The “Alien” franchise has come a long way since Ridley Scott’s 1979 adaptation and it only continues to grow as the years go by. It’s safe to say that creators, Dan O’Bannon and Ronald Shusett, could never have imagined that nearly 40 years after seeing Ripley and the Nostromo on the big screen, fans would still have dreams of xenomorphs, facehuggers, and chestbursters dancing in their heads or perhaps, in some cases, terrorizing their dreams. Aside from the “Prometheus” sequel, “Alien: Covenant,” the latest film release that vastly expands on the lore of this universe, success has extended beyond film into countless video games, books, and comic books.
When Dark Horse purchased the rights to “Aliens,” they began pumping out story after story and haven’t looked back. While only a few of their “Alien” comics are considered cannon, they hit the ball out of the park when they decided to start a series of non-cannon crossovers that are nothing short of epic. In brightest day, in blackest night, no universe shall escape their sight! Will the characters of your favorite universe survive their encounter against the alien horde? Read on to find out! Here are 15 times the xenomorphs invaded other comics.
SPOILER WARNING: This list contains spoilers for the “Alien” crossover comics.
15. SUPERMAN VS ALIENS
“Superman VS. Aliens” is a three-part series, written and illustrated by Dan Jurgens, that came out July through September of 1995. Lois Lane and Clark Kent meet with Lexcorp’s Doctor Kimble where Clark receives a telepathic message speaking of a city that escaped Krypton’s destruction. Flying through space in a Lexcorp ship to the lost city, Superman finds survivors and sends them back to the satellite in his ship. Investigating further, Clark stumbles upon a xenomorph infestation.
Without the yellow sun’s rays to power him, Superman is weakened. When he finally goes toe-to-toe with the xenomorph, it is actually able to hurt him. Kara, another survivor, swoops in to save Superman and later, shares what she knows about the aliens. Another battle ensues, and Superman wakes up with a queen embryo inside him. Lois and Kimble destroy the xenomorphs that arrived inside the survivors and Superman makes it back to Earth in time to regain his powers before the chestburster can escape.
“Batman/Aliens,” by Ron Marz, illustrated by Bernie Wrightson, was released in March and April of 1997. in it, Batman parachutes into the jungle in search of a missing Wayne Enterprises geologist. Upon landing, he encounters another government team headed for an alien ship. Inside, they find the usual horrific aftermath. Batman collects samples while one of the crew members foolishly runs off alone. In a nearby temple, they find the body of missing geologist as well as the missing crew member.
Surrounded, one of them activates a grenade, taking out himself and seemingly all of the xenomorphs with him, leaving only Batman, Hyatt (the business woman in charge) and one other crew member alive. Hyatt leaves them to die in order to escape and climb the command chain, but instead gets eaten by a gigantic crocodile/alien hybrid. Batman defeats the monster, escapes, and after further reflection, destroys the evidence to prevent mankind from gaining a weapon that the alien species represent.
“Aliens/Vampirella,” by Corinna Bechko, illustrated by Javier Garcia-Miranda, was released in September 2015 through February 2016. Humans are colonizing Mars, but deep beneath their base, are the remnants of an ancient civilization of vampires. Vampirella was immediately dispatched to help with the translation of the ancient texts. The investigation leads to unearthing alien eggs. Vampirella gets infected by a facehugger and goes down.
Vampirella, weakened by the chestburster, and the lone surviving human from the expedition, try to reach the surface. They indirectly awaken a Nosferatu who discovers times have drastically changed. The trio manages to anger the Queen/Vampire hybrid into chasing them and the few remaining humans out of the base. Realizing that his people are all dead, the Nosferatu sacrifices himself to take out the Queen. To stop the pursuit of other flying/vampire xenomorphs, the humans drop a bomb on the base and get out of dodge.
12. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: IN SPACE NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU SLAY!
Following a pregnancy scare, Spike takes Buffy on a Space-cation. This issue lines up between issues 4 and 6 of “Season 9” of the comic book series and was a Free Comic Book Day title in 2012. In typical Buffy fashion, this short story was riddled with all kinds of pop culture references, especially regarding “Alien.” Written by Andrew Chambliss and Illustrated by Georges Jeanty, it was overall a fun little story that can be found collected in the trade paperback, “On Your Own.”
One of Spike’s bugs was infested and was unfortunately brought back on the ship, setting the xenomorph free. The bugs, fearing where their next meal would come from, ate all of Buffy’s stakes. Weaponless but not defenseless, Buffy arms herself with a can of bug spray and a lighter then sets out after the xenomorph.
