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"And the things we do good ain't the things what we should. And we're riding the fast track to hell."
―Prospectors' song circa early 21st century (from Aliens: Fast Track to Heaven)

Aliens: Fast Track to Heaven is a hardcover graphic novella that was published by Dark Horse Books in November 2011. It was written, illustrated and colored by Liam Sharp, lettered by Nate Piekos, and edited by Chris Warner, with cover art by Sharp.

In the Aliens comics line, Aliens: Fast Track to Heaven was preceded by Aliens: More Than Human, and was followed by Aliens: Inhuman Condition.

Publisher's Summary[]

Beneath the ice of Jupiter's moon, life teems in lightless oceans. But more spectacular discoveries elsewhere in the cosmos have left Europa's research facilities underfunded and ignored, a lonely wayside with an orbital station and a decaying space elevator. When one of the elevators stops midway, the rescue team discovers a deadly cargo that threatens life on Europa and on Earth.

Plot[]

When an ecological research team working for Weyland-Yutani on one of Jupiter's moons, Europa, discover deep-sea life forms in the neighborhood of the notable Pre-Cambrian Rabbit Abyss black smoker, the company sends Dr. Negshin from one location in the cosmos straight to their underfunded and mostly ignored deep-sea research facility on Europa, colloquially named Hell, to investigate their findings. When Dr. Negshin and the research team complete their work and make their way back up to Heaven station in one of its decaying space elevators, the Beagle, Negshin births a chestburster that goes on to kill everyone else in the lift, leaving the Beagle stuck somewhere between Europa and Heaven.

Once it was determined that the initial crew had been gone for longer than expected, the other half of the research team, Ali Tong, Susanna, John, Mike, Owen and Hameed, embark on a rescue operation, lead by their soldier chaperone, Colonel O'Shea. The plan was to descend from Heaven station in the Bible, a second space elevator lift, and dock with the immobile Beagle, in hopes they could find the missing crew and repair any issues.

When the rescue team enters the Beagle, though, they find Negshin's bursted open corpse along with the remainder of his team cocooned along the interior of the lift. A large Xenomorph unexpectedly attacks and kills both Owen and Hameed, forcing the remainder of the rescue team back into the Bible. Likewise, the lone Xenomorph finds its way into the shaft and onto the top of the Bible. O'Shea decides their best option is to let the Bible drop at full speed until they hit ground zero, hoping they can make it to safety within the deep-sea research facility, Hell, but when the doors open and the crew runs through three hatches and two chambers to the airlock, Dr. Mike realizes he left his Medipax kit back in the Bible. Without hesitation, he runs to retrieve it while O'Shea stays behind to provide cover, ordering Ali, Susanna, and John to secure themselves within the inpenetrable research facility.

Sometime later, Dr. Mike is found fighting for his life in the airlock and brought inside where he tells Ali, Susanna, and John about the gunfight with the creature, its acid blood, and O'Shea's death before succumbing to his own wounds. Trying to think of a safe way out, Ali remembers a rumor he'd heard—that Dr. Negshin had been the sole surviver of some type of disaster but said he couldn't remember what happened to him after they shipped him to Europa in deep freeze—leading the surviving crew to believe Weyland-Yutani has purposefully left them for dead.

With nothing left to lose, the three survivers decide to take their chances in an underwater submersible and lure the Xenomorph directly into the extremely hot, Pre-Cambrian Rabbit Abyss black smoker. While their plan ultimately works, the Xenomoprh winds up damaging the hull of the vehicle in the process, drowning the remaining crew within.

Reprint History[]

Dark Horse Comics[]

The graphic novella was released digitally through Dark Horse Digital on October 31, 2012.

The graphic novella will be included in Marvel's Aliens: The Original Years Volume 4 collection in 2022.

Marvel Comics[]

Following Marvel Comics' acquisition of the rights to Alien comic books, the comic was collected as part of Marvel's Aliens: The Original Years Volume 4 collection, alongside many other later Dark Horse stories. The collection was released on March 14, 2023.

Trivia[]

  • Although titled Aliens: Fast Track to Heaven, the book has more in common with Alien than Aliens.
  • The EVA suits worn by the rescue team in Fast Track to Heaven are strikingly similar to the suits worn in the film Alien.
  • The font design used on the interior title page for the word "ALIENS" is an homage to the font design used on the interior title page of Heavy Metal's Alien: The Illustrated Story, which is a comic book adaptation of the film Alien. (see gallery)

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