Alien Nation Comics



Details of the D.C. and Adventure Comics' six, four-issue mini-series of Newcomer comics are as follows:

D.C. Adaptation of the original feature film.
comics

The Lost Episode - a single comic adaptation of Soul Train


The Spartans (4 comic set, also released as a graphic novel)
    Lost and Found
    Stone Walled
    Take Back the Stars
    Death Dance

A Breed Apart
    Issue #1
    Issue #2
    Issue #3
    Issue #4

The Skin Trade
    The Case of the Missing Milksop
    To Live and Die in L.A.
    Big Trouble in Little Tencton
    The Big Goodbye

The Firstcomers
    Issue #1
    Issue #2
    Issue #3
    Issue #4

The Public Enemy
    Before the Fall
    Fallen Angels
    Vengeance is Mine
    Angel of Death

Ape Nation
    Plans
    Pasts
    Pawns
    Pains

Of the various Alien Nation comics that have been released, apart from the first two comics, the authors were not allowed to use the characters of Matt and George.

The illustration shows, in the background, Cassandra, the Tenctonese erotic dancer from the original film. I understand why she was replaced by Cathy in the series, but I did like the Alien vamp.

The artwork and stories in these comics seems to vary quite a bit, from good to poor. Apart from the first D.C. comic of the feature film and the Ape Nation series, all of the main artwork is in black and white, rather than colour. However, they all have beautiful full colour front covers with limited edition issues featuring gold block printing, etc.

The synopses of the Adventure Comics' six mini-series were supplied by Becky Murphy.

The Spartans Issue #1 - "Lost and Found" (1990)

Writer: Bill Spangler
Penciller: James Tucker
Inker: Page Groh
Letterer: Mark Moore
Tonework Steve Miller
Cover Painting: David Porch
Publisher: Dave Olbrich
Editor-in-Chief: Chris Ulm
Editorial Assistants: Mickie Villa & Dan Danko
Creative Director: Tom Mason


We open on Newcomer, Art Deco sitting in a cell, apparently put there by Overseers. He breaks out and runs through what looks like corridors of the ship. He has no memory of the ship's crash-landing until he finds a window and crawls through. We see the window is actually part of a barn. When he finally remembers he's on Earth, two humans guards kill Art with a high powered spray of salt water.

Cut to the Los Angeles County Courthouse where a human, Ruth Lawrence of the Newcomer Advocacy League, talks with Newcomer prisoner, Harvey Wallbanger. Harvey was arrested for punching out a human convenience store manager in Little Tencton. Harvey's brother, Art Deco, worked at the store, Fresh Start, which sells live animals to Newcomers as food. Harvey was thought to be one of the protesters marching outside the store. Since the police were no help in finding his lost brother, Harvey went to the store to talk with the manager. Ruth Lawrence decides to help Harvey find his brother Art. Later that day, we see Ruth Lawrence, or Sister Slag as the human cops at the station like to call her, argue with the Captain.

Cut to Little Tencton, where Newcomer Gloria Mundy is on her way home. When she enters her apartment, we see the two human men who killed Art Deco waiting for her. The humans shoot Gloria with a tranquilizer dart, telling her not to worry, they are taking her home.

The next day we see Ruth Lawrence in Fresh Start, the store where Art Deco work at the time of his disappearance. She questions Vince Mancuso, the store manager who was attacked by Harvey, about Art Deco. We learn that Art worked there for 5 months as the butcher. Vince doesn't say anything else.

That night, in Little Tencton, Harvey Wallbanger has been released from jail and is on his way home. He enters his apartment and finds an Overseer, carrying a gun in a shoulder holster, waiting for him. We do not see the Overseer's face. The Overseer tells Harvey his brother is dead, but won't tell him how or where his body is. Harvey is told to forget about Art. The Overseer tells Harvey not to pursue Art's killers and to tell Ruth Lawrence to stop her investigation as well. Harvey obeys. The Overseer leaves.



The Spartans Issue #2 - "Stone Walled" (1990)

Writer: Bill Spangler
Penciller: James Tucker
Inker: Page Groh
Letterer: Mark Moore
Tonework: Steve Miller
Cover Painting: Madman
Publisher: Dave Olbrich
Editor-in-Chief: Chris Ulm
Editorial Assistants: Mickie Villa & Dan Danko
Creative Director: Tom Mason


We open with Ruth Lawrence talking with the police chief about the investigation into Art Deco's disappearance. The Captain tells her there is not much the police can do because people are always turning up missing in Slagtown and the police have bigger problems to deal with. During their conversation, the captain remembers that another missing Newcomer, Gloria Mundy, also worked at a Fresh Start store.

Cut to Harvey Wallbanger, in his apartment, talking with Ruth Lawrence. Ruth tells Harvey about Gloria Mundy. Harvey tells Ruth he knows his brother is dead and she can stop investigating. Ruth is shocked and tries to get Harvey to tell her what happened to change his mind, but he refuses. Ruth leaves even more determined to find Art Deco. As Ruth walks down the street, we see the Overseer sitting in a parked car, watching her.

Cut to Gloria Mundy, strapped to a table. Suddenly lights come on and a Voice on an intercom tells her to wake up. The voice tells her she is on the ship and is still cargo. When Gloria refuses, saying that the ship crashed and she is free, she is given an electric shock through the table. This is obviously some sort of brainwashing. The Voice reminds her of what she did on the ship...an atmosphere maintenance technician. The Voice asks several times for the name of her Overseer. Gloria tries to fight, refusing to answer. We find out that his is her fourth session and after a while, she tells the Voice who her Overseer was...Clen Omullas. The Voice asks for the name of Clen's Overseer. Gloria says Clen didn't have one because he was First Engineer. The Voice has found the answer he was looking for.

The next day, Ruth Lawrence is at the Fresh Start headquarters. She talks to a human named Ed Greer about Gloria Mundy's disappearance. Greer tells her he can't help her because employees are always coming and going. He offers to give her a copy of all Fresh Start employees who have left. Ruth leaves.

That night, Ruth comes home, feeds her cat, listens to phone messages and reads her mail. The phone rings, it's Ed Greer. He tells Ruth that she was right, something is going on and to meet him at 10 o'clock.

Cut to a park. Ruth meets Ed Greer. Greer tells her something is going on at fresh Start. He tells her he thinks their selling drugs through the stores. He tells her that Fresh Start owns a farm in Orange County where they raise the animals for the stores. They truck the animals into L.A. every day. A few of the drivers have showed up at the corporate headquarters and meeting with the assistant V.P.'s instead of the corporate V.P.'s. The store owners have been having secret meetings that Greer doesn't find out about until days later. In the middle of his story, Greer is suddenly shot. Ruth checks for a pulse, finds none and takes off to look for a cop. The killer starts shooting at her, but misses. The killer, we discover, is one of the humans that killed Art Deco and kidnapped Gloria Mundy. The killer is then killed, shot in the head and chest by the Overseer (who looks a lot like the Terminator) that talked to Harvey.



The Spartans Issue #3 - "Take Back the Stars" (1990)

Writer: Bill Spangler
Penciller: James Tucker
Inker: Page Groh
Letterer: Mark Moore
Tonework: Steve Miller
Cover Coloring: Paul Mounts
Cover Illustration: Paul Daily
Publisher: Dave Olbrich
Editor-in-Chief: Chris Ulm
Editorial Assistants: Mickie Villa & Dan Danko
Creative Director: Tom Mason


We open on a meeting of humans at the Fresh Start farm. They are discussing Gloria's answers to the Voice's questions about her Overseer supervisor on the ship. We learn that Clen Omullas, the Overseer, is now named William Tell and runs a trash collection business in L.A. One of the humans tells the Voice that they are ready to move in on someone named Justin Case. The Voice tells the humans to dispose of Gloria.

Cut to the park where Ed Greer and his killer were killed. We find out that the Overseer who talked to Harvey Wallbanger and killed Greer's killer, is an FBI agent named...Justin Case. He tells Ruth that he is investigating a Purist group called the Spartans. Greer's killer was a member of the Spartans. Justin says it would be better to talk in Ruth's apartment.

Later, in Ruth's apartment, Justin tells Ruth about the Spartans. He tells her the Spartans have been kidnapping and killing Newcomers, but he doesn't know why or who's behind it. He does know that they are being financed by Fresh Start Foods and their parent company - Landis Aerospace. Justin says that through the stores, the Spartans have access to a large number of Newcomers and they are looking for something or someone specific. Ruth tells him the store manager, Vince Mancuso, maybe a lead and they might learn more if Justin questioned him. Justin spends the night on Ruth's couch.

The next day, Ruth and Justin question Vince at the Fresh Start store. After some convincing, Vince tells the two that he was instructed to watch for any Newcomers who had technical jobs on the ship, those who worked with computers or the engines--anyone who knew how the ship worked. When he found someone, he would call the person's name in to someone named Drew Butler. Butler runs the Fresh Start farm in Orange County. Justin and Ruth leave.

