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Aliens Omnibus, Vol. 1 (Alien Omnibus #1)

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Dark Horse Comics took the industry by storm with its release of Aliens, a comics series that for the first time captured the power of film source material and expanded its universe in a way that fans applauded worldwide. Now, the first three Dark Horse Aliens series — Outbreak, Nightmare Asylum and Female War — are collected in a value-priced, quality-format omnibus, feat ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 24th 2007 by Dark Horse Books (first published July 11th 2007)
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Mark
Apr 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of the Alien saga
Recommended to Mark by: Ridley Scott, James Cameron & that nameless girl that once bought me a Alien comic for my birthday thanks for the taster.
Shelves: comics, scifi, 2014
As a big fan of the original Alien, Aliens, Alien3 & Alien ressurection I was pleasantly surprised when I found two Aliens omnibus books with the comics inside that went further were the movies left me with a taste for more adventures.
The first two stories are about Newt & Hicks on earth, and of course after the release of Alien3 that storyline was out of the question. But instead as taking it as an alternative timeline the publishers decided to rename the characters and fit them into th
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Stephen Theaker
Feb 24, 2008 rated it liked it
These stories follow on from the second film, Aliens. The first two stories, Outbreak and Nightmare Asylum, tell the ongoing adventures of Newt and Hicks, while Ripley turns up for the third main story, Female War. Unfortunately, once Alien3 was released further adventures for Newt and Hicks were obviously out of the question. So Dark Horse decided to "fix" the problem by rereleasing the books and changing the names of the protagonists to Billie and Wilks, who just happened to have had all the s ...more
Chris
Feb 27, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphicnovels
This has been sitting on my bookshelf for awhile. I was a little afraid to revisit Dark Horse Comics' original Aliens series. When I was growing up, I was a complete freak for the movie Aliens. The way some kids are with Star Wars? That's the way I was with Aliens, ever since my parents let me stay up late and watch an "edited for television" version of the movie on CBS when I was a kid. Something about the tone of the movies, the gory/scary factor, the relationships... I was completely sold on ...more
Maria
Probably not the best thing to read during my lunch break considering the Aliens story line but it made my lunch enjoyable :)

As a fan of the Alien franchise, I was always thinking that the story line of Hicks and and Newt was worthy of more than what Alien 3 did and so I was thrilled to know that there was a comic regarding them but this Omnibus version has them under new names of Wilkes and Blue, which I don't wan to know why they did it when this is clearly Hicks and Newt as the story line pro
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aPriL does feral sometimes
The Aliens Omnibus #1 contains:

-Outbreak
-Nightmare Asylum
-Female War

The storyline in these Dark Horse comics is different from the one established in the Ridley Scott movies. It ignores the movies Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection. The action mostly takes place on Earth and on the aliens’ home planet, with some flashbacks to another alien/human bloodbath on a planet called Rim. There is sort of alt-plot pseudo-mother/daughter plotline involving a woman called Billie and another little girl called
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Brian Switek
Sep 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Many Halloweens ago, my cousin Mike gave me the four issue run of ALIENS: Earth War. Since X-Men and Spider-Man were about as intense as my comic reading got, I was shocked. But in a good way. The gift opened my interest in both Dark Horse and stories darker than those of the mainstream heroes.

