a) In 1999, about dozen years before Prometheus came out, a comic book series called Alien Apocalypse: The Destroying Angels was published, taking place around 20 years after the events of Alien exploring the mystery of the derelict and its pilot the space jockey and its cargo of alien spores. The comic book series was a very thoughtful in the way that it roughly exploring some of Ridley Scott's ideas for a sequel for Alien involving archeology although it ignored the idea that Ridley had about that the alien was being carried around by the space jockey's ship as a bioweapon since in the Dark Horse Alien mythos, this wasn't a direction they were exploring but it explored the suggestion that the alien life form had been to earth before. What also made the comic book story interesting is that the artists showed a genuine interest in exploring Giger's biomechanic architectural designs.
b) In the story, another derelict ship is discovered, one inspired by one of Giger's unused sketches for the derelict space ship.
|Giger's derelict sketch 374b|
|derelict ship from Alien Apocalypse: The Destroying Angels|
c) A star chart found aboard a derelict alien spacecraft leads the explorers to the homeworld of the space jockeys where they encounter a vast underground city. The space jockeys were a race that had colonized perhaps thousands of worlds.
d) However the Alien life form turned out to be something that had been destroying life through the universe, and had been found to have destroyed all life on Earth 3.2 billion years ago and cut the population of the space jockeys back. It was perceived as a life form that somehow restored the balance when space explorers intent on colonisation had over stepped the limit.
e) In the underground city, a carefully sealed chamber is found where giants were subjected to some form of "catatonic suspension". On the verge of being exterminated by the Aliens on the planet, the giants resorted to an attempt to hibernate and outlast the alien life forms. However only one was able to survive the three billion years.
|space jockey in hibernation|
|space jockey temple environment|
|space jockey's underground cityscape|
similarities between Prometheus and the Alien Apocalypse: The Destroying Angels comic book series.