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The Compleat Aliens
Written by Various
Illustrated by Various
Inked by
Colored by Various
Lettered by Various
Cover(s) by
Edited by Kij Johnson
Publisher Dark Horse Comics
Release date(s) September 1, 1993
Media type
Preceded by Aliens: Taste
Concurrent Aliens: Colonial Marines (1993 series)
Aliens: Crusade
Aliens: Backsplash
Aliens: Labyrinth
Followed by Aliens: Salvation
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The Compleat Aliens (or Compleat Aliens) is a deluxe hardcover trade paperback comic book published by Dark Horse Comics on September 1, 1993. It collects together the groundbreaking early Aliens comics the helped launch the line; specifically, it collects Aliens: Book One, Aliens: Book Two, Aliens: Earth War and Dark Horse Presents: Aliens. The book was edited by Kij Johnson.

In the Aliens comics line, The Compleat Aliens was preceded by Aliens: Taste, published concurrently with Aliens: Colonial Marines (1993 series), Aliens: Crusade, Aliens: Backsplash and Aliens: Labyrinth, and was followed by Aliens: Salvation.


A strictly limited edition of just 500 copies, the slipcovered, Smyth Sewn book features a foil-stamped, bonded leather binding with specially printed endpapers. The book also includes a gallery, featuring many of the collections' original covers, and a signature page with Aliens art from Den Beauvais and Mark A. Nelson and signed by many of the people who "shaped Aliens at Dark Horse!"

Publisher's SummaryEdit

The first Aliens comic book came out from Dark Horse in 1987 and was an immediate hit. Now, together for the first time, here are the stories that started Dark Horse's involvement with one of moviedom's favorite nasties: Aliens Book One; Aliens Book Two; Aliens: Earth War; and Dark Horse Presents: Aliens.

Dark Horse collects these stories into a gorgeous limited edition of 500 copies. The slipcovered, Smythe-sewn deluxe book features a foil-stamped, bonded-leather binding with specially printed end papers. The book includes a special signature, featuring many of the collections' original covers, and a signature page sparkling with new Aliens art from some of the artists for the original comics, signed by many of the people who shaped Aliens at Dark Horse!

Stories IncludedEdit


  • "Compleat" is an archaic spelling of complete. However, despite this title, The Compleat Aliens does not include every Aliens comic published up to the book's release. In fact, it is far from complete, and no Aliens comics released after November 1991 are included. Aliens: Countdown (originally serialized from September 1990-December 1991) is also absent. Even discounting film adaptations and series that were still ongoing at the time of the trade paperback's publication, there are at least nine comic stories missing from the collection.


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