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Aliens: Alien
Written by John Arcudi
Illustrated by Paul Mendoza
Inked by
Lettered by
Colored by
Cover(s) by Paul Mendoza (DHC #18)
Edited by Randy Stradley
Edward Martin III
Publisher Dark Horse Comics
Release date(s) Jan-March 1994
Media type
Preceded by Aliens: Cargo
Concurrent Aliens: Colonial Marines (1993 series)
Aliens: Crusade
Aliens: Labyrinth
Aliens: Music of the Spears
Operation: Aliens
Followed by Aliens: Stronghold
Alternate cover

Aliens: Alien is a three-part comic book short story that was first published by Dark Horse Comics in the company's self-titled anthology series Dark Horse Comics #17-19, from January-March 1994. It was written by John Arcudi, illustrated by Paul Mendoza and edited by Randy Stradley and Edward Martin III. Issue #18 of Dark Horse Comics also featured an Aliens cover by Mendoza.

In the Aliens comics line, Aliens: Cargo was preceded by Aliens: Cargo, published concurrently with Aliens: Colonial Marines (1993 series), Aliens: Crusade, Aliens: Labyrinth, Aliens: Music of the Spears and Operation: Aliens, and was followed by Aliens: Stronghold.

Publisher's SummaryEdit

#17: To his tribe, Suom isn't yet a man. But he has seen the Night Reaper, whose hideous reign of fear and death strikes at night and steals away by morning. Only Suom has seen the face of the Reaper and survived, and only he can conquer this beast in part one of "Alien," featuring beautiful art by Paul Mendoza and the story of a horrifying coming of age by John Arcudi.

#18: Dark Horse Comics #18 features part 2 of "Alien," John Arcudi's terrifying tale of a village ripped apart by the mysterious Night Reaper. Young Suom and his hunting party finally locate the beast, but it may be the last thing they ever do.

Reprint HistoryEdit

In the United Kingdom, Aliens: Alien was planned to be serialized and reprinted in 3 parts in Aliens magazine, Vol. 2 #21-23, from March-May 1994. However, the cancellation of the magazine after issue 22 (April 1994) left the rerun unfinished.

The comic was eventually collected as part of Aliens Omnibus: Volume 5 in October 2008.

The comic was released digitally through Dark Horse Digital on June 6, 2013, reusing Paul Mendoza's cover art from Dark horse Comcis #18.

Behind the ScenesEdit

John Arcudi is a veteran writer of Aliens and Predator comics having also worked on Predator: Big Game, Predator (series 2), Aliens: Genocide, Aliens: Stronghold, Aliens: Reapers, and Aliens (series 3). He was also the original writer on Dark Horse's The Mask, which was turned into the movie starring Jim Carrey.

The aliens featured in Aliens: Alien are one of the few other sentient extraterrestrial species shown in Aliens, Predator or Aliens vs. Predator comics, alongside the Space Jockeys from the film Alien, the pilot alien from Aliens: Earth Angel, the Reapers from Aliens: Reapers, the carnivorous aliens from Aliens: Taste, and of course the Predators.


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