|Written by||Michael Cook|
|Illustrated by||Christian Gorny|
|Lettered by||Woodrow Phoenix|
|Colored by||Nick Abadzis|
|Publisher||Dark Horse Comics|
|Release date(s)||July 1993-Mar 1994|
|Preceded by||Aliens: Sacrifice|
|Concurrent|| Aliens: Colonial Marines (1993 series)|
The Compleat Aliens
Aliens: Music of the Spears
|Followed by||Aliens: Stronghold|
Aliens: Crusade is an incomplete 10-part comic book story that was first published by Dark Horse Comics in its UK-based Aliens magazine, Vol. 2 #13-21, from July 1993-March 1994. It was written by Michael Cook, illustrated by Christian Gorny, lettered by Woodrow Phoenix and colored by Nick Abadzis. The ambitious, richly illustrated story dealt with the fate of England during the future time period of the Aliens comic series.
Only the first nine parts of the comic were ever published; the tenth and final chapter was originally set to appear in Aliens magazine, Vol. 2 #22, but was delayed until the next issue #23, which was then never released as Dark Horse International, who published Aliens magazine, went out of business. To this day, the final issue has never been released and the comic has never been collected in any form.
In the Aliens comics line, Aliens: Crusade was preceded by Aliens: Sacrifice, published concurrently with Aliens: Colonial Marines (1993 series), Aliens: Rogue, Aliens: Taste, Aliens: Backsplash, The Compleat Aliens, Aliens: Labyrinth, Aliens: Salvation, Aliens: Cargo, Aliens: Alien and Aliens: Music of the Spears, and was followed by Aliens: Stronghold.
As humanity works toward eradicating the Alien menace from the recently reclaimed planet Earth, a unit of elite corporate mercenaries is sent in to investigate why and how the retrograde and tribalized island of England has managed to avoid the Alien infestation all together... and find some disturbing answers.
Aliens: Crusade has never been collected or reissued and remains incomplete.
Behind the ScenesEdit
The solicitation for the final installment was described in Dark Horse Insider, Vol. 2 #27 (March 1994) thus: "The all-new epic, Aliens: Crusade, reaches its conclusion with a climactic confrontation between Channon and the Alien Queen in the River Thames."
To this day, it is unknown whether the final part of the story was actually completed, or whether the cancellation of the magazine meant it was scrapped before it was finished. However, issue #23 of Aliens magazine had been solicited, and so fans remain hopeful that the completed artwork does exist and will be included in a reprint in the future.