Aliens: Cargo was a two-part comic book story published by Dark Horse Comics in the company's self-titled anthology series Dark Horse Comics #15-16, from November-December 1993. The story was written by Dan Jolley, drawn by John Nadeau, inked by Terry Pallot and edited by Randy Stradley and Edward Martin III.
Aliens: Cargo was first collected as a bonus story in the Aliens: Kidnapped trade paperback release in 1999. It was eventually collected again for a final time alongside other Aliens comics in Aliens Omnibus: Volume 5 released in October 2008.
In the Aliens comics line, Aliens: Cargo was published concurrently with Aliens: Colonial Marines (Jan. 1993-July 1994), Aliens: Crusade (July 1994-March 1994), Aliens: Labyrinth (Sept. 1993-Jan. 1994) and Aliens: Salvation (Nov. 1993). It was followed by Aliens: Alien (Jan.-Feb. 1994) and Aliens: Music of the Spears (Jan.-April 1994).
Plot (Warning: Spoilers)Edit
Official description from individual issues:
Gerald Coile was a smuggler of Alien products -- Royal Jelly, Xeno-Zip, and... other "things." It was a lucrative occupation, but without retirement benefits, so he arranged his own retirement benefits via the Drug Enforcement Agency. In part 1 of "Aliens: Cargo," he discovers that such a plan definitely has a down side.
Also, "Aliens: Cargo" concludes in this issue with part 2 as Coile realizes being trapped with an Alien isn't as bad as he thought -- after all, he has his wits and a five-minute head start. What more do you need when you're faced with the universe's most voracious and hungry xenomorph?