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Operation: Aliens
Written by Jerry Prosser
Illustrated by Den Beauvais
Inked by Den Beauvais
Colored by Den Beauvais
Lettered by
Cover(s) by
Edited by
Publisher Dark Horse Comics
Release date(s) Jan 1994
Media type
Preceded by Aliens: Cargo
Concurrent Aliens: Colonial Marines (1993 series)
Aliens: Crusade
Aliens: Labyrinth
Aliens: Alien
Aliens: Music of the Spears
Followed by Aliens: Stronghold
Alternate cover

Operation: Aliens is a trading card-format comic that was published by Dark Horse Comics as part of the Aliens/Predator Universe trading card set from Topps in January 1994. It was written by Jerry Prosser and illustrated, inked and colored by Den Beauvais.[1]

In the Aliens comics line, Operation: Aliens was preceded by Aliens: Cargo, published concurrently with Aliens: Colonial Marines (1993 series), Aliens: Crusade, Aliens: Labyrinth, Aliens: Alien and Aliens: Music of the Spears, and was followed by Aliens: Stronghold.


The comic consists of 15 trading cards, each with original artwork by Den Beauvais on the front side and text by Jerry Prosser on the rear. Together they form a short story set within the Alien universe. Certain elements in the comic are derived from the cancelled Operation: Aliens children's television series and the Aliens toy line from Kenner (which was itself based on the TV show), although the story, such as it is, seems to be largely original.[2]


Scientists studying the Xenomorphs at Grant Corporation Station 13 send out a distress call when their specimens get loose and begin rampaging through the base. The signal is passed on to Lieutenant Roberta Benitez of the United States Colonial Marine Corps, who is ordered to mount a rescue and "sterilization" mission. Benitez and her Marines land on the moon base and begin the search for survivors. They are soon attacked by Xenomorphs and forced deeper into the complex, taking casualties along the way. Several of the Aliens they encounter are strange new forms resembling Bulls, Gorillas and Snakes, created by the scientists through gene splicing.

Benitez and her remaining men find a surviving scientist and make their escape, passing through the Hive and killing the Xenomorph Queen along the way. They make it to the dropship and take off, but are attacked by a Flying Queen. The pilot successfully kills the creature with missiles, before returning to their starship in orbit and destroying Station 13 with a nuclear strike. Benitez sends off her mission report, lamenting the loss of two good men, solemnly concluding, "When will we learn?"

Reprint HistoryEdit

Operation: Aliens has never been collected or reissued.

Behind the ScenesEdit

Operation: Aliens is one of two Aliens comic stories that are exclusive to trading card sets, the other being Alien3: Alone, included with the Alien3 Collectible CardArt set from Star Pics.

Among the elements taken from the Operation: Aliens television series and its related toy line from Kenner are the special equipment used by some of the Marines and Xenomorphs adopting traits from a variety of different hosts.


  1. Aliens/Predator Universe — 71. Credits (1994), Topps.
  2. "Future War Stories - FWS Military Sci-Fi Oddities: Operation: ALIENS Cartoon Series (1992)". Retrieved on 2015-07-29.

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