Aliens vs. Predator: Xenogenesis was a four-part comic book miniseries published by Dark Horse Comics from December 1999-March 2000. It was written by Andi Watson, drawn by Mel Rubi & Ben Herrera, inked by Mark Lipka, Norman Lee, Christopher Ivy & Mike Perkins, lettered by Pat Brousseau & Steve Dutro, colored by David Stewart & Studio F, and edited by Philip Amara. Cover art was provided by Hugues Labiano.
The series was eventually collected in Aliens vs. Predator Omnibus: Volume 2 in October 2007.
AVP: Xenogenesis was part of Dark Horse's franchises-wide Xenogenesis event, which crossed through all three Aliens, Predator and AVP comics lines. The three stories were all set in the same future and were loosely interconnected. They also drastically changed the art style and story telling tone of all three comics lines.
The Xenogenesis event would mark the end of regular publishing of Aliens/Predator/AVP comics for a period of almost ten years which saw a shift in publishing toward AVP-movie-related releases or reprints. In that period only two AVP-movie related trade paperbacks, three AVP-DVD-promo comics and the two collected AVP Omnibuses were released.
As such, in the AVP comics line, Xenogenesis was followed by the movie-spin-off trade paperback Alien vs. Predator: Thrill of the Hunt (2004).
Andi Watson and Mel Rubi kick it up a notch--and AvP will never be the same!!!
Plot (Warning: Spoilers)Edit
Official description of individual issues:
A girl named Charley is doing time on a prison colony. Her boyfriend Elliot has a step-mom in The Company who's willing to get Charley out of stir... for a price. All Charley and Elliott have to do is pull a heist at a rival company's research complex. Simple, until a certain dreadlocked hunter from space frees the research. And you get just one guess as to what that "research" is.
Charley and Elliott located the deadly "research" being conducted by a rival to The Company, and now they're trapped inside the complex! When a Predator comes to free and hunt this captive Alien, Charley and Elliott might have a ticket out of this mess . . . if they're not casualties of the crossfire.It's all just one big mess! Charley and Elliott survive an attack by Aliens and reach the safe containing the prized Alien eggs. Too bad someone or something got to it first! Problem is, Charley and Elliott's employer won't give them the security codes to get out of the complex until they've completed their mission. What's worse? A particularly creative Predator has turned the entire complex into a hunter's maze!
With Aliens overrunning the secret complex, the remaining people trapped inside are in the middle of a deadly cat-and-mouse game between the creatures and the ultimate hunter the Predator! And Charley and Elliot are in the most dangerous predicament of all even if they survive the Aliens, they've been chosen as the Predators' new prey! What began as a simple mission of corporate piracy has turned into a horrific battle for survival!
Behind the ScenesEdit
Due to a number of internal references, it is hard to place exactly what time period the Xenogenesis stories occur in with regard to the existing Alien films or comics series, though it is clearly the Earth's future.
The Xenogenesis event was not received particularly positively by fans due to its drastic changing of the art and storytelling style of the three lines to a brighter, more typically "comic booky" style, akin to that prevalent in superhero comics by the other big comic book companies.