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. Based on the original screenplay by Joss Whedon, the adaptation was scripted by Jim Vance, illustrated by Eduardo Risso and featured covers by Dave McKean. It was lettered by Gary Fields, colored by Dave Sterwart and edited by Philip Amara.
The adaptation has never been collected or reprinted.
Official description of individual issues:
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.
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.
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.
- Aliens (comic series) — The long-running line of Aliens comics by Dark Horse Comics.
- Alien Resurrection — The 1997 film.
- Alien Resurrection (novel) — The novelization of the film by A. C. Crispin.
Profile on Dark Horse Comics' website, including a preview of the first few pages of issue #1.