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In 1986, James Cameron's Aliens brought to theaters the horrors of a new kind of war against a terrifying enemy. Long before Alien3 was even a glint in director David Fincher's eye, Dark Horse Comics was already crafting a terrifying post-Aliens continuity for Ripley, Hicks, and Newt. Earth is overrun by xenomorphs with no hope of saving it for humanity. But that doesn't m In 1986, James Cameron's Aliens brought to theaters the horrors of a new kind of war against a terrifying enemy. Long before Alien3 was even a glint in director David Fincher's eye, Dark Horse Comics was already crafting a terrifying post-Aliens continuity for Ripley, Hicks, and Newt. Earth is overrun by xenomorphs with no hope of saving it for humanity. But that doesn't mean just leaving it to the Aliens. Ripley has a plan to capture, from what they believe is the Alien homeworld, a "Queen Mother"--a super queen that rules multiple nests--and bring it back to Earth. There the Queen Mother will command the xenomorphs to gather where they can all be destroyed by nuclear bombs. Collects Aliens: Nightmare Asylum #1-#4 and Aliens: Female War #1-#4. Includes cover art for all issues.


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In 1986, James Cameron's Aliens brought to theaters the horrors of a new kind of war against a terrifying enemy. Long before Alien3 was even a glint in director David Fincher's eye, Dark Horse Comics was already crafting a terrifying post-Aliens continuity for Ripley, Hicks, and Newt. Earth is overrun by xenomorphs with no hope of saving it for humanity. But that doesn't m In 1986, James Cameron's Aliens brought to theaters the horrors of a new kind of war against a terrifying enemy. Long before Alien3 was even a glint in director David Fincher's eye, Dark Horse Comics was already crafting a terrifying post-Aliens continuity for Ripley, Hicks, and Newt. Earth is overrun by xenomorphs with no hope of saving it for humanity. But that doesn't mean just leaving it to the Aliens. Ripley has a plan to capture, from what they believe is the Alien homeworld, a "Queen Mother"--a super queen that rules multiple nests--and bring it back to Earth. There the Queen Mother will command the xenomorphs to gather where they can all be destroyed by nuclear bombs. Collects Aliens: Nightmare Asylum #1-#4 and Aliens: Female War #1-#4. Includes cover art for all issues.

