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Alien Resurrection
Written by Jim Vance
Illustrated by Eduardo Risso
Inked by
Lettered by Gary Fields
Colored by Dave Stewart
Cover(s) by Dave McKean
Edited by Philip Amara
Publisher Dark Horse Comics
Release date(s) Oct-Nov 1997
Media type
Preceded by Aliens: Purge
Concurrent Aliens: Alchemy
Followed by Aliens: Kidnapped
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Alien Resurrection is a two-issue comic book adaptation of the film of the same name published by Dark Horse Comics from October-November 1997. It was written by Jim Vance, based on the original screenplay by Joss Whedon, and was illustrated by Eduardo Risso, lettered by Gary Fields, colored by Dave Sterwart and edited by Philip Amara, with cover art by Dave McKean.

In the Aliens comics line, Alien Resurrection was preceded by Aliens: Purge, was published concurrently with Aliens: Alchemy, and was followed Aliens: Kidnapped.

Publisher's SummaryEdit

#1: Two hundred years ago, Ellen Ripley died in a blazing inferno. But the government has need of her again. So they've rebuilt her. And now she's going to be tested against a hive of Aliens.

#2: As horrific as the Aliens are, nothing will prepare you for the newest Alien hybrid...and the truth about the reappearance of Ripley! Adapting the multimillion-dollar film.

Reprint HistoryEdit

Alien Resurrection has never been collected or reprinted.

Behind the ScenesEdit

UK-based artist and comics creator Dave McKean is well known for his years of work as cover artist on the much-acclaimed Sandman series for DC/Vertigo Comics.

Fan-favorite Argentinian artist Eduardo Risso would also go on to illustrate the one-shot story Aliens: Wraith (July 1998) the following year. Risso came to fame working on a DC/Vertigo book, in his case as artist of the critically and commercially successful crime/political noir series 100 Bullets for its entire 100-issue run.


The only other comics set in the two hundred years-advanced era of Aliens: Resurrection have been 2004's Alien vs. Predator: Thrill of the Hunt and its sequel Alien vs. Predator: Civilized Beasts. Among other things, these stories attempt, in part, to tie together and explain away certain inconsistencies between Resurrection and the rest of the Aliens and AVP comics series continuity to date--specifically, why certain human characters in Resurrection apparently express no recollection of previous encounters with the Xenomorph species after the events of Alien 3. The reason presented is that a massive computer virus event occurred known as The Big Deletion, which lead to a loss of most human space colonies and much of the recorded information about human history in the intervening years. It also lead to a species-wide distrust and outlawing of synthetics, who were the carriers of the virus.

See AlsoEdit


Issue coversEdit

External LinksEdit

Profile on Dark Horse Comics' website, including a preview of the first few pages of issue #1.

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