11. JUDGE DREDD VERSUS ALIENS: INCUBUS
Uncovering an illegal pit fighting operation using the aliens, Judge Dredd and a team of Verminators visit a small-time crook’s hideout where they discover a nest of alien eggs and are attacked by a xenomorph. Elsewhere, Mr. Bones explains his plot to destroy Mega-City One. He unleashes a massive hive on the Grand Hall of Justice, until one judge manages to activate Mechanismo robo-judges to drive them back underground.
Dredd gets infected attempting recover Sanchez, a fellow judge who was taken during the battle. They discover the Alien Queen and, with the help of the leader of the Verminators, destroy one of the city’s heating towers, showering magma upon the xenomorphs. Later, doctors are able to remove the chestbursters from Dredd, and Sanchez and Dredd promptly executes the creatures.
10. BATMAN/ALIENS II
This three-part story by Ian Edginton and illustrated by Staz Johnson was released from December 2002 through February 2003. Batman finds an explorer’s journal detailing the discovery of an alien wreck on Antarctica in 1927. Realizing what’s escaped, Gordon calls the Feds and the CDC while Batman battles the xenomorph in a subway.
Doctor Fortune arrives to take over the case, but Oracle uncovers that Fortune’s identity is fabricated. In a battle at Arkham, Batman gets knocked unconscious and awakes on an oil rig. Fortune reveals that she was on the expedition to Antartica and that she has an alien Queen embryo. She’s created new hybrids using her DNA and combining it with the DNA of Arkham inmates, like Two-Face, Poison Ivy and the Joker. In Fortune’s arrogance, she also combined xenomorph DNA with Killer Croc’s. Unable to control it, the new hybrid destroys Fortune and the base as Batman narrowly escapes the explosion.
9. OVERKILL: WITCHBLADE/ALIENS/DARKNESS/PREDATOR
Bodies are flowing into the morgue in record numbers, so Detective Sara Pezzini enlists the help of Jackie Estacado to get to the bottom of it all. They follow a lead to a warehouse where a xenomorph and Predator attack them. The Witchblade seems to take over and repel the Predator, cutting off its hand. After regrouping, Jackie is taken by the predator for experimentation. Sara gets an idea of how old the Witchblade is when she sees a vision of ancient battles with these creatures. After killing the xenomorph, Sara rescues Jackie and takes out the lights so the Darkness can join the fray. As retribution for the experiment, the Predator gets ripped in half. Once the dust settles, additional Predators collect their dead and disappear.
8. ALIENS VERSUS PREDATOR VERSUS THE TERMINATOR
Analee Call and Ripley #8 from “Alien: Resurrection” take center stage in this one as Call desperately tries to persuade Ripley to help them stop Dr. Trollenberg from creating an alien super-soldier. News travels fast, because a Predator ship is en route to hunt the new experiment.
Call and Ripley arrive to see a cloaked Predator take out Trollenberg and then get destroyed by the prototype super-soldier. Hacking Trollenberg’s skull reveals a hidden message from John Connor telling of the Skynet war. The prototype builds more alien super-soldiers while Ripley is captured and transported to a predator’s ship. When the final battle between the Predators and the prototypes goes south, Ripley releases a stockpile of fully-grown xenomorphs from stasis, which go forth wreaking havoc on the alien super-soldiers.
7. PREDATOR VS. JUDGE DREDD VS. ALIENS
Four judges pursue Archbishop Emoji into the Alabama Morass, home of Reinstot, a crazy genetic scientist, and his human-animal hybrid creations. After capturing the Judges, he injects one with a sample of alien DNA, transforming him into a monster, and slaps a facehugger on a second. Taking Judge Anderson with the intention of turning her into a queen later, Reinstot leaves Dredd between the monstrous alien-DNA-infused judge and a xenomorph that burst from a Predator’s chest he was holding captive.
Additional Predators arrive and destroy a majority of Reinstot’s men and capture the man himself. Meanwhile, Dredd escapes with the help of Anderson, and with the Predators, hunt the escaped xenomorph and mutated judge down. With the help of Archbishop Emoji, Reinstot escapes in the Predator’s ship. This is the most resent crossover on our list, starting in July of 2016, but issue 3 was delayed until December and issue 4 until June 2017.
6. WITCHBLADE/ALIENS/DARKNESS/PREDATOR: MINDHUNTER
In 2000, “Mindhunter,” written by David Quinn and illustrated by Mel Rubi, has Jackie and Sara’s paths cross once again. This time the pair find themselves prisoner aboard a living space ship above Earth. Their captor, Kenneth Irons, is controlling the ship and playing mind games with them. Also aboard the ship are a horde of xenomorphs and a female Predator.