30 review for Aliens: The Original Comics Series-Nightmare Asylum and Earth War

  1. 5 out of 5

    The Library Ladies

    (originally reviewed at thelibraryladies.com ) Even though Science Fiction isn’t really my preferred genre, if there is an excellent horror theme to it I’m assuredly going to be game. So it most likely isn’t shocking that I love both the movies “Alien” and “Aliens”. Not only does it have a solidly excellent female protagonist (Ellen Ripley for LIFE!), it also has a very scary adversary in the Xenomorph, a creature that is essentially a giant parasitic space bug that you COULD fight, but you ha (originally reviewed at thelibraryladies.com ) Even though Science Fiction isn’t really my preferred genre, if there is an excellent horror theme to it I’m assuredly going to be game. So it most likely isn’t shocking that I love both the movies “Alien” and “Aliens”. Not only does it have a solidly excellent female protagonist (Ellen Ripley for LIFE!), it also has a very scary adversary in the Xenomorph, a creature that is essentially a giant parasitic space bug that you COULD fight, but you have significantly better odds if you just run away. The first two movies in the “Alien” franchise are awesome, and while I love them both my heart probably belongs to “Aliens” the most. Not only does Ripley get to kick more butt, but she picks up a rag tag group of friends along the way, specifically the Colonial Marine Corporal Hicks, the android Bishop, and the orphan Newt, a girl saved from an overrun colony. “Aliens” ends with the Alien Queen vanquished, and Ripley looking forward to taking her life back with her new found family in the wake of the one she lost while drifting in space post “Alien”. …. And then “Alien 3” happened, and it completely trashed that perfect ending by crashing the ship, killing off Hicks, Newt, and Bishop, and throwing Ripley into a new clusterfuck of a PRISON COLONY SETTING because apparently she doesn’t get ANY breaks whatsoever. What does this have to do with “Aliens: Nightmare Asylum and Earth War” you may ask? More than you’d think. SO, after “Aliens” came out, Dark Horse created two mini series set within the “Alien” universe, focusing on Hicks, Newt, and Ripley a few years after the action in “Aliens”. But when David Fincher’s dark for the sake of dark “Alien 3” came out, Dark Horse decided that it had to be retconned because HEAVEN FOR FUCKING BID THAT HICKS AND NEWT REMAIN ALIVE IN COMIC FORM. So Dark Horse went back and changed the names of Hicks and Newt to Wilkes and Billie, and they were SOMEHOW not Hicks and Newt in spite of the fact they were CLEARLY Hicks and Newt, and re-released the two series with a brand new ‘now agreeing with film continuity!’ seal of approval. Given how “Alien 3” ended and what happened to Ripley, what with her DYING, I don’t understand why the comics decided to change Hicks and Newt to fit THEIR deaths, but let Ripley come back unaffected. But whatever, what do I know? Happily, in 2017 Dark Horse went back and righted this wrong, and both “Nightmare Asylum” and “Earth War” were re-released in a hard cover collection with Hicks and Newt back in tact. And now that this “Short Brief History” has concluded, let’s get to the review. I’ll start with “Nightmare Asylum”. Ripley wasn’t seen much in this story, but I was surprisingly okay with this because it gave Hicks and Newt some time to shine. Set a fewish years down the line from “Aliens”, Newt is now a young woman, and has been living as a surrogate daughter/sister/friend to Hicks. They have been floating in space, as Earth has been taken over by the Xenomorphs and they escaped by the skin of their teeth (along with an android named Butler with whom Newt has been in a relationship). But unfortunately they run afoul a crazed General named Spears, who has gone full General Kurtz and thinks that he can make an army of Xenomorphs to fight against the Xenomorphs on Earth, namely by torturing and trying to condition an Alien Queen to make her control her brood lest he destroy her eggs. And while Ripley is nowhere to be seen for the most part, I REALLY enjoyed “Nightmare Asylum”, if only because Hicks and Newt (her in particular) had some fantastic story lines and moments of riveting action. Given that I have ALL the love for both Hicks and Newt, I am a-okay with the focus being on the two of them. For Newt it’s because she has taken on the role of the determined and scrappy Ripley character, and it shows how she has gone from scared orphan girl to be saved to an adult who is out to save the world. For Hicks it’s his continued journey of being a tough and competent soldier who is more than happy to let the tough ladies around him take the reins. He had the utmost respect for Ripley and trusted her, and he has the same respect for Newt. And also, Hicks was played by Michael Biehn, who was foxy as HELL in the role, so yes, my libido has SOME influence over my affinity. But I also REALLY liked the main plot with the crazed General trying to use the Xenomorphs to his own ends. Any “Alien” fan worth their salt is going to know that this is a TERRIBLE idea, but it feels original enough that it could totally fit within the hubris that we see so often in this universe. And with new but familiar protagonists coming in to deal with it it doesn’t feel like just another instance of ‘Ripley is right AGAIN and why doesn’t anyone listen to her?’. Ripley can be right til the cows come home, but admittedly it would get a bit old. And yes, Ripley DOES show up, right at the end, so it doesn’t feel like she’s been forgotten or thrown to the side. One note I do have, though: I didn’t like that there were so many sexualized drawings of Newt. Sure, she’s an adult in this story arc, but was it REALLY necessary to have multiple shots of her in skimpy underwear and spread legs? “Earth War” was next, and that one brings Ripley more into the fold. As she, Hicks, and Newt (along with other brave fighters) gather together to try and take Earth back, Ripley also has to contend with her leaving Newt and Hicks behind after “Aliens”. I liked the device that was used in this case, as it doesn’t feel too cheap (like “Alien 3” did, and no I will NOT shut up about how much I hate that movie) and also feels wrenching. To Ripley Newt was sort of seen as a stand in for her daughter, who died while Ripley was in hypersleep out in space, and so it was important to give a GOOD explanation as to why Ripley would have disappeared after “Aliens”. “Earth War” absolutely achieves that. But I think that the reason I found it to be the weaker of the two, in SPITE of Ripley’s presence, is that it feels very rushed. While the smaller story of “Nightmare Asylum” works in four issues, trying to cram a reunion for Ripley and her friends, information as to where she was that whole time, AND a battle to take Earth back from the Xenomorphs in the same number feels VERY rushed. Plus, I think that for me there was a HUGE disconnect from the artwork between the two, and I much preferred Den Beauvais versus that of Sam Kieth. I generally like Kieth (I REALLY like his work on “Sandman”), but I didn’t feel like it fit in as well with the content at hand. Which means I was taken out of it a bit more than I would have liked. All that said. this collection is FINALLY back the way it is supposed to be, and I am SO happy that I finally got to read it. “Aliens: The Original Comics Series” gives “Alien” fans the stories that we’ve always deserved, and it gives Ripley, Hicks, and Newt a lot to do without getting dour or unnecessarily bleak. I greatly enjoyed this series as a whole.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Stewart Tame

