Part of the reason PROMETHEUS disappointed so many was due to the richness of the universe it was playing in. ALIEN is considered one of the best horror movies ever made due to its design, its atmosphere, the shudder-inducing nastiness of its titular fanged penis-monster. And PROMETHEUS just took a lot of the potential for good storytelling in that universe, and farted all over it.

Some left the theater with that scent still burning their nose, and said "Yunno what? Fuck it. There's some cool ideas in here, but they're so borked at this point, that... look, can someone call a do-over and restart the whole damn thing?"

Today, Dark Horse Comics said "Sure, we can do that":

  • Patric Reynolds, Dark Horse Comics

Dark Horse has been operating under a cloudly little dilemma since last October, when Disney bought Lucasfilm, calling into question Dark Horse's future in Star Wars comics. There's still been no official word on the fate of Star Wars at Dark Horse, although it seems really hard to believe Disney would pass up the opportunity to return the series to Marvel. Either way, it seemed a good idea for Dark Horse to come up with a plan for filling that void.

Their plan: get writers Chris Roberson (Edison Rex, I, Zombie), Chris Sebela (High Crimes) Joshua Williamson (Masks and Mobsters, Ghosted) and Paul Tobin (Bandette, Colder), get 'em in a room with editor Scott Allie and artist Patric Reynolds, and figure out how to create a unified comics universe focused on Aliens and Predators.

This isn't exactly a reboot. The interview Rob Bricken posted over at io9.com makes sure to point out that none of the "canon" (again, such as it is) will be contradicted by these new books. But they're not going to go linking and winking at past movies or comics, either. For all intents and purposes, these are brand new takes on this universe, with new protagonists finding themselves having to face Xenomorphs, Predators, and even Engineers.

For more information on which writer's got which book, what they have planned, and more looks at Patric Reynolds' gorgeously horrifying concept art for the series, go read io9's quadruple-stage interview.