Aliens: Fireball is a mini-comic that was published by Dark Horse Comics in 1992. It was included exclusively with the Lt. Ripley action figure produced by Kenner Products. The story was written by Dan Jolley, illustrated by David Johnson, lettered by Dan Nakrosis, and edited by Dan Thorsland, with cover art by Joe Phillips.

Fireball was a part of the Aliens: Space Marines series, a number of mini-comics included exclusively with certain toys from Kenner's Aliens and Aliens vs. Predator toy lines. It was the eighth comic in the series and the final comic from Series 1 of the Aliens toy line, continuing the story from Aliens: Stampede. Its story was continued in the subsequent comic from Series 2, Aliens: Night Strike.

Publisher's Summary[]

Sometime in the future...

Humankind has begun to explore space, colonizing planets throughout the galaxy. Leading the way are the SPACE MARINES, the toughest heavy metal warriors in the galaxy! Armed to the teeth with state-of-the-art weaponry, they keep the peace in a universe filled with danger... and ALIENS!

Vicious, gruesome, and deadly, the Aliens spit acid, and use slithering face huggers to capture their prey. Led by their sinister Queen, the Aliens are spreading everywhere, mutating into more deadly forms as they go. Earth's last defense: The Space Marines, known throughout the galaxy as the best bug-fighters around.

So lock and load, Marine, the invasion is on!



Having tracked the remaining Bull Aliens on Earth Colony Terraform 3 to a ranch, the Space Marines head inside to eliminate the creatures. The squad discovers a Power Loader before being confronted by the Bull Aliens and their Queen. The Marines open fire with their flamethrowers, but are outdone when the automated sprinkler systems activates and puts out the flames. They are forced to retreat outside, but realise that Lt. Ripley is no longer with them. The remaining Marines are surrounded outside and seem doomed when suddenly Ripley reappears in the Power Loader and joins battle with the Queen. The Marines regroup and prepare to finish of the creatures once and for all.

Reprint History[]

A reprint of Aliens: Fireball was included with NECA's updated Lt. Ripley figure. However, other than the Kenner and NECA figures with which it has been packaged, for many years the comic was never offered for individual sale anywhere, making it (along with the rest of the Aliens: Space Marines series) among the rarest Aliens comics from Dark Horse.

However, following Marvel Comics' acquisition of the rights to Alien comic books, almost all of the Aliens: Space Marines mini-comics were collected as part of Marvel's Aliens: The Original Years Volume 1 collection, alongside many other early Dark Horse stories. This marked the first time the previously rare Kenner comics had ever been reissued in a mass market format. The collection was released in May 2021.