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Updated: Details of Marvel’s First Aliens Omnibus Are Here!

A month ago the bombshell was dropped that Alien and Predator comics would be moving to Marvel as of 2021. It was a move we were all expecting since Marvel are owned by Disney, but it was still a bit of a shock. But in that announcement, it was also revealed that Marvel would be republishing Dark Horse’s older library of Alien and Predator comics and now we have our first details!

Comic YouTube channel Near Mint Condition has the exclusive announcement of Marvel’s first Aliens Omnibus! It seems like it’s going to be a big one! You can check out the included series below:

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), Aliens: Newt’s Tale (1992) #1-2, Alien 3 (1992) #1-3, 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.

Given the dates on the series I would expect those are the original runs of the first three series, complete with Hicks and Newt rather than Wilks and Billie, and black-and-white artwork for the first series.

 Details of Marvel's First Aliens Omnibus Are Here!

One of two potential pieces being considered as the volume’s cover art. Artwork by Mark Nelson.

While Dark Horse did reprint the majority of Alien (and Predator, and AvP) comics in their own Omnibus series back in the early 2000’s, this Marvel Omnibus marks the first collection/reprint of Tribes, Newt’s Tale, and Alien 3!

The Space Marines mini-comics have seen some reprinting in NECA’s release of the original Kenner inspired figures, the comics have never been collected in one place. The reprints from Dark Horse’s ancillary series include Theory of Alien Propagation, Advent/Terminus, The Alien, Reapers and for the first time ever Countdown!

The Omnibus is currently slated for release April 2021, perhaps hinting at an Alien Day release. Thanks to Russ840 and Chad Campbell for the news! You can check out the original video below.

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Update 21/08/2020: Marvel has now officially announced it on their own channels, where they confirmed that the release of Aliens Omnibus Volume 1 using the existing artwork will be a “direct market exclusive.” The general release of the volume will come with brand new cover artwork by Greg Land.



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  1. Kradan
    Quote from: Kailem on Sep 02, 2020, 09:39:52 AM
    Well, not full Greg Land. The Alien doesn't have an "o" face.

    Which is weird because the nature of Alien just begs for Rule 34

    Quote from: Kailem on Sep 02, 2020, 09:39:52 AM
    I'm beginning to think all the porno expressions he uses are actually lifted from sex tapes involving Marvel editorial staff, because him having dirt on them is about the only thing that makes sense to me as to why they keep hiring him.

    Well, now when you've written it I'm beginning to think that too
  2. Kailem
    I should have known it would take Greg Land all of five minutes to go full Greg Land.

    Well, not full Greg Land. The Alien doesn't have an "o" face.

    Unfortunately as people have already pointed out, it's not a secret that he does this and people have been calling him out on it for years, yet Marvel still keeps giving him work and so he still keeps on tracing. I'm beginning to think all the porno expressions he uses are actually lifted from sex tapes involving Marvel editorial staff, because him having dirt on them is about the only thing that makes sense to me as far as why they keep giving him work.
  3. Kradan
    Quote from: RidgeTop on Sep 02, 2020, 04:06:49 AM
    Quote from: SM on Sep 02, 2020, 03:34:38 AM
    It's not theft.

    Utterly immoral - but not theft.

    That's definitely debatable, in legal terms as well. Artists have sued for less blatant copycat art than this and won, but US copyright law is sometimes messy and inconsistent. This likely falls right on that grey legal boundary, and Tristan would probably have a strong case here. Marvel has settled out of court for these issues before.

    Land has a history of even more blatant copying than this:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bshNOtERfVI

    Thanks for sharing the video, RidgeTop


    Has anyone tracked porn references Land uses ? I'm asking ...just ...of...curiousity
  4. judge death
    Here are just a few quick findings on cases where marvel uses7stolen designs from fans and artists of star wars:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhAyTcsgiXs

    Was more now when I googled more but I think it gives you guys an idea, and Im leaving for work in 10 minutes xD

    And yep taking on marvel: good luck their legal team and amount of money they have: they will walk all over you sadly, and seems most readers dont care as they sell a lot of comics anyways with the stolen art.
  5. SM
    Quote from: RidgeTop on Sep 02, 2020, 04:06:49 AM
    Quote from: SM on Sep 02, 2020, 03:34:38 AM
    It's not theft.

    Utterly immoral - but not theft.

    That's definitely debatable, in legal terms as well. Artists have sued for less blatant copycat art than this and won, but US copyright law is sometimes messy and inconsistent. This likely falls right on that grey legal boundary, and Tristan would probably have a strong case here. Marvel has settled out of court for these issues before.

    Land has a history of even more blatant copying than this:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bshNOtERfVI

    Problem is Disney owns Alien and Marvel has the comic license and T has probably already been paid for the work Land ripped off (I think - correct me if I'm wrong).  I daresay this kind of repugnant shit is heartbreakingly legal.

