Predator: The Essentials to release Dec 12 alongside The Predator Dec 18th!

4 Dec

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Dark Horse Comics has a new collection of Predators to unleash to an unsuspecting public. The trade paperback Predator: The Essential Comics vol 1 is set to release December 12th on Amazon.com and bookstores near you. This set of stories offers the essentials for fans to enjoy alongside the coming home video release of The Predator, December 18th! (click here to buy)

It is also perfect to sit alongside last month’s release of Aliens: The Essential Comics vol 1. Who knows, perhaps the third in the set will see the two deadliest species of the universe go face to face. The omnibus collections are getting harder to find since they are out of print.

“Concrete Jungle,” the first story should have been Predator 2, the movie. This tale by Mark Verheiden has a lot to enjoy, from establishing the fact Dutch Schaefer, from the movies, has a brother (his first name is never mentioned) to setting the fact these aliens have been visiting Earth for some time. The setting is New York City than Los Angeles, and for Schaefer, a cop, after an encounter with these hunters, he soon hears about what his brother has been up to. The connections to the movie seem slim, but it’s enough to at least give the Predator franchise a continuity.

Ron Randall‘s art style made these stories particularly notable. Add in the technicolour and hard-edged neo-noir detail from fellow colourists Chris Chalenor and Rachelle Menasche (along with many others during the series) and the narrative pops.

“Cold War” and “Dark River” make up the other two stories, before inclusion of the comic book adaptation of Predator 2. The first sends the detective to Siberia whether or not he likes it, and the second sees him figuring out what happened to his older brother back in the jungles of South America. Sadly, later stories do not see the detective return. Later releases tended to be one-shots (“Strange Roux” was the next to release) and others were set in its own tiny world, much like how the films treat the character.

I’m very thankful Dark Horse is offering this collection and will buy them again just so there are no holes in my collection. I tried to find the Omnibus collections after realizing what I do not have, but to track them down means heading to comic conventions far and wide.

This essential collection is most likely not going to offer anything leading to or going past Predators. The most recent movie is too  Detective Schaefer arc makes up this collection and for this new reprint series to continue, it has to tie some tales together. The one-offs might get its own volume, but as for what I hope to see next are:

  • Race War
  • Kindred
  • Hell and Hot Water
  • Nemesis
  • Homeworld
  • Predators

With the hunt lasting for as long as it did on Earth, the chances of humanity surviving is only as good as long as the Predator does not get tired of their prey. The films have suggested a reason why this planet is a hotbed, but when will they deal with the dinosaurs?

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