|Aliens: Earth War|
|Written by||Mark Verheiden|
|Illustrated by||Sam Kieth|
|Lettered by||Pat Brousseau|
|Colored by||Monika Livingston|
|Cover(s) by||John Bolton|
|Edited by||Diana Schutz|
|Publisher||Dark Horse Comics|
|Release date(s)||June-Oct 1990|
|Preceded by||Aliens (series 2)|
|Concurrent|| Aliens: Advent/Terminus|
|Followed by||Aliens: Reapers|
Aliens: Earth War, also known as Aliens, Vol. 3: The Female War and more recently Aliens: The Female War, is a four-issue limited comic book series that was first published by Dark Horse Comics from June-October 1990. It was written by Mark Verheiden, illustrated by Sam Kieth, lettered was by Pat Brosseau, colored by Monika Livingston and edited Diana Schutz, with cover art by John Bolton. The comic was later adapted as the novel Aliens: The Female War by Steve Perry and Stephani Perry.
The series was originally a sequel to the 1986 film Aliens, directed by James Cameron, but the subsequent release of Alien3 in 1992 led to later editions being edited in order to fit with the events of that movie. It forms the concluding part of a three-part story arc started in Aliens (series 1) and continued in Aliens (series 2).
History and AlterationsEdit
Intended as a direct sequel and continuation to James Cameron's Aliens, the comic originally featured the film characters of Corporal Hicks, Newt and Ellen Ripley, following their adventures after the events of the second film. However, with the release Alien3 in 1992, which featured the deaths of Hicks, Newt and Ripley, Dark Horse changed the names and therefore identities of several individuals in the story in order to keep the comic stories relevant to the Alien film franchise.
These changes first surfaced in the novel adaptation by Steve Perry and S. D. Perry, titled Aliens: The Female War, where Hicks became Wilks, Newt was now known as Billie and Ripley became a synthetic version of herself. The comic itself was then edited and reprinted, also under the title Aliens: The Female War, featuring these altered identities. All subsequent Aliens stories that referenced the original comics would go on to use the altered names, allowing them to co-exist with the film franchise.
#1: The Aliens still dominate the Earth, but Hicks and Newt are determined to free the planet- no matter the cost! Now, they are not alone in their struggle. An old friend and comrade comes out of hiding to aid them in their struggle, but will that be enough to win the day?
#2: Newt joins Ripley's crew as they set off from Gateway Station. Their mission: to trap the Alien Queen Mother... and brings her back to Earth! Meanwhile, on Earth, humans are still being terrorized by the Alien infestation — and worse, it looks like the planet is somehow starting to change, to reform, but into what?
#3: This issue we're in for lots of female trouble when Ripley and her crew travel to the Aliens' home planet in an effort to capture the Alien Queen mother. Her highness has other plans, however, as she sends her "babies" to take out Ripley's team, leaving the two species' feistiest females to battle it out one-on-one! Meanwhile, the armored personnel carrier, which has transported the crew to the Alien hive, is headed for a nuclear meltdown — leaving our team stranded on the planet with no way to return to their ship!
#4: All the stops are out! Ripley and her crew transport the Alien Queen Mother to Earth and prepare themselves for the final showdown. While Ripley is rigging bombs for a major meltdown of both the planet and its alien infestation, Newt is stealing away to try to save the life of a lone little girl. With the clock ticking down, Newt is lost inside a mountain teeming with the alien horde- and Ripley finds herself exactly where she wants to be: face-to-face with her highness!
Aliens: The Female WarEdit
Billie only wanted what all children want -- the warmth and security of family, the human connectedness that comes from belonging. What she got was a nightmare without end. Dark Horse is proud to present the third volume in the remastered Aliens series, Aliens: Female War. Written by The Mask screenplay writer Mark Verheiden and illustrated by The Maxx artist/creator Sam Kieth, Female War is a revised edition of what was previously titled Aliens: Earth War.
After its original comic book run from June-October 1990, Aliens: Earth War was collected and released in a trade paperback version in July 1991 with a new cover by John Bolton. This was followed by a second, limited edition collected release in December 1991 with the same cover.
Meanwhile, the series was serialized and reprinted in 7 parts from July 1991-January 1992 in the UK Aliens magazine, Vol. 1 issues 6-12.
In September 1993, the series was again collected for inclusion in The Complete Aliens, a similarly deluxe limited edition hard cover which for the first time collected all of the early Dark Horse Aliens comics into a single volume, including Aliens: Book One, Aliens: Book Two, Aliens: Earth War and Dark Horse Presents: Aliens Platinum Edition. This slipcovered edition was Smythe-sewn and featured a foil-stamped, bonded-leather binding with specially printed end papers, and included a gallery featuring many of the collections' original covers and a signature page with new Aliens art from of the artists for the original comics and signed by many of the creators. The release was edited by Kij Johnson and limited to only 500 copies.
In 1996, the story was edited and re-released under the title Aliens, Vol. 3: The Female War. This release was part of Dark Horse's "remastered" Aliens Library Editions series — reprints that attempted to bring the content of all of Dark Horse's previously released Aliens comics in line with the updated continuity presented by Alien3. Thus, the new character names created for the 1992 novelization of the original comic (Aliens: Earth Hive) were edited into the story in place of the original characters that had since died in the third film. The Female War was edited by Lynn Adair and featured a new cover by Bolton.
This version of the series, again titled Aliens: The Female War, was finally collected as part of Aliens Omnibus: Volume 1 in July 2007.
- Aliens: Earth War 1-4 (AKA Aliens Book 3 & Female War, by Mark Verheiden and Sam Kieth, Dark Horse, 176 pages, 1991, ISBN 1-878574-23-X)