I don’t know what it is about the Weyland Corporation’s androids. They either don’t have any safeguards to keep them from going against their orders about taking human life or they go psychotic kill in the name of science. I think the only normal one was Bishop in Aliens. He was willing to put himself in harm’s way to save the marines and even when he was ripped in half he saved Newt. The rest of the ones we have met may have had some screws loose.
Let us go back to the first (that we know of) android that took human life, David. When we first encountered David in Prometheus he was slipping things into people’s drinks causing them to mutate in the most horrific way. When we see David again in Covenant he has had some time to perfect his obsession with the xenomorph. During his time in seclusion, he continued his experiments and documented by drawing pictures.
Since it’s impossible to see all of the artwork that covered David’s wall, Titan Books has published a book showcasing his work. The book is aptly titled, Alien Covenant: David’s Drawings. This book contains over 200 drawings and an interview with the artists who created the drawings. Some of the artwork does have some beauty to it considering the subject matter.
There are actually 2 books in the slipcase. The first book is a softcover book that runs 48 pages. This softback book contains interviews with the artists Dane Hallett and Matt Hatton. In the interview the artists say they produced upwards of 500 pieces of finished artwork for the film not including the concept art they produced.
This 48 page book gives some great insight into the creative process that turned the blank page into hundreds of ghastly pieces of art. The artists needed to create art that appeared to be created by a slightly psychotic android. Just looking at these pictures convinced me that a deranged mind created them.
The second book is a hardcover book that is filled with gory, yet informative artwork. The drawings display the vivisection of human and xenomorph alike. The book gives the impression that it is a surgical text and for the most part that is its purpose. These drawings do not look like the doodles of a sick mind but artwork from someone searching for a deeper understanding.
The hardcover is filled with illustrations and very little text. The hardcover is 192 pages and measures 9.5 x 1.5 x 12.5 inches. Published by Titan books the SRP is $49.95. Titan Books never disappoints.
This book is a must for anyone who considers themselves a fan of the Alien franchise. The thing I liked the most about this book set is the fact the hardcover looks like something used by a character from that universe. Pick up copy for yourself or the Alien lover in your life.