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Alien3: Alone is a trading card-format comic that was published by Dark Horse Comics as part of the Alien3 Collectible CardArt trading card set from Star Pics in May 1992. It was written by Jerry Prosser, illustrated by Hoang Nguyen, inked by Paul Guinan, colored by Chris Chalenor and lettered by Cary Grazzini.[1]

In the Aliens comics line, Alien3: Alone was preceded by Dark Horse Presents: Aliens and Aliens: Tribes, published concurrently with Aliens: Harvest, and was followed by the movie adaptations Aliens: Newt's Tale and Alien3.

Overview

The comic consists of 9 trading cards (#71-79 of 80), each with original artwork by various artists on the front side and a single comic panel on the rear, with artwork by Hoang Nguyen. Together the comic panels form a short story set within the Alien universe.

Plot

On a quarantined planet, a man sits alone in a sanitarium, abandoned due to the illness from which he suffers.

In flashback, he tells of how he and the other patients quarantined with him — a father and daughter named Roger and Anne — discovered a ship that had crashed on the planet. Hoping the craft may still be capable of flying them off-world, the group investigated, only to find a single Xenomorph Egg on board. After bringing the strange object back to the sanitarium, Roger mysteriously disappeared. The narrator later found his body in a decrepit corridor, his chest burst open. Soon afterwards, Anne also disappeared, leaving behind only her treasured teddy bear, lying on the floor, soaked in blood.

As his story catches up to real time, the narrator, lamenting that he is now alone on the planet, is discovered by the full-grown Xenomorph in his room, the final panel showing a glaring closeup of the creature's salivating jaws as it prepares to headbite him.

Reprint History

Alien3: Alone has never been collected or reissued.

Behind the Scenes

Alone is one of two Aliens comic stories that are exclusive to trading card sets, the other being Operation: Aliens, included with the Aliens/Predator Universe set from Topps.

References

  1. Alien3 Collectible CardArt — 69. Alien3: Alone (1992), Star Pics.