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Marvel Begins to Collect Dark Horse’s Aliens Comics in April

The classic comic book tales set in the iconic—and terrifying—world of the Alien franchise will be collected next April in Aliens Omnibus Volume 1! Following the debut of the landmark film in 1979, the groundbreaking Alien franchise took the comic book world by storm with thrilling comic book series that both featured classic characters from the films and explored never-before-seen corners of the Alien universe.

This unprecedented collection will contain: Aliens (1988) 1-6, Aliens (1989) 1-4, Aliens: Earth War (1990) 1-4, Aliens: Genocide (1991) 1-4, Aliens: Hive (1992) 1-4, Aliens: Tribes (1992) 1, Aliens: Newt’s Tale (1992) 1-2, Alien 3 (1992) 1-3 and Aliens: Space Marines (1992) 1-12—plus material from Dark Horse Presents (1986) 24, 42-43, 56; Dark Horse Presents Fifth Anniversary Special (1991) 1; and Dark Horse Insider (1989) 14-27. Check out the direct market exclusive cover by artist Mark A. Nelson below, and be on the lookout the all-new main cover by artist Greg Land and more news about future Alien collections and comic books coming your way!

Aliens Omnibus Volume 1

Dark Horse Announces Aliens Colonial Marines: Rising Threat

Prolific Aliens writer Brian Wood, artist Werther Dell’Edera, colorist Michael Atiyeh, letterer Nate Piekos of Blambot, and cover artist Tristan Jones are bringing the terror of the xenomorphs to the printed page once again with Aliens Colonial Marines: Rising Threat.

Aliens Colonial Marines: Rising Threat delves into the formative years of the Colonial Marines. Tying into the events of the upcoming Cold Iron Studios video game, this new series introduces Olivia Shipp, leader of a squad of battle-weary Marines who have defied orders to rescue the survivors of a refinery under siege.

Aliens Colonial Marines: Rising Threat #1 (of eight) goes on sale September 18, 2019.

NYCC 2018: Amanda Ripley Leads the Resistance in Aliens: Resistance

Since 1979, Ridley Scott’s seminal sci-fi horror masterpiece Alien has spawned a cultural phenomenon and an enormous franchise that has branched out to sequels, spin-offs, merchandise, video games and, of course, comics. Following Brian Wood’s 2016 critically acclaimed miniseries Aliens: Defiance, Wood returns to pen the sequel story Aliens: Resistance.

Aliens: Resistance follows the events of the popular video game Aliens: Isolation which starred Ellen Ripley’s daughter Amanda Ripley fifteen years after the events of the original film as she fought for survival against the monstrous xenomorph aboard a remote space station while attempting to uncover the hidden secrets of her mother’s disappearance from the insidious Weyland-Yutani Corporation. Now, in Aliens: Resistance, Ripley is kept silent by Weyland-Yutani now that the xenomorph threat has been brought to light. But when Zula Hendricks, the Ex-Colonial Marine from Aliens: Defiance, arrives in need of Ripley’s help to expose a sinister bio-weapons program, the duo teams up to lead a resistance against an upgraded arsenal designed to keep the darkest atrocities secret!

With an intense script by Brian Wood, cinematic art by Robert Carey, dynamic colors by Dan Jackson, letters by Nate Piekos, covers by Roberto De La Torre, and featuring the return of Aliens: Defiance alum Tristan Jones on variant covers, Aliens: Resistance is the action-packed blockbuster comics series not to be missed!

Aliens: Resistance #1 (of four) goes on sale January 23, 2019.

Review: Aliens Dust to Dust #1

In time for Alien Day (April 26), Dark Horse Comics has released a new xenomorph featuring miniseries Aliens Dust to Dust #1. Unlike the recent films, Gabriel Hardman and Rain Beredo’s story has no philosophical pretensions, convoluted backstories, or characters acting dumb for the sake of the plot. Like pair of mad alchemists, they bottle the pure terror of Alien with the explosive action of Aliens and craft a tight thriller about a mother and her son, Maxon, evacuating a planet that has been terraformed by some representatives of Weyland-Yutani, and of course, everything has gone terribly wrong. In a similar vein to the 2014 survival horror video game Alien Isolation, it makes an argument that the true spirit of Alien has been kept alive through ancillary media rather than the big budget, “canonical” movies.

