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 and inked by Kilian Plunkett, colored by Matt Hollingsworth, lettered by Ellie De Ville and edited by Ryder Windham. Issue #13 of Dark Horse Comics also featured featured an Aliens cover by Plunkett. The comic serves as a prequel to the four-issue series Aliens: Labyrinth, produced by the same creative team.
In the Aliens comics line, Aliens: Backsplash was preceded by Aliens: Taste, published concurrently with Aliens: Colonial Marines, 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"!
Behind the Scenes
Backsplash and the series to which it served as a prequel, Aliens: Labyrinth, represented the first American comic book work for Irish artist Kilian Plunkett, who got the job via submitting artwork at comics conventions, eventually catching the eye of Dark Horse Comics editor Ryder Windham. Plunkett would go on to a noteworthy career as a cover painter at Dark Horse, working on numerous other Aliens projects, including the United Kingdom-based Aliens magazine, and later on several Star Wars comics. He currently works as one of the main character designers on Cartoon Network's Star Wars The Clone Wars animated series.