|Aliens: Once in a Lifetime|
|Written by||Philip Amara|
|Illustrated by||Rick Leonardi|
|Inked by||Bob Wiacek|
|Lettered by||Steve Haynie|
|Cover(s) by|| Rick Leonardi|
|Edited by||Randy Stradley|
|Publisher||Dark Horse Comics|
|Release date(s)||Feb 1999|
|Preceded by||Aliens: Wraith|
|Concurrent||Aliens: Apocalypse - The Destroying Angels|
|Followed by||Aliens: Xenogenesis|
Aliens: Once in a Lifetime is a comic book short story that was first published by Dark Horse Comics in the anthology series Dark Horse Presents, Vol. 1 #140, in February 1999. Published in black and white, the story was written by Philip Amara and Mark Schultz, illustrated by Rick Leonardi, inked by Bob Wiacek, lettered by Steve Haynie and edited by Randy Stradley. The issue of Dark Horse Presents also featured an Aliens cover by Leonardi and Wiacek. The black-and-white comic serves as a tie-in to the four-issue series Aliens: Apocalypse - The Destroying Angels.
This month Aliens takes the spotlight in a tale from writer Mark Schultz and artist Rick Leonardi that ties in with Schultz's current series Aliens: Apocalypse.
Like the miniseries it ties into, the story attempts to flesh out the Aliens' backstory and proposes a notion on their adaptability.
Aliens: Once in a Lifetime was eventually collected as part of Aliens Omnibus: Volume 6 in December 2008.
The comic was released digitally through Dark Horse Digital on August 14, 2013, collected with Aliens: Border Lines, Aliens: 45 Seconds and Aliens: Elder Gods and reusing John Bolton's cover art for the novel Aliens: Labyrinth.
Behind the ScenesEdit
Once in a Lifetime is notably one of only six black and white Alien comics that have never been reprinted in color, the others being Aliens: Countdown, Aliens: 45 Seconds, Aliens: Elder Gods and the non-Dark Horse comics Do Aliens Dream? and the spoof Illegal Aliens.
- Once in a Lifetime would be the last Aliens comic story to feature in Dark Horse Presents for over a decade (in part due to the hiatus on Aliens, Predator and Aliens vs. Predator comics from 1999-2009). The franchise did not return to the long-running anthology until Aliens: Inhuman Condition appeared in Dark Horse Presents, Vol. 2 #12 in 2012.