Aliens: Inhuman Condition is a six-part comic book story that was first published by Dark Horse Comics in the anthology series Dark Horse Presents, Vol. 2 #12-17, from May-October 2012. The issues of Dark Horse Presents were also published simultaneously in the digital format via Dark Horse Digital. The story was written by John Layman, illustrated by Sam Kieth, colored by Kieth and John Kalisz, lettered by Layman, and edited by Chris Warner. Issue #12 of Dark Horse Presents also featured an Aliens cover by Keith.
In the Aliens comics line, Aliens: Inhuman Condition was preceded by Aliens: Fast Track to Heaven, published concurrently with Aliens: Colonial Marines - No Man Left Behind, and was followed by Alien: Isolation.
On a distant, frozen world, "artificial persons" are manufactured in discreet seclusion. With formidable new security synthetics coming online, how better to test their mettle than against a hive of deadly Xenomorphs? But as Socialization Specialist Jean DuPaul sees her ever-more-human android charges sent to their destruction, she learns that the most savage species in the universe is man. Collects stories from DHP #12-#17.
On the ice planet Nivalis-4, Miss Jean Dupal works at a Weyland-Yutani Artificial Humanoid Fabrication Plant as a Socialization Specialist where she teaches newly designed synthetics human traits. The synthetics were designed by Science Officer Jeromy Harris, who Miss Dupal has called her fiance and husband on multiple occasions. It seems the idea of their marriage was nothing but a fabrication stemming from a past incident. Jean survived being trapped in a room for three weeks with a Xenomorph that incubated inside Officer Harris' chest before killing him and terrorizing Miss Dupal.
After Karl Bennett, a representative of Weyland-Yutani, deems the Nivalis-4 fabrication plant worthy of producing the next, state of the art, line of synthetics, Chief Administrator Joshua Alder orders Miss Dupaul off-world, stating her behavior has been volatile since her incident with the alien. He also orders all previous synthetic models to wage war against a nearby alien hive to wipe them out--both the Aliens and the obsolete artificial people. In protest Miss Jean Dupaul goes with them into the Hive where she purposefully allows herself to be impregnated, telling the Queen she “has something [she] wants” and returns to the facility for one final act of revenge.
Aliens: Inhuman Condition was collected and released as a hardcover graphic novella published by Dark Horse Books in April 2013. The novel featured a new cover by Sam Kieth and edited by Chris Warner and Daniel Chabon.
The graphic novella was released digitally through Dark Horse Digital on May 1, 2013, reusing Kieth's cover art from the collected edition.
Behind the Scenes
Aliens: Inhuman Condition writer, John Layman, also wrote 2016's Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens: Splice and Dice crossover series.