Later, Ruth and Justin are talking in the car. As they talk, Ruth notices that a truck is headed straight for them. The truck runs them into a guard rail then stops. Three humans, two with regular guns and one with a high powered salt water gun, jump out of the back and order the two out of the car. Ruth and Justin are put in the back of the truck and taken to the farm. At the farm they meet Gordon Landis, owner of Landis Aerospace, the parent company of Fresh Start Foods. Ruth finds out that Justin is an Overseer. Ruth asks Landis why he is kidnapping Newcomers. Landis tells her that humanity had to be ready for the next ship that came. If the ship had not exploded, the Newcomers would have taken over the Earth. The only thing that survived the crash were Tenctonese minds. He kidnapped the Newcomers in hopes of finding the ship's chief engineer and using his knowledge of alien technology.

Ruth and Justin escape as they are being led to a lock-up. They get away in the truck that brought them to the farm. They see that another truck is following them. Justin tells Ruth the name of the Overseer engineer Landis is looking for and tells her to find him and tell him what's going on. Justin jumps out of the truck and faces the other truck while Ruth drives off to find the engineer, William Tell.



The Spartans Issue #4 - "Death Dance" (1991)

Writer: Bill Spangler
Penciller: James Tucker
Inker: Page Groh
Letterer: Mark Moore
Tonework: Steve Miller
Cover Coloring: Tom Smith
Cover Illustration: Gary Chaloner
Publisher: Dave Olbrich
Editor-in-Chief: Chris Ulm
Editorial Assistants: Mickie Villa & Dan Danko
Creative Director: Tom Mason


We open on Ruth, knocking on the door of William Tell, Overseer and ship's chief engineer. It is answered by Newcomer bodyguard, Rowan N. Martin, who pulls her inside and searches her. She then meets Tell and tells him about the Spartans and Justin Case. Tell then tells Ruth about Justin. On the ship, Justin's name was Tivoe Nodenka. Tell considers him a traitor to the Overseer's cause for joining the FBI. Tell and his bodyguard, speaking in Tenctonese so Ruth won't understand them, are not sure if she is making it all up or that Justin is trying to set them up. Since Landis is giving a speech the next night, they decide to use the gas on him to find out what he wants. They decide to hold Ruth there until they get answers from Landis.

Meanwhile, on the farm, Justin has been drugged and can barely remember what is going on. They strap him to the same table Gloria was strapped to and begin the interrogation. we learned that Justin's life was turned around by a human priest in the quarantine camp. Landis is not able to break him, so they stop for now.

That night, Landis is giving his speech. Afterward, he gets into a limo and instructs the driver to take him back to the farm. On his way back, a garbage truck blocks the road. One of Landis' men gets out to see what's going on. The truck driver pulls a gun and gets behind the wheel of the limo. Landis is taken to Tell Refuse & Recycling where Tell and Ruth wait for him. Tell uses the gas on him to find out about the Spartans. Landis says that the Spartans are humanity's last chance. Ruth finds out that Justin is still alive and tries to think of a way to rescue him.Ruth and Tell decide to trade Landis for Justin. Ruth goes home to change clothes and check on her cat.

The next night, Ruth, Tell, Tell's bodyguard and Landis wait for Landis' men to bring Justin for the trade. While the trade takes place, Tell's bodyguard kills Landis. Just then, police jump out as one of Landis' men kills Tell. A shootout ensues. After a minute it's over and the bad guys are rounded up. We find out that when Ruth went home, she contacted two detectives that owed her a favor -- human Wayne Hadenfeldt and his Newcomer partner Log B'omen (they have their own AN comic series: "A Breed Apart").

Three days later, at the offices of the Newcomer Advocacy League, Justin comes by to get a statement from Ruth for the FBI. Ruth invites Justin out to lunch. He is surprised by the invitation. He didn't think she would want anything to do with him know that she knows he is an Overseer. She says it doesn't matter...a friendship has been born.

The End



A Breed Apart Issue #1

Writer: Steve Jones
Penciller: Stan Timmons
Inker: Jimmy Palmiotti
Letterer: Mike Worley
Cover Painting: Jeff Starling
Publisher: Dave Olbrich
Editor-in-Chief: Chris Ulm
Editorial Assistants: Mickie Villa & Dan Danko
Creative Director: Tom Mason


This issue opens with a prologue. We see several pages from the magazine "The New Age Monthly", dated October 1995. The article was see is a recap of the ship's landing, the Newcomer's time in quarantine and their assimilation into Earth society. We find that one particular Newcomer, Friar Kaddish, has become successful. We pull back from the paper to see that it's being read by a human man. The human, who is eating in a fast food joint with another human man, is perturbed by the article and the mention of Kaddish. He is upset that Kaddish didn't have to work as hard as a human to gain his success. End of Prologue.

Our story opens at the police dispatch center. A human man, named Waldermier, has called in to say his wife has been shot by two Newcomers (the Maguire brothers) and he is hiding in the bedroom. The operator sends help.

Cut to a convenience store where Newcomer Detective Log b'Omen is doing a little shopping. His human partner, Det. Wayne Hadenfeldt, waits in their unmarked police car. A call comes over the radio and Log has to cut the shopping trip short.

Cut to Waldermier's house where a police car sits waiting for Log and Wayne to show up. Inside the house, the Maguires are moving up the stairs toward Waldermier. We learn that he has a gun, too. The police move into the house. Wayne is shot, but is wearing a protective vest. This starts a shootout. Wayne manages to sneak up on one of the brothers and stop him with a taser, the other escapes by jumping out a window. He doesn't go far before a human female cop named Abby (Con-Ann, the Barbie-barian as she calls herself) catches him. Waldermier, unaware that the Maguires are in custody, shoots through the door. The dispatch officer tries to tell him that he is shooting at cops, but he doesn't believe her. He comes out of the bathroom, sees Log and shoots at him. Log jumps out of the way, but another cop is shot in the leg. The cops are forced to shoot Waldermier, killing him.



A Breed Apart Issue #2

Writer: Steve Jones
Penciller: Stan Timmons
Inker: Jimmy Palmiotti
Letterer: Mark Moore
Cover Painting: Adam Adamowicz
Publisher: Dave Olbrich
Editor-in-Chief: Chris Ulm
Editorial Assistants: Mickie Villa & Dan Danko
Creative Director: Tom Mason


Open at a hospital. Log, Wayne's family and a several other cops wait to find out how Wayne is. They discuss the break-in. Log suspects the Maguires were not burglars at all, but assassins and Waldermier new it. The gun used to shoot Wayne was custom made and expensive, nothing a burglar would use. The doctor enters and tells the group that Wayne will be fine.

Cut to later that night. Log is in bed, having a nightmare about his experiences on another planet. He awakens and heads for the police lock- up where one of the two perps, Maguire, is being held. The other Maguire is in the hospital. Log questions Maguire about where he got the weapon. He won't say. Log tells him what he suspects -- the gun was given to them by a successful Newcomer who wanted Waldermier dead. Maguire's boss won't want Maguire connected to him, so Maguire will also have to be killed. Maguire reacts to this, but still refuses to answer. Log leaves him to think about what he said.

Cut to Africa where Friar Kaddish is on safari, trophy hunting. He gets the news about Waldermier and Maguire. Kaddish orders Maguire's bail be paid, then to kill him.

Cut to the police gym where several cops are working out, including Log. Several of the female officers are drooling over Log.

Later, in the squad room, Log is working at his desk when another cop that was at Waldermier's house. The cop is trying to put his mind at ease over having to kill Waldermier. Log tells him they had no choice. Log's phone rings and the other cop leaves.

Cut to Wayne's hospital room that night. Log and Wayne talk about the case. Log says they traced the gun Maguire used to it's designer, someone named Ayoob, who was killed that morning. The Maguire brother's bail was paid and they disappeared. Log then expresses feelings about being part of Wayne's family and his fear of almost losing his partner and best friend. Log vows to find out who is behind everything.

Cut to Africa---Kaddish's camp where we see Kaddish stalking lions.



A Breed Apart Issue #3

Writer: Steve Jones
Penciller: Stan Timmons
Inker: Jimmy Palmiotti
Letterer: Mark Moore
Cover Painting: Adam Adamowicz
Publisher: Dave Olbrich
Editor-in-Chief: Chris Ulm
Editorial Assistants: Mickie Villa & Dan Danko
Creative Director: Tom Mason


We open on the scene of a gun sale in an abandoned theater. Two human gangs are negotiating a price when one of them sees someone moving around outside, watching them. They call off the sale, thinking it may be police. As they flee the building, a large Newcomer blocks their exit. A fight begins. The Newcomer is wounded by gun shots, but is not badly hurt. The Newcomer kills the shooter (it's too gory to describe).

Cut to the outside, where a group of cops, on the roof across from the theater, think up a plan of action. They find out that Log has taken his men inside the theater through the roof. We find out that the Newcomer on a rampage in the theater is one of the Maguire brothers. One of the gang members finally kills Maguire, shooting him to pieces (another gory scene). Log and his team break in to find mass carnage.

Later that night...At the police station there is some idle chit- chat, nothing to move the plot along. Wayne goes to the supply room to look for more report forms. One of the female officers, Irene, enters the room and unexpectedly kisses him.

