|Written by||Jim Woodring|
|Illustrated by||Kilian Plunkett|
|Cover(s) by||Kilian Plunkett (DHC #13)|
|Edited by|| Randy Stradley|
Edward Martin III
|Publisher||Dark Horse Comics|
|Release date(s)||Aug-Sept 1993|
|Preceded by||Aliens: Taste|
|Concurrent|| Aliens: Colonial Marines (1993 series)|
The Compleat Aliens
|Followed by||Aliens: Salvation|
Aliens: Backsplash is a two-part comic book short story that was first published by Dark Horse Comics in the company's self-titled anthology series Dark Horse Comics #12-13, from August-September 1993. It was written by Jim Woodring, illustrated by Kilian Plunkett and edited by Randy Stradley and Edward Martin III. Issue #13 of Dark Horse Comics also featured featured an Aliens cover by Plunkett. The comic served as a prequel to the four-issue series Aliens: Labyrinth.
In the Aliens comics line, Aliens: Backsplash was preceded by Aliens: Taste, published concurrently with Aliens: Colonial Marines (1993 series), Aliens: Crusade, The Compleat Aliens and Aliens: Labyrinth, and was followed by Aliens: Salvation.
#12: It was supposed to be an easy job. With a Particle Plasma Projector, you can literally vaporize any Alien where it stands. But there's always a few hundred more Aliens than you think. Don't miss "Aliens: Backsplash," an exciting two-part tale of the perfect mission gone bad.
#13: Okay, what are the odds here? A small group of Colonial Marines, deep underground, with no usable transport and minimal firepower. Forty bazillion ill-tempered Aliens. Could be bad. Find out for sure in part 2 of "Aliens: Backsplash"!
Aliens: Backsplash was first serialized and reprinted in the United Kingdom in 2 parts in Aliens magazine, Vol. 2 #15-16, from September-October 1993.
The comic was later collected as part of Aliens Omnibus: Volume 3 in March 2008; it was, however, stripped of its title and simply formed the first part of Labyrinth in this release.