This article is about the character in the Book Trilogy continuity. For the character in the film continuity, see Dwayne Hicks
Corporal Dwayne Hicks was the last survivor of a squad of Colonial Marines attacked by Xenomorphs during their deployment to the moon Acheron aboard the USS Sulaco to investigate the sudden loss of contact with the colonists. Hicks escaped the infested colony with Ellen Ripley and a young girl named Newt. His face was half-burned due to exposure to the Aliens' acidic blood, leaving his face scarred.
After returning from the mission on Acheron, Hicks and Newt were put in quarantine to insure they didn't have any alien bacteria or virus. Hicks declined getting his scars removed from the mission caliming women liked men with scars. Cpl. Hicks was eventually reassigned after being released from quarantine during which Hicks turned to alcohol and chems to cope with what happened on Acheron. During his binges, Hicks would brawl with Marines and civilians alike and would be repeatedly arrested and detained. During this period Wilks was eventually removed from active duty in the Corps, and imprisoned for having encountered the creatures, as well as his disruptive behavior.
13 years later, still in prison and suffering from recurring nightmares, Hicks received a visit from a government agent named Orona, who requested the Marine to lead a Colonial Marine squad on a mission to capture a live Xenomorph specimen due to his experience on Acheron. Before leaving for the mission, Hicks visited Newt in the hospital. After seeing him, Newt discovered that the nightmares she suffered were real and asked Hicks to save her from the hospital but the visit was interrupted and Billie was dragged away. Some days later, Hicks returned to the hospital and helped Newt escape and brought her along on the mission by hiding her inside a hypersleep chamber. During the loading, Hicks (now a sergeant) ordered plasma weapons but Colonel H.S. Stephens declined the idea. After the loading they departed in the transport ship The Benedict without knowing that they were being followed by another ship full of altered androids led by a man named Patrick Massey.
Betrayal & Fighting Pirates
After the platoon of Marines was awoken from hypersleep, Colonel Stephens noticed the plus one on the roster and confronted Wilks on it. The Sergent was amused that he was right on Stephens' incompetence and not being familiar with his troops to pick Newt out. After convincing the Colonel to take Newt along as a "civillian advisor" on the mission and since there were no pit stops to drop Newt off he had no choice to take her along. Stephens was furious, telling Hicks he'll let Hicks twist in the wind when they get back to Earth.
After some time out of hypersleep, Wilks noticed one of his Marines, Butler was attracted to Newt. Determined to give Newt a heads up on Butler's "secret" and spare the young woman the heartache from it, He told Butler to take a hike and made it an order. With Butler storming off, Wilks tried to give Newt the heads up on Butler but instead he was rebuked by the furious woman.
Sometime after that, Hicks was in the ship's gym exercising, when he felt the ship jolt like it hit something. Wilks, suspicious of the jolt hit the general alarm to alert the crew to the trouble they were in. Hicks then ran into Colonel Stephens, telling him about his suspicions only to have Stephens pull a pistol on the Sergent. As Stephens lead Hicks to the boarding hatch that the pirate forces Hicks met the man behind the attack, Massey. Stephens then said he held up his end of the deal and demanded his payment, Massey then asked Hicks to move to the side, complying Hicks watched Massey shoot Stephens in the chest killing him.
Now at the "mercy" of Massey, Hicks was led at gunpoint to the communications room. Already figuring he was a dead man Hicks tried to assault Massey only to be beaten by the seasoned assassin. After sometime, Hicks noticed that Newt had gotten away from the patrols on the ship and managed to arm herself. Confronting the pirate, Newt asked the man to surrender and drop his weapons. Hicks shouted at Newt to shoot the man dead, distracting her and giving Massey an opportunity to attack her. Hicks joined the fray to take the assassin out. Newt managed to wound the man as he was attacking Hicks. Defeated, Massey had no intention to go out alone and was arming a grenade as Newt fatally shot the man.
After Massey was delt with, Hicks and Newt took down for more of the combat androids patrolling the ship allow themselves to work at rescuing the stranded Marines and crew. Hicks then made contact with Squad One and told them that he was coming down with the spare dropship to rescue the stranded people. As Hicks was talking to Butler of Squad One, one of the crewmen, was screaming over the com that the creatures were almost at him. Hicks then yelled to Walters to activate his tracking signal so the survivors could be extracted. Squad One then said that they were near the crewman's tracker and decided to head out to get them out much to Newt's protests.
Before Hicks and Newt departed he set a little going away "present" for the planet, a nuclear payload he managed to smuggle on as "miscolanious parts" behind Stephens' back. He set the timer to six hours so regardless if anyone would survive, the planet's Xenomorphs would be delt with. Hicks and Newt then set out to the planet's surface.
When Hicks landed the dropship near the Hive he spotted three survivors: Butler, Blake and one of the crew. telling the three to move it with since he had the timer going down. Butler was mometaralily distracted when a xenomorph then ambushed and bisected him. He ordered Blake to hurry up so he could provide cover fire for the three. Hicks had to slap some sense into Newt who didn't know about Bueller's secret, yelling at her that he warned her that it would be nothing but trouble for her to pursue him.