Cut to the next morning. Kaddish has returned from his safari. He is talking with a human named Garcia, the head of a drug syndicate. They have been doing business for a while, but Kaddish is dissatisfied with the way things are going. the two men argue, a fight breaks out and Kaddish has his men kill Garcia and his men.

Later that night. Wayne is eating at a dinner when Irene comes in and sits with him. The talk about the kiss in the supply room. Wayne tells her he is happily married. Irene tells him she's in love with him. Wayne freaks out and leaves the dinner.

Epilogue: In Turkey, an archaeologist is led to an underground cavern where a 6-foot stone obelisk, with pictographs carved into it, is found.



A Breed Apart Issue #4

Writer: Steve Jones
Penciller: Stan Timmons
Inkers: Jimmy & Peter Palmiotti
Letterer: Mark Moore
Cover Painting: Adam Adamowicz
Publisher: Dave Olbrich
Editor-in-Chief: Chris Ulm
Editorial Assistants: Mickie Villa & Dan Danko
Creative Director: Tom Mason


We open on a scene in outer space. Two people, the President on Earth and a scientist, Dr. Hector Servadac, on an orbiting space station, talk about the obelisk. The doctor says it was made from heavy and light metals (an alloy of aluminum and lead) which could only be made in zero-G conditions. But carbon dating states it was constructed 11 thousand years ago, so it wasn't made by the U.S. or Russia.

Cut to the office of the President of the USA. In the office with the President is a Newcomer named Tom Nast. Nast comes to the conclusion that the obelisk was made by aliens and left on Earth. The President asks Nast if Newcomers left it. Nast doubts it, saying that's nothing their masters would have done. Dr. Servadac says they will learn more once they've translated the pictographs.

Cut to the police station. Wayne and Log are assigned to talk with the brother of one of the gang members killed in the theater by the Maguires. It turns out that the gang stole some coke from the Maguires, that's why the brothers went after the gang in the theater. Log doesn't believe that the Maguires were into drugs. Log says the Maguires thought drugs were beneath them. They decide to check out an address, the gang member gave them, of a possible crack factory.

Later that night, Kaddish is in a meeting with several other Newcomers. He tells them the story of Britain's opium war with China in the 1840's. Kaddish reveals a plan to take over all the drug cartels, weaken the Earth's population then take over the Earth itself.

Even later that night, in Slagtown...Two female officers, human Abby and Newcomer Kissy, are cruising their beat when they notice three suspicious Newcomers. They stop to find out what's up. One of the Newcomers pull a gun, Abby shoots him. Another Newcomer runs down an alley, Abby follows him. She catches him, running into him full force, knocking him to the ground. She cuffs him to a sign pole and looks for Kissy. Abby finds Kissy in another alley, cuffing the Newcomer she caught. Abby goes back to the car to radio in. At the car, she turns around to see the Newcomer she shot standing over her, pointing a gun at her. He shoots her several times. Kissy rushes up and kills him.

The next morning, Abby is in a hospital, in a coma. Her head is covered by bandages, Kissy sits at her bedside. Log and Wayne stop by to see how Abby is doing. They bring some of her personal things from home to dress up the room and, hopefully, aid in her recovery.

Cut to the space station. Dr. Servadac has deciphered the pictographs on the obelisk. The translation reads:



I am the god who waits in the dead of the year, in the dark of life, in the depths of the wood where no birds sing, there you will rest again in my hand. Be fearless to look upon my death's head for I have other faces and another hand to give again that which I have taken. Remember you trusted me in the spring, green, child places, finding enchantment. Found me merry in summer attendance when you wed. Feared not to meet me in autumn forest hunts. Shrink not from me now in winter snows. As the great cycle brings forth the time of my domain. Take me into your hearts, as you have ever been in mine.

As the Doctor reads, the obelisk turns translucent and we see a being inside it. The being breaks out of the obelisk. A beam of energy shoots out of the being, hitting the Doctor, melting him, reducing him to a pile of goo.

The End

Note: The cliffhanger was never resolved (I hate being left hanging).



The Skin Trade Issue #1 - "The Case of the Missing Milksop" (March 1991)

Writer: Lowell Cunningham
Penciller: Leonard Kirk
Inker: Terry Pallot
Letterer: Brent Carpenter
Cover Painting: Adam Adamowicz
Publisher: Dave Olbrich
Editor-in-Chief: Chris Ulm
Editorial Assistants: Mickie Villa & Dan Danko
Creative Director: Tom Mason


The hero of this story is Newcomer Private Eye, Mason Jar. What makes this story entertaining is that Mason is patterned after the hard- boiled PI's of 1940's American cinema, complete with overcoat and Fedora. He even talks like one, ("One day I was mindin' the store when in walks this doll with lips made for kissin' and spots made for hummin'.") He is a Tenctonese Humphrey Bogart.

The story opens in the hallway of a hospital. We see human Jimmy Detaglio pacing nervously while Newcomer Dexter Methorophan and his men wait patiently outside the doors of an operating room. Newcomer doctor, Henry Jekyll, exits the operating room and announces that the operation was a success -- the patient is dead and Jimmy can begin the conversion. Inside the operating room, we see a Newcomer man strapped down on the table, what's left of his back exposed. His head and back spots have been skinned off, and now sit in a tray next to the table.

Cut to a flashback. Mason Jar recalls the Day of Descent and introduces himself. He sits at his desk, feet up, when a Newcomer woman, Anna Freud, walks in. Anna tells Mason that her husband, Sigmund, is missing. She's checked the hospitals and the police can't help. Sigmund, she says, is a lactoholic and often goes on binges, disappearing for days at a time. Anna says she has been looking for a way out the marriage for some time, ("I knew Sigmund couldn't hold his milk when I married him..."). She thinks Sigmund took it hard and wants Mason to find him. Anna tells him about the last time she saw Sigmund. He came home one night, drunk, ranting about how the humans discriminate against him. Anna tries to calm him, he only gets angrier, hits Anna and runs out of the apartment. Mason takes the case and Anna leaves.

Meanwhile, along an isolated section of the Pacific coastline...A limo, carrying Dexter and his two lackies, Graham Cracker and Kayo Pectate, comes to a stop. They get out and take the body of the spotless, dead Newcomer out of the trunk. We discover that the body is that of Sigmund Freud. Dexter throws Freud's body into the ocean, hoping to making it look like a suicide. The job is done, so they leave.

Cut to Mason walking down a street, following leads with little success. He spots a gang of human teens harassing Pete, a Newcomer transient. He steps in and breaks it up. He flashes his gun and the teens take off. Mason learns from Pete that several Newcomers have vanished. He says they had skin jobs -- surgery that makes Newcomers look like humans. He says that Dexter is the one giving the skin jobs. We learn from Mason that Dexter was an Overseer, and is now a ruthless gang boss. Mason thanks the man for the info, gives him $10 for bovine wine and tells him to stay away from Dexter.

Cut to Mason, outside of one of Dexter's businesses, Methorophan Enterprises. We learn that Dexter made his fortune through various illegal means, mostly selling Jack. Mason breaks into the building, looking for clues. In Dexter's office, Mason goes through Dexter's date book. He finds two dates for a meeting with a S.F. and a J.D., one to take place at Blanc Memorial Hospital. It turns out that Blanc Memorial is a human research hospital. Since this J.D. person is meeting with Dexter, Mason suspects that he is probably an underworld figure. Mason looks out the window to see that Dexter's limo has returned. Mason rushes to find a way out, but Cracker and Kayo catch him. While frisking him, Mason surprises the two goons. A fight starts. Mason gets away from them only to run into the barrel of Dexter's gun.



The Skin Trade Issue #2 - "To Live and Die in L.A." (April 1991)

Writer: Lowell Cunningham
Penciller: Leonard Kirk
Inker: Terry Pallot
Letterer: Brent Carpenter
Cover Painting: Adam Adamowicz
Publisher: Dave Olbrich
Editor-in-Chief: Chris Ulm
Editorial Assistants: Mickie Villa & Dan Danko
Creative Director: Tom Mason


We pick up where we left off in issue #1 with Mason on the wrong end of Dexter's gun. Dexter questions Mason, asking him what he is doing there. Mason tries to stall, looking for a way out. Mason says he there because there is a reward for info on drug trafficking. Dexter doesn't buy it and prepares to kill Mason. Mason, trying to save his skin, offers Dexter a proposition. He'll flip a coin, if Dexter wins, Mason would be his slave, if Mason wins...well Dexter still calls the shots. Dexter agrees to this little game. Mason tosses the coin. While everyone is watching the coin in the air, Mason punches Dexter and escapes. Outside, in the alley across from Dexter's business, the human gang that was harassing Pete, watch Mason run out of the building and down the street.

Later, at a police station, Mason tries to hit up a Detective Randall for information on an underworld type with the initials J.D. While Randall searches the computer files, a perp waiting to be processed, dies from an overdose of Jack mixed with Marijuana, also called Jackpot. We learn that Mason's brother died the same way. Randall tells mason that the only Newcomer criminals with the initials J.D. are in jail. He tells Mason that if he's looking for a human, to try the Detaglio family. Mason leaves the station.

