The Alien Comic Crossover That Suddenly Couldn’t Be About Aliens Anymore

In the latest Comic Book Legends Revealed, find out which comic book crossover was going to involve aliens until it couldn’t at the last minute.

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Marshal Law was going to crossover with Aliens before the deal fell apart so late that Pat Mills and Kevin O’Neil had already started the comic book series.



By the mid-1980s, DC had made a number of comics with British creators, including Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons, Kevin O’Neill and Brian Bolland (Alan Grant, Jamie Delano, John Wagner, Grant Morrison, Neil Gaiman, Steve Dillon and Garth Ennis were yet to come), and Marvel got in on the “British Invasion” by pairing O’Neill with his Nemesis the Warlock collaborator Pat Mills on a satirical new character called Marshal Law.

You see, due to the vagaries of the history of comic book publishing in England, a number of British comic book creators have grown up without access to mainstream American superhero comics. So for the most part (with some major exceptions for older creators, such as Alan Moore), British comic book creators did not have the same attachment to superheroes as American screenwriters. In England, the attachment was often to war comics, which is why writers who don’t care about superheroes at all (Garth Ennis and Pat Mills, to name two) feel the same about WAR comics American writers feel about superheroes.

Anyway, Mills explained the genesis of Marshal Law to Dorkland’s Christopher Helton, “Marshal Law was born because I have an immense admiration for real heroes who are usually ignored in fiction. I have little of respect for superheroes who – at least in the mainstream – are rarely heroes in the true sense of the word.Usually they are stalwarts of the establishment armed with the magical equivalent of high-tech weaponry they use to subjugate the Third World. They are not heroes. So the views of Marshal Law and mine are quite close. So my heroes should reflect my own experiences or points of view; invariably, they are subdogs, often working class. It may be a catharsis for me to write them, but I think I also have a muse who leads me. Who she/he/she is unknown but it’s is a powerful motivator and when I write traditional stories they fail in variably because my muse doesn’t like them or doesn’t motivate me.”

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Marshal Law is a “cape-killer”, who hunts down rogue superheroes. Essentially, it’s a way for Mills and O’Neil to parody both popular British character Judge Dredd (a violent law officer in a futuristic city) and superheroes (while Law, of course, violently stalks superheroes). The initial run of Marvel’s creator-owned Epic comic line was successful, and it was followed by a one-shot where Law specifically targeted versions of Marvel superheroes…

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Mills and O’Neill then took the character to a new comic book company, Apocalypse Comics…

Unfortunately, for a company with such an optimistic name, it wasn’t long before Apocalypse Comics came to this world and Mills and O’Neill then brought Marshal Law to Dark Horse Comics…

One of the obvious concepts for a character like Marshal Law was to have him take on established characters and in 1993 that finally happened, as Law returned to Epic Comics for a crossover with Hellraiser, a property Epic had a license at the time. …

Dark Horse, of course, had plenty of licensing itself, including with 20th Century Fox’s Aliens characters…

So in 1993 Mills and O’Neil were supposed to do an Aliens crossover in Dark Horse, but late in the project it fell apart, so Marshal Law: Secret Tribunal was supposed to become…NOT an Aliens crossover…

The initial idea for the series was to mix Aliens and Marshal Law with a parody of the Legion of Super-Heroes…

However, once the pages were drawn, the deal fell apart, so O’Neill had to alter all the pages with the Xenomorphs, like here…

or here…

This one seems tricky, because the comic is filled with parodies of OTHER characters, so how do we know he wasn’t just meant as a PARODT of the aliens? Well, Mills himself explained it on Twitter last year (he’s discussed it in many places, but this one is nice and easy)…

Marshal Law would go on to have a number of other crossovers, including those with other Dark Horse properties, like The Mask…


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