged battle of epic proportions, with the fate of an entire planet up in the air (no pun intended). The story includes a few inspirational quotes that teeter-tottered between being cliché and being super sentimental. I’m a bit of a sap, so I appreciated glorious lines like, “We can run. We can hide. Or we can fight!” and “’Where we goin’?’ ‘To become heroes, son.’”
Still, to be honest, I had a hard time connecting to this story. As the title states, it’s an “Uncivil War.” So, while I certainly expected sheisty shenanigans in battle, I was still expecting to see two sides to a story. However, the point of view is rather shallow, and there’s clearly the “good guys” and the “bad guys.” It would have been more interesting if the characters and their plights had been more morally ambiguous.
While the art work and coloring were quite nice, and properly depicted the story’s many action sequences, I still found myself wanting to skip ahead to the end. Though the story didn’t hold my interest, I do think I was the minority. Fans of the characters and their history will probably be intrigued to see familiar faces back in action again. However, I just wasn’t as invested.
Learn about Alien Legion: http://alienlegion.com/
More information on the comic: http://titan-comics.com/c/88-alien-legion-uncivil-war/
Buy it on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Alien-Legion-Uncivil-Carl-Potts/dp/1782760733/