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Aliens: Reapers
Written by John Arcudi
Illustrated by Simon Bisley
Inked by
Lettered by
Colored by Chris Chalenor
Cover(s) by Frank Miller
Edited by Randy Stradley
Publisher Dark Horse Comics
Release date(s) Apr 1991
Media type
Preceded by Aliens: Advent/Terminus
Concurrent Aliens: Countdown
Followed by Aliens: The Alien
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Aliens: Reapers is a comic book short story that was first published by Dark Horse Comics in the Dark Horse Presents Fifth Anniversary Special in April 1991. It was written by John Arcudi, illustrated by fan-favorite artist Simon Bisley, colored by Chris Chalenor and edited by Randy Stradley.

In the Aliens comics line, Aliens: Reapers was preceded by Aliens: Advent/Terminus, published concurrently with Aliens: Countdown, and was followed by Aliens: The Alien.

Publisher's SummaryEdit

Dark Horse Presents Fifth Anniversary SpecialEdit

It's the greatest single-issue blow-out of all time! Dark Horse Comics cordially invites you to a 112-page birthday bash celebrating this critically-acclaimed title's fifth anniversary and presenting brand new stories written and illustrated by many of the absolute top talents in the comics industry. get ready for some exciting, all-new tales, including... Aliens by John (Terminator) Arcudi and Simon (Lobo) Bisley...

All of the stand-alone stories from the past issues of Dark Horse Presents in one volume, and in color for the first time! This package includes stories by...John Arcudi and Simon Bisley (DHP 5th Anniversary Special)... This volume is colored by Rachelle Menashe and Chris Chalenor. All wrapped up in a stunning new cover painting by Simon Bisley.


This short action-heavy story focuses on an expedition by another alien species (presumably the "Reapers" of the story's title) hunting an Alien hive, eventually facing its monstrous Queen. The Xenomorphs in the story, particularly the Queen, are shown to be much larger than the typical ones faced by humans, perhaps as a result of gestation in infected Reapers. In the end, it is revealed that on the Reaper homeworld, the Xenomorphs are a form of cuisine.

Reprint HistoryEdit

Aliens: Reapers was first collected alongside a number of other Dark Horse Presents Aliens stories published up until that point in a special single-issue collection titled Dark Horse Presents: Aliens Platinum Edition, released in April 1992.

In the United Kingdom, the comic was later reprinted in Aliens magazine, Vol. 1 #17, in June 1992.

The story was was eventually collected again as part of Aliens Omnibus: Volume 3 in March 2008.

The comic was released digitally through Dark Horse Digital on June 12, 2013, collected with Aliens: Cargo and reusing Simon Bisley's cover art from Dark Horse Presents: Aliens Platinum Edition.

Behind the ScenesEdit

Reapers is one of the few Aliens stories to depict a sentient alien species other than the Xenomorphs. Other notable non-Xenomorph aliens featured in the franchise include the Engineers, shown in various stories, the alien pilot shown in Aliens: Earth Angel, the hunting village aliens from Aliens: Alien, the lizard-like space travelers in Aliens: Theory of Alien Propagation and, of course, the Predators.

John Arcudi is a veteran Aliens and Predator writer who has worked on various stories for both series.

UK-based artist Simon Bisley is world renown for his painted fantasy-style artwork on titles such as Judge Dredd, Lobo, and Heavy Metal Magazine.


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