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.
Just when one tease is not enough for the upcoming The Predator film, other news quickly followed. This multimedia franchise has a lot coming to sate the fans of this monster hunter come Fall and Winter.
In summary, the trailer shows its tough to knock a beast down, and following the success of the miniseries, Predator: Hunters, two more Predator projects from Dark Horse Comics will be coming later this year! After the movie, new fans can look at what’s coming from this publisher and become immersed into the broadened mythos.
There’s plenty of special anniversaries going on at some point in the year, and for me, yes, I want to get my inner Predator on! This alien who is out to slay the most dangerous prey from the Milky Way galaxy did not know who he would end up facing in the movie that launched this franchise. John McTiernan’s 1987 film showed Arnold Schwarzenegger saying, “If it bleeds, we can kill it!”
Although there have been numerous sequels, comics, novels, games, and a reboot movie on the way, nothing compares to the original. Personally, I caught a sighting of Dark Horse Comic’s continuation of this world when the first collection came out in June of 89 and I read all the releases since then. In honour of this franchise’s 30th anniversary, Fright-Rags will soon unleash the Predator Collection, a set of mask and clothing to show how much fans like me love this beast. At the same time, perhaps I should get around to finishing painting up my Super Deformed Predator I found a while garage kit hunting. I’m not talking about the Funko Pop! vinyl, but rather a resin kit.
Rounding out the last few months of Dark Horse Comics goodness was not too tough. There were plenty of titles to pick from, and I settled for a mix of pulp action, movie tie-in and heroism with this company’s flagship captain. Yes, I smell Hellboy in the air and I’m excited to hear that talks are happening again to see if a third movie will indeed get made.
My picks for the winter season includes the following, and there’s only one bare skinned hero who can protect me from Jack Frost!
Conan Omnibus Volume 1:
Birth of the Legend
Do not make the same mistake as I did and think that buying these omnibus collections later. Although what I sought out can be found in smaller trade paperback collections, to have them all, especially Conan’s earliest adventures in one great volume will have me ordering it locally! The Birth of a Legend contains the works of Kurt Busiek and Cary Nord, with tales such as Born on the Battlefield, The Frost Giant’s Daughter, The God in the Bowl and much more!
Also featured are the material by Thomas Yeates and Greg Ruth, with colours by Dave Stewart!
With the chilling words from a mutant from the Judge Dredd universe registering the imminent, “With the right DNA, Doctor Reinstöt can do almost anything,” I’m immediately captivated. This mad scientist recognizes the possibilities when playing god, and yes, he’s going to make an all-new Modern Prometheus if I’m correctly reading in-between the lines.
Predator vs Judge Dredd vs Aliens is coming July 27th by Dark Horse Comics. If only I had a time machine to leap ahead so I can grab each issue right away, then I would know if my assumption is right or not. This epic story is written by Eisner Award–winning writer John Layman and wonderfully constructed by artist Chris Mooneyham. To add to this comic’s allure is the subtle film-like textures in the backgrounds by colourist Michael Atiyeh. If the fabulous covers drawn by Glenn Fabry are not enough to grab people’s attention at the comic book store, well… The way this team has worked together to make this comic a fun read can be felt on every page. Dredd is always moody (he has to be), and in what I appreciated looking at is in how easy this tale is to read.
While out in the Atomic Wasteland of Cursed Earth, this cop is searching for Archbishop Emoji. He does not realize a member of the Yautja is prowling about and when he does, I can not wait to see how he will react! That will not happen until issue two. In this multi-crossover debut, this Predator is not the hunter. He is prey, and the good doctor’s minions caught him ill-prepared; the targets he is after are perhaps even more resourceful. When these mutants stumble upon his ship and have found a certain “Alien” skull, that’s going to be trouble.