Aliens: 45 Seconds is a comic book short story that was first published by Dark Horse Comics in Aliens: Special in June 1997. Published in black and white, the story was written by Darko Macan, illustrated and inked by Frank Teran and edited by Philip Amara and Scott Allie.
Grendel Tales and X-wing Rogue Squadron writer Darko Macan and Punisher and X-Men artist Frank Teran tell the tale of a Colonial Marine sent to clean out an infestation. He's got a job to do, a pulse bomb with a 45-second detonator, and the clock's ticking.
Aliens: 45 Seconds was eventually collected as part of Aliens Omnibus: Volume 6 in December 2008.
The comic was released digitally through Dark Horse Digital on August 14, 2013, collected with Aliens: Border Lines, Aliens: Elder Gods and Aliens: Once in a Lifetime and reusing John Bolton's cover art for the novel Aliens: Labyrinth.
Behind the Scenes
45 Seconds is notably one of only six black and white Alien comics that have never been reprinted in color, the others being Aliens: Countdown, Aliens: Elder Gods, Aliens: Once in a Lifetime and the non-Dark Horse comics Do Aliens Dream? and the spoof Illegal Aliens.
Critically acclaimed Croatian writer Darko Macan has written a number of Aliens stories and also wrote several Star Wars comics for Dark Horse, including the miniseries Star Wars: Chewbacca, Star Wars: Jedi vs. Sith and Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Squadron - The Phantom Affair.