Hardman frames his story through the POV of a child linging on full body shots of xenomorphs and chestbursters and then cutting to the wide eyed terror of a young boy, who is trying to process his surroundings as everything he knows is in jeopardy. In his plotting and dialogue, Hardman trims the fat right to his story’s primal core: family, home, survival. These are things that many people take for granted, but they are the forefront of his two protagonists’ minds as Maxon wakes up from a fitful slumber to gun fire and a facehugger. Beredo bathes the panel in shadow, and Hardman uses blotchy inking and sloping downward panels to represent how Maxon’s simple life has been uprooted. Some of the expressions that Hardman picks for his young lead character seem ripped from the unconscious of kids watching Alien or any classic horror movie and being frightened by iconic monsters. for the first time. Except he can’t hide behind the couch or shut off the TV, this is his new normal.

The tenseness of Aliens: Dust to Dust extends from Hardman’s layouts and use of shadow in conjunction with Beredo’s colors to his dialogue. Maxon is plain freaked out while his mother seems perpetually out of breath, and every reassuring word that comes out of her mouth is as much for her as him. Hopped up on adrenaline, she can shoot and drive like a badass, but her actions and reactions seem human, much like Ripley’s seemed to viewers of Alien when it was first released and before she was the Ur-sci fi horror heroine. But by focusing so much on Maxon’s responses to the horror thriller that he has unfortunately become a part of, Gabriel Hardman makes it clear that Aliens: Dust to Dust  is his story, not his mother’s. And this is reinforced by some of the storytelling choices that he makes towards the end of the book culminating in a downright iconic cliffhanger.

One of the Alien franchise’s underlying themes is motherhood, and Alien Resurrection decided to beat viewers over the with that theme a few decades back. On the other hand, Gabriel Hardman’s Aliens Dust to Dust #1 uses the bond behind a mother and son to supercharge a suspense filled story and give it an emotional foundation like the relationship between John and Sarah Connor in Terminator 2. He doesn’t beat us over the head with extraneous facts about them, but uses touch, facial reactions, and pauses between quick spurts of dialogue to show that they’re in over their heads like any of us would be if H.R. Giger’s haunting designs made a rude entrance into our lives.

Story: Gabriel Hardman Art: Gabriel Hardman Colors: Rain Beredo
Story: 8.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Aliens Essential Comics Volume 1 this April

Since 1988, Dark Horse Comics has delivered the Aliens scares that audiences have demanded! For those thirty years, these stories have expanded the Aliens mythos and taken it to new heights with terrifying adventures spanning the depths of space and strange alien worlds. Now, Dark Horse will release a value-priced paperback collection Aliens Essential Comics Volume 1.

Aliens Essential Comics Volume 1 collects the first Dark Horse Comics Aliens trilogy – Outbreak, Nightmare Asylum, and Earth War, which follows Hicks and Newt—and eventually Ripley—as they join forces to battle an infestation of Aliens. Written by Mark Verheiden, and beautifully illustrated by Mark A. Nelson, Den Beauvais, and Sam Kieth, these are the essential Aliens comics that have stood the test of time . . . and kept readers awake at night!

Aliens Essential Comics Volume 1 TPB goes on sale October 24, 2018. This monstrous 368-page volume retails for only $24.99.  Look for other Aliens Essentials collections and Predator Essentials collections in the months in 2019!

Unboxing: Loot Crate DX September 2017 “Robotic”

Loot Crate DX is the next level of Loot Crate. Similar to the basic Loot Crate each box follows a theme each month but instead has over $100 value in every crate.

This month’s theme was “Robotic” with items from Super7, Power Rangers, Aliens, and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

We open up to show off the box with some interesting items inside.

