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 and inked by Ronnie del Carmen, colored by Matt Hollingsworth, lettered by Steve Dutro 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!"
The comic is one of the few Aliens, Predator and Aliens vs. Predator comic books to serve as a direct sequel to an earlier story. Specifically, it features the return of Herk Mondo, the Xenomorph-slaying mercenary featured previously in an issue of Aliens: Colonial Marines.
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; the unreleased comic Aliens: Matrix was also due to be published concurrently. Mondo Pest was followed by Aliens: Frenzy.
#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 Scenes
Interestingly, when the character of Herk Mondo made his first, somewhat random cameo appearance in Aliens: Colonial Marines #6, he was already apparently a galaxy-renown bug hunter, as the Colonial Marines who encounter him already 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, a position that he still holds.
The Mondo stories are rarities in the Aliens comics universe in that they are clearly action/comedy stories with cartoony and sexy sensibilities thrown in alongside 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.