|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|
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 later released as a one-shot comic book in April 1995. The story 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 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, Aliens: Stronghold and Aliens: Earth Angel, and 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.
The collected issue of Aliens: Mondo Pest featured a new cover by del Carmen and included a special sketch section featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the art and formation of the story. The story was gain collected as part of Aliens Omnibus: Volume 4 in July 2008.
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.