At Blanc memorial Hospital, Jimmy Detaglio is in a hospital bed, his head covered by bandages. Dr. Jekyll removes the bandages and we see Freud's spots on Jimmy's head. Dexter enters and dismisses the doctor. We learn that Jimmy testified in Federal Court against his rivals and now a price has been put on his head, by his brother, because of it. He underwent the surgery so he couldn't be found. Dexter tells Jimmy that the contract on his head is a cover, that his brother is not really out kill him. Dexter says that Jimmy underwent the conversion so he could infiltrate Dexter's organization and merge it with his own. Dexter makes sure Jimmy knows that he can, and will, take away his new spots if he doesn't cooperate.

Cut to Mason at the morgue. The human intern on duty, Mike Arnold, shows Mason what's left of a Newcomer body that washed up on the beach the day before. Mason can't identify it so Mike gets the body's personal effects. Mason wonders why so much of the skin is missing, saying that the salt water didn't do it. Mike says that, it's the sixth body to show up that way -- all missing the same section of skin. Mason looks through the victim's effects...a watch, ring and wallet. There is no ID in the wallet. Inscribed on the inside of the ring are the words, "I Love You" in Tenctonese. Anna had told Mason that she had given Sigmund a ring with that inscription. Mason identifies the body as Sigmund Freud's. Mason leaves. As he walks down the hallway, he thinks about the case. He thinks that Freud and the others may have a a skin job that went wrong, not realizing that they were in fact, the donors.

Meanwhile, in an alley, the human gang has Pete again. They are waiting for someone. The someone, a woman, finally shows up. The woman hired the punks to do a job and are now waiting for payment. The woman tells the punks to kill Pete. As the other gang members beat the tar out of him, the gang leader goes to collect the payment, one kilo of Jackpot. The gang members stop their fun when the leader shows them the drugs. They all sample some, unaware that it's bad, and die from it. Pete is still alive and asks for help. The woman takes out a gun and shoots the man. The woman is then revealed to be Anna Freud.



The Skin Trade Issue #3 - "Big Trouble in Little Tencton" (May 1991)

Writer: Lowell Cunningham
Penciller: Leonard Kirk
Inker: Terry Pallot
Letterer: Brent Carpenter
Cover Painting: Adam Adamowicz
Publisher: Dave Olbrich
Editor-in-Chief: Chris Ulm
Editorial Assistants: Mickie Villa & Dan Danko
Creative Director: Tom Mason


Open with Mason awaking from a nightmare about the ship's crash landing. There is a short recap of the first two issues. Mason decides to call Anna and tell her about her husband.

The next morning, Dexter and his two goons are with Jimmy in an alley next to a diner. Dexter tells Jimmy to isolate Anna so Dexter can talk with her. Jimmy asks how when he doesn't even know what she looks like. Dexter tells him not to worry, she will find him -- he's wearing Sigmund's spots. While they talk, Cracker sees Mason heading for the diner to meet Anna.

Cut to Mason at the diner. Anna shows up and Mason tell her that her husband is dead and she needs to identify him at the morgue. Anna doesn't believe it. Then she sees Sigmund's spots on Jimmy. She races over to see that the man is not her husband. Jimmy, going by the name Proctor Silex, suggests that he might be related to Sigmund. Anna, finally accepting Sigmund's death, goes to the morgue with Mason. Jimmy leaves the diner and goes back to Dexter's limo.

At the morgue, Anna ID's her husbands body and asks the intern on duty, Crawford, what the police are doing about it. When Crawford doesn't answer, Anna blows up. Crawford then tells them that the police aren't doing much of anything. They think it was a mass suicide by a Tenctonese religious cult who's members couldn't handle life on Earth. Anna signs for Sigmund's body and goes home. Det. Randall walks in with another body. Mason pulls back the sheet and sees the body of the Newcomer transient, Pete. Randall tells Mason there were more bodies in the alley -- the gang members who were picking on Pete. Mason asks if they killed Pete. Randall says no firearms were found among the bodies. The morgue intern says they probably died from an overdose of Nu-Zene, an addictive ingredient in Jack. Nu-Zene is restricted to industrial polymerization. Mason thinks about this.

Cut to Anna coming out of the morgue. She tries to hail a cab. Dexter's limo drives up and Anna is pulled inside. Dexter finds the gun she used on Pete in her purse. From Dexter we learn that Anna is in the business of selling Jack and may have set up her husband. Dexter wants a cut of her Jack sales, Anna refuses. Dexter orders Kayo to drive to the hospital, saying that it's time Anna had a check-up.

Later, Mason leaves the morgue, spotting Dexter's car in the Blanc Memorial Hospital parking lot. There is a security guard blocking the entrance so he decides not to go in. Instead, he heads to the library. He looks up Nu-Zene, finding it was a replacement for Benzene. Nu-Zene didn't cause cancer like Benzene did, but it had a narcotic side-effect, which is why it's regulated. Mason goes home.

At home, Mason sits watching the news. A story comes on about the disappearance of Jimmy Detaglio. The next news segment is about Newcomer Doctor Henry Jekyll's amazing success with skin grafts for burn victims. All of a sudden, it all comes together. Mason figures it out. He jumps out of his chair, heads for the phone and calls Anna. Cut to Anna's apartment where Cracker and Kayo are searching it. The stop when the phone rings. Cut to Mason's apartment. He grabs his coat and hat and heads out the door.

Meanwhile, at Anna's apartment -- Dexter's goons are still searching her apartment when Cracker sees Mason out the window, heading for them. They take off before Mason reaches them. Mason looks in her apartment to find it has been ransacked. looking through the apartment, Mason manages to find what Cracker and Kayo couldn't -- a bag of Jackpot.

At the hospital -- Anna is in a bed, surrounded by Dexter, Cracker and Kayo. Dotted lines are drawn on her head. He gives her one more chance to tell him what he wants to know. She refuses again. A mask is put over her face and she falls asleep.



The Skin Trade Issue #4 - "The Big Goodbye" (June 1991)

Writer: Lowell Cunningham
Penciller: Leonard Kirk
Inker: Terry Pallot
Letterer: Brent Carpenter
Cover Painting: Adam Adamowicz
Publisher: Dave Olbrich
Editor-in-Chief: Chris Ulm
Editorial Assistants: Mickie Villa & Dan Danko
Creative Director: Tom Mason


Open in Dr. Jekyll's office. Dexter tells the doctor to get ready for surgery. The doctor is reluctant. He explains that the hospital just released a press statement about his work with skin grafts and someone could link him to the dead Newcomers. Dexter bullies him into it.

As Mason rushes to the hospital to save Anna, there is a recap of the story so far. Mason finds out where Dr. Jekyll is from the uncooperative security guard, on the 11th floor. At the elevators, Mason overhears the guard calling another guard, so he takes the stairs instead.

In Anna's room, Dexter learns from the guards that Mason is in the building. He orders Cracker and Kayo to find Mason and bring him in alive.

In the stairwell, a guard looks for Mason, unaware that he is hiding above him in the ceiling pipes. Mason surprise the guard, gets him to misdirect the other guards then knocks him out. Mason continues to the 11th floor. When he gets there, he kicks open the door to find Cracker waiting for him. He looks behind him to see Kayo cutting off his escape route. Kayo hits him on the head with his gun and punches him under his arm, incapacitating him.

In Anna's room, Dr. Jekyll is ready for surgery. Dexter tells him the surgery is being postponed until Mason is found. Just then, Cracker and Kayo drag in Mason. Dexter tells the doctor to leave. Cracker shows Dexter the Jackpot he found on Mason. Dexter questions Mason about how much he knows about his enterprise. Mason is defiant. Dexter pulls out the coin Mason used to escape from Dexter in issue #2. Dexter wants to play again. He flips the coin in the air then punches Mason. Cracker and Kayo are told to throw Mason in a corner and watch him. Dexter says that the police have probably been called so they have to get the story they are going to tell them straight. The story being, that Anna came in for cosmetic surgery and Mason, in a crazed state, busted in and it was all Dexter, Cracker and Kayo could do to protect Anna and the doctor from him. Once Anna wakes up, dexter will make sure she tells the police the exact same story. Then Cracker and Kayo are to kill Mason. A police siren is heard. With Cracker and Kayo momentarily distracted, Mason reaches for a jar of saline that just happens to be sitting on a near by table, and splashes the two goons. Seeing this, Dexter pulls a gun and shoots Mason in the shoulder. Mason dives for a gun dropped by one of Dexter's men, and shoots, wounding him. Just then Randall and two uniform cops burst into the room. Dexter, Cracker and Kayo are disarmed and taken into custody as Mason tells Randall what happened. dexter was trying to corner the drug market in L.A. All the dead, skinned Newcomers were Dexter's rivals. He got rid of the competition and replaced them with humans wearing Newcomer spots. Dexter denies it, but Randall tells him the doctor already confessed. Randall asks who the Jackpot mastermind is. Before he passes out, Mason says it was Anna.

