|Aliens: Mondo Pest|
|Written by||Henry Gilroy|
|Illustrated by||Ronnie del Carmen|
|Lettered by||Steve Dutro|
|Colored by||Matthew Hollingsworth|
|Cover(s) by||Ronnie del Carmen (DHC #22)|
|Edited by||Ryder Windham|
|Publisher||Dark Horse Comics|
|Release date(s)|| June-Aug 1994|
April 1995 (one-shot)
|Preceded by||Aliens: Music of the Spears|
|Concurrent|| Aliens: Colonial Marines (1993 series)|
Aliens: Earth Angel
|Followed by||Aliens: Berserker|
Aliens: Mondo Pest is a three-part comic book story that was first published by Dark Horse Comics in the company's self-titled anthology series Dark Horse Comics #22-24, from June-August 1994. It was written by Henry Gilroy, illustrated by Ronnie del Carmen, lettered by Steve Dutro, colored by Matthew Hollingsworth and edited by Ryder Windham. Issue #22 of Dark Horse Comics featured an Aliens cover by del Carmen, while the one-shot reprint featured another cover by del Carmen. At the time of release it was referred to by Dark Horse as one of the Aliens line's "most out-of-control stories ever!"
Aliens: Mondo Pest is one of three Aliens comics to feature the Xenomorph-killing mercenary Herk Mondo, who was first introduced in Aliens: Colonial Marines (1993 series) issue #6 in August 1993. He would go on to appear again in the one-shot Aliens: Mondo Heat.
In the Aliens comics line, Aliens: Mondo Pest was preceded by Aliens: Music of the Spears, published concurrently with Aliens: Colonial Marines (1993 series), Aliens: Stronghold and Aliens: Earth Angel; the unreleased comic Aliens: Matrix was also due to be published concurrently. Mondo Pest was followed by Aliens: Berserker.
#22: You better stock up on ammo, because this issue of Dark Horse Comics brings you "Aliens: Mondo Pest," a new solo adventure of Herk Mondo, that cigar-chomping, tail-kicking Alien-hunter extraordinaire! Mondo answers a general distress call, hoping for a hefty bit of dosh from a bunch of grateful colonists, but finds himself at the business end of the planetary defense system... All this and bugs too!
#23: Also, don't miss part 2 of "Aliens: Mondo Pest." A wounded Herk Mondo escapes from the underground hive, but finds the terraformer colony overrun with Aliens!
#24: This issue of DHC also brings you the action-packed conclusion to "Aliens: Mondo Pest," as Herk heads into the hive for one last confrontation with more Aliens than even he can count.
Aliens: Mondo Pest was released as a one-shot comic book in April 1995, featuring a new cover by Ronnie del Carmen. This release also featured a special sketch section featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the art and formation of the story.
The story was collected again as part of Aliens Omnibus: Volume 4 in July 2008.
The complete comic was released digitally through Dark Horse Digital on May 15, 2013, reusing del Carmen's cover art from the one-shot release.
Behind the ScenesEdit
Interestingly, when the character of Herk Mondo made his first, somewhat random cameo appearance in Colonial Marines #6, he was already apparently a galaxy-renown bug hunter, as the Marines knew him by reputation and are in awe of him.
Mondo Pest and Mondo Heat writer Henry Gilroy would go on to write a small number stories for Dark Horse's Star Wars line, and eventually become main writer/story editor for Cartoon Network's Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which position he still holds.
The Mondo stories are rarities in the Aliens universe in that they are clearly action/comedy stories with a slightly cartoony and sexy sensibility thrown in with the typical Aliens horror motif — somewhat comparable to the Duke Nukem character. They also make Herk Mondo one of the few recurring characters to have appeared in more than just one Aliens miniseries.