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Aliens: Sacrifice is a four-part comic book story that was first published by Dark Horse Comics in its UK-based Aliens magazine, Vol. 2 #9-12, from March-June 1993. It was written by Peter Milligan, illustrated, inked and colored by Paul Johnson, lettered by Ellie de Ville and edited by Dick Hansom. At the time of release it was heralded by Dark Horse as "perhaps the most emotionally powerful Aliens tale you will ever read".
In the Aliens comics line, Aliens: Sacrifice was preceded by Aliens: Horror Show, published concurrently with Aliens: Colonial Marines, Aliens: Earth Angel, Aliens: Rogue and Alien3: Terminal Addiction, and was followed by Aliens: Taste and Aliens: Crusade.
Stranded on an isolated planet, Ann McKay takes shelter in a remote village that is being terrorized by an Alien. She soon discovers that its inhabitants are hiding a horrifying secret from her. But to discover the truth she has to face her own innermost demons, and try to save the souls of the villagers at the same time.
Towards the end of the comic's original serialization in Aliens magazine, it was collected and released as a one-shot prestige-format comic book in the United States in May 1993, with cover art by Paul Johnson.
The comic was later collected, along with the story Aliens: Salvation, in the trade paperback Aliens: Salvation and Sacrifice in March 2001, edited by Chris Warner and with new cover art by Mike Mignola.
Behind the Scenes
Prior to its American one-shot release, a short preview of the comic was published in Dark Horse Insider, Vol. 2 #16.
Sacrifice's somewhat convoluted initial publication history means that, curiously, while the comic was first seen by British readers and was exclusive to the UK for two months, American fans were actually the first to read the conclusion to the story, whereas UK readers had to wait a further month before seeing the finale.
The comic is notably the only original story solicited for Aliens magazine that has been collected and released outside of the publication. In fact, it is the only original story created for the magazine that was actually completed (not counting the short comic/advertisement Alien3: Terminal Addiction). Of the other original stories in the magazine, the final two issues of Aliens: Crusade were never published, while Aliens: Matrix was never published at all, due to the fact that Dark Horse International, who published Aliens magazine, went out of business.