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Press Release - Dark Horse and Fox Put the "Alien" in Alien Day

Press Release


Dark Horse and Fox to release new “Alien: Dead Orbit” series and “Aliens: The Original Comics Series” Volume 2 on April 26, 2017

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (October 5, 2016)—In collaboration with 20th Century Fox and in honor of Aliens Day 2017, Dark Horse is excited to announce its next developments in the beloved Aliens franchise: Aliens: Dead Orbit and Aliens: The Original Comics Series Volume 2.

Aliens: Dead Orbit finds Wascylewsk, an engineering officer, trapped in a space station after a horrific accident. Wascylewsk is forced to use all available tools—a timer, a utility kit, and his wits—to survive an attack from the deadliest creature known to man. James Stokoe (Wonton Soup, Orc Stain) writes and illustrates the series. Geof Darrow (The Shaolin Cowboy, The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot) will provide a variant cover for the first issue.

Following the highly successful release of Aliens: The Original Comic Series earlier this year, volume 2 finds Earth overrun by xenomorphs, with no hope of saving it for humanity. This doesn’t mean humans are ready to give up their home without a fight. Ripley hatches a plan to capture a “Queen Mother”—a super queen that rules multiple nests—and bring it back to Earth. Ripley believes the Queen Mother will command the xenomorphs to gather together where she can detonate a nuclear bomb to destroy them. Mark Verheiden (The Mask, Timecop) composed the stories while Den Beauvais (Aliens, Aliens: Countdown) and Sam Kieth (The Sandman, The Maxx) illustrated the interiors. Aliens: The Original Comics Series Volume 2 collects Aliens: Nightmare Asylum #1–#4 and Aliens: Female War #1–#4, and includes cover art for all issues in a special oversized hardcover edition.

Aliens: Dead Orbit’s first issue (of four) goes on sale on April 26, 2017. Aliens: The Original Comics Series Volume 2 also goes on sale April 12, 2017.

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About Dark Horse

For thirty years, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, the company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Eric Powell, Mike Mignola, Geof Darrow, Brian Wood, Gail Simone, Stan Sakai, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Milo Manara, Kazuo Koike, Neil Gaiman, and Frank Miller, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, X, and Barb Wire. Its successful line of comics, manga, and products based on popular properties includes Dragon Age, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Tomb Raider, Halo, The Witcher, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading entertainment publishers.

Cover Revealed - ALIEN IN THE HOUSE (Alien 7) by Gini Koch - December 19, 2012

Gini Koch recently revealed the cover for Alien in the House (Alien 7). The cover is by the amazing Dan Dos Santos. I adore all the covers for this series, but this has immediately become my favorite!

You can enter to win the first 3 novels in the Alien series signed by both Gini and Dan at this post.

Alien in the House
Alien 7
DAW, May 7, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 432 pages

Cover Revealed - ALIEN IN THE HOUSE (Alien 7) by Gini Koch - December 19, 2012
Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini have learned the ins and outs of Washington politics, not to mention how to prevail in intergalactic war and foil dangerous plots. But, in the aftermath of Operation Destruction, the Gower girls’ powers are burned out, the entire A-C population has been “outed” as the aliens living on Earth that they are, and, worst of all, ACE is nowhere to be found.

Then murder and mayhem are served up at an important dinner party at the American Centaurion Embassy, and when the dust settles Alpha Team and the Diplomatic Corps have more problems than just a dead Congressman. Is there a single criminal mastermind—or multiple enemies—behind all the conspiracies that want Kitty dead and the A-Cs gone or co-opted to become the War Division?

The return of the best assassins in the business, the reappearance of two individuals long-presumed dead, Agent Malcolm Buchanan felled by something no one can identify or cure, and new technology that can block even the most powerful empath on Earth … all of this means the game’s officially afoot. Then Vance Beaumont comes to Kitty with a wild theory that someone is systematically killing off the House of Representatives…

It’s up to Kitty and the rest of the gang to find out what’s really going on and why. But will they be able to stop the killer or killers before the rest of the U.S. House of Representatives become casualties? And will the replacement Representative for New Mexico’s 2nd District, who happens to be Jeff Martini, be the next to die?

