Aliens: Hive War is a mini-comic that was published by Dark Horse Comics in 1992. It was included exclusively with the Sgt. Apone action figure produced by Kenner Products. The story was written by Dan Jolley, penciled by Joe Phillips, inked by John Dell, lettered by Dan Nakrosis, and edited by Dan Thorsland, with cover art by Phillips.

Hive War was a part of the Aliens: Space Marines series, a number of mini-comics included exclusively with certain toys from Kenner's Aliens and Aliens vs. Predator toy lines. It was the third comic in the series, continuing the story from Aliens: Operation: Rescue, and its story was continued in the subsequent comic, Aliens: Jungle Attack.

Publisher's Summary[]

Sometime in the future...

Humankind has begun to explore space, colonizing planets throughout the galaxy. Leading the way are the SPACE MARINES, the toughest heavy metal warriors in the galaxy! Armed to the teeth with state-of-the-art weaponry, they keep the peace in a universe filled with danger... and ALIENS!

Vicious, gruesome, and deadly, the Aliens spit acid, and use slithering face huggers to capture their prey. Led by their sinister Queen, the Aliens are spreading everywhere, mutating into more deadly forms as they go. Earth's last defense: The Space Marines, known throughout the galaxy as the best bug-fighters around.

So lock and load, Marine, the invasion is on!



Ripley reveals herself.

Sgt. Apone, Corp. Hicks and Bishop find themselves confronted by an Alien Queen inside her Hive, but are rescued when Lt. Ripley arrives with her flamethrower. The four soldiers destroy the Xenomorphs present, and Apone chases down the fleeing Queen, killing her with a Mega Grenade. However, the explosion partially collapses the Hive and traps them inside. The survivors dig their way out and head off the rendezvous with Sgt. Drake for the next mission, as an Alien hand emerges from the rubble behind them.

Reprint History[]

A reprint of Aliens: Hive War was included with NECA's updated Sgt. Apone figure. However, other than the Kenner and NECA figures with which it has been packaged, for many years the comic was never offered for individual sale anywhere, making it (along with the rest of the Aliens: Space Marines series) among the rarest Aliens comics from Dark Horse.

However, following Marvel Comics' acquisition of the rights to Alien comic books, almost all of the Aliens: Space Marines mini-comics were collected as part of Marvel's Aliens: The Original Years Volume 1 collection, alongside many other early Dark Horse stories. This marked the first time the previously rare Kenner comics had ever been reissued in a mass market format. The collection was released in May 2021.