Aliens: Survival is a three-issue limited comic book series that was first published by Dark Horse Comics from February-April 1998. It was written by James Vance, illustrated and inked by Guy Davis, colored by Perry McNamee, lettered by Gary Fields and edited by Ian Stude and Philip Amara, with cover art by Tony Harris.
#1: Thompson, a geological surveyor on a remote planet, has the perfect life. A loving wife, a son in little league, even a pesky neighbor. The only problem is, Thompson's life may be all a dream. The reality may be that he's trapped underground in an escape pod with hours to live. And, creatures with claws and acid blood are pounding on the door...
#1: While trying to cope with a mysterious epidemic, the scientific expedition is nearly wiped out by a series of horrific encounters with the Aliens — and Thompson tries to keep a grip on his sanity in an underground sanctuary.
#1: Surveyor Thompson was sure he had destroyed the Aliens. But when the vile creatures start sprouting human chestbursters, he gets the distinct feeling that he's hallucinating... again. Trapped in an underground escape pod, he recollects his crew's fatal meeting with the Aliens, and finally deduces the Company's plot against them. But just because Thompson's trapped, doesn't mean he's helpless. He's devised a plan to avenge his colleagues and implicate the Company, even if it costs him his life.
Aliens: Survival was eventually collected as part of Aliens Omnibus: Volume 5 in October 2008.
Behind the Scenes
Cover artist Tony Harris came to critical acclaim and commercial success as artist of the popular 1990s DC Comics series Starman, which updated and continued the story of one of the company's original super heroes from the 1940s. It was heralded as a trendsetting series that helped bring more serious, adult themes to the world of mainstream super hero comics.
- The cover artwork from the three issues of Aliens: Survival form one complete image when placed side by side. A similar feature is present with the covers for Predator: Cold War and Aliens vs. Predator: Duel.