Aliens vs Predator: Duel is a two-issue limited comic book series that was first published by Dark Horse Comics from March-April 1995. It was written by Randy Stradley, illustrated by Javier Saltares, inked by Jimmy Palmiotti, colored by Jim Sinclair, lettered by Steve Dutro and edited by Chris Warner, with cover art by Warner. The comic follows a squad of Colonial Marines dispatched to the planet Ryushi to investigate a distress signal. It is notable as being the first official appearance of a Predalien.
The series is one of the few Aliens, Predator and Aliens vs. Predator comic books to serve as a direct sequel to an earlier story. Specifically, it follows up on events on the planet Ryushi after the destruction of the colony of Prosperity Wells, as seen in the original Aliens vs. Predator series.
In the Aliens vs. Predator comics line, Aliens vs. Predator: Duel was preceded by Aliens vs. Predator: Blood Time, published concurrently with Aliens vs. Predator: Deadliest of the Species and Aliens vs. Predator: Booty, and was followed by Aliens vs. Predator: War.
#1: The violent clash of Alien against Predator left the planet Ryushi a desolate wasteland. But now, years later, a mysterious alien beacon beams a distress signal from the supposedly abandoned world. When Marine ship Brilliant responds to the call for aid, they step neck deep into disaster!
#2: It's hard enough going toe-to-toe with the meanest Aliens in the galaxy, even if you are the toughest Marine hombres around. But throw in a batch of fresh Predators, and the only solution to this dilemma will have you wiping blood from your goggles for the next week!
The story starts as two soldiers are fleeing from some unseen threat. One of the soldiers listen something and fires the last rounds on his Pulse Rifle and soon is killed by a Xenomorph. The remaining soldier, Captain Glass finds himself between the alien and a Yautja warrior.
The story then flashbacks to the ship Brilliant above Ryushi, where Captain Glass is informed that they have received a non-human distress call. Glass gives a little briefing to his platoon about the non human origin of the distress call. The crew are already aware of the Xenomorphs existence and the Hadley's Hope incident. They also know that Machiko Noguchi is living on the planet and the ship landed near the Sheldon's ranch, where Machiko now supposedly lives. However, they find the ranch empty, so they take the ATV to the distress call's origin. Expecting to find an engineer ship, they are surprised to find a very different class of ship. As Glass and his men inspect the ship, some Yautja observes up from the canyon.
Reed, One of the soldiers, gets scared by a Briar Wolf inside the ship. Soon they find a Yautja skeleton and other unconscious. Carlston, another soldier, finds a still chained and apparently dead Queen, but Carlson is killed by a Xenomorph, and more show up. The Marines evacuate, but outside the ship they are ambushed by Subterranean Xenomorphs, one of which kills Bowen. The Marines fight off the Xenomorphs and the Yautja that was observing them jumps down from his cliff and seemingly saves the Marine. Once the Xenomorphs are killed, Private Cogletti attempts communication with a one-handed predator but it kills her.
They flee on the ATV, killing a Yautja in the process. They returned to Machiko's place and call Murphy on the Brilliant for a quick extraction. Suddenly, in that moment, a Chestburster erupts from the unconscious predator. Glass tries to kill the Chestburster, but it escapes into a nearby vent. The predators attack the marines and they make a stand as the Brilliant lands. Glass attempts to warn Murphy, but a Yautja destroys the ship with a plasma bazooka, so Glass and his surviving soldiers flee again, this time to Prosperity Wells, unaware that the Chestburster is under the vehicle.
Glass and his men establish a defense perimeter on the ruins of the town, placing mines all on the exposed side. The Xenomorph, now revealed to be a Predalien, attacks from behind and kills Reed. The men open fire and the predalien escapes. Glass detonate the perimeter mines and kills two of the remaining Yautja, leaving only Light-Stepper alive. Glass and a surviving soldier escape, leading to the scene at the beginning.
Glass is trapped between Light-Stepper and the Predalien, but both ignored him, fighting each other, and when the predalien takes the upper hand, Glass hit him with his pulse rifle, giving Light-Stepper time to finish the job. Glass and Light-Stepper look at each other and sit, to tired to fight, and both awaiting for rescue from they respective people. Glass wonders whose will show first.
Aliens vs. Predator: Duel was first collected with other stories in the trade paperback release of Aliens/Predator: War in May 1996. The story was again collected as part of Aliens vs. Predator Omnibus: Volume 1 in June 2007.
- The cover artwork from the two issues of Aliens vs. Predator: Duel forms one complete image when placed side by side. A similar feature is present with the covers for Aliens: Survival and Predator: Cold War.
- There is no sign from Jame Roth's dalmatian dog, Creep, owned by Machiko prior to her departure with the clan, at Sheldon's ranch, nor is the dog present on the Yautja ship, leaving its fate unclear.
- The fate of Captain Glass is also left ambiguous. As Light-Stepper appears in Aliens vs. Predator: War, it's assumed that the Yautja arrived first, and that Glass was killed because Light-Stepper can be seen wearing his bandanna as a bandage.