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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: The Transgressive Bodies of Dark Horse Comics’ Aliens Line
Author(s): Lindsay, Stuart
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Keywords: Dark Horse Comics
Aliens franchise
Gothic and comics
comic gothic
Issue Date: Nov-2023
Date Deposited: 27-Nov-2023
Citation: Lindsay S (2023) The Transgressive Bodies of Dark Horse Comics’ Aliens Line. <i>Gothic Studies</i>, 25 (3), pp. 245-260.
Abstract: This article explores the strategies employed by Dark Horse Comics to develop the Xenomorph creature and its associated universe across the publisher’s Aliens line of titles. Through analysis of three Aliens miniseries’ story arcs that are representative of the line’s narrative and structural innovation, my contribution explores how this corpus transgresses the parameters of the movie franchise’s Science Fiction and action-horror genres in the following three ways. Firstly, I investigate the Aliens comics’ introduction of dreams and psychological trauma associated with the literary Gothic past in Aliens: Sacrifice (March–June 1993). Secondly, in keeping with the Gothic’s comic turn, I examine the humorous, parodic, and self-referential elements of comics in Aliens: Stronghold (May–September 1994). Thirdly, I explore Dark Horse Comics’ critical understanding of negative nostalgia in preserving and transgressing the narrative structure and aesthetics of Alien (1979) in Aliens: Dead Orbit (April–December 2017). Ultimately, this article considers these three themes as examples of the paradoxically transgressive and restorative elements of Gothic that are apparent throughout Dark Horse Comics’ Aliens line. It argues that the ways in which the Aliens line innovatively reworks these aesthetic and narrative features of the film franchise’s visual and thematic origins provide a critical understanding of the productive interactions between comics and literary Gothic traditions.
DOI Link: 10.3366/gothic.2023.0174
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