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Aliens vs. Predator: Hell-Bent is a comic book short story that was first published by Dark Horse Comics in Aliens vs. Predator: Annual #1 in July 1999. It was written and pencilled by David Ross, inked by Mark Lipka, colored by Dave Stewart, lettered by Michael Taylor, and edited by Philip Amara.

Plot Summary

On Charon 13, a desolated rimworld in a forgotten system, an Xenomorph outbreaks spreads on a geo-thermal processing station. Soldiers Kenner and Jas desperately attempt to rescue victims that have been taken by Xenomorphs, finding their leader Danny Marshall lying unconscious alongside a similarly comatose Predator, both having been impregnated by Facehuggers. Deeming the situation lost, Kenner and Jas rouse Marshall and the three of them attempt to flee the planet. Meanwhile, the Predator awakes, puts its gear back on and prepares to kill some Xenomorphs.

Kenner, Jas and Marshall find a shuttle that can be used to escape, but discover that it requires manual operation from the surface, meaning one of them will have to stay behind. Knowing she is carrying a Chestburster, Marshall elects to remain, helping her comrades escape whilst ensuring the Xenomorph threat does not spread from Charon 13. However, to her horror, Marhsall discovers the Xenomorphs have already infested the shuttle. Losing hope, Marshall notices the Predator in the midst of a ferocious battle with the Xenomorphs, close to being overwhelmed by their numbers and the Queen that has joined the fray. Suffering from the pain of the Chestburster inside its chest, the Predator drops its guard and is about to fall victim to a Xenomorph when Marshall steps in and saves its life. The two continue to battle the Xenomorphs together, finally reaching and engaging the Queen as the whole station begins to collapse into the lava bellow, taking Marshall, the Predator and the surviving Xenomorphs to their deaths.

Reprint History

Aliens vs. Predator: Hell-Bent was first reprinted in the limited-release promotional comic Alien vs. Predator: Whoever Wins...We Lose in 2005, included exclusively with copies of the Alien vs. Predator Unrated Edition DVD sold at Best Buy outlets.

It was later collected again as part of Aliens vs. Predator Omnibus: Volume 2 in October 2007.

The comic was released digitally through Dark Horse Digital on May 1, 2013, collected with Aliens vs. Predator: Pursuit, Aliens vs. Predator: Lefty's Revenge and Aliens vs. Predator: Chained to Life and Death and reusing Jae Lee's cover art from Aliens vs. Predator: Annual #1.

The comic was collected and released again as part of Aliens vs. Predator: The Essential Comics Volume 2, released on August 5, 2020.

Trivia

  • Charon 13, the desolate rimworld in a forgotten system that appears in the story, shares its name with Charon Base, a research facility that serves as the primary setting of Aliens: Rogue.

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