Thing From Another World
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The Thing From Another World is an extremely dangerous adversary, for it hides in plain sight and uses the fear and paranoia of others to foment confusion among a population.
Every cell of the creature is capable of "infecting" another host organism. A brush of skin, a drop of blood, is enough to contaminate the host. The creature's cells work to rapidly take over those of the host, and in a short window of time (an hour, give or take), the creature obtains full control of the host and gains the ability to shape itself into a facsimile of that creature or any other it has imitated in the past.
Ideally, The Thing From Another World works to isolate new victims and take them over without alarming the rest of the group. Once it has duplicated another organism, its mimicry is flawless down to the last detail.
As long as even a single cell of the creature remains alive, it can infect a host and continue to spread, making it nearly impossible to kill.
One of the creature's only documented weakness is an open flame. Fire has been shown to destroy the creature's various incarnations, with larger applications of heat and flame required to destroy larger instances of Things.
The other documented weakness is an extreme survival mechanism that forces the creature to retreat from anything that could potentially harm it. Researchers in the Antarctic were able to exploit this weakness and discover infected team mates by touching extremely hot wires to samples of each man's blood. Thing blood reacts by jumping away from the source of heat, revealing a contamination.
In all cases, burning the bodies of the infected is the only sure way to prevent transmission of the parasite to new hosts.
No one knows where it calls home. The creature crash-landed on Earth long ago and went into extended hibernation in Antarctica. It slumbered until a team of Norwegian scientists discovered it and its ship buried in the ice and dug it out.
Once it awoke, it attacked the Norwegians and made its way to the nearby US outpost where it insinuated itself among the American researchers and attempted to build a space ship to escape. Two men, Childs and MacReady, were the only survivors of the encounter.
At this point, details become sketchy. There are reports of the US military sending a team to find out what happened and finding Childs dead.
Other reports claim the Antarctic base was visited by a submarine which was attacked by the creature and sunk by MacReady in a last-ditch attempt to destroy the creature. MacReady may or may not have been rescued by a group of Argentinians and returned to the mainland in the aftermath of these events.
It is unknown whether or not The Thing From Another World remains alive on Earth at this time.
Despite the title, in the comics The Thing From Another World is based on the creature from the John Carpenter film "The Thing", not the James Arness version of the creature from the film "The Thing From Another World." Trademark restrictions from Marvel prevented Dark Horse from naming the book "The Thing".
First Appearance: The Thing From Another World (1991) #1
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Aliens Omnibus (2007)
Dark Horse Comics (1992)
The Thing From Another World (1991)
The Thing from Another World and Climate of Fear (1993)
TPB The Thing From Another World: Climate of Fear (1992)
- 'The Thing from Another World and Climate of Fear'
The Thing From Another World: Eternal Vows (1993)
#1 The Thing: The Northman Nightmare (2011)
- 'From This Day Forth'#2
- 'In Sickness or in Health'#3
- 'For Better or Worse'#4
- ''Till Death Do Us Part'
- 'The Northman Nightmare'
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