Aliens: Matrix was a comic book graphic novella that was planned to have been published by Dark Horse Comics in the UK-released Aliens Magazine, Vol. 2 #23 in May 1994. The story was written by acclaimed comics writer Grant Morrison and illustrated by Chris Halls (aka Chris Cunningham).
This issue of Aliens Magazine was solicited but never actually released, as Aliens Magazine #22 was the last issue ever published due to Dark Horse International going out of business.
In the Aliens comics line, Matrix was to have been published concurrently with Aliens: Stronghold (May-Sept. 1994) and would have been followed by the original serialization of Aliens: Mondo Pest (June.-Aug. 1994) and Aliens: Earth Angel (Aug. 1994).
Behind the ScenesEdit
This ultra rare Aliens story is one of the few UK Aliens Magazine comics to have never been released anywhere. along the final chapter of Aliens: Crusade (as both were set to appear in Aliens Magazine, Vol. 2 #23.) That issue was solicited in Dark Horse Insider, Vol.2 #28 (April 1994) and the story was described as "Aliens: Matrix is a new illustrated novella, writen by one of comicdom's top talents, Grant Morrison, with fully painted illustrations by cover artist and Alien3 special-effects designer Chris Halls. A ship of synthetics lands on a snow planet, but cannot imagine the horrors that lie in store for them."
They are currently generally only available via online download. The prolific writer Grant Morrison has gone on to much fame in the comics medium as writer of such titles as DC's Batman, Batman: Arkham Asylum and All-Star Superman and DC/Vertigo's Animal Man and The Invisibles, among other works. Interestingly, Morrison went on to write the 2005 video game Predator: Concrete Jungle.
Chris Cunningham, who worked as a conceptual illustrator and comics artist under the name Chris Halls, has also worked as a music video and commercial director and movie concept artist and designer, most notably working on robots in the film version of Judge Dredd (for which comic he designed a number of well known characters) and as a character designer in the film Alien Resurrection.