    I've seen some of the stuff Land has traced/ stolen in the past and it would likely be easier to argue in court, because it's not part of an IP Disney/ Marvel already owned and others own the copyright of the original material.
  6. SiL
    Quote from: RidgeTop on Sep 02, 2020, 04:06:49 AM
    That's definitely debatable, in legal terms as well. Artists have sued for less blatant copycat art than this and won, but US copyright law is sometimes messy and inconsistent. This likely falls right on that grey legal boundary, and Tristan would probably have a strong case here. Marvel has settled out of court for these issues before.
    Depends on what the Tristan sketches were for. If they fall under the work Marvel now owns from Dark Horse, they basically paid someone to make a cheap copy of something they own the rights to. As SM said, no theft  :-\
  7. Kradan
    Quote from: Prez on Sep 02, 2020, 01:34:15 AM
    Quote from: Perfect-Organism on Sep 02, 2020, 01:29:03 AM
    I've liked a lot of classic Marvel stuff from the past but the people in charge now are a whole different kettle of fish.  This is so uncool and off-putting.  Real talent is getting hurt here.

    Unfortunately, nobody in their right mind would take on the Marvel legal team.  That's the problem with these mega corporations.

    Collectively name and shame them in public. Enough voices on here to create a little stir of public awareness hopefully.

    Count me in
  8. RidgeTop
    Quote from: SM on Sep 02, 2020, 03:34:38 AM
    It's not theft.

    Utterly immoral - but not theft.

    That's definitely debatable, in legal terms as well. Artists have sued for less blatant copycat art than this and won, but US copyright law is sometimes messy and inconsistent. This likely falls right on that grey legal boundary, and Tristan would probably have a strong case here. Marvel has settled out of court for these issues before.

    Land has a history of even more blatant copying than this:

  9. Prez
    Quote from: Perfect-Organism on Sep 02, 2020, 01:29:03 AM
    I've liked a lot of classic Marvel stuff from the past but the people in charge now are a whole different kettle of fish.  This is so uncool and off-putting.  Real talent is getting hurt here.

    Unfortunately, nobody in their right mind would take on the Marvel legal team.  That's the problem with these mega corporations.

    Collectively name and shame them in public. Enough voices on here to create a little stir of public awareness hopefully.
  10. Perfect-Organism
    I've liked a lot of classic Marvel stuff from the past but the people in charge now are a whole different kettle of fish.  This is so uncool and off-putting.  Real talent is getting hurt here.

    Unfortunately, nobody in their right mind would take on the Marvel legal team.  That's the problem with these mega corporations.
  11. Prez
    Wow. I've seen Tristan's IG story and it's pretty conclusive.

    Won't be supporting Marvel. Won't buy this book.
    This is garbage.

    We should petition the pricks - make it public. Enough voices in support here to make them hopefully squirm a bit at doing this crap and hiring hacks like Land in the first place.
  12. judge death
    Quote from: Perfect-Organism on Sep 01, 2020, 10:46:39 PM
    Quote from: SiL on Sep 01, 2020, 09:42:54 PM
    I'm getting the Nelson cover or I'm not getting it.

    100% agreed.


    This is intellectual property theft.

    Intellectual priory theft, is theft!

    Period.

    Land should be ashamed, and marvel held to account.

    There should be ZERO tolerance for thieves and we should unite our voices in saying that this is not ok.
    MArvel has been doing this for years with star wars and its not one single artist but several and marvel aproves it.
  13. Nightmare Asylum
    Quote from: Kradan on Sep 01, 2020, 08:38:16 PM
    Oh, I don't mind Keith's artwork that much. Even in Female War. It has it's own charm. From what I've seen it looks to me he's just not the most popular of artists who worked on Alien EU. Tristan Jones is certainly more popular with majority of fans

    Yeah, Jones is by far the best Aliens artist in recent memory, and one of the best overall. I just wish he got to work on stories with a better author (and, more importanly, an author that isn't a piece of shit person). Jones' excellent art deserved better than that. It pains me that Marvel is already screwing Tristan over right off the bat like this because he has so much more that he can bring to this franchise they they are both squandering and stepping all over with this terrible move. Like, his piece in the 40th Anniversary art book was phenomenal – easily one of the best in the book.

    I wasn't overly fond of Keith's work in Earth War (but then, I didn't like the writing there, or in the two preceding installments, much either). I loved his work in Inhuman Condition, however, and find that to be one of the best Aliens comics through and through.
  14. Kradan
    Oh, I don't mind Keith's artwork that much. Even in Female War. It has it's own charm. From what I've seen it looks to me he's just not the most popular of artists who worked on Alien EU. Tristan Jones is certainly more popular with majority of fans
  15. Kradan
    On the first look, Land's cover while not great looks decent. And at least he knows whom to steal from - it could've been something from Sam Keith

    But on the other hand, as Hicks said if they know fans love Jones art they should've hired him to do covers - he's done great ones for Resistance, Or if they want to go cheap way - why not use that image of Alien David Finch did ? It looks much better IMO.