You can order the next Loot Crate DX now!



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Diamond Select Toys This Week: Alice, Dr. Strange, Mallrats & More!

This week, your local comic shop has become a wonderland of magic and excitement, as Diamond Select Toys ships a ton of new products from Alice Through the Looking Glass, Doctor Strange, Mallrats, Marvel Comics and Alien! From Select action figures to Gallery PVC dioramas to Minimates mini-figures, there’s something for every type of fan, so read on for details, and reserve your favorites at your local comic shop!

Alice Through the Looking Glass Gallery PVC Figures

A Diamond Select Toys release! Gallery figures just went through the looking glass! Based on the new big-screen sequel to Alice in Wonderland, Alice Kingsleigh and the Mad Hatter are now featured in the hot new Gallery figure line from DST, capturing heroes and heroines from the world of pop culture as 9-inch scale PVC statues! Each 9-inch figure features high-quality paint applications, and each stands atop a sculpted base made out of clock gears – interlock the two bases to form one combined diorama! Each figure comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios!


Alice Gallery Figure (Item #JUN162362, SRP: $45.00)

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Mad Hatter Gallery Figure (Item #JUN162361, SRP: $45.00)

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Alice Through the Looking Glass Select Action Figures Series 1 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys Release! For the first time ever, DST is offering fully poseable 7” scale action figures based on an Alice in Wonderland movie! These 7-inch figures of Alice Kingsleigh and the young Mad Hatter, based on their appearances in Alice Through the Looking Glass, feature the likenesses of Mia Wasikowska and Johnny Depp, and have up to 16 points of articulation. Each comes with a diorama background depicting a building from Wonderland – connect the bases to build a larger town! Figures are individually packaged in the display-ready Select packaging, with spine artwork for shelf reference. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios!

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Alice Figure (Item #JUL162616, SRP: $24.99)

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Hatter Figure (Item #JUL162617, SRP: $24.99)

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Aliens Deluxe Minimates Space Jockey Figure Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! When a Minimate set gets this big, it can only be called Deluxe! The Aliens Deluxe Minimates line continues with a third Deluxe release, the Alien Space Jockey, as seen in the 1979 film that started it all! This Minimates-style diorama piece measures over 4 inches tall and comes with an exclusive 2” Minimates mini-figure of Nostromo crew member Kane, wearing his environmental suit with melted face plate, plus multiple alien eggs. Kane is fully poseable with 14 points of articulation, a removable helmet and interchangeable parts, including a facehugger alien! Fully compatible with all Alien and Predator Minimates. Packaged on a full-color blister card. (Item #OCT162586, SRP: $14.99)

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Mallrats Select Action Figures Series 2 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! They’re not here to shop, they’re not here to work, they’re just here! Finally, after 22 years, fully poseable action figures of the cast of Kevin Smith’s sophomore(ic) masterpiece Mallrats have arrived! Joining the previously offered Jay and Brody, Silent Bob and Renee are in Series 2, each with character-specific accessories – grappling gun, utility belt and alternate head for Bob; shopping bag, purse and video tape for Renee – as well as diorama bases depicting different stores in the mall, Popular Girl for Bob and Fashionable Male for Renee! Each figure features approximately 16 points of articulation and the actor’s likeness. Packaged in display-ready Select packaging, with spine artwork for shelf reference. Sculpted by Patrick Piggott!


Silent Bob Figure (Item #JUL162627, SRP: $24.99)

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Renee Figure (Item #JUL162626, SRP: $24.99)

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Marvel Gallery Doctor Strange Comic PVC Figure

A Diamond Select Toys Release! By the Vishanti! The Marvel Universe’s Sorceror Supreme, Doctor Strange, is now the latest in DST’s new line of 9-inch-scale Gallery PVC figures! Depicting the sorcerer hovering in mid-air over a giant Eye of Agamotto and casting a complex spell, this comic book-inspired figure features a detailed sculpt and collectible-quality paint applications. Figure is in scale to all Gallery and Femme Fatales PVC figures, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Phil Ramirez!

