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Aliens: Taste
Written by Edward Martin III
Illustrated by Mark A. Nelson
Inked by Mark A. Nelson
Colored by Ray Murtaugh
Lettered by Willie Schubert
Cover(s) by Arthur Adams
Edited by Randy Stradley
Publisher Dark Horse Comics
Release date(s) July 1993
Media type
Preceded by Aliens: Sacrifice
Concurrent Aliens: Colonial Marines
Aliens: Rogue
Aliens: Crusade
Followed by Aliens: Backsplash
Alternate cover

Aliens: Taste is a comic book short story that was first published by Dark Horse Comics in the company's self-titled anthology series Dark Horse Comics #11, July 1993. It was written by Edward Martin III, illustrated and inked by Mark A. Nelson, colored by Ray Murtaugh, lettered by Willie Schubert and edited by Randy Stradley. The issue of Dark Horse Comics also featured featured a jam cover with an Aliens segment by Arthur Adams.

In the Aliens comics line, Aliens: Taste was preceded by Aliens: Sacrifice, published concurrently with Aliens: Colonial Marines, Aliens: Rogue and Aliens: Crusade, and was followed by Aliens: Backsplash.


Taste is a short strange story. A giant Alien creature gets an Alien egg hatching throws it on a grill for consumption.

As we're treated to anonymous monologue on taste, we see an Alien egg hatching only to be caught and thrown onto a grill by a giant Alien creature.

Reprint HistoryEdit

Aliens: Taste was first reprinted the the United Kingdom in Aliens magazine, Vol. 2 #17, in November 1993.

The comic was eventually collected as part of Aliens Omnibus: Volume 4 in July 2008.

The comic was released digitally through Dark Horse Digital on June 26, 2013, collected with Aliens: Incubation and Aliens: Lucky and reusing Bernie Wrightson's cover art from Dark Horse Presents #101.

Behind the ScenesEdit

The off-beat Taste was the only story ever written by long-time Dark Horse Comics and Aliens editor Edward Martin III, who otherwise worked on numerous other Aliens stories.

It is also notable as one of the few Aliens stories to depict an alien species other than the Xenomorphs. Other notable non-Xenomorph aliens featured in the franchise include the lizard-like space travelers in Aliens: Theory of Alien Propagation, the Reapers from Aliens: Reapers, the alien pilot shown in Aliens: Earth Angel, the hunting village aliens from Aliens: Alien, the extraterrestrial scientists in Aliens: Incubation, the alien monkeys in Aliens: Fire and Stone and, of course, the Predators and Engineers.


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