As the three made it to the dropship, the transport was swarmed by Xenomorphs punding and scratching at the hull to get at the five in the ship. Hicks then asked Blake to help him clear off the ship by going outside to deal with the swarm. Hicks asked Blake that should he be hived that she put him out of his misery. Due to her programming Blake responded that she couldn't. Then suddenly the scratching and pounding from outside stopped.
Hicks, Newt, and Blake then opened the hatch to see what was going on outside only to find all the creatures dead and flattened. The three then saw a creature in a spacesuit with a device standing there. Newt then broke down as the creature projected its hatred of xenomorphs on to her reminding her of the time her father was attacked in another one of these creatures ships back on Acheron.
With only three hours left, repairs still needed to be done on the dropship to get it working again. They spent the next hour getting the repairs done, much to the discomfort of the amonia filled atmosphere had on the humans. After getting the dropship going the five made it back to The Benedict for the planet to be bombed back into a primotial stage. Before disembarking off the dropship, Hicks ran the decontamination lasers to make sure they didn't pick up any unwanted guests planetside. The five then went back into hypersleep for the nine month journy back to Earth.
Return to Earth
After waking from the nine month sleep, Wilks and the survivors started receiving transmissions regarding the infestation that gripped Earth. One transmission was from Orona, who realized his folly in trying to acquire the creatures as a weapons system and killed himself before the creatures could take him alive. The Benedict then received orders to land the craft at a specified stronghold and was told spacifically to not damage the ship upon reentry since ships where now very valuable.
When The Benedict landed, Hicks and the others were greeted by a squad of Marines with their weapons leveled at them. A General stepped forward ordering his men to inspect the ship, while his men filed on to The Benedict, the General filled the five in on the state of the planet as well as that the base had anywhere from a few hours to a day before the Xenomorphs overrun it. Parks, the surviving crewmember, asked the general what would happen to the survivors. The General apologized stating he had his "orders". Irrate at being left for dead, the survivors protested the General, who responded by drawing his sidearm. Blake, who was programmed to not allow any harm come to humans, stood between the General and the humans. Being warned that he had no qualms about killing a few more people Blake was shot twice in the chest and died when one of the shots richochetted into her main pump. Hicks struck the General in the temple with enough force to kill the man as he fired a third round.
With Parks running off on his own, it was now Hicks, Newt and Butler scrambling for a ship to escape the compromised base. The trio came across a battered the freighter that was typically unmanned. The three got on board as the sounds from the conflict between the Marines and Xenomorphs grew closer. The ship took off in time before any creatures could make their way to the ship and before the stockpile of nukes could be detonated.
To be continued
The Book Trilogy was originally intended as a direct sequel and continuation to Aliens. After the release of Alien 3, which featured the deaths of Newt, Hicks and Ripley, in order to keep these stories relevant to the Alien film franchise, Dark Horse changed the names and therefore identities of the characters for future printings and novel adaptations. In these reissues and adaptations--and in all other following Aliens stories which referenced Book One and Book Two, Hicks' name was changed to Wilks and the events on Acheron took place in Rim.
David "Davey" Wilks was born on Earth in the United States to Ben Wilks and an unknown woman. David's early childhood was marked with tragedy with his father walking out on him at age four and losing his mother at age five. He was put in the care of his aunt Carrie Greene after his mother died. About six years later, soon after his eleventh birthday, there was a knock at the door from a disheveled man asking for David. The man introduced himself as a friend of his mother's named Ben. Ben gave David a birthday present and turned and walked away leaving a stunned David at the doorway. Some years later, Wilks entered in the USCMC eventually reaching the rank of Corporal.
Mission to Rim
Coporal Wilks and his squad were sent to the colony world of Rim to investigate the loss of communications from the colony. When the squad arrived, they discovered the colonists dead except one child, Billie, who survived the creatures that killed the others. As the squad was evacuating the facility, the dropship had a stowaway kill the pilots, destroying the transport. The twelve Marines and Billie had to find another way out of the facility and away from the hostile creatures.
After half the squad was killed and the Sergeant was killed by one of the creatures leaving Wilks, the girl, Ellis, Quinn and Jasper. Wilks was holding Billie when he came to a locked door. Needing to force the door open, Wilks handed the girl over to Jasper so he could use a welder to melt through the locking mechanism. Short on time with the creatures closing in and the reactor going critical, Wilks managed to get the door open to find one of the creatures standing there, set to attack him. Wilks managed to kill the creature, but heard Jasper's screams as a creature got a hold of him, and killed him.
Wilks heard Billie scream as another creature got hold of her. Wilks then shot out the creature's legs allowing Billie to get away. It's known that before they escaped, Wilks fought and killed a queen and received some injuries to the left side of his face. Wilks and Billie managed to survive and make it back to a space station.