[Interview] Garth Ennis Goes Into Deep Space For ‘Alien’ Inspired ‘Caliban’

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Garth Ennis never seems to rest. He’s constantly developing new projects, and this spring Garth will debut his latest offering, the horror/science-fiction epic, “Caliban”, with artist Facundo Percio (“Anna Mercury”, “Fashion Beast”) for the warped folks over at Avatar Press.

“Caliban” is the story of a deep space mining vessel that stumbles onto an alien life form. The crew of the “Caliban” are thrust into a position where they are the frontlines for humanity, establishing contact with this new found species and deciphering if they are friend or a foe. “Caliban” plays out like Garth Ennis’ personal love letter to Ridley Scott’s Alien as he explores the depths of extraterrestrial horror.

Ennis took the time to answer a few questions about “Caliban” for Bloody-Disgusting and spoke about how the series was initially inspired by last year’s Prometheus, what it’s like working with artist Facundo Percio, and what fans can expect when the series finally launches.

What was the genesis for the idea of “Caliban” and what was it about the idea for this science-fiction story set in space that you had to tell the story?

Garth Ennis: The idea that would eventually evolve into “Caliban” began when I heard there was going to be a prequel to “Alien’, which is one of my all-time favourite films. What I like best about it is the sheer level of imagination on display; it gets you thinking about all kinds of possibilities. When I finally saw “Prometheus” I realised they’d gone in a completely different direction to what I expected, and given that I had all these ideas kicking about from my idle musing, I thought- why not?

BD: The crew of the “Caliban” encounter a new alien life form when their ship crashes. What can you tell us about the aliens in this book and the threat they present to the crew?

GA: Not much that won’t give away the plot. I can say that there are three separate entities involved: the ship’s owners, their cargo, and then the real trouble.

BD: You’re working on “Caliban” with artist Facundo Percio, who worked on Avatar’s adaptation of Alan Moore and Malcolm McLaren’s “Fashion Beast”. What made him the perfect partner for this new science-fiction series?

GA: He’s a great storyteller, very good with characters, and tremendous imagination. I found his work on “Fashion Beast” to be quite mesmerising.

BD: Reading the synopsis for the book it’s hard not to think of classic science-fiction movies like “Alien” or “2001: A Space Odyssey”. How much of an inspiration were those films and what do you think sets “Caliban” apart from other sci-fi space/horror stories?

GA: As I mentioned earlier, ‘Alien’ is the main and obvious influence here. It’s impossible to watch any of the sci-fi/horror flicks that have appeared since and not see “Alien” lurking somewhere in the background: “Pitch Black”, “Event Horizon”, “Pandorum” and various others all carry that particular genre. Sometimes they say something new and sometimes they don’t, but with “Caliban” I like to think I do.

  • Canucklehead

    An Alien inspired sci fi tale from Ennis? Think there might be a teensy weensy bit of blood lust.

  • Patrick

    Event Horizon?

    • vsdfgfvbgtvfdgv180

      Yeah looks more Event Horizon than Alien.

  • BigJ

    I’m definitely on board with this. Ennis always delivers and the idea of a horror story in space has me on board. The first issue hits stores April 2nd, so pre-order now.