Paul W.S. Anderson’s 2004 film Alien vs. Predator may have been the first time the two ferocious species met face to face on the big screen, but they had plenty of other face-offs in video games, novels and comic books. Although Aliens vs. Predator is known as a popular computer game franchise (which began with the Super Nintendo title Alien vs. Predator), the first instance of this meeting was seen in Dark Horse comics in the late 1980s. Since the publisher had produced one or two miniseries based on the 20th Century Fox’s Aliens and Predator properties, creators of both comics (including Chris Warner) decided to make a crossover series. In 1989, Dark Horse successfully produced a well-received 4-issue Aliens vs. Predator miniseries.
Although this was one of the many materials Paul W.S. Anderson examined when making his 2004 film, the stories are incredibly different. Instead of taking place in a pyramid in the Antarctic, the comic series takes place on a faraway desert planet, Ryushi, on which the multinational Chigusa corporation has established a modest farming/administrative community. However, a Predator clan brings alien eggs that use their livestock as hosts, giving way to an infestation. Before long, the small group of farmers and office workers on Ryushi find themselves in the middle of a violent inter-species conflict. Anderson probably should have stuck to this story rather than make his own, since his stories are often garbage.