Alien vs. Predator: Sand Trap is a limited release one-shot comic book that was published by Dark Horse Comics in October 2007. It was included exclusively with the limited edition Alien vs. Predator: The Ultimate Showdown DVD box set. The story was written by Mike Kennedy, illustrated by Davide Fabbri, inked by Christian Dalla Vecchia, colored by Michelle Madsen, lettered by Michael David Thomas and edited by David Land and Katie Moody, with cover art by by Fabbri, Dalla Vecchia and Madsen. The story depicts Aliens and Predators battling soldiers during the Iraq War.
An unfortunate desert platoon gets more war than they bargained for when they unwittingly end up in the middle of a battle where the warriors are not human. The soldiers soon discover that this chaotic region has proven to be an ideal hunting ground for the Predators' latest conquest, and even Blackwater was no match for the forces unleashed in the thrill of the game. Will the new squad fare any better than the band of brothers before them? In space, nobody can hear you scream. On Earth, it won't matter.
Alien vs. Predator: Sand Trap was never offered for individual sale anywhere and was exclusive to the Alien vs. Predator: The Ultimate Showdown DVD set.
Behind the Scenes
In addition to Sand Trap, Chicago-based comic book and video game writer Mike Kennedy also wrote the three other original comics produced to tie into the two Alien vs. Predator feature films, namely Alien vs. Predator: Thrill of the Hunt, Alien vs. Predator: Civilized Beasts and Aliens vs. Predator: Deadspace.
Sand Trap is one of only four Aliens vs. Predator comics in history to use the singular "Alien" in the title. The others are the Alien vs. Predator tie-in comic Thrill of the Hunt and its sequel Civilized Beasts, and the reprint comic Alien vs. Predator: Whoever Wins...We Lose. All four were released during the 2000s and all four were in some way tied to the first Alien vs. Predator movie.
In addition to Sand Trap, the Alien vs. Predator: The Ultimate Showdown box set included every film from the Alien and Predator franchises, plus Alien vs. Predator, in their then-available two-disc versions, plus an exclusive bonus disc (fifteen discs total), as well as exclusive collectible Alien and Predator figurines and two tickets to see Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, which was released on December 25, 2007. The set was limited to 10,000 copies for worldwide distribution and was available in the U.S. on November 27, 2007, only at Best Buy.
Black and white sample pages of Davide Fabbri's AVP: Sand Trap artwork on Mike Kennedy's blog