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Cover to Aliens: Earth Angel, by John Byrne

Aliens: Earth Angel was a one-shot comic book story published by Dark Horse Comics in August 1994. The story was written and illustrated by John Byrne, colored by Matt Webb, and edited by Lynn Adair, featuring a wrap-around cover by Byrne. Set in the 1950s, Earth Angel features a Xenomorph outbreak in a suburban America town.

Earth Angel was one of two 50's-themed Aliens or Predator comics released by Dark Horse at the time, the other being Predator: Invaders from the Fourth Dimension released a month earlier. It was eventually collected along with other Aliens comics in Aliens Omnibus: Volume 5 in October 2008.

In the Aliens comics line, Earth Angel was published concurrently with Aliens: Stronghold (May-Sept. 1994) and the original serialized release of Aliens: Mondo Pest(June-Aug. 1994). It was followed by Aliens: Berserker (Jan.-April 1995).

PlotEdit

Official description:

Into the age of diners, black leather jackets, and Buddy Holly comes a monster worse than any that ever made popcorn fly in front of a drive-in screen—the Alien. Legend creator John Byrne has long been a fan of the Aliens films and he jumped at the opportunity to tell his story of the first Alien invasion, the one that took place in 1950's suburban America! When you Byrne an Alien, you gotta figure it's gonna give off some heat!

Behind the ScenesEdit

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Full wrap-around cover to Aliens: Earth Angel

Canadian comics creator John Byrne is a very well-known figure in the comics field, having worked as artist and co-plotter on the eminently popular Dark Phoenix Saga during his tenure on the Uncanny X-men for Marvel comics in the 1980s.

He was also the writer on DC Comics reboot of Superman in 1986 and wrote the first few issues of Hellboy for Dark Horse Comics. Earth Angel has been his only foray into the Aliens universe.

TriviaEdit

  • One of the main characters is revealed as an ancestor of Alien film series heroine Ellen Ripley.
  • Aliens: Earth Angel is a rarity in that it is one of the few Aliens comics set in an era of the Earth's past instead of the future. Past and present stories have usually tended to be the territory of Dark Horse's Predator comics.
  • The title Earth Angel is obviously a reference to the popular doo-wop song "Earth Angel" by the Penguins released in 1954. This could be used as a way to date the exact year of the story, though no reference to the song is actually made in the story.

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