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Aliens: Survival
Story by James Vance
Art by Guy Davis
Pencil by
Ink by
Color by Perry McNamee
Lettering by Gary Fields
Editor Philip Amara
Publisher Dark Horse Comics
Date of publication February-April 1998
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Aliens: Survival was a three-issue limited comic book series published by Dark Horse Comics from February-April 1998. The series was written by James Vance, illustrated by Guy Davis, lettered by Gary Fields, colored by Perry McNamee and edited by Philip Amara. It featured covers by artist Tony Harris.

Survival was eventually collected along with other Aliens comics in Aliens Omnibus: Volume 5 in October 2008.

In the Aliens comics line, Aliens: Survival was published concurrently with Aliens: Tourist Season (Feb. 1998) and followed by Aliens: Glass Corridor (June 1998).


Official description of individual issues:

Thompson, a geological surveyor on a remote planet, has the perfect life. A loving wife, a son in little league, even a pesky neighbor. The only problem is, Thompson's life may be all a dream. The reality may be that he's trapped underground in an escape pod with hours to live. And, creatures with claws and acid blood are pounding on the door . . .

While trying to cope with a mysterious epidemic, the scientific expedition is nearly wiped out by a series of horrific encounters with the Aliens -- and Thompson tries to keep a grip on his sanity in an undergound sanctuary.

Surveyor Thompson was sure he had destroyed the Aliens. But when the vile creatures start sprouting human chestbursters, he gets the distinct feeling that he's hallucinating . . . again. Trapped in an underground escape pod, he recollects his crew's fatal meeting with the Aliens, and finally deduces the Company's plot against them. But just because Thompson's trapped, doesn't mean he's helpless. He's devised a plan to avenge his colleagues and implicate the Company, even if it costs him his life.

Behind the Scenes[]

Cover artist Tony Harris came to critical acclaim and commercial success as artist of the popular 1990s DC comics series Starman, which updated and continued the story of one of the company's original super heroes from the 1940s. It was heralded as a trendsetting series that helped bring more serious, adult themes to the world of mainstream super hero comics.