Aliens: Newt's Tale is a two-issue comic book based on the film Aliens published by Dark Horse Comics from June-July 1992. While ostensibly an adaptation of the movie, it is presented entirely from the perspective of Newt and also features numerous scenes not included in the film, including a lengthy section set during the initial stages of the Xenomorph infestation at Hadley's Hope, before the Colonial Marines arrive.
The comic was written by Mike Richardson, based on James Cameron's screenplay, and was drawn by Jim Somerville, inked by Brian Garvey and colored by Gregory Wright, with painted covers by John Bolton. The series was edited by Randy Stradley.
The series has never been collected or reprinted, save for a single reprint in trade paperback form for the United Kingdom in 1994 by Titan Books.
In the Aliens comics line, Aliens: Newt's Tale was published concurrently with Dark Horse's adaptation of Alien3 (June-July 1992), and was followed by Aliens: Renegade (August-September 1992) and Aliens: Horror Show (October-December 1992).
The series retells the story of Aliens from the perspective of Rebecca Jorden, better known as Newt, including how the colony of Hadley's Hope encountered and was overrun by the Xenomorph infestation just prior to the events of the film.
The story then flashes back to Hadley's Hope.
The beginning of the endEdit
In the Operations building, Lydecker and Administrator Simpson are discussing Russ Jorden, who has called into question his salvage rights after being sent to the Ilium Range several days previously on company orders. Simpson says that as far as he is concerned, anything Jorden finds is his.
On the Illium Range, the Jordens — Russ, Anne and their children Timmy and Newt — are in their Daihotai Tractor searching a grid. Timmy is yelling to Newt about cheating at monster maze (a game the children play inside the colony's air ducts) because Newt can go in places the other kids cannot reach due to her smaller size. Anne stops the fight, before the family stumble upon a derelict spacecraft. Anne and Russ head inside to investigate, but Russ is attacked by a Facehugger. Anne calls back to Hadley's Hope for help as Newt screams.
Russ awakens in the colony's infirmary 25 hours later while Anne and Dr. Kent check on his present condition. Timmy and Newt are not allowed in to see their father, but Timmy's friend Aaron convinces them to sneak through the air ducts so that they can see him. They reach a vent overlooking the infirmary, from where they observe as Dr. Kent tells Russ and Anne that more people have been sent to investigate the ship. At that moment, several of the men return, some of whom have also been subdued by Facehuggers. Suddenly, the Chestburster inside Russ emerges, killing him as Newt watches in terror.
Hell breaks looseEdit
A few days later, Anne, Newt, Timmy and the rest of the colonists are being moved to a sub-level storage room for safety. One of the men explains that the Xenomorphs are hunting them one by one and it is better to barricade themselves and make a stand because the Marines are on their way.
One of the colonists, Bill Andrews, tells Anne that they have located the Xenomorph's nest inside the colony's Atmosphere Processing Plant and that an armed party has been sent to kill the creatures. However, Drapers, the man commanding the party, soon radios in and frantically explains that there are a lot more Xenomorphs than they anticipated, and that they have discovered what has happened to the missing colonists and livestock. Then, the signal is lost.
After repelling the attack on their nest, the Xenomorphs head for the colony en masse. In the sub-basement, Anne asks another colonist for a gun, telling them that, if it comes to it, she would rather kill her own children than let the Xenomorphs take them alive. After hearing gunshots outside, one of the men insists they open the door and try to help the survivors. Against the protests of others, the barricade is opened and they find a badly injured and dying Drapers, along with the entire Xenomorph horde. The Xenomorphs pour inside the storage room and proceed to slaughter or capture everyone. Amidst the chaos, Anne prepares to kill her children, but Timmy insists they can escape trough the air ducts. However, as they try to flee a Xenomorph Warrior attacks Anne and kills her. Timmy grabs her pistol and shoots the creature, but is hit by the acid blood that bursts from its body, killing him too. Only Newt manages to escape.