Some time later, Mason wakes up. He is in a bed in the hospital. Randall is standing over him. Randall tells Mason that they have enough on Dexter and his men to put them away for life. Mason wants to talk to Anna, who is resting in the next room. Mason enters Anna's room. She acts happy to see him. He tellers he knows all about her, about how Sigmund was a drug pusher and Anna used her job at the recycling plant to steal Nu-Zene to make Jackpot. Then Dexter found out about it. And when Sigmund disappeared, she went to Mason to bail her out. She set up the fight between the gang and Pete to put him on Dexter's trail. When the gang and Pete turned up dead, it made Mason suspicious. Anna tries to talk Mason into not telling the police about her connection to Dexter. He tells her to forget it, then tells her the story of his brother, who also worked at the recycling plant and died from a Jackpot overdose. Mason leaves her room and finds Randall, who overheard everything, waiting outside. Randall tells Mason there is a $50,000 reward for closing down the Jackpot trade. They leave the hospital to fill out the paper work.

Epilogue: At the L.A County Newcomer Detention Center, the warden greets new arrivals Dexter, Cracker and Kayo. The warden tells Dexter that the prison could use some experienced management personnel, then reveals the Overseer's tattoo on his wrist. Dexter says that he thinks he is going to like it there.

The End



The Firstcomers Issue #1

Writer: Martin Powell
Penciller: Tim Eldred
Inker: Andrew Pepoy
Letterer: Michael DeLepine
Cover Painting: Terry Pavlet
Publisher: Dave Olbrich
Editor-in-Chief: Chris Ulm
Editorial Assistants: Dan Danko & Mickie Villa
Creative Director: Tom Mason


Prologue: Plainstown, Texas, 1949 -- The story opens on a farm, at night. A farmer is awakened by a loud noise and a bright light through his window. The farmer gets dressed, grabs a lantern and heads for the back of the barn. There he discovers a flying saucer has crashed...End of prologue.

Los Angeles, California, 1996 -- A young human man, who we will come to know as Jack Wotz, an investigative reporter for a newspaper, is in the process of breaking into a file room with a credit card. The window on the door reads: RESTRICTED ACCESS. Jack unlocks the door and begins going through the files until he finds what he is looking for, a file with the words TOP SECRET written on the front. While reading through the file, Jack hears the guard outside the door. The guard opens the door and Jack hits him with it. While the guard is momentarily stunned, Jack takes the file and runs. The guard catches up with him as he climbs up and over a fence and takes a shot at Jack, the bullet grazing his coat. Jack manages to get away.

Jack heads straight to his regular hangout, a bar filled with humans and Newcomers. He orders a drink from the Newcomer bartender, Henry. Jack tells Henry he has the story of the century, but doesn't say what it is. A human woman, Ronda, sits next to Jack. We find out that she and Jack were once married. She teases him, asking if it's about "that flying saucer thing". Jack gets mad, this is a sore spot with him. Henry asks if there really was a spaceship way back then. Jack tells him he's never wrong, then leaves.

Later, in Jack's apartment, Ronda tries to get romantic, but Jack is not in the mood and he pushes her out the door. When she's gone, he puts the stolen file in his safe. There is a knock at the door. Thinking it is Ronda, Jack opens the door and is shot several times in the chest.

Cut to a different apartment where we see a human man, Dr. Ronald Carroll, awakened by his ringing phone. He answers it then wakes up his girlfriend, Emily, who is sleeping next to him. Ronda is on the phone telling Emily that Jack is dead. Emily bolts upright at the news. We see that Emily is a Newcomer (shades of Matt & Cathy?).

At Jack's funeral, Emily, Ronald, Ronda and a few others gather to say goodbye. While the priest reads his sermon, Emily remembers Jack. They both worked at the same newspaper and Jack frequently made passes at her. After the funeral, Emily is approached by Jack's lawyer. He gives her the top secret file Jack stole. While the two talk, we see a shadowy figure, lurking behind a large grave marker, watching them.

That night, Emily is in the shower when the phone rings. Ronald called to tell her he is with a patient and would be late getting home. She hangs up, seeing the file on the bed. She opens it, finding several papers and the journal of a Dr. Joseph West, MD. The files are from Project Blue Book* and on the journal cover it says: Hanger 18**. Emily begins reading the journal. The first entry is dated: July 19, 1949.

Flashback to 1949. An army jeep drives through the gate of military base. In the jeep is Dr. West. The jeep stops in front of Hanger 18. A General walks out to greet him. The General tells West that they have a top secret situation and shows him into the hanger where we see the flying saucer that crashed on the farm in Texas. West is shocked...and in awe. The General tells West that there is more. West is lead to a quarantined trailer where we see three alien bodies under a sheet. West pulls back the sheet. The aliens are the "Grays" -- the ash-skinned beings that thousands of people have claimed they've been abducted by -- lean, frail looking bodies with huge black eyes, tiny nose and mouth and long appendages. While examining one, West discovers the aliens are not dead. A soldier rushes into the room, saying there is an emergency outside. West and the General run out of the trailer to see the saucer lifting off, emitting bolts of energy from it's hull as it pushes through the roof of the hanger. Outside the hanger, it is joined by two more saucers.

Cut to the present. Emily, on her bed reading, not quite believing it, wonders if her people (Newcomers) had anything to do with it. We see a shadow of a person looking in her window. She turns around to see the shadow pull a gun and aim at her. Emily jumps out of the way as a bullet crashes through the window, just missing her. Clad only in a towel, Emily runs to the door. She opens it to see another man standing there, someone she thought was dead...Jack. Jack catches her as she faints...the gunman right behind her.

* Project Blue Book was a secret government study of the UFO phenomenon conducted by the U.S.Air Force from 1948 to 1969. When the study ended, they concluded that UFO's did not represent a threat to national security, and could find no evidence that UFO's were of extraterrestrial origin. (Excerpt taken from the Academic American Encyclopedia.)

** Hanger 18 is where crashed or captured UFO's were/are taken to be studied. The government states that Hanger 18 does not exist.



The Firstcomers Issue #2

Writer: Martin Powell
Penciller: Tim Eldred
Inker: Andrew Pepoy
Letterer: Michael DeLepine
Cover Painting: Terry Pavlet
Publisher: Dave Olbrich
Editor-in-Chief: Chris Ulm
Editorial Assistants: Dan Danko & Mickie Villa
Creative Director: Tom Mason


We pick up where issue #1 left off -- Jack is holding Emily, who fainted upon seeing Jack alive. The gunman closes in, his gun aimed at them. He pulls the trigger, but the gun is out of bullets. Jack takes the opportunity to make good his escape. He pulls on the rug the gunman is standing on, tripping him. Jack throws Emily over his shoulder and runs out of the building. He hides in a large storm tunnel. Emily begins to come around. Her brain a little fuzzy, she grabs Jack by the throat, thinking he is an Overseer. She snaps out of it and lets him go. Jack tells her what happened. He takes off his shirt and jeans and gives them to her to wear. Under his shirt, Jack wears a bullet-proof vest. Emily, wearing Jack's shirt and pants, and Jack, now clad only in his shorts, the vest and his overcoat, walk through the storm tunnel. They reach a manhole and climb out of the sewer. They arrive at Ronda's apartment where they warm up while Ronda gets them dry clothes. Emily wants to let Ronald know she is alright, so Ronda calls a cab as they dress. When it arrives, they all get in. The driver, Newcomer Myron Harrod, is a good friend of Ronda's (Jack learns that he's wearing Myron's pants).

They pull up to the Carroll Clinic for Newcomers. When they reach Ronald's office, they find him and his patient dead. Emily freaks out and blames Jack, attacking him. Outside the clinic, Myron tries to console Emily and Ronda gives all her money to Jack. Jack decides that the only way he and Emily are going to stay alive is to finish the story he started and expose it to the public. Jack and Emily leave in her car.

The next morning, they drive up to the farm where the UFO crashed in 1949. Jack has been writing to the farmer for two years. The farmer, Corbett, comes out of his house with a shotgun and shoots out their windshield. His nerves are frazzled by everything that has happened to him. He seems to have lost his memories concerning the UFO. Jack had sent Corbett books to help him jog his memory. Corbett tells Jack that it was a shooting star, not a UFO. Using hypnosis, Emily helps Corbett remember.

Flashback to 1949 -- The Air Force is loading the UFO onto a flatbed truck. Corbett says an Air Force Major* made him sign a paper swearing to never talk about it. Air Force personnel carry the alien bodies on stretchers. Corbett said the Air Force took almost everything. He found some glass splinters from the crash and kept them in a shoe box, never telling anyone about them. While in his barn putting away another glass sliver he found, three men wearing black overcoats enter. The three men are really three Grays who have come for the glass splinters. Corbett gives them the box and the aliens leave.

Back to the present. Jack asks if there is an Air Force base around. Corbett tells him about the old Roswell airbase in New Mexico. He gives Jack an old map and Jack and Emily head for the base.

At the farm, Corbett is in his kitchen when something startles him. He looks behind him to see three of the Grays. He begs them to leave him alone. He seems to have a heart attack and the Grays carry him off as he mutters, "...not again..."

* Air Force Major Hector Quintanella is the former head of Project Blue Book.



