|Aliens: Apocalypse - The Destroying Angels|
|Written by||Mark Schultz|
|Illustrated by||Doug Wheatley|
|Colored by||Chris Chuckry|
|Lettered by||Clem Robins|
|Cover(s) by||Mark Schultz|
|Edited by|| Philip Amara (#1-4)|
Mike Hansen (#1-2)
|Publisher||Dark Horse Comics|
|Release date(s)||Jan-May 1999|
|Preceded by||Alien Resurrection|
|Concurrent|| Aliens: Alchemy|
Aliens: Tourist Season
|Followed by||Aliens: Glass Corridor|
Aliens: Apocalypse - The Destroying Angels, also known as simply Aliens: Apocalypse, is a four-issue limited comic book series that was first published by Dark Horse Comics from January-May 1999. It was written by Mark Schultz, illustrated by Doug Wheatley, colored by Chris Chuckry, lettered by Clem Robins and edited by Philip Amara and Mike Hansen, with cover art by Schutlz. The series was released alongside the tie-in short story Aliens: Once in a Lifetime.
#1: Is it a coincidence that humans have met Aliens in our far future? Or is there something sinister unfolding in the universe that prefigures the Aliens on an almost unfathomable scale? This is what Alecto Throop is asking. Throop is a deep-space rescue specialist cut from the same cloth as the late Lt. Ellen Ripley: tough, smart, beautiful and instinctual. But her instincts weren't enough to warn her of her latest mission. She's about to find out that even a fight with deadly Aliens is nothing compared to meeting their masters... or the renegade human that has learned their secrets.
#2: An Alien "angel" has been met, as veil after veil is lifted, and Alecto Throop begins to grasp the enormity of the forces at work behind Dr. Lucien Keitel's deception. But, the Aliens may represent only the brink of an unfathomable pit of cosmic horror. Join Throop Rescue and Recovery as they follow the elusive Keitel to a petrified world that was ancient long before life first crawled on Earth. Our universe has never seemed so big... so old... or so hideously dark.
#3: Deep space rescue specialist Alecto Throop has been hot on the trail of the mysterious Dr. Lucien Keitel, always half a step behind. But now that she's found him, she may be sorry she did. Through Keitel, Throop is about to learn what may be the ultimate fate of the universe... and why it lies in the clutching claws of the Aliens.
#4: The android Baal's secrets may have been uncovered, but it's merely the first layer that Alecto Throop must peel back to get the answers she's been sent to find. There's the Alien egg found aboard Throop's ship, and it involves the ancient "pilot" race (seen in the first Alien film) that introduced the creatures to man's corner of the galaxy. Plus, the fate of Dr. Keitel is revealed... and along with it, the fate of the universe!
A collected trade paperback edition of Aliens: Apocalypse - The Destroying Angels was released in October 1999, edited by Chris Warner. The cover art was reused from issue #4, albeit slightly redesigned by Dark Horse designer Keith Wood. The series was collected again as part of Aliens Omnibus: Volume 6 in December 2008.
Behind the ScenesEdit
Series writer/cover artist Mark Schultz also played a similar role as writer/cover artist of the Predator series Predator: Hell & Hot Water.
Artist Doug Wheatley has recently gained much critical acclaim as the artist of Dark Horse's Star Wars: Dark Times.
Dr. Lucien Keitel referred to his subjects, Aliens, as Linguafoeda Acheronsis. Dr. Keitel's research is noted to have started in 2137, 15 years after the events of Alien in 2122. Although Weyland-Yutani established a terraforming colony on LV-426 in 2157, 36 years after the events of Alien, Acheron was the name given to LV-426 once the planetoid was inhabited by the colonists of Hadley's Hope in 2177, 2 years prior to the events of Aliens. Given this information, Assuming that "Acheronsis" is a direct reference to the alien species encountered on Acheron, the name given to the xenomorph test subjects seems to predate the naming of the planetoid they were first encountered on. Linguafoeda Acheronsis are also referenced in the Aliens: Apocalypse tie-in story "Aliens: Once in a Lifetime" and "Aliens versus Predator versus The Terminator."