Newt hides alone in the colony's vents for almost two weeks, before the Colonial Marines arrive with Ellen Ripley. Soon after their arrival, the Marines detect Newt on their motion trackers and Ripley grabs her inside a duct. After a brief medical examination by Corporal Dietrich, the Marines elect to investigate the Atmosphere Processor when the colonists' PDTs are located there. Newt knows what this means, but when she tries to escape again she is stopped by Corporal Hicks.
The Marines enter the Hive inside the Atmosphere Processor and find Mary cocooned to the wall. Before they can save her, a Chestburster erupts from her, and when it is incinerated with flamethrowers the rest of the Hive awakens. During the resultant ambush Ripley drives the unit's APC into the Hive and saves Hicks and Privates Hudson and Vazquez. Lieutenant Gorman is knocked unconscious by some falling grates while they escape. Following the disaster, the survivors elect to destroy the entire colony with a nuclear strike from orbit, against company rep Carter Burke's protests. They call their dropship pilot, Corporal Ferro, for immediate evacuation, but an stowaway Warrior kills Ferro en route and the dropship crashes into the APC. Now stranded, the survivors retreat to the Operations building.
With no other choice, the remaining Marines repair the barricades inside the colony and set up several sentry guns, hoping to make a stand until a rescue mission can arrive. Ripley sends Newt to sleep and tells her she will never let her go, even if it means to die. Ripley confronts Burke about the fate of the colony, having discovered that it was he who first ordered the derelict to be investigated. Meanwhile, the Xenomorphs attack through a tunnel beneath the complex and overwhelm the first sentry gun position.
Bishop informs the survivors that the Atmosphere Processing Plant has been damaged, and that the impending meltdown will destroy the colony. The survivors decide to bring down their reserve dropship from the Sulaco by remote control, and Bishop volunteers to go to the uplink and pilot it. While they wait, Ripley falls asleep beside Newt, but when they wake they discover that two Facehuggers have been set loose in the room. The Marines save them and learn Burke was responsible. They elect to kill him, but at that moment the Xenomorphs attack the Operations rooms.
Hudson is killed, while Burke escapes and locks the others inside, before he is captured by a Warrior. Newt leads the others to safety through the air ducts, although Vazquez and Gorman sacrifice themselves with a grenade when they are trapped. Newt slips into a vertical shaft and she is separated from Ripley and Hicks. Despite their efforts to rescue her, she is captured by the Xenomorphs.
Escape and exodusEdit
Newt awakens cocooned inside the Hive, and is moments from being attacked by a Facehugger when Ripley arrives to save her. As they make their escape, they discover Burke, also cocooned to the wall and begging for help. Ripley hands him a grenade and moves on. The two then stumble into the Queen's chamber. Ripley promptly incinerates her Eggs, enraging the Queen, before escaping with the Queen in pursuit. They reach the landing platform, only to discover Bishop has left. The Queen appears and prepares to attack, but Bishop returns in the dropship. Together they escape the moon just seconds before Atmosphere Processor explodes.
Back on the Sulaco, Bishop is killed when the Queen reappears and tears him in half, having stowed away in the dropship's undercarriage. Ripley fights the Queen with a Power Loader and ejects her through the hangar's airlock. Ripley, Bishop, Hicks and Newt enter cryosleep for the return to Earth.
The story returns to the opening scene, with Newt sleeping peacefully in the hypersleep chamber. As she dreams, a Facehugger slowly crawls towards her cryotube...
- Much of the additional material in the comic is based on scenes that were filmed but cut from Aliens prior to release, including Russ and Anne Jorden discovering the derelict, Hicks' concern that he might get rabies when Newt repeatedly bites him and Burke's death within the Hive. While none of this footage made it into the theatrical cut of the film, the scene where Russ and Anne discover the derelict was later reinstated in the extended Special Edition. The initial takeover of the colony, however, was never scripted to be a part of the film.
- Several scenes from issue 1 of the comic were later included in the novel Alien: River of Pain, which chronicles the fall of Hadley's Hope.
- Aliens (comic series) — The long-running line of Aliens comics by Dark Horse Comics.
- Aliens — The 1986 film.
- Aliens (novel) — The novelization of the film by Alan Dean Foster.