The Firstcomers Issue #3

Writer: Martin Powell
Penciller: Tim Eldred
Inker: Andrew Pepoy
Letterer: Michael DeLepine
Cover Painting: Terry Pavlet
Publisher: Dave Olbrich
Editor-in-Chief: Chris Ulm
Editorial Assistants: Dan Danko & Mickie Villa
Creative Director: Tom Mason


Open on Jack and Emily in the middle of the desert as the car dies. They head for the town of Longbranch, New Mexico, eight miles away. In town, they come to a gas station. They ask the attendant if he can give them a tow or a lift into town. The attendant says he's closed and won't help them, so they walk into town. When the get there, they enter a diner. Emily instantly receives hateful looks from everyone there. The waitress refuses to serve them, saying the grill is closed. When they do manage to get some service, two of the local rough-necks start a fight with Jack. Jack holds his own for a while, but eventually Emily has to come to his rescue. Emily helps Jack limp out of the diner and look for a hotel. Everyone they come to, all of a sudden, has no vacancies. They finally find an old woman, Mrs. Rayboy, who rents them a room in her house. Mrs. Rayboy's son, Duncan, is not happy about it.

In the room, Emily is watching tv, thinking about Ronald. Jack comes in the room and thanks her for helping him in the diner. The reality of Ronald's death hits her and she breaks down. Jack comforts her. He's about to kiss her when Duncan Rayboy bursts into the room with a shotgun, demanding they get out. Jack and Duncan fight. Duncan hits Jack in the face with the gun's butt. While Jack rubs his chin, Duncan begins spewing Purist dogma. He stops when he sees one of the gray aliens looking at him through the window. He shoots at it, but misses. Another Gray appears behind him. He turns and shoots again. All this time, Jack and Emily don't see the aliens and wonder what the guy is shooting at. Just like Corbett, Duncan mutters, "...not again...", then dives out the window. They run down the stairs and outside to see if he is alright. When they get to where he fell, the only thing they find is his gun. They then see him running barefoot down the road. Emily, hearing what the man muttered, is more curious than scared and runs after him with a confused Jack in tow. Duncan trips and is curled into a fetal position when the two catch up with him. A bright light suddenly shines on them. They look up to see the airbase they were looking for. All around them are hundreds of Grays. In the sky are dozens of flying saucers, just like the one that crashed on Corbett's farm. The aliens close in on them. Duncan, Emily and Jack pass out. The Grays pick them up and carry them into the hanger.

Cut to the road where Jack and Emily abandoned their car. The killer drives up and identifies the car as belonging to his prey. He looks up into the sky and sees the saucers.



The Firstcomers Issue #4

Writer: Martin Powell
Penciller: Tim Eldred
Inker: Andrew Pepoy
Letterer: Michael DeLepine
Cover Painting: Terry Pavlet
Publisher: Dave Olbrich
Editor-in-Chief: Chris Ulm
Editorial Assistants: Dan Danko & Mickie Villa
Creative Director: Tom Mason


Open with Jack and Emily asleep on the bed in their rented room, the next morning. Emily is having a nightmare about the Grays examining her. She wakes up screaming, which wakes up Jack. They can't remember how they got there. Mrs. Rayboy knocks on the door asking if everything is alright, she heard Emily. Jack tells her Emily is okay, "...just my friend's mating season...", which gets rid of the old woman -- fast. Emily, shaken by the nightmare, feels sick to her stomach. Emily apologizes, telling Jack that the nightmare was about the slave ship, but it was somehow different. Jack cuts in, asking if, in the dream, she was naked on a table while gray aliens operated on her. We can tell by the shocked look on her face, that Jack hit the nail on the head.

Cut to Jack and Emily's car in the desert. The killer, after hiding from the saucers in his car, wakes up and drives into town.

In town, Jack and Emily are walking down the street when the see Duncan Rayboy. Duncan takes off when he notices them. Jack and Emily run after him. Duncan surprises them in an alley, cracking Jack over the head with a piece of wood. Emily grabs the wood and snaps it like a toothpick. Emily tries to get Duncan to talk with her, but all he does is babble, cowering in a corner. Jack uses more "persuasive" ways to get information. Emily pulls Jack off of Duncan and tries it her way again, but Duncan spits in her face and runs off.

The killer pulls up to the gas station and asks for information about Jack and Emily. When the attendant tells him that information costs, the killer uses the same persuasive methods Jack used on Duncan Rayboy.

At the Rayboy house, Jack tells Emily about the dream he had, a dream similar to hers. Then they hear a scream come from down the hall. Mrs. Rayboy begs the two for help and takes them to her son's room. They find Duncan on the floor, his wrist slashed, a razor on the floor next to him. All around him are books, magazines and videos about UFO's. While Emily and Mrs. Rayboy wait in the hall, Jack tends to Duncan. Jack comes out to tell the woman her son will be fine. They go back in the room to get some answers about what is going on. Just as Mrs. Rayboy was about to tell Jack and Emily what they wanted to know, the lights go out. Then in walks the killer, gun in hand. The killer takes off his hat, revealing bartender Henry D. Eighth. Henry and Jack fight. Suddenly a bright light shines through the window and the Grays appear, taking everyone back to the hanger.

Inside the hanger, it looks as if the entire town has been brought there. Our gang, except for Henry, is stripped of there clothes, put on tables and operated on. Henry fights his way free. He tells the Grays that he won't be a slave again, that he killed all those people in L.A. so no one would be able to bring the aliens back. Then he pulls out a knife from his coat and stabs one of the Grays. The knife doesn't do any damage, the Gray is not injured. The Gray says that they are not the creatures Henry describes, but what he said interests them so they will keep Henry for awhile, to study him. After the Grays are finished with Jack and Emily, they are lead to a room where the rest of the confused townspeople mill around. They find Corbett, the farmer, among the group. He tells the two about the heart attack he had after they left his farm, and how the aliens fixed him up. One of the Grays enters the room and tells Jack that Henry's mental state is dangerous and he will be staying with them until it is corrected. The little alien says goodbye and tells them that they will never find the base again and they will not remember their experiences.

The next morning, Jack and Emily wake up in the car, in the desert. they immediately start arguing, blaming each other for getting them lost. They decide to go back to L.A. and explain the bodies they left behind. As they drive off, Jack asks, "Emily...? Weren't we having car trouble before?"

The End




The Public Enemy Issue #1 - "Before the Fall" (December 1991)

Writer: Lowell Cunningham
Penciller: Sandy Carruthers
Finished Art: Wayne Wise
Letterer: Mark Moore
Cover Illustration: Chaz Truog
Cover Coloring: Tom O'Connor
Publisher: Dave Olbrich
Publishing Coordinator Kim Scholter
Editor-in-Chief: Chris Ulm
Creative Director: Tom Mason
Editor Dan Danko
Art Director Mickie Villa


This issue takes place on the ship, before the Day of Descent. The writer came up with the notion that the crash was not an accident like everyone believed, that there was a resistance movement and the ship was made to crash. In early 1993, the first Alien Nation novel, "The Day of Descent" is released, expanding on this theme.

On the ship, a group of slaves hide in one of the ship's compartments, waiting for their comrade, Gaun. They spot him, but so do three Overseers, who are busy beating a slave. One of the Overseers orders Gaun to stop where he is, but Gaun runs. The Overseer chases after him. Gaun throws a small bag he is carrying at his pursuer, hitting the Overseer in the face, and makes good his escape. The Overseer turns a corner, looking for Gaun, but only finding a elderly slave cleaning the deck. The Overseer questions the old woman about Gaun, but the she says she saw no one. The Overseer takes out his frustration on the slave, beating her.

Gaun, who has hid in a ventilation shaft, watches the Overseer beat the woman, unable to help her. Gaun continues through the shaft. In the compartment, his friends hear him approach. This group of slaves, Gaun, his wife Lehca, Glisa, Moshta, Repter and Thoya, are part of the resistance, the Holy Gas no longer affects them. They live like scavengers, hiding in little-used areas of the ship, moving through the ventilation shafts. They discuss ways of freeing all the slaves from the gas and control of the Overseers. Glisa suggest using a bomb to destroy the control center, disrupting the flow of gas. They argue about whether or not they would be able to pilot the ship and, if so, where would they go. Three more members enter the room, Than, Dyth and Crand. They tell the group that the Overseers are in a state. They are waving around severed hands and gathering slaves, even Binnaums, for The Game. Another says that he over heard a navigation report that said that the ship is headed for an uncharted star system. They decide that this would be a good time to use the bomb. Repter volunteers for the mission. They go about their preparations when they notice that one of their group, Thoya, is missing. They locate him on a monitor talking to an Overseer. Three of the resisters go to confront Thoya and the Overseer. Thoya tells them the man is not really an Overseers, he is a spy from one of the mining colonies who infiltrated the Overseers in an effort to help the slaves. Gaun doesn't believe them.