    The second volume of Dark Horse's deluxe reprints of Mark Verheiden's Aliens comics started out promisingly. The Nightmare Asylum series mines Heart of Darkness territory with Newt and Hicks encountering a general out to build his own army with some very ... original ideas as to how to do so. It's a decent riff on a classic storyline with plenty of action and hair's breadth escapes. Verheiden's writing has improved visibly, and he's backed off on the level of detail in the captions and dialogue. The second volume of Dark Horse's deluxe reprints of Mark Verheiden's Aliens comics started out promisingly. The Nightmare Asylum series mines Heart of Darkness territory with Newt and Hicks encountering a general out to build his own army with some very ... original ideas as to how to do so. It's a decent riff on a classic storyline with plenty of action and hair's breadth escapes. Verheiden's writing has improved visibly, and he's backed off on the level of detail in the captions and dialogue. It gives the story room to breathe and vastly improves the pacing. Then we move on to Earth War, which is something of a mess. The basic premise isn't awful: Ripley shows up, and she and Newt and Hicks put together a team to get rid of the Aliens that have overrun the Earth. The biggest problem with this story for me is the artwork. I like me some Sam Keith, but his talents just don't match well with this story. His figures are either too goofy or too outrageously sexy to take seriously. And he's too busy drawing faces to spend much time on the storytelling, so we have the return of the text-heavy captions as Verheiden tries to make his story comprehensible. There are just way too many moments where people are clearly just about to be eaten or worse, only to be suddenly on the other side of the room and not actually in such dire peril a panel or two later. And there are a few too many moments where Newt and Ripley strike spine-snapping poses so as to simultaneously display both chest and backside. Sam Keith is wildly talented, but the wild side is what's largely on tap here. This is another stunning job of packaging. Not only do we have shades of blue on the covers, but the pages are edged in metallic blue. If you're reading this book on a Kindle, you're missing at least half of the experience. Nightmare Asylum is probably the best of Verheiden's Aliens storylines; Earth War is almost certainly the worst. Average the two, and you get three stars ...

  3. 4 out of 5

    FrontalNerdaty

    As a sequel series to Dark Horses previous Alien titles (and initially released before Alien 3) the comics are an interesting addition to the Alien lore and a somewhat fun ‘what if’. Overall I didn’t enjoy this series as much as what came before. Initially being able to use Ripley excited me but I wasn’t fond of how she was used and to a lesser extent drawn. The story works and it seems writers often have an interest in exploring the pseudo-sexual elements to the Xenomorphs and the idea that the As a sequel series to Dark Horses previous Alien titles (and initially released before Alien 3) the comics are an interesting addition to the Alien lore and a somewhat fun ‘what if’. Overall I didn’t enjoy this series as much as what came before. Initially being able to use Ripley excited me but I wasn’t fond of how she was used and to a lesser extent drawn. The story works and it seems writers often have an interest in exploring the pseudo-sexual elements to the Xenomorphs and the idea that they can slowly integrate themselves with humans.

  4. 5 out of 5

    ElphaReads

    If you are like me and love ALIEN and ALIENS but HATE what the franchise did after those movies, do I have good news for you! The original "Aliens: Nightmare Asylum" and "Earth War" comics series have been re-released together, and they have restored them to their original glory (aka they again star Newt and Hicks as opposed to "Billie" and "Wilkes", the retconned stand ins after ALIEN 3 killed the original characters off). These are the stories that Ripley et al deserved to have after ALIENS wr If you are like me and love ALIEN and ALIENS but HATE what the franchise did after those movies, do I have good news for you! The original "Aliens: Nightmare Asylum" and "Earth War" comics series have been re-released together, and they have restored them to their original glory (aka they again star Newt and Hicks as opposed to "Billie" and "Wilkes", the retconned stand ins after ALIEN 3 killed the original characters off). These are the stories that Ripley et al deserved to have after ALIENS wrapped up, with Hicks and Newt alive and still kicking butt and Ripley in charge of her own destiny and not given a clusterfuck of bleakness to contend with. NIGHTMARE ASYLUM mostly concerns Hicks and Newt a few years down the line, as they are escaping from a Xenomorph ravaged Earth, who then run afoul a crazed General who wants to train Xenomorphs to be his own personal army. EARTH WAR brings Ripley back into the fold as the three of them try to find a way to take Earth back from the Xenomorphs, as they deal with the time spent apart from each other. Both story arcs are great and have the ALIEN feel, and I am so glad Dark Horse finally restored the names and brought them back to what they were supposed to be, movie continuity be damned.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Gavin Wask

