Ellen Ripely is back in Tim Lebbon’s Alien Out of the Shadows the first book in a brand new Alien trilogy from Titan Books. Adding to an established and fan loved/obsessed universe it tricky, the novel has to be successful on multiple levels in order to please the passionate members of its audience. The same ones the franchise was acquired for in the first place. As a member of that demographic as well as a fan of Lebbon I’ll be breaking it down step by step.
First off the Ellen Ripley of Out of the Shadows is the Ellen Ripley we all know. This book takes place between the first and second movies and envisions Ripley’s escape pod taking a detour before the second film begins. Tim Lebbon writes Ripley incredibly well. He clearly understands all the elements of the complex character that Sigourney Weaver brought to life in the first three Alien films...Click either image for the full review at Ravenous Monster.