Back in the hidden compartment, Repter tells the others why he volunteered to detonate the bomb, knowing that he won't survive. He says that the Overseers killed his pregnant wife, just because they were happy together. Repter leaves with the bomb. Cut back to Gaun and Thoya. Thinking Thoya is a traitor, he executes him and the spy by throwing in the waste removal airlock and shooting them into space. Then they hear a loud explosion, Repter's mission was successful. Descent has begun. After the ship lands, the group assembles at one of the doors leading outside. They step out to find they are surrounded by armed natives -- humans.



The Public Enemy Issue #2 - "Fallen Angels" (January 1992)

Writer: Lowell Cunningham
Penciller: Sandy Carruthers
Finished Art: Wayne Wise
Letterer: Mark Moore
Cover Illustration: Chaz Truog
Cover Coloring: Tom O'Connor
Publisher: Dave Olbrich
Publishing Coordinator Kim Scholter
Editor-in-Chief: Chris Ulm
Creative Director: Tom Mason
Editor Dan Danko
Art Director Mickie Villa


It's now five years after the crash. A news program is airing a "where are they now" segment centering on the members of the resistance from issue #1. Gaun and Lehca are now named John Q. and Jane Public. Moshta, a Binnaum, was named Sam Hill and is an influential member in the Order of Binnaum. Dyth, now named Dolly Madison, hosts fundraisers for Newcomer causes. Crand, a rock musician, was named Ozzy Mandias. Than became an artist, going by the name Eugene Oregon. The final resistance member, Glisa, is a successful actor names Basil Metabolism.

We pull back from the TV to see it sitting in the window of a Tv repair shop. Basil is backed up against the glass yelling for help. In the alley across from the store we see a shadowy figure holding a double-bladed knife, the kind used to kill Newcomers. Basil runs, the dark figure follows. Basil pounds on doors, begging for help, but no one answers. He is now trapped in a dead-end. The figure pulls of his mask to show Basil his face, we don't see who it is. The figure stabs Basil in both hearts, killing him.

Later, at the home of Dolly Madison, the group is gathered for a Descent party, Eugene and Basil are not present. While they wait for them to show up, John tells the group the he and Jane are pregnant and Sam was their Binnaum. The doorbell rings, Dolly answers it. At the door is Eugene and two police detectives, one a Newcomer, Noah Vale, and the other a human, Mike Morgan, who looks a lot like James Caan's Matt Sykes. Eugene tells the group that Basil is dead. Morgan walks in without being invited which earns him hostile glares from everyone in the room. He doesn't get any cooperation from the group, so he lets Vale handle the questioning. John tells Vale about the resistance and finding one of their members talking to an Overseer and how he had both killed. John says that Basil might have been killed by another Overseer as revenge. Vale and Morgan leave. Across from the house, a car sits in the shadows, watching the two cops drive off. Inside the car, the killer sits in the back while an Overseer, in the front, tells him it's time to complete his mission.

Inside the house, the group talks about who the killer could be and what they are going to do. Ozzy thinks a Purist killed Basil while Sam thinks it must be Thoya, the traitor they spaced. He thinks Thoya survived somehow and is now after them. Ozzy and John argue. Ozzy tells the group that the cops won't do anything and says that John has "sold out" to the humans. He storms out of the house. The party is over and everyone goes home. As Dolly sees everyone to the door, we see the dark figure watching from the second story.

Later, John and Jane have arrived home. They call Dolly to let her know they got home alright. At Dolly's house, she is on the floor having just been stabbed. She reaches for the phone, the figure stops her and cuts the phone line. Dolly dies.



The Public Enemy Issue #3 - "Vengeance is Mine" (February 1992)

Writer: Lowell Cunningham
Penciller: Sandy Carruthers
Finished Art: Wayne Wise
Letterer: Mark Moore
Cover Illustration: Chaz Truog
Cover Coloring: Tom O'Connor
Publisher: Dave Olbrich
Publishing Coordinator Kim Scholter
Editor-in-Chief: Chris Ulm
Creative Director: Tom Mason
Editor Dan Danko
Art Director Mickie Villa


The next morning after Dolly's killed, Eugene is eating breakfast while watching the news. There is a report on her murder. Eugene picks up the phone to call someone, but it is dead. he checks the outlet to see it has been unplugged. He looks up to see the killer yanking on the cord. Eugene tries to fight back. The killer takes off his mask so his victim will know who he is before he dies. Again, we don't see the killers face. A few seconds after he stabs Eugene, the police knock on the door. The killer bursts through the door, surprising the cops and gets away.

Meanwhile, at the Public's home, police stand guard outside. Our old friend Ruth Lawrence (The Spartans) of the Newcomer Advocacy League arrives to talk with Jane. John is on the phone with Det. Morgan, catching up on the investigation.

Meanwhile, at Eugene's house. The injured cops are being tended to while Vale questions them. They couldn't help, so Vale sees how the coroner is coming along. The coroner doesn't find anything that would ID the killer.

Elsewhere...The killer stands before a Newcomer woman, Monda, sitting on a throne above the others that are gathered. The killer asks Monda about his initiation. She says he has to complete his mission first and throws him out.

At the Public house, John, Jane and Ruth are praying for their dead friends. Ozzy and Sam come to the door. Ozzy apologizes for the argument he had with John. John invites them to stay until the killer is found. Ozzy declines, saying he has a concert that night and can't back out. john introduces Ozzy and Sam to Ruth. Upon hearing Ruth's name, Ozzy gets mad saying he won't have anything to do with a tert that consorts with Overseers. Jane asks if what Ozzy says is true. Ruth tells them about Justin Case, the reformed Overseer and FBI agent (see The Spartans). She also tells them that her personal life is none of their business and leaves. Jane tries to stop her.

As Ruth leaves, Vale arrives. He tells Jane that Eugene is dead. He informs the group that Dolly managed to scratch the killer, so now they have a tissue sample. The tissue is from a Newcomer male, but they have no record of him. The killer was never processed. They are now certain that an Overseer is after them. vale tells them to stay at the Public house and don't go anywhere without a police escort. Vale tells Ozzy he will be guarding him at his concert. Ozzy and Vale leave in Vale's car, a blue Corello (who else do we know drives a Corello?). Outside, reports and camera crews try to get statements from the group inside. When they decline the interview, one of the reporters makes a comment about hoe John is losing his edge. hearing this, John changes his mind and asks the reporter when he wants him at the studio.

Later, Ozzy is outside signing autographs. Vale tells him it is too dangerous, but Ozzy doesn't care. The killer gets in line for an autograph. When his turn comes up, he stabs Ozzy then runs. Ozzy's last words to Vale are instructions to tell John, "...he's not dead..."



The Public Enemy Issue #4 - "Angel of Death" (March 1992)

Writer: Lowell Cunningham
Penciller: Sandy Carruthers
Finished Art: Wayne Wise
Letterer: Mark Moore
Cover Illustration: Chaz Truog
Cover Coloring: Tom O'Connor
Publisher: Dave Olbrich
Publishing Coordinator Kim Scholter
Editor-in-Chief: Chris Ulm
Creative Director: Tom Mason
Editor Dan Danko
Art Director Mickie Villa
Circulation Ty Rulli
Production Assistant Stacy Herring


Open with a news broadcast on Ozzy's death. John, Jane and Sam watch it on the TV in one of the studio dressing rooms. They tell John it is dangerous to be there and he should think about his child, not his image. John won't listen. A stage hand tells John he is on in two minutes.

Outside the studio, the killer kills the guard at the gate and rips the cover off of a large ventilation pipe, and climbs in. Crawling through the pipe, the killer reaches the air duct above the studio where John is being interviewed. In the studio, the interview begins. The topic is the increased violence in L.A. During the interview, another guest, a human named Dr. Ali Farouk, holds up a newspaper. The headline reads: "Mason Jar cracks skin trade" (see The Skin Trade). They go to a commercial. In the dressing room, Sam and Jane watch the interview. The killer pushes out the mesh covering the air vent in the dressing room. Sam and Jane are startled to say the least. One of them yells. The guard outside the door tries to open the door, but it is lock from the inside. In the studio, John, sensing Jane's fear, rushes to the dressing room.

In the dressing room, Sam stands in front of Jane, protecting her. The killer stabs Sam and goes after Jane. Sam, lying on the floor, grabs the killer's foot, telling him Jane is pregnant. This news surprises the killer and he stops. Just then, Vale kicks the door in, aiming his gun at the killer. The killer quickly jumps into the vent. john goes after him. On the roof, John confronts the killer. There is a brief scuffle and John gets the knife away from the killer. John tells the killer to take off his mask, he does...revealing Repter, who was thought tp have died when he detonated the bomb on the ship. Gaun says he disarmed the bomb and the crash just happened. The Overseers knew they had been infiltrated and had Repter find the spy was and kill him, but John did it for him. He goes on to say that he was tired of being a slave and wanted to be an Overseer, so he went to them. Part of the initiation into the Overseers is killing someone you love, so HE killed his pregnant wife, not the Overseers. John realizes that Thoya was telling the truth and he killed an innocent man. Then he asks John to kill him. John won't do it, so Repter commits suicide by jumping off the roof.

Later, John sits alone, thinking. Vale tells him that Jane ID'd Repter's body and that Sam will live. John surrenders to Vale for the murder of Thoya, but Vale tells him that events that took place before the crash are out of his jurisdiction.

