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The essential introduction to Predator in the comics! Brutal, invisible, nearly unstoppable. He is the hunter from the stars . . . the Predator. They seek the strongest, the most dangerous game--good or evil. They come in the hottest years (unless they crash land in the middle of a Siberian winter), and they don't leave until they've taken their quota of trophies (usually h The essential introduction to Predator in the comics! Brutal, invisible, nearly unstoppable. He is the hunter from the stars . . . the Predator. They seek the strongest, the most dangerous game--good or evil. They come in the hottest years (unless they crash land in the middle of a Siberian winter), and they don't leave until they've taken their quota of trophies (usually human skulls). But if NYPD detectives Schaefer and Rasche have anything to say about it, the hunt if over! From the Big Apple to the Russian steppes to the jungles of Central America, the detectives and their allies pursue their quarries. And they always get their . . . alien. Before the film Predator 2, there were these comics--a four-color sequel to one of the greatest action films of all time. Written by Mark Verheiden (before he went on to write The Mask, Timecop, Battlestar Galactica, Daredevil and more of your favorite films and TV shows), and illustrated by comics mainstays Chris Warner (creator of Barb Wire) and Ron Randall (creator of Trekker).


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The essential introduction to Predator in the comics! Brutal, invisible, nearly unstoppable. He is the hunter from the stars . . . the Predator. They seek the strongest, the most dangerous game--good or evil. They come in the hottest years (unless they crash land in the middle of a Siberian winter), and they don't leave until they've taken their quota of trophies (usually h The essential introduction to Predator in the comics! Brutal, invisible, nearly unstoppable. He is the hunter from the stars . . . the Predator. They seek the strongest, the most dangerous game--good or evil. They come in the hottest years (unless they crash land in the middle of a Siberian winter), and they don't leave until they've taken their quota of trophies (usually human skulls). But if NYPD detectives Schaefer and Rasche have anything to say about it, the hunt if over! From the Big Apple to the Russian steppes to the jungles of Central America, the detectives and their allies pursue their quarries. And they always get their . . . alien. Before the film Predator 2, there were these comics--a four-color sequel to one of the greatest action films of all time. Written by Mark Verheiden (before he went on to write The Mask, Timecop, Battlestar Galactica, Daredevil and more of your favorite films and TV shows), and illustrated by comics mainstays Chris Warner (creator of Barb Wire) and Ron Randall (creator of Trekker).