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Aliens vs. Predator: Special Collector's Edition was an exclusive 36-page, hard-cover mini-comic published by Dark Horse Comics and released as part of the Aliens vs. Predator "Hunter Edition" video game release in February 2010. The issue featured a new, digitally painted cover by Raymond Swanland.
The issue was one of a number of special bonus items that came with the release and contained reprints of the contents of Aliens vs. Predator issue #0 (from the original Aliens vs. Predator comics series), and the story Aliens vs. Predator: Blood Time from Dark Horse Comics #25. The AVP issue #0 portion, originally released as three parts in the series Dark Horse Presents in black and white, was here colored, and Blood Time was re-colored.
While the AVP: Special Collector's Edition was never released for individual sale anywhere else, these stories were also reprinted in Aliens vs. Predator: Omnibus Volume 1.
In the Aliens vs. Predator comics series, the AVP: Special Collector's Edition was released concurrently with the miniseries Aliens vs. Predator: Three World War (Jan.-Sept. 2010).
Behind the ScenesEdit
A newcomer to the comics field, digital fantasy painter Raymond Swanland also provided cover art for most issues of the relaunch of Dark Horse's Aliens, Predator and Aliens vs. Predator lines in 2009-2010, including covers for a new limited series for each line.