Epilogue -- One of Monda's men reports in. He says that four of the resisters are dead and the remaining three, John, Jane and Sam, are completely demoralized. He also reports that Repter died without exposing them, which makes Monda very happy.

Cut to a news report about John and Jane who have been living in isolation following the deaths of their friends. John and Jane, from the paternity ward of Moodri Memorial Hospital, announce the birth of their first child, a son they named Thoya.

The End



Ape Nation Issue #1 - “Plans” (Feb. 1991).

Writer: Charles Marshall
Pencil Art: M.C. Wyman
Ink Art: Terry Pallot
Letterer: Clem Robins
Interior Coloring: David de Vries
Cover Illustration: Dave Dorman
Publisher: Dave Olbrich
Editor-in-Chief: Chris Ulm
Editorial Assistants: Mickie Villa & Dan Danko
Creative Director: Tom Mason


The story is told from the point of view of an Ape named Heston. The story opens in Ape City. In a dark room, a group of Apes are sitting around a table discussing something they are not sure they should believe. They ask Heston to tell his story. Heston says that while on guard duty, he came across three travelers. The travelers had been searching beyond the Forbidden Zone for a human who had killed one of their companions. They tracked the human high into the mountains when a bright light flash above them—a spaceship. The ship landed less than a mile from the travelers, so they went to investigate. When they reached the ship, they saw strange beings emerge from the craft—Tenctonese. The travelers left and warned every town between the ship and Ape City before returning home. After Heston finished the story, a few of the Apes still could not believe it. Heston volunteers to investigate. The others agree.

The next morning, Heston and another Ape named Packer have started out on their journey. Along the way, they are joined by Winnipeg, a tracker from a mysterious group called the Lightfeet, a prisoner the size of a house named Roto, and Bart, a young Orangutan seeking adventure.
Heston continues his story. Elsewhere, a group of Apes in the military, plan what Heston calls “an unholy alliance”. This group is lead by General Ollo, a loyal follower of the ways of Aldo, Killer of Apes. Ollo has sworn to destroy Ape City. Another member of the group is a human traitor named Simon, one of the few humans that can speak. Simon has a reputation as an Ape killer. The third member of the group is Danada, a Tenctonese. Simon demands to know who Danada is, so Danada tells his story. Danada tells them how they were genetically engineered, design for hard labor. The slaves were ship, in fleets, to other worlds, but his fleet strayed off course. They were sucked into the gravity of a black hole. The ship's captain, Caan, acting on his theory of the nature of time and space, brought the ship to safety in another time. Danada led a revolt and freed the slaves. He then imprisoned Caan and any of his followers until they could get back to their own time. But now, Danada is bent on conquering their new world with Ollo and Simon's help.

Cut to Heston and his friends. They are six weeks into their journey with nothing to show for it. They stop for a moment and are charged by wild boars. They escape the attack with no injuries. They come to a rise. Looking over it, they see an army of humans, Apes and aliens coming at them. They have no time to run, so they are caught up in the fight. One by one they are defeated. When Heston finally comes to, he finds himself chained to a wall in the alien ship, the fate of his friends unknown.

End of issue #1.




Ape Nation Issue #2 - “Pasts” (April 1991).

All the credits are the same except:
Cover Illustration: Paul Gulacy
Cover Coloring: Tom Smith


Open on a quiet farm. The Ape farmer is in his fields, tending his crops, when he sees a dust cloud approach. At first he thinks it's locusts, but as the cloud nears, we see it is the army of rouge Apes, humans and aliens. The army destroys the farm, killing everyone. Afterwards, the three leaders, Ollo, Simon and Danada make plans for more raids. Simon seems a little hesitant.

In the ship, we see Heston chained to the wall. Chained next to him is the former ship's captain, Caan. Caan tells heston the story of how they got there and how Danada took over the ship and imprisoned him and his two sisters. We learn that Danada is Caan's brother. Just then, Caan's sister, Elysa, opens the cell and frees them. Before they can escape, Elysa is stab in the back by Simon. Heston and Caan jump Simon, beating him to a pulp. The alien guards, having been alerted, chase after them. The manage to escape on horseback, having to leave the body of his sister behind.

Outside the ship, the mixed army fight among themselves. Ollo looks for Danada to tell him about the escape. Ollo, after having to knock out two of Danada's guards, enters Danada's quarters where he is enjoying the company of three women. Of course Danada is a little more that peeved at the intrusion and a lot more than peeved when he finds out that one of the escapees is Caan. Disobeying orders, Simon goes off to track Heston and Caan down. When he is gone, Ollo tells Danada to have one of his men kill Simon when he returns.

That night, Caan and Heston are riding through the woods. They come upon an abandoned farm and make themselves at home. While Heston looks for food, Caan finds a bucket of curdled goats milk and chugs it down. He wonders off to find the goat. More than a little drunk, Caan wanders to a pond and falls in. Just then, Roto rises out of the water, ready for a fight. As they fight, Simon sneaks up on them.




Ape Nation Issue #3 - “Pawns” (May 1991).

All credits are the same as #1 except the following have been added and/or changed:
Cover Illustration: Steven Butler
Cover Coloring: Tom Smith
Publishing Coordinator: Kim Scholter
Editor: Dan Danko
Art Director: Mickie Villa


Heston, thinking Caan went back to the ship to stop Danada, gets on a horse and goes after him.

Cut to a farm where a small group of Ape farmers, armed with rifles, watches as Danada's army swarm toward them. The farmers are not a threat and don't stand a chance.

At the pond, Roto is holding Caan above his head. Simon orders both of them to surrender. Roto responds by throwing Caan at him. Caan and Simon dive into the water and wrestle with Roto. Three of Danada's guards find them, telling the wet combatants that they have orders to bring them back to the ship. Another fight begins, but this time, Simon, Caan and Roto fight together against the guards and win. The three join forces to stop Danada and Ollo. They leave to find Heston.

Elsewhere, in the woods, Bart is trying to sleep. When he saw the army, he ran. The squealing of baby pigs is keeping him awake. Behind the piglets, is their mother, a wild boar. Bart climbs up a tree as the boar charges. In the tree, he encounters a beehive. The bees attack him, he falls and lands on the boar. The boar and her piglets run off. bart, alone and scared, wanders the woods. He stumbles upon a city.

Back on the ship, Danada is engaged in his favorite pastime (with the help of three woman) when Ollo interrupts. They argue about how things are going. Ollo is not pleased with the way Danada does things. Danada thinks everything in just fine. When Ollo leaves, Danada tells his men that Ollo has out lived his usefulness and wants him killed.

Outside the ship, Heston is sneaking around. He finds a way in without being seen. He prowls the corridors, avoiding the guards. He leans against a wall, but instead of feeling a hard surface, he falls into a dark room. The lights come on and he sees Caan's sister, Elysa. Simon only punctured one of her hearts. Heston fills her in on what happened when he and Caan escaped from the ship. They team up to find Caan and stop Danada.

The next morning, Roto, Caan and Simon are awaking, not having gotten much sleep. They made their camp on a hill not to far from the ship. Roto scatters the horses. They see the Ollo/Danada army coming toward them.




Ape Nation Issue #4 - “Pains” (June 1991).

The credits are the same as issue #3.


Elysa and Heston knock out the guard outside Danada's quarters and go in. They surprise Danada, who was asleep. Elysa and Heston demand Danada tell them how to stop the army. Danada tells them it is too late to stop them.

At the hill camp, Roto, Caan and Simon prepare themselves for the army. When it reaches them, they fight.

In Danada's quarters, he tells Elysa and Heston that everything is Ollo's doing. Ollo is holding him against his will. Just then, Ollo enters and shoots him in the head. Heston and Elysa run from the room. They escape by jumping down the garbage chute. Outside, they decide on a plan to break the alliance between the Apes and aliens. Elysa tells a group of aliens that Ollo killed Danada and Heston tells a group of Apes that Danada killed Ollo. They stand back and watch the fireworks.

Back at the hill camp, the battle continues. But the army doesn't fight with the ferocity they did before. Caan thinks they might be drugged. In the distance, Bart leads an army from the city. They join Roto and the others in the fight. But they are not the only ones to join the fight. An army of Lightfeet heads their way. The battle rages on.

At the ship, another battle is in full swing. Ollo tries to stop them, but it is no use. He rides off. After the battle, Elysa and Heston check the fallen soldiers. Finding none alive they head into the woods.

The next day, at the ship, Caan and the others survey the battlefield. Caan is about to find Danada and ask him what happened when Heston and Elysa come out of the woods. Elysa tells Caan everything that happened and that the ship is now his again. Caan goes into the ship to release the other alien prisoners. In the woods, Simon watches for a while, then leaves.

In the ship, they find Winnipeg dead and Packer chained to the wall.

Packer tells Heston that Winnipeg passed on his Lightfoot spirit to Packer, saving his life. Packer leaves with the rest of the Lightfoot warriors. Heston and the rest of the Apes say goodbye to Caan and Elysa and head back to Ape City. The ship takes off.

The End.