    The second in the collection of The Original Comic Series focuses on Newt, Mitch and Hicks after their escape from Earth, where they run into a crazy General who thinks he can control the Aliens and bring them back to Earth to fight the Aliens ensconced there. Why do these crazy Generals always think they can control these creatures even though every bit of evidence points to the contrary? In fact you could say they are in a Nightmare Asylum! Earth War bring our heroes back to Gateway Station and The second in the collection of The Original Comic Series focuses on Newt, Mitch and Hicks after their escape from Earth, where they run into a crazy General who thinks he can control the Aliens and bring them back to Earth to fight the Aliens ensconced there. Why do these crazy Generals always think they can control these creatures even though every bit of evidence points to the contrary? In fact you could say they are in a Nightmare Asylum! Earth War bring our heroes back to Gateway Station and focuses on their fight to try and regain Earth and save any survivors. They are also reunited with Ripley(the comic book series was allowed to use this character at last!) and go after the Big Big Bad! There's also a bit that links to Prometheus in here, before Prometheus was actually written! that's impressive work! Any story that focuses on Ripley, Hicks and Newt is good with me especially if they're allowed to use their proper names which this edition is.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rory

    The stories within this collection are really solid, with some interesting new storylines spinning out of the potential follow-on to Aliens that was the original comics series. Where it is worse than the 1st of these Dark Horse hardcovers is in the artwork. The Nightmare Asylum story's illustration by Den Beauvais is a step down from Nelson's work in the previous book, but still excellent and ends on a high note with the introduction of Ripley looking just badass! Sadly, we then transition to Sa The stories within this collection are really solid, with some interesting new storylines spinning out of the potential follow-on to Aliens that was the original comics series. Where it is worse than the 1st of these Dark Horse hardcovers is in the artwork. The Nightmare Asylum story's illustration by Den Beauvais is a step down from Nelson's work in the previous book, but still excellent and ends on a high note with the introduction of Ripley looking just badass! Sadly, we then transition to Sam Kieth's artwork in Earth War and it's jarring to see Ripley suddenly look like a glamorous leprechaun on page 111. Kieth's done some good work on Sandman etc but is weak here with the exception being his rendering of spacecraft and the Alien. So overall I was leaning to 3 but I'll give it 4 as once again Dark Horse has produced a superb hardcover package to contain these stories. I recommend this for fans of the Alien franchise and/or sci-fi horror comics.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ming

    It's just really hard for me to be affected by horror or action in comic book form as opposed to film or even prose. And the dated art styles certainly don't help. At least it's still quite readable, though Earth War felt rushed and a little repetitive. It's just really hard for me to be affected by horror or action in comic book form as opposed to film or even prose. And the dated art styles certainly don't help. At least it's still quite readable, though Earth War felt rushed and a little repetitive.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Adam Wylan

    The comic world surrounding the Alien franchise went much more interestingly than that of the films, and this selection is the cream of the crop from what is arguably the best writer in that world. If you like the Alien universe, this won't disappoint. The comic world surrounding the Alien franchise went much more interestingly than that of the films, and this selection is the cream of the crop from what is arguably the best writer in that world. If you like the Alien universe, this won't disappoint.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Aili Annuk

    Better than the movies!

  10. 4 out of 5

    El Neo

    Great collection! Really loved Earth War with the Sam Keith artwork! I believe some of the themes in Alien: Covenant borrowed from Earth War.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Desiree McGough

    Nightmare Asylum- 4.5/5 Earth War- 3.75/5

  12. 4 out of 5

    Marlon Woodson

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lily

  14. 5 out of 5

    Michael Lipford

  15. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Evans

  16. 5 out of 5

    Luca Ambrosino

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tom McDonald

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cara

  19. 4 out of 5

    Justin

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kamil G.

  21. 5 out of 5

    TAMRA L

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nigel Prebble

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lucas Matheus

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kenneth

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dan

  26. 5 out of 5

    Anne Nelson

  27. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Guaccio

  28. 5 out of 5

    Marcus Smith

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jesús

  30. 4 out of 5

    Magdalena

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