Alien vs. Predator: Thicker Than Blood is an ongoing four-issue limited comic book series to be published by Dark Horse Comics from December 2019-March 2020. It was published simultaneously in the digital format via Dark Horse Digital. The story was written by Jeremy Barlow, illustrated by Doug Wheatley, colored by Rain Beredo, lettered by Michael Heisler, and edited by Randy Stradley and Judy Khuu, with cover art by Chun Lo.
The publication of the series was interrupted by the global COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, entering a hiatus after the first two issues went on sale. Following this, the rights to publish Alien vs. Predator comic books moved from Dark Horse Comics to Marvel Comics, further affecting the release of Thicker Than Blood. Ultimately, Dark Horse confirmed that while the series would be completed, the remaining single issues would not be published, and instead the series would conclude with its trade paperback release in November 2020.
#1: If the Predators don't get you, the Alien will! Predators board a luxury charter spaceship, unleashing a path of terror and bloodshed. An adolescent girl and her younger brother are the last to survive, and begin a cat-and-mouse chase with the attackers. They hope for an escape, but they haven't counted on the Alien...
#2: With nowhere left to run but into the Predators' ship, every turn leads Maria and Tyler deeper into danger — until they discover a captive Xenomorph. Could the Alien be the weapon to tip the scales in their favor, or will they find themselves caught in a crossfire?
#3: Two kids, trapped aboard a crippled space liner with both a Predator and an Alien hunting them. They have only each other on which to depend, and getting even one of them out alive will require a sacrifice...
#4: The action-packed finale! Maria and the Predator make their final, harrowing stand against the Alien. But in a pact with the Predator, safety is never guaranteed.
- Thicker Than Blood was the first stand-alone Alien vs. Predator comic series in over a decade — the two preceding comics, Alien vs. Predator: Fire and Stone and Alien vs. Predator: Life and Death, both formed part of a multi-series crossover with the Aliens, Predator and Prometheus lines, while prior to that, Aliens vs. Predator: Three World War was a direct sequel to Aliens: More Than Human and Predator: Prey to the Heavens. Thus the last AVP story to stand on its own and bear no connection to any of the other lines in the universe was Alien vs. Predator: Civilized Beasts, published in April 2008.
- The series was also the last Predator comic to be published by Dark Horse Comics.
- ↑ "AVPGalaxy - Dark Horse Comics – What’s Still Coming and What is Cancelled". Retrieved on 2020-08-26.