Aliens: Kidnapped is a three-issue limited comic book series published by Dark Horse Comics from December 1997-February 1998. The series was written by Jim Woodring & Justin Green, illustrated by Francisco Solano Lopez and edited by Philip Amara. It was lettered by Clem Robins, colored by Chris Chalenor and featured painted covers by Kilian Plunkett.
Kidnapped was first collected as a trade paperback in February 1999, edited by Chris Warner & Suzanne Taylor and featuring a new cover by painter John Bolton. It was again collected in Aliens Omnibus: Volume 5 in October 2008.
Official description of individual issues:
In the dark reaches of the universe lies a remote planet that holds both forbidden pleasures and unspeakable horrors. For three naive smugglers, it's also a place to unload some deadly cargo: an Alien egg. But, something about this egg is scaring off the black marketeers. And when it hatches, the nightmare's just begun.
The contaminated Alien egg has hatched, and has become the problem of media personality Hank Zither. But playing unknowing host to a chestburster isn't enough to cancel his trip to a new pleasure planet with sexy Ivy Derringer. Zither thinks he's only caught a nasty bug, but doesn't know the half of it. And neither do the planet's unsuspecting inhabitants, who are about to have a full-scale Alien epidemic on their hands.
How do you deal with an Alien plague? The inhabitants of the pleasure planet Celeste take care of business with good old-fashioned nuclear weapons. (They're a precocious bunch, to be sure!) But as they scheme to rid themselves of the Alien, the creature is spreading a new fatal airborne virus like wildfire. However they solve their problem, it will probably spell an apocalyptic end for the good citizens of Earth!
Behind the ScenesEdit
Series writer Jim Woodring and cover artist Kilian Plunkett were both veterans of the Aliens line and former collaborators, having worked together as writer and series artist on Aliens: Labyrinth in 1993.
Plunkett, also a veteran Star Wars comics artist for Dark Horse, now serves as one of the lead character designers on the Cartoon Network animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.