Aliens: Showdown is a mini-comic that was published by Dark Horse Comics in 1992. It was included exclusively with the Corp. Hicks action figure produced by Kenner Products. The story was written by Dan Jolley, penciled by Brandon McKinney, inked by Karl Kesel, lettered by Dan Nakrosis, and edited by Dan Thorsland, with cover art by Joe Phillips.

Showdown 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 sixth comic in the series, continuing the story from Aliens: Meltdown, and its story was continued in the subsequent comic, Aliens: Stampede.

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!



While enjoying some downtime at a Wild West-themed colony, the Space Marines are found by a local cattle rancher who tells them of a lucky escape from an Alien born from his livestock. The Bull Alien arrives and destroys the rancher's vehicle, and shrugs off all the firepower the Marines can throw at it but is killed when Corp. Hicks detonates the destroyed vehicle's fuel cell with his rocket launcher, incinerating the Alien. Realising the Bull Aliens are susceptible to fire, the Marines load up on flamethrowers and head out to destroy the rest.

Reprint History[]

For many years, Aliens: Showdown was never offered for individual sale anywhere and was exclusive to the Corp. Hicks toy from Kenner with which it was packaged, 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.

Behind the Scenes[]

The art team behind Showdown, Brandon McKinney and Karl Kesel, would go on to produce another mini-comic in the Aliens: Space Marines series, Aliens vs. Predator: The Ultimate Battle. This is one of only two times the same team of artists produced more than one entry in the series; John Nadeau and Steve Moncuse also produced both Aliens: Night Strike and Aliens: Swarm (Nadeau also worked on several other entries, but either alone or with different partners).