10 Alien Comics As Good As The Movies

With Marvel Comics recently releasing the first issue of its most recent Extraterrestrial comic by Phillip Kennedy Johnson and Julius Ohta, it’s a great time for new and old Extraterrestrial fans to get into the comics. The iconic sci-fi horror franchise is best known for its movies, but Extraterrestrial has a long comic book history under many publishers.


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Some Extraterrestrial the comics follow the blueprint set by the movies, but many others create a unique path, adding new types of storytelling to the franchise. While most of these comics don’t garner as much attention as the movies, several offer equally good stories, visuals, and thrills.

ten Xenomorph attacked a space station in Aliens: Dead Orbit

A four-issue series written and drawn by James Stokoe, Aliens: dead orbit was released on Alien Day 2017, a promotional event dedicated to the franchise. Published by Dark Horse Comics, the story centers on Wascylewski, an engineer officer aboard a Weyland-Yutani ship called the Sphacteria.

When a horrific accident suddenly occurs, Wascylewski attempts to save the ship while battling the Xenomorphs. Similar to Ridley Scott Extraterrestrial, dead orbit follows a doomed crew of survivors forced to survive against a Xenomorph with limited resources. Although this comic incorporates familiar themes, it contains many plot elements that deviate from the original story.

9 The original film was adapted into Alien: The Illustrated History

A direct adaptation of the original Extraterrestrial film, Alien: The Illustrated History is a graphic novel by Archie Goodwin and Walt Simonson with illustrations by John Workman, Polly Law, Bob K. LeRose, Deb Pedlar and Louise Simonson, published by Heavy Metal Communications. Released a month after the film, the graphic novel followed the original Extraterrestrial screenplay by Dan O’Bannon, but differed from the theatrical cut of the film.

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Like the first Extraterrestrial unpublished comic, much credited Alien: The Illustrated History with the launch of the hit comic book portion of the franchise. Considered one of the best comics based on movies, Alien: The Illustrated History became the first graphic novel to make the New York Times Bestseller list.

8 Aliens: Outbreak was Dark Horse’s first alien comic

A six-issue limited series by Mark Verheiden, Mark A. Nelson and Ron Randall, Extraterrestrials: Epidemic Was the first Extraterrestrial comic published by Dark Horse Comics. Created as a direct sequel to James Cameron aliens, Epidemic was later edited in reprinted editions to fit the events of David Fincher Extraterrestrial 3.

After Hicks and Newt, two characters from aliens, the story centers on the duo shortly after Hicks bails Newt out of a mental hospital. Joining a squad of marines, the two travel to the Xenomorph homeworld with the intention of destroying it entirely.

seven Aliens, Aliens: Newt’s Tale is an alien prequel

A direct prequel to the 1986 film aliens, Aliens: Newt’s Tale is a two-issue series by Mike Richardson and Jim Somerville. Published by Dark Horse Comics six years after the film’s release, the comic opens with Newt’s parents discovering a crashed spaceship carrying Xenomorph.

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Similar to Alien: Illustrated History, Newt’s Tale is based on aliens‘ original screenplay by Mike Richardson, but also features scenes that weren’t in the film. The second half of the comic showed several events in the film from Newt’s perspective, creating an entirely different take on the story and its main characters.

6 A Man Used Yautja Tech For Immortality In Aliens Vs. Predator: Eterna

Published in June 1998, Aliens vs. Predator: Eternal was the second Alien vs. Predator comic book by Dark Horse Comics. A four-issue limited series by Ian Edginton and Alex Maleev, Eternal took place in the near future and centered on a journalist named Becka McBride.

Becka is in Tokyo to investigate a 700-year-old man named Gideon Suhn Lee, who supposedly uses Yautja’s finest technology and flesh to live forever. Aliens vs. Predator: Eternal includes all the excellent action that can be expected from a AvP comic while simultaneously exploring themes from the original Extraterrestrial movies.

5 Aliens: Salvation explores the horror roots of Alien

A unique comic created by Dave Gibbons, Mike Mignola, Kevin Nowlan, Matt Hollingsworth and Clem Robins, Aliens: hello follows a leader named Selkirk aboard the ship Weyland-Yutani, Nova Maru. Forced to abandon ship, Selkirk lands on a small planet and soon realizes he is not alone.

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Another big Extraterrestrial comic published by Dark Horse Comics, Hi does a great job of telling a contained, fast-paced story that speaks to the horror aspects of the franchise. With Marvel’s acquisition of the comic rights to the Extraterrestrial franchise, Hi was recently re-released in Marvel’s Aliens: Early Years Omnibus.

4 The Marines traveled to Xenomorph Prime in Aliens: Genocide

A comic later adapted into a novel of the same name, Aliens: Genocide is a four-issue series by Mike Richardson, John Arcudi and Damon Willis. Reprinted in Marvel’s Extraterrestrial Omnibus, Genocide follows a group of humans traveling to the Xenomorph home planet, Xenomorph Prime.

Aboard a ship, the Colonial Marines realize that the leader of the expedition, billionaire Daniel Grant, intends to capture a xenomorph queen, no matter how many lives it may cost. Genocide is the first Extraterrestrial comic to introduce Red Xenomorphs, a genetic variant and rebel faction of Xenomorphs.

3 Aliens: Rogue introduced the Xenomorph King

A four-issue limited series by Ian Edginton and Will Simpson, Aliens: Thief Was the first Extraterrestrial comic book featuring a Xenomorph King, a human-xenomorph hybrid. The story centered on Mr. Kray, a corporate spy hired to seek out Ernst Kleist, a scientist performing genetic experiments on xenomorphs.

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After infiltrating Kleist’s facilities, Mr. Kray noticed that the employees began to disappear one by one. Dive deeper into the covert operation, Thug offers plenty of suspense and organically builds on the Xenomorph lore.

2 Aliens: Labyrinth has jaw-dropping art

One of the most popular Extraterrestrial comics ever, Aliens: Labyrinth is a four-issue series by Jim Woodring and Killian Plunkett. Often praised for his art, Aliens: Labyrinth has a completely unique look to the rest of the Extraterrestrial comic books published by Dark Horse Comics.

The comic follows Dr. Paul Church, a behavioral scientist studying xenomorphs. Exploring the underrated intelligence of Xenomorphs, Labyrinth proves that Xenomorphs aren’t mindless savages, but smart, tactical killers with incredible adaptability.

1 Aliens: Nightmare Asylum lives up to its name

Recognized as one of Dark Horse Comics’ must-have comics, Aliens: Asylum of Nightmares is the official sequel to Extraterrestrials: Epidemic. A series of four issues by Mark Verheiden, Dan Beauvais and Roger Casselman, nightmare asylum continues the story of Hicks and Newt as they return to Earth as the sole survivors of their mission to Xenomorph Prime.

Joining a group of marines, the survivors work together to attempt to reclaim the planet from the hordes of xenomorphs. Like its predecessor, Extraterrestrials: Epidemic, Aliens: Asylum of Nightmares was later re-released with extensive editing to accommodate the continuity introduced in Alien 3.

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