The Art and Making of Alien: Covenant by Simon Ward
Reviewed by Mike Kenny
Journeying back into the bowels of space where no one can hear you scream, Simon Ward’s The Art and Making of Alien: Covenant details the development and detailed execution of Ridley Scott’s followup to his franchise rebirther Prometheus. Welcoming readers aboard the spacecraft known as the Covenant, Ward introduces each of the film’s crew members and their personal significance throughout the narrative with enlightening commentary from costars about tackling their respective characters. Exploring the many chambers and artistic excellence of the ship itself, Ward exposes readers to early concept renderings of the vessels nursery, hypersleep chamber, the bridge where key interactions amongst the crew occur, among many other quarters and their finished appearances in the film with noteworthy insight from the artists behind them. Following the crew’s dangerous expedition to the dreaded Dreadnought, the vastly impressive approaches bringing the Xenomorphs to life and H.R. Giger’s continued artistic influences on Scott’s bleak sci-fi world, The Art and Making of Alien: Covenant is a near 200-glossy paged lost paradise for audiences and readers alike intrigued by the crafting of all its deep space terror. Featuring a brief forward by its director, The Art and Making of Alien: Covenant will only enrich one’s appreciation for this mature extraterrestrial saga.