~Courtesy of Gini Koch

Review - Alien vs. Alien by Gini Koch and Giveaway - December 9, 2012

Alien vs. Alien
AuthorGini Koch
Series:  Alien 6
Publisher:  DAW, December 4, 2012
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 512 pages
Genre:  Science Fiction/ SF Romance
ISBN:   9780756407704 (print)
Price:  $7.99 print and eBook
Review Copy: ARC provided by the Author

Review - Alien vs. Alien by Gini Koch and Giveaway - December 9, 2012
Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini and the rest of the American Centaurion Diplomatic Corps are still recovering from their introduction to Washington D.C. politics, parties, and conspiracies. So when compromising pictures arrive, no one’s too surprised. They’re also the least of anyone’s worries. Evil androids running amok, birds of all kinds and from all places creating havoc, a Senator trapped in an ever-tightening web of intrigue, and escalating international tensions all seem tough but manageable. But the disappearance of Jeff Martini and Charles Reynolds during the International One World Festival signals more than the usual nastiness—and it looks like even ACE can’t help them. Then new trouble arrives in old packages and even with the best hackers in the world, beings from near and far, the full might of Earth’s military, and the Wonder Twins on their side, Centaurion Division’s outmanned and outgunned. Now Kitty’s racing against the clock to find not only Jeff and Chuckie, but to keep the peace between Middle Eastern countries, all while searching for the bases of super-soldier operations—to stop them or die trying.

My Thoughts:

The Alien (or Katherine "Kitty" Katt) series is one of those series that gets better and better with each novel. This is in part due to the fact Ms. Koch keeps the main characters fresh (personal growth, expanding powers, etc.) and always provides an entertaining and intricate plot. In addition, there is a wonderful ensemble of returning and new characters in each novel. On top of this, there is a humor ... in between things blowing up, people being kidnapped, and alien and domestic threats being handled.

Once again Kitty is thrust into the middle of a crisis. Kitty uses both her prodigious brains and her impressive array of abilities to protect those she loves and try to get to the root of the problems they are facing. I adore Kitty. She's intelligent, clever, funny, and can kick butt when necessary. She also loves her husband and daughter, her close friends/family in the  American Centaurion (A-C) community as well as her parents. While many of her talents are "unreal" her personality is thoroughly believable. Kitty really shines in this novel.  She also has excellent taste in music.

Many of the returning characters in the series are as terrific as Kitty, which only adds to the fun of reading Alien vs. Alien. This ensemble of characters is very strong. I love finding out new things about them and Ms. Koch never disappoints.

I am always surprised by Ms. Koch's inventiveness.  Alien vs. Alien has an intricate conspiracy and some very complex and twisted bad guys. The bad guys have excellent (if thoroughly despicable) motivations for their evil-doings.  They are not cardboard cutout bad guys.

Alien vs. Alien is quite simply a wonderful novel from the pitch perfect pacing to the lovable characters to the out of this world conspiracy.  The Alien series is firmly on my keeper shelf and I can't wait for the upcoming Alien in the House.

Alien vs. Alien may be read as a standalone, but you'd be missing out if you didn't read the other books in the series.

Prior books in the series:

Review - Alien vs. Alien by Gini Koch and Giveaway - December 9, 2012

Review - Alien vs. Alien by Gini Koch and Giveaway - December 9, 2012

Review - Alien vs. Alien by Gini Koch and Giveaway - December 9, 2012


What:  One commenter will win Mass Market Paperback copies of Touched by an Alien (Alien 1), Alien Tango (Alien 2) and Alien in the Family (Alien 3) from The Qwillery. The novels have been signed by Gini Koch and Dan Dos Santos (the cover artist).

How:   Answer The Qwillery's Question: 

Which series that you read has staying power?
Which series that you read should have ended already? 

Please remember - if you don't answer the questions your entry will not be counted.

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Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Tuesday, December 23, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*
Press Release - Dark Horse and Fox Put the "Alien" in Alien DayCover Revealed - ALIEN IN THE HOUSE (Alien 7) by Gini Koch - December 19, 2012Review - Alien vs. Alien by Gini Koch and Giveaway - December 9, 2012

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