Aliens: The Essential Comics Volume 1 is a trade paperback comic book published by Dark Horse Books on October 24, 2018. It was also published simultaneously in the digital format via Dark Horse Digital. It was part of the company's Essential Comics reissue program, which sought to collect and re-release the key comics from all of Dark Horse's Aliens, Predator and Aliens vs. Predator lines as easily-accessible trade paperbacks. The book was edited by Randy Stradley and Diana Schutz, while the cover art was an amalgamation of the covers from Aliens: Nightmare Asylum #1 and Aliens: Female War #2, by Den Beauvais and John Bolton, respectively.

Publisher's Summary

These are the comics stories that kept fear alive. Since 1988, whether there was an Alien film on the horizon or not, Dark Horse Comics delivered scares that audiences demanded. From the depths of space, to bizarre alien worlds, and even to surface of our own dear Earth, in the pages of comic books there were dozens of sequels and spinoffs to the films, as well as original stories that carried the monsters and the mythos to new heights.

These are the Aliens Essential Comics — stories which have stood the test of time... and kept readers awake at night.

Stories Included


  • Notably, the version of Outbreak included in the collection is unique, in that it features the original characters of Hicks and Newt and is also printed in color — previously, all colored versions of the comic had used the updated/edited characters Wilks and Billie.
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