    This certainly leaves sorrow taste in my mouth and now I am as worried about future of Aliens comics as I was when initial news about Marvel getting rights came out


    Also, I find it amusing how fast people change their minds about that collection Marvel is doing. I wasn't too thrilled about the idea to begin with and I'm certainly isn't now
  16. judge death
    Quote from: 426Buddy on Sep 01, 2020, 05:49:40 PM
    Yeah thats terrible, fire this Land guy and get Tristan. What a disgrace, stealing from othe comic artists.

    Looks like he forgot the inner jaw too.

    HAhahahaha what did I say about marvel?! xD Shouldnt come as a surprise, afterall in their star wars comics a lot of the space designs are stolen from fans and traced/copied and the art is a let down after the first couple of comics:


    This is just the start of things and you can guess how the stories will become. RIP Dark horse, this is one of many reasons Im sceptical about marvel doing aliens comics and will probably skip them and ignore them completely.

    Note: Found out that their art they reuse for the collections and marvel releases wont give any money to the original artists or royalitys etc, Im so skipping marvel and sticking to getting my dark horse comics.
  17. Russ840
    Quote from: lightsyder on Sep 01, 2020, 06:30:08 PM
    Quote from: Russ840 on Sep 01, 2020, 06:23:39 PM
    Even looks like the right arm is traced and just rotated.

    F**cking Greg Land.

    This cover needs to be binned and replaced. I'll be getting the DM variant either way.

    Is that up for pre-order yet?  I'll probably still cave and get these...I like having physical copies...

    I cant find the preorders yet. They don't normally go for preorder until the solicit has gone out. So i would imagine the preorders will be out when the book is solicited with the December solicits marvel put out later this month.
  18. lightsyder
    I was looking forward to collecting these too.  I bought up all the digital editions for Alien, AvP and Predator from Comixology to help Dark Horse get some cash but still wanted this for the bookshelf...
  19. Nightmare Asylum
    Yep. This book is starting to look like a really shitty presentation overall, despite the quality of the content inside.

    Really, really not an impressive way to start your relationship with this IP, Marvel. And an even worse way to start your relationship with these creators.
  20. Russ840
    I said Land is a tracer at the beginning of this thread lol.

    Can't believe he has used a recent piece to steal from. Moron and thief.

    Hated his knock off cover as soon as I saw it and now even more so.
  21. Corporal Hicks
    Can't not see it now it's been pointed out to me. That's f**king disgraceful. Apparently this guy in particular is known for tracing too. If you want Tristan Jone's art on your covers, hire f**king Tristan Jones.
  22. HuDaFuK
    Quote from: SiL on Sep 01, 2020, 11:20:35 AMIt's really not as hard as it's made to sound. Everyone's credited accordingly and many are still receiving royalties.

    To be honest I was mostly thinking of cases where artists may have passed away. I don't really know how royalties work in that scenario.

    Quote from: SiL on Sep 01, 2020, 11:20:35 AMBut Dark Horse wasn't paying everyone royalties to begin with, only a select few. Nelson was getting cheques from the latest reprints -- the guy who wrote Berserker never saw anything after the series was completed.

    That certainly sheds some light on things though.
  23. SiL
    Quote from: HuDaFuK on Sep 01, 2020, 08:14:40 AM
    in some cases it might even be difficult to work out who they should be paying.
    It's really not as hard as it's made to sound. Everyone's credited accordingly and many are still receiving royalties.

    But Dark Horse wasn't paying everyone royalties to begin with, only a select few. Nelson was getting cheques from the latest reprints -- the guy who wrote Berserker never saw anything after the series was completed.
  24. HuDaFuK
    I can see both sides.

    It sucks that the artists aren't earning for their work, but at the same time Marvel has no legal obligation to pay them, and that's not Marvel's fault. As others have suggested, in some cases it might even be difficult to work out who they should be paying.
  25. SuperiorIronman
    I don't know why Marvel would be under any obligation to pay them though as the agreement was with another company. Credited sure but I don't know why Marvel would pay them royalties as they have no contract with them. It sucks that they can't still make money on the reprints (if they made anything at all) but I just don't see why Marvel is about to kick down everyone's door to hand them a check. The shit's been around for 30+ years so I have a hard time seeing them track down the old teams to do this even out of the kindness of their own heart.

    Marvel is good about getting back older talent though. The company does pick up the old creatives to do new work and to me that'd make more sense to negotiate a contract with them then.

    But yeah as much as this sucks I just don't see them paying it given they have no reason to honor that agreement since they're not Darkhorse.
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