Aliens vs. Predator: Chained to Life and Death is a comic book short story that was first published by Dark Horse Comics in Aliens vs. Predator: Annual #1 in July 1999. It was written by Mark Schultz, illustrated and inked by Tom Biondolillo, colored by Lee Loughridge, lettered by Clem Robins and edited by Philip Amara.
An elder Predator at the height of his reputation decides upon a last hunt against their most ancient enemy the Aliens, revealing glimpses of information and insights into the Predators' culture along the way.
Aliens vs. Predator: Chained to Life and Death was first reprinted in the limited-release promotional comic Alien vs. Predator: Whoever Wins...We Lose in 2005, included with copies of the Alien vs. Predator Unrated Edition DVD sold at Best Buy outlets. It was later collected as part of Aliens vs. Predator Omnibus: Volume 2 in October 2007.
The comic was released digitally through Dark Horse Digital on May 1, 2013, collected with Aliens vs. Predator: Hell-Bent, Aliens vs. Predator: Pursuit and Aliens vs. Predator: Lefty's Revenge and reusing Jae Lee's cover art from Aliens vs. Predator: Annual #1.
Behind the Scenes
Comics writer and illustrator Mark Schultz was quite busy in the three related Aliens, Predator and Aliens vs. Predator comics lines for Dark Horse in the late 1990s. In addition to the Chained to Life and Death short, Schutlz also wrote the full mini-series Predator: Hell & Hot Water and Aliens: Apocalypse for the company.