The Art and Making of Alien: Covenant is the perfect book to look through right before you go to bed if you’re wanting you dreams to be an HR Giger-inspired nightmare fest. Written by Simon Ward, the book catalogs the characters, set design, and key plot points to the sixth film in the Alien franchise. If you’ve seen the movie, much of the book will be review and offer key insights into why Michael Fassbender is so dang creepy. If you haven’t seen the movie, the book is a bit of a loving spoiler-fest.
The book is well put together and HEAVY. When it showed up in the mail I was actually a little concerned for my mail carrier. Be prepared for pages of concept art, including the horrific mad scientist looking drawings from the movie. Ridley Scott admits in this book that he was attempting to return to the roots of the original Alien film and give it more of a horror feel. The Art and Making of Alien: Covenant just extends that horror feel.
Whether you’re in love with the most recent film or a long standing fan of the Alien franchise, The Art and Making of Alien: Covenant is an interesting and occupying read. I will admit, there are still more than a handful of images in the book that are still haunting my brain. Sensitive readers and small children should probably avoid this one.
The Art and Making of Alien: Covenant is now available from Titan Books.