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Aliens: Dust to Dust is an ongoing four-issue limited comic book series published by Dark Horse Comics, with the first issue being released as part of Alien Day. The story was written and illustrated by Gabriel Hardman. Carlos D'Anda also provided variant cover art.

In the Aliens comics line, Aliens: Dust to Dust was preceded by Aliens: Dead Orbit, and will be followed by Aliens: The Essential Comics Volume 1.

Plot

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Deep within the district colony of Trono on the planet LV-871, a young child named Maxon awakens to the sound of gunfire. He calls for his mother, only to his horror to find a spider-like creature attached to her face. After a short period of time, the creature detaches itself and Maxon's mother awakens, delirious . After hearing an explosion and witnessing two shuttles take off from the colony, the mother tells Maxon to pack his things and get to a nearby port for evacuation. The two leave their apartment to find a corpse in front of them. The mother reaches for the rifle from the body, but suddenly comes face to face with a hulking Xenomorph XX121 (Alien) that emerges from the darkness. Both stand perfectly still as the creature closely inspects the mother, before turning its back on them and taking leave. The two emerge outside of their apartment into the ravaged streets of Trono and get into their car, accidentally running over a Facehugger and splashing a tire with acid blood. As the mother frantically drives to their destination, Maxon looks out the window to see several citizens of Trono being mauled by the creatures. Suddenly, the tire of the car gives way, causing them to crash.

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As several Xenomorphs advance towards the vehicle, another car crashes into them, sending the aliens into a retreat. The assailant gets out of the vehicle and introduces himself as Assistant Administrator Waugh, who escorts them through the streets to the port. Though they finally reach the port itself, they are ambushed by a horde of Xenomorphs, supposedly waiting for prey nearby the evacuation site. The three rush to a nearby evac shuttle, barely managing to escape with their lives. Acid Blood within the hull of the ship causes panic, whilst Maxon's mother begins doubling over in pain. As a frightened Maxon asks if she is okay, she suddenly convulses and births a Chestburster. In the panic, the creature scurries away and buries itself in a sector of the ship. The captain of the shuttle states that due to the effects of the acid blood, the shuttle will be unable to reach orbit in its condition. However, she has been in contact with the U.S.S Carver and are currently arranging for a transfer with another shuttle sent by the ship. Maxon notices the chestburster's tail and reaches for a pistol in an attempt to kill it. A passenger stops him, before the creature emerges and tears the man's throat before disappearing again.

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The Xenomorph emerges.

Suddenly, the shuttle takes a dive and begins approaching the planet's wasteland. The shuttle crashes into a mountain, but the ships emergency airbags prevent any casualties. As the passengers leave the ship one of them introduces herself to Maxon and tries to comfort the traumatized child, but he is soon dragged out of the ship by Waugh. The group detonate the shuttle, killing the Xenomorph inside. After finally establishing communications with the Carver the group see the ship itself come crashing into the surface, ruining their hopes of escape. Waugh, suggests traveling on foot to the nearest terraforming plant in hopes of refuge. Officer De Vore strikes up a conversation with Maxon and asks for his cooperation, Maxon reluctantly agrees, before subsequently collecting an antenna near the ruins of the shuttle. However, Maxon to his horror witnesses that the Xenomorph, reaching maturity, had survived the crash at the expense of an arm, and was pulling free from the ruins. As he takes leave to catch up with the group, De Vore asks Maxon what's wrong, to which he does not reply, looking back as the alien frees itself.

Publisher's Summary

#1: The Trono colony on LV-871 is under attack. Emergency evacuations are ordered. Evac shuttles are taking off. All twelve-year-old Maxon and his mom have to do is make it to the spaceport. Except between them and it are... Aliens!

#2: A mother and son bound by a shared terror — separated by an implacable alien force! A spaceship that should carry them away from the fear becomes a deathtrap from which escape seems impossible!

#3: A boy faces threats and decisions that would reduce a grown man to tears. A terrifying coming of age story featuring the most frightening creatures in the galaxy!

#4: Days ago, Maxon was a twelve-year-old boy, concerned with the kinds of things that concern young boys. Then the Aliens came. Now Maxon must depend solely on his wits and his will to survive. It's a hell of a way to grow up. 

Reprint History

Aliens: Dust to Dust will be collected as a trade paperback and is set to be released in January 2019, reusing Gabriel Hardman's cover for issue 1 as the cover artwork.

Behind the Scenes

Aliens: Dust to Dust #1 was released as part of Alien Day 2018, although it actually went on sale on April 25, the day before the event.

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