COMIC REVIEW: Aliens – Inhuman Condition

AliensInhumanConditionHCOn an off-world colony, a mentally scarred behavioural psychologist is thrown into conflict between her empathy for slave robots & contempt for her employers, just as all out war with the Aliens looms…

 

 

So, in the past I was a big lover of Alien, Terminator and Predator comics, although I have felt that in the past 5 years or so, they have all struggled to come up with really fresh story lines, almost verging on ElseWorlds territory to regain some semblance of originality. So, it really was the cover of Inhuman Condition, a lone young girl clutching a pink teddy bear and facing of an Alien, that made me jump in and give it a go.

Just a note of personal taste – I hated the artwork. For me, it just didn’t suit the dark tone of an Alien-oriented story – but that’s just a personal thing. Now, to the story…
… on an off-world operation, a Weyland-Yutani factory making all manner of synthetic persons (think Replicants crossed with Bishop), Jean DuPaul is a behavioural psychologist tasked with teaching the synthetics how to be more empathic in order to better interact with real humans. This of course, totally contrasts with the view of the corporation, who see the synthetics as nothing more than inventory, be they models designed for factory automation, pleasure or combat.

Add to this that Ms. DuPaul is carrying more than her own fair share of emotional scars & baggage, then we have the backdrop for our story, which is that the planet has an Alien infestation problem. The planet itself is quite cold, which goes some way to controlling the Alien population, but that factory is systematically testing the synthetics in combat with the Aliens, with a long term view to sending a battalion into the Aliens’ catacombs to wipe them out.

At the core of the story is this: as Jean invests more & more in increasing the human condition of the synthetics, the more this places her at odds with the W-Y corporate objectives. At the same time we see her dealing with her own damage, robbed of the hopes & dreams of a family, her only solace being ‘Bear,’ an interactive robotic pink teddy bear who only becomes operational in her presence alone. Together Bear and Jean are very compelling characters, and the story builds up to the face-off between Aliens and synthetics, whilst the remaining W-Y employees prepare to evacuate the planet.

As I said, of late, I have often felt that the franchise has struggled for vitality, but this definitely an engaging little story.

 

GS Rating: 3.5/5
Reporter: SilverFox

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