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Aliens Omnibus Volume 1: v. 1 (Aliens (Dark Horse)) Paperback – 24 Jul 2007

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse; 01 edition (24 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593077270
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593077273
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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I read these graphic novels when I was a teenager and loved them and this is the first time I have read them since then. The story of what happened to Newt, Hicks and Ripley after the events of Aliens is far more interesting than the path that 20th Century Fox decided to take (the production trouble with Alien 3 has passed into movie legend) and I really wish the had followed this route.

This Omnibus is split into three parts and is based on Steve Perry's novels (which I've also read): Earth Hive, Nightmare Asylum and Female War. Part 1 deals with Earth being overrun by the Alien menace and how Hicks and Newt attempt to escape the horror. Part 2 tells the story of a mad general who thinks he can train an army of Aliens to help him retake Earth. Finally part three covers the return of Ripley and how she assists with finally helping to rid Earth of the Aliens.

There are some errors in the story which I have to bring up. These books were written before Alien 3 came out so Newt and Hicks were still referred to by their proper names but had to be changed to Billy and Wilks when Alien 3 was released. That is all well and good but then they start getting referred to again by their proper names in book 3 which I find odd. Also, some of the marines from LV4-26 are referred to by their proper names while others from the same squad are not. Finally, LV4-26 is referred to as Rim and then changed back again by book 3. I just don't understand these inconsistencies.

Other than those complaints, these are very interesting books and definitely worth a read.
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I'm a massive fan of the Alien movies, and some of the novels of the screenplays (Alan Dean Foster's 'Aliens' is a must-read). I'm aware that the Dark Horse Aliens tales are pretty much legendary for invigorating the genre, so I chose to start with this collection.
I was very impressed with many aspects - the stories choose some brave and dramatic ideas and run with them. Although names have been changed (although Newt is still referred to by her proper name instead of Billie in one amusing slip-up), it's largely a 'what happened to Newt and Hicks?' extension of the Aliens movie plot years after the events of the film.
The directions the writers have chosen felt interesting for Billie (*cough* sorry, Newt), but weirdly implied the kind of psyche damage that usually comes with unresolved trauma and abandonment. Since Newt's trauma was resolved by Ripley in kick ass fashion and she wasn't abandoned (in the film at least), it seemed a little strange, but it's inventive so I was happy to go with it. I was never able to swallow Wilks (*cough* sorry, Hicks) storyline as it invites us to suppose that the heroic Hicks, with a laconic nature, caring temperament and utterly good soul ends up as an angry bitter drunk getting into fights. It's like expecting us to swallow the idea that Johnny Rambo gets called back for one last mission and has to abandon his New York ballet school. It's too much of a role reversal.
Unfortunately we get stuck with one-note Hicks - bitter, angry, rebellious.
While the plots have moments of flair and excitement, they too easily lapse into lazy stereotypes and predictability. The bad-guy corporate types. The crazed military guys who just want the Alien as a weapon, etc etc.
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The section illustrated by Den Beauvais is stunning, visceral and perfectly encapsulates the sleek, hi-tech world of Aliens. It's a pity Den couldn't have produced the whole thing as the quality elsewhere is patchy.

Generally the story is very good, especially the way in which the Hicks/Wilks character develops and the Alien draws closer to Earth. This deserves its own movie and is a whole heap better than the hit and miss third and fourth films. That said, after a while the stories do get repetitive. I lost count of the amount of times that Newt recounts her miserable experiences on Rim/LV426.

If you can't wait for Alien 5 and want to experience how the franchise ought to have developed, then get this. You'll be highly entertained.
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This volume collects the first comic book issues of the series and includes TV scribe Mark Verheiden's astounding sequel stories that continue the story from the movie Aliens in a wonderful way. Many people feel that this is how Alien 3 movie should have been. Anyway, unless you haven't read these stories yet and are a true fan of the franchise, I can recommend this volume to you with all my heart!
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This is a great budget value collection of several of the Alien's graphic novels kicking off with the legendary Mark Vernhieden Dark Horse collection from the late 80s. Full colour, great print, and all stories are extremely good. However, my only minor gripe is the editing that's occurred in the Genocide story. This was written prior to Alien 3 even being announced, and as such follows the post Aliens adventures of Hicks and Newt. However, they have edited the story to be about a girl called 'Billie', and a Colonial Marine called 'Wilks' (despite mentioning many of the other aliens colonial marines by name in flashbacks). I guess this is to incorporate itself into the proper continuity of the aliens series, but come on... Can we not read an 'alternate' story and just enjoy it for what it is? All in all, great, but if you're after pure authenticity, you might wanna track down some original versions of the Vernheiden story!
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