Aliens: Reapers is a comic book short story that was first published by Dark Horse Comics in the Dark Horse Presents Fifth Anniversary Special in April 1991. Originally published in black and white, the story was written by John Arcudi, illustrated by Simon Bisley, and edited by Randy Stradley.
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This short action-heavy story focuses on an expedition by another alien species (presumably the "Reapers" of the story's title) hunting an Alien hive, eventually facing its monstrous Queen. The Xenomorphs in the story, particularly the Queen, are shown to be much larger than the typical ones faced by humans, perhaps as a result of gestation in infected Reapers. In the end, it is revealed that on the Reaper homeworld, the Xenomorphs are a form of cuisine.
Dark Horse Comics
Aliens: Reapers was first collected alongside a number of other Aliens stories published in Dark Horse Presents up to that point in the Dark Horse Presents: Aliens trade paperback, released in April 1992. For this release the story was colored by Chris Chalenor.
The story is due to be collected by Marvel Comics in Aliens Omnibus Volume 1, the first Aliens collection from the company following their acquisition of the rights. The collection is due to be published in April 2021.
Behind the Scenes
Reapers shares its name with the short story Reaper from the anthology novel Aliens: Bug Hunt. In fact, the term "reaper" has appeared several timzes in the Alien franchise, also appearing as the name of the Reaper pistol featured in the novel Alien: Sea of Sorrows and the name of the elite anti-Yautja team in the novel The Predator: Hunters and Hunted.
Reapers is notable as one of the few Aliens stories to depict an alien species other than the Xenomorphs. Other notable non-Xenomorph aliens featured in the franchise include the lizard-like space travelers in Aliens: Theory of Alien Propagation, the reptilian Xenomorph-eating alien from Aliens: Taste, the alien pilot shown in Aliens: Earth Angel, the hunting village aliens from Aliens: Alien, the extraterrestrial scientists in Aliens: Incubation, the alien monkeys in Aliens: Fire and Stone and, of course, the Predators and Engineers. While such species were originally limited to Aliens comics from Dark Horse, several recent Alien novels have also introduced non-Xenomorph species, such as Alien: Out of the Shadows and Aliens: Bug Hunt.
John Arcudi is a veteran writer of Aliens and Predator comics, having also worked on Predator: God's Truth, Predator: Big Game, Aliens: Genocide, Aliens: Alien, Aliens: Stronghold, Aliens: Alchemy, Aliens: More Than Human and Predator: Prey to the Heavens. He was also the original writer on Dark Horse Comics' The Mask, which was turned into a theatrical film of the same name starring Jim Carrey.
United Kingdom-based artist Simon Bisley is world renowned for his painted fantasy-style artwork on titles such as Judge Dredd, Lobo and Heavy Metal magazine.