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Aliens: Genocide
Written by Mike Richardson
John Arcudi
Illustrated by Damon Willis
Inked by Karl Story
Lettered by Jim Massara
Colored by Arthur Suydam
Cover(s) by Arthur Suydam
Edited by Barbara Kesel
Publisher Dark Horse Comics
Release date(s) Nov 1991-Feb 1992
Media type
Preceded by Aliens: Reapers
Concurrent Aliens: Countdown
Followed by Aliens: Hive
Alternate cover

Aliens: Genocide, also known as Aliens, Vol. 4: Genocide, is a four-issue limited comic book series that was first published by Dark Horse Comics from November 1991-February 1992. It was written by Mike Richardson and John Arcudi, illustrated by Damon Willis, inked by Karl Story, lettered by Jim Massara, colored by Arthur Suydam and edited by Barbara Kesel, with cover art by Suydam. The comic sees an attempted counter-expedition to the Xenomorph home planet following the events of Aliens: Earth War, orchestrated by a billionaire for dubious reasons. The comic was later adapted as a novel of the same name by David Bischoff.

In the Aliens comics line, Aliens: Genocide was preceded by Aliens: The Alien, published concurrently with Aliens: Countdown, and was followed by Aliens: Hive.


Aliens: Genocide is noteworthy for being the first Aliens comic to shift the focus away from existing movie characters, while continuing the ideas established by the first movie-character-based comics series — such as the Alien Queen's secretions forming an addictive substance for humans. Thus, in some ways, it was the first expansion of an Alien story truly beyond the films. It set the tone for using new, non-film-related protagonists which has been followed by virtually every Aliens comic and novel since.

It is also one of the few series — along with Aliens: The Alien and Aliens: Crusade — to deal with, illustrate and explain the developments on Earth after its infestation by Xenomorphs and show how the planet was able to recover.

Publisher's SummaryEdit

#1: Humans have just pulled themselves out of the ruins caused by the Alien infestation of Earth. The last thing anyone wants to see is more Aliens, right? So why is billionaire Daniel Grant leading an expedition to the Alien homeworld?

#2: There's trouble aboard the USS Razzia, en route to the Alien homeworld to capture a Queen Mother. Daniel Grant has brought along his own "pet" Alien, but somebody wants it destroyed. Meanwhile, zero hour approaches, and even with the new Z-110 Acid Neutralizing Wardrobe, the Colonial Marines are in for a tough time against a whole planetful of Aliens.

#3: The USS Razzia touches down on a world teeming with berserk Aliens fighting a bloody war, making it hard as hell to sneak in and steal an Alien queen. But the Marines have a job to do, so they'll find a way... Meanwhile, someone's trying to make sure Daniel Grant won't be going home.

#4: In the midst of an Alien civil war, it's into the hive for Daniel Grant, Major Lee, Dr. Begalli, and Cpl. Hendrickson. Many lives have been lost, but they came for the alien Queen Mother's royal jelly and they're not leaving without it. At least, that's the plan, but one of his group has other ideas...


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United States Colonial Marine Corps

Reprint HistoryEdit

Aliens: Genocide was first serialized and reprinted in the United Kingdom 4 parts in Aliens magazine, Vol. 1 #13-16, from February-May 1992.

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Cover to Aliens: Genocide trade paperback by Dave Dorman.

It was first collected as a trade paperback released in December 1992, edited by Kij Johnson and with a new cover by Dave Dorman.

The second collected edition, released in February 1997, was retitled Aliens, Vol. 4: Genocide. 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. The Genocide trade paperback was edited by Suzanne Taylor and featured a new cover by John Bolton.

Aliens: Genocide was again collected as part of Aliens Omnibus: Volume 2 in December 2007.

The complete comic was released digitally through Dark Horse Digital on February 13, 2013, reusing Arthur Suydam's cover art from issue #1.



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