(Item #JUL162621, SRP: $45.00)

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Marvel Gallery Medusa PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! All hail the queen of the Inhumans! Once a member of the Frightful Four, now monarch of the Inhuman race, Medusa is the latest PVC diorama to join the Marvel Gallery line. Wearing one of her most recent costumes, she hovers above the ground, suspended by her own prehensile hair! This PVC figure is sculpted in 9-inch scale, making it in scale to all Gallery and Femme Fatales PVC figures. Packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Alejandro Pereira! (Item #OCT162587, SRP: $45.00)

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Marvel Select Doctor Strange Movie Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Sorcerer Supreme and soon-to-be-cinematic superstar is the next Marvel Select masterpiece! This 7-inch action figure depicts Dr. Stephen Strange as he appears in the upcoming Marvel feature film, with a screen-accurate costume and the likeness of actor Benedict Cumberbatch. The figure features 16 points of articulation, and comes with a diorama-style base capturing an environment from the film. Packaged in the display-ready Select packaging, with spine artwork for shelf reference. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item #JUN162396 , SRP: $24.99)

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Fashion Spotlight: LV-Metal 426, Tachikoma Squad, Fantastic Characters

Ript Apparel has three new designs! LV-Metal 426, Tachikoma Squad, and Fantastic Characters, by JBaz, pigboom, and TonyCenteno are on sale today only! Get them before they’re gone!

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Diamond Select on Sale this Week: Aliens, Justice League and My Little Pony!

Whether you’re a magical pony, a Colonial Marine, or a member of the Justice League, this week is all about friendship! Diamond Select Toys is shipping five new items to their friends at comic shops across North America, and those items include the first-ever Aliens Minimates vehicle (perfect for you and four of your fellow Marines), the first bust in the Justice League series, and three highly anticipated vinyl banks from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic!

Aliens Deluxe Minimates APC Mini-Vehicle

A Diamond Select Toys release! Get your Colonial Marines ready to roll out with this all-new Minimates-scale mini-vehicle of the Armored Personnel Carrier from Aliens! Based on the classic 1986 movie, this approximately 7” APC vehicle seats five Marines, and includes an exclusive Minimates mini-figure of Lt. Gorman, with an alternate bandaged head. The APC has a roof that opens up so you can control the bug hunt from the command center, plus a real sliding door, rolling wheels, moving cannon and a rack for assault rifles in the back! Packaged on a full-color blister card. (Item #MAY162381, SRP: $29.99)


Justice League Animated Hawkgirl Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s the dawn of the Justice League! DST’s line of resin busts based on the DC Animated Universe has been expanding rapidly, and now Hawkgirl is the first bust to be based on the classic Justice League cartoon! Swinging her mace, Shayera flies into action as an approximately 6” resin bust, set atop a pedestal inspired by the Justice League’s Watchtower satellite. Hawkgirl is in scale to other busts from Batman: The Animated Series and Superman: The Animated Series, and is limited to only 3,000 pieces! Sculpted by Varner Studios, she comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. (Item #MAY162404, SRP: $59.99)


My Little Pony Vinyl Coin Banks

A Diamond Select Toys release! Three new ponies are joining the My Little Pony vinyl bank series by DST! Based on their appearances in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, these sculptures of Pinkie Pie, Dr. Whooves and Rainbow Dash each measure approximately 7 inches tall, and are sure to delight any fan of the popular animated series. But while they look like high-end statues, each 7” vinyl bank has a coin slot in the base for storing your spare change, and an access door for getting it out again! Each comes packaged in a clear polybag.

My Little Pony Pinkie Pie Vinyl Bank (Item #MAR152064, SRP: $22.99)

My Little Pony Dr. Whooves Vinyl Bank (Item #JUN152103, SRP: $22.99)

My Little Pony Rainbow Dash Vinyl Bank (Item #APR152305, SRP: $22.99)

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