12th Dec2015

Book Review: ‘Alien Next Door’

by Phil Wheat

Art by Joey Spiotto | Published by Titan Books | Format: Hardback, 80pp


With a tagline that reads “In Space No One Can Hear You Clean” you surely know what to expect from this brand new Alien-themed book from Titan and artist Joey Spiotto…

Obviously styled after the Vader and Family books (which themselves were inspired by the work of Scott C), Alien Next Door shows a new, caring side to the legendary science fiction monster as he tends to Jonesy the cat, endeavours to keep his house cleaner than the Nostromo, and searches for his place on a cold, new, alien world: Earth. From facehuggers to feather dusters, this fantastic and funny book shows how the perfect killing machine relaxes after a day of scaring space marines!

Packed full of inside jokes for Alien fans, Alien Next Door features a wealth of original, full colour, art work from artist Joey Spiotto; even more than that, this is the ONLY illustrated cartoon book to be officially licensed by 20th Century Fox; and it has the blessing of the now-deceased original Alien designer H.R. Giger – shwoing a softer side to his classic creation. Whilst fans of the Alien series will get many of the jokes within Alien Next Door, artist Joey Spiotto doesn’t target his illustrations at just those that have seen, and loved, the movies. Even those with a passing interest in (or vague idea about) the franchise can appreciate the humour within this book – the one-page drawings feature everything from an Alien washing up, to taking selfies with a cat!

There are some real laugh out loud illustrations in Spiotto’s book; highlights include the Alien cosplaying at a Comic Con as the Predator, Alien mopping up after the infamous chestburster scene, Newt using the Alien’s tail as a jump rope, an Alien painting facehugger eggs for Easter, an Alien taking Jones the cat to the vet; and a very sweet, touching image of an Alien laying flowers at the grave of H.R. Giger…

Alien Next Door is a great stocking filler for the film fan in your life this Christmas. The book is out now, order your copy below:


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