As if they didn’t have enough on their plate, one of the Darklings gets infected by a facehugger. Now Sara and Jackie have to face a terrifying enemy, a xenomorph with the power of the Darkness. The duo team up with the predator against the Alien-Darkness hybrid and fly the ship towards the sun. The Predator takes the power of the Witchblade and defeats the Alien-Darkness hybrid, getting wounded in the process. The Predator gives the Witchblade back to Sara, then she and Jackie escape before the ship explodes.
5. GREEN LANTERN VERSUS ALIENS
The disappearance of a fellow Lantern has assembled a group of Lanterns to investigate. Upon discovering the xenomorph horde, Hal Jordan pleads a case for mercy on behalf of the aliens. The decision is made to transport the entire hive to Mogo where no sentient life would be harmed.
10 years later, Kyle Rayner is the last remaining Lantern. When a ship crash-lands on Mogo, he is called upon by a band of former Green Lanterns to assist. They get overrun by the xenomorphs and Kyle loses his ring. Finding his courage and facing his fears, he makes his way deeper into the hive. He manages to recover his ring near the Alien Queen and he decides to wipe out the xenomorphs fearing future lives that might be lost.
4. SUPERMAN AND BATMAN VS. ALIENS AND PREDATOR
Independent investigations cause Superman and Batman’s paths to cross in the Andes Mountains near a previously dormant volcano after seeing strange Predator activity in their respective cities. The Predators get the drop on the duo, and Batman is captured and taken to the Predator colony deep underground where he challenges the leader in one-on-one combat. Meanwhile, Superman fights back an infestation of xenomorphs near the surface.
Batman convinces the Predators that Superman is the sun spirit, and they conspire against the Terrestrial Defense Initiative, a government task force protecting Earth, to help get the Predators and the aliens off Earth and back to where they belong. Utilizing a particle beam, Superman transfers all of the Predators and aliens into his fortress of solitude while he gets them off planet. This story was written by Mark Schultz, illustrated by Ariel Olivetti and released in January and February of 2007.
An escape pod carrying Flint, crashes in New York. After being rescued, he describes the alien creatures, prompting Grifter to assemble the team to investigate and rescue any survivors at Skywatch, the space station. Void teleports them to the space station and the team examines the security footage to uncover what happened. They watch as the xenomorphs virtually wipe everyone out. Continuing to search for survivors, they find nearly 100 crew members locked away. After the survivors were safely transported off station, Winter, one of the survivors, knowing that the alien threat was too great, stayed behind to pilot the station into the sun.
One interesting aspects of this story was that its deaths lasted beyond the crossover issue and was actually used to launch the new lineup of heroes for “The Authority” in May of 1999. “WildC.A.T.S/Aliens” by Warren Ellis, illustrated by Chris Sprose, was released in August 1998.
2. SUPERMAN VS. ALIENS II: GOD WAR
Having acquired several alien eggs, Darkseid sends infected parademons to New Genesis to wreak havoc. Even as the parademons are defeated, the chestbursters are unleashed. Superman recognizes the threat and rushes to find the Alien Queen, but unfortunately, finds a captured Orion with a facehugger wrapped around his head.
Orion goes with Superman to Apokolips to destroy the Alien Queen. Against all odds, and both their weakening states, the duo manages to destroy the Queen. Darkseid uses his omega beams to destroy the alien within Orion, claiming that he is still his son despite being enemies, so Orion deserves a better death. In reality, this was Darkseid’s plan all along to make Orion question his own loyalties down the road. The last image shows a room full of infected parademons in stasis.
1. ALIENS VS. PREDATOR
In 1989, a three-part short story pitting aliens and Predators against each other, launched in Dark Horse Presents. The series was a huge hit and its impact sent ripples into the entertainment world, inspiring movies, comics and video games for a generation and generations still to come. The three-part story would act as a prequel to a four-part story they released in 1990. The “AVP” stories were the first to examine the culture and customs of the two species. Most stories told of Predators seeding planets with the xenomorphs and hunting them for sport. In 1999, Dark Horse put the “AVP” franchise to rest for the most part, only issuing a tie-in one-shot comic here and there to go with the “AVP” movies. In 2009, they came back ready for war in “Aliens vs. Predator: Three World War.”
While the “AVP” franchise has had its ups and downs, there is no denying it has a fiercely loyal fan base.
Which was your favorite Aliens xenomorph crossover? Did it make our list? Let us know in the comments!