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Aliens: Matrix
Written by Grant Morrison
Illustrated by Chris Halls
Inked by
Lettered by
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Edited by
Publisher Dark Horse Comics
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Preceded by Aliens: Alien
Concurrent Aliens: Colonial Marines (1993 series)
Aliens: Stronghold
Aliens: Mondo Pest
Followed by Aliens: Earth Angel
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Aliens: Matrix is an unreleased graphic novella that was to be published by Dark Horse Comics in its UK-based Aliens magazine, Vol. 2 #25 in July 1994. It was written by Grant Morrison and illustrated by Chris Halls.

Aliens: Matrix was originally solicited for issue #23 of Aliens magazine, but a delay with the final two chapters of the publication's preceding original story, Aliens: Crusade, meant that Matrix was pushed back to issue #25.[1] Aliens magazine was then cancelled after issue #22 as Dark Horse International, who published the magazine, went out of business, leaving the graphic novella unpublished.

In the Aliens comics line, Aliens: Matrix was to have been preceded by Aliens: Alien, published concurrently with Aliens: Colonial Marines (1993 series), Aliens: Stronghold and Aliens: Mondo Pest, and would have been followed by Aliens: Earth Angel.

Reprint HistoryEdit

Aliens: Matrix has never been collected or reissued and remains unreleased.

Behind the ScenesEdit

This ultra rare Aliens story is one of the few UK Aliens magazine comics never to have been released anywhere, along with the final two chapters of Aliens: Crusade, as both were affected by the cancellation of Aliens magazine. The comic was solicited in Dark Horse Insider, Vol. 2 #28 (April 1994) with the following description: "Aliens: Matrix is a new illustrated novella, written by one of comicdom's top talents, Grant Morrison, with fully painted illustrations by cover artist and Alien3 special-effects designer Chris Halls. A ship of synthetics lands on a snow planet, but cannot imagine the horrors that lie in store for them."

The prolific writer Grant Morrison has gone on to much fame in the comics medium as writer of such titles as DC's Batman, Batman: Arkham Asylum and All-Star Superman and DC/Vertigo's Animal Man and The Invisibles, among other works. Interestingly, Morrison went on to write the 2005 video game Predator: Concrete Jungle.

Chris Halls, whose real name is Chris Cunningham, has also worked as a conceptual illustrator and comics artist, and has since moved on to become a music video and commercial director and movie concept artist and designer, most notably working on robots in the film version of Judge Dredd (for which comic he designed a number of well known characters) and as a character designer on Alien Resurrection.


  1. "Hasslein Blog - The Alien/Predator Comic Strips, Part Two". Retrieved on 2015-06-15.

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