So I admit part of my rating is from nostalgia. The stories themselves are uneven both in art and narrative - from the almost confusingly-chaotic "Outbreak" to the gorgeously-illustrated and surprisingly-c
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Karen
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the Alien movies and was really interested to see how things would be handled in this form. It is done very well and makes for a good read. The art work is nicely done and brings the people as well as the aliens to life in a vivid way. The characters were all new but based on those from the second movie except Ripley who they could not do without. Each story is a self contained book but still feeds into the next. You must read it to appreciate it and if you are an Aliens fan or simply a f ...more
Jonathan Roberts
Jan 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
I remember reading these a long time back. Loved the continuation of the story from Aliens. Obviously the movies threw all this out so they changed names and made it a way confusing mess. And the third installment of this series had some of the most terrible artwork, I remember thinking that twenty plus years ago and it is still just terrible. I will read more because it is fun to go down memory lane.
Samantha
My boyfriend lent me this book. We are both very into the Alien franchise and I must say that this omnibus is pretty fantastic. The art is cool and while the first stories are rather formulaic, it definitely gets better as the omnibus goes. I am greatly looking forward to reading the next volumes!!
Julian R. White
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
I've been a fan of the Aliens series ever since I was a young child, and saw the first film on late night Television in the early 2000's. With that being said, I have to say that for the most part, this book was a little disappointing. I feel that the writer focused way too much on the inner governmental affairs of the characters, and corruption of military (what a surprise!) rather than one on one interaction between the humans and the Aliens. I will give it a few points for it's incorporation ...more
Joe
May 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Good dark take on the Alien universe .Story was ok but it delivers Xenomorphs .I've found with these Alien books I tend to like the more original aspects of them like the Alien worshiping cult .Unfortunately not much develops with that and its more about the after math with Hicks and Newt .So right there you should know this is not in cannon with the Alien films. I kinda wish elements of this had become the actual sequel to Aliens .Love the art. Worth the read if your looking for dark science fi ...more
Michael
This was just okay. It is a compilation of several comic series. I really only liked the first one. I didn't find the horror of the xenomorphs translated very well to comics. Got it for free from Hoopla, so no biggie.
David Lindelof
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 stars to the first two stories only. It goes downhill fast from there.
David
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Excellent, but falls off a little toward the end, probably because of the attempting shoehorning of characters from the films.
Zach
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Liked this one. Grew up reading some of the Aliens comics when I was younger and this brought back some memories.
Klay
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved most of it, found some bits quite draggy. 4.5
Joe
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
This hasn’t aged well and it has some confusing continuity problems. It does have some interesting moments, but if this is the best in the series, I’m not sure I want to read any more.
Marko Boskovic
Dec 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic
if only sequel and prequel movies had taken the path of these comics...
Nick Lou
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
If i can give it 4.5 stars i would, the stories great but the comics could have been drawn a little better, other than that it was a good read.
Mich Delgado
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
NEED THE SECOND ONE ASAP!!!!
Shannon Appelcline
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
One of the joys of these first three Aliens series, back in the day, is that they continued the story of the Aliens (1986) movie. To be specific, they were the story of Newt and Hicks and what happened next, and they're rather marvelous for the tragic arc that they imagined for these heroes. Unfortunately, more Aliens movies were produced. Even more unfortunately, they invalidated these stories. But just read this as if Aliens^3 and Aliens Resurrection and the rest didn't occur. Billie is Newt. ...more
Suvi
Jan 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Since I've managed to get myself addicted to the Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic, I didn't hesitate checking out the continuation of the first two Alien movies. Rewatching them was obviously loads of fun, and I'm starting to admire Ripley even more. The first film's claustrophobic atmosphere, the characters, the iconic scenes (like the bursting chest, which we all so fondly remember), and when Ripley finally manages to gain the respect of others (of which all but one are men) etc. When the aliens ...more
Pugsie
Feb 27, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the Alien movies, the first and second more than the rest. This book was way better than I would have expected. There are three longer stories, consecutive to each other, and two shorter stories in the end that gave me closure. The script is written by the same man but there is a new artist for every story/chapter. I did not feel like it bothered me at all (the art I liked the most was the second story) even though one character changed hair colour from brown in the two first stories t ...more
Zac
Jul 03, 2016 rated it liked it
As a big fan of the films, I had high hopes for this book but the first story in this collection was a bit hard to follow and quickly made me feel disappointed. The characters all looked similar, had unmemorable names, and the subplots were told through a mixture of real time, flashbacks, and dream sequences. I persevered and got more out of the second story, which also had nicer art. The third major story here sees the return of Ellen Ripley and an illustration style occasionally reminiscent of ...more
Gav451
Apr 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Once again the comic was enhanced by the format I read it on. Comixology is a VERY usable app and I am still enjoying the way you can stop and focus in on any of the art which takes your fancy.

I got a few of these in a sale so I can slowly work my way through all of the added stories there are. I do like value for money and I do like to read a hefty tome, this was a hefty tome.

While all the stories are good some were better than others and the art was very variable. The first tale was mesmerisin
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zxvasdf
Jul 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
I've always been a huge fan of the Aliens franchise, thanks to the direction James Cameron took it into. It's exploded into a large collaborative universe, nowhere near the complexity of Star Wars, but is substantial enough.

This chronicles the events after Aliens, obviously bypassing the further cinematic sequels (Which were pretty good movies in their own right, but probably weren't the best additions to the timeline). Newt is grown up and Hicks is labeled a psycho. They struggle with their ow
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Matt Glaviano
Dec 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011, graphic-novels
I didn’t like it. I thought it was generally derivative of what was already established in the series. The same sort of moments keep coming up – a Ripley-esque dream sequence, pointless, characterless Marines, surprise androids.

What was original didn’t work for me. It seemed to be of thin substance, meant to appear new, but with nothing deeper to back it than a few frames of art; throwaway stuff.

It’s entirely possible that Mark Verheidon is intentionally echoing the movie Aliens to give his st
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Jim McGrath
I thought this was interesting to read as an attempt to create an expanded universe in comics out of a much-beloved set of movies, but it's also super rough and inconsistent and weird. The bulk of this collection is a trilogy that takes place after the events of Aliens and features some familiar faces, and the authors (here and in the novelizations; not sure which came first) take advantage of the comparative lack of budgetary restrictions in the medium to kind of go completely insane. There is ...more
Shawn Birss
May 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
This storyline follows directly after Aliens, the second film in the Alien series, and my least favourite of the franchise. It has the macho tone of the second film. Human characters are mostly cookie-cutter marine types, and aliens are cannon fodder. The terror and loneliness that made the first film a classic simply aren't to be found. The plot is pretty much a retread of the second film, for good and ill. The art is inconsistent. The story's pace is inconsistent.

There are some good moments.
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Stephan
Being an Aliens-fan I really want to like this book... unfortunately, I don't.

The first story, Outbreak, is fairly well written with a lot of horror during the opening pages... but later on it just turns into an action packed gory battle without any characters you really care about. We have Billy and Wilks. Those are all we need to worry about. The ending just takes the cake as it's just very abrupt, silly and weird.

The second story, Nightmare asylum is by far the best. A study in madness, tyran
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