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Batman/Aliens is a two-issue limited crossover comic book series that was first published by Dark Horse Comics and DC Comics from March-April 1997. It was written by Ron Marz, illustrated and inked by Bernie Wrightson, colored by Android Images, Matt Hollingsworth and Gregory Wright, lettered by Sean Konot and edited by Jordan Gorfinkel, Denny O'Neil, Scott Peterson, Bob Schreck and Diana Schutz, with cover art by Wrightson. The series was preceded by the short story prequel Aliens: Incubation, produced by the same creative team.

Batman/Aliens was eventually followed by a sequel, Batman/Aliens II, from December 2002-February 2003.

In the overall Dark Horse crossover comics line, Batman/Aliens was preceded by Tarzan versus Predator: At the Earth's Core, and was was followed by Predator versus Judge Dredd.

Publisher's Summary

#1: He's seen many faces of terror from his watch over Gotham City — he's seen murderous clowns, strange creatures, and all forms of killer psychopaths. But he's never seen anything like this. Amongst the Mayan ruins of the Amazon forest, the Dark Knight of Gotham is out of his element as he faces an intergalactic infestation of... Aliens.

#2: Everything they are, everything they do, is designed to propagate their species. And everything he does is designed to protect life, especially human life. Deep in the Amazon jungles, the two will collide. Human against inhuman. Man against beast. Batman against Alien. Don't miss this exciting, pulse-pounding conclusion as the Dark Knight Detective confronts the ultimate horror!

Plot

Batman parachutes into the jungle near the Guatemala and Mexico borderline, investigating the disappearance of a Wayne Enterprises geologist. He encounters an American Special Ops team hunting a target, and both are set upon by Xenomorphs. Several members of the team are killed, but along the way Batman becomes familiar with the Aliens' life cycle, and collects two Facehuggers in specimen jars.

The team leader sacrifices himself to blow up a nest of the Xenomorphs, leaving only Batman and two members of the team alive, making their way to the team's evacuation point. One of the survivors, an intensely ambitious woman named Hyatt, leaves her teammate to be killed by one of the last Xenomorphs and ambushes Batman, holding him at gunpoint while she relieves him of the lost geologist's voice recorder and one of the specimen jars. She says that the Xenomorphs can be an incredibly potent weapon if properly used, and bringing the information about them back to the U.S. government will make her career. She is so fixated on Batman that she fails to notice a gargantuan Xenomorph hybrid - the result of an embryo being implanted into a crocodile - rise behind her. The hybrid kills Hyatt, but Batman kills the creature by tying its legs and tipping it into the mouth of an active volcano. Alone, he escapes from the jungle.

In the Batcave, Bruce Wayne listens to the geologist's last message to his family, cut off as the man is attacked by a Xenomorph. Bruce decides to drop the specimen jars containing the Facehuggers into the cave's depths and tell no one about them. The creatures are much too dangerous, he believes, "not because of what they are, but because of what we are."

Reprint History

Batman/Aliens was collected in a trade paperback edition released in November 1997, collecting the two-issue series plus the newly colored, twelve-page prequel story Aliens: Incubation, from Dark Horse Presents, Vol. 1 #101-102, which was also by Ron Marz and Bernie Wrightson. The trade paperback reused the cover art from issue 1 by Wrightson and was edited by Bob Kahan and Lynn Adair.

The comic was collected again, alongside the other crossover stories that pit Batman against the Xenomorphs, in the DC Comics/Dark Horse Comics: Aliens trade paperback, released in April 2016. The release used a modified version of Staz Johnson's cover to Batman vs. Aliens II #2.

Behind the Scenes

Veteran comics writer Ron Marz is perhaps most well known for his time working on DC Comics' Green Lantern, specifically the Emerald Twilight story chronicling the downfall into madness of the main Green Lantern Hal Jordan. He would later get to write Green Lantern versus Aliens for Dark Horse and DC. In addition, Marz also wrote the stories Predator: Demon's Gold and the Batman/Aliens prequel story Aliens: Incubation for Dark Horse, the latter with Batman/Aliens collaborator Bernie Wrightson.

Wrightson is much-acclaimed horror comics artist, known for his pioneering work on DC's Swamp Thing, which helped bring the horror genre into super hero comics.

Series co-editor Denny O'Neil was for years the main editor of all Batman comic book series for DC throughout the 1980s and 1990s. He is often credited with overseeing and originating the modern, edgier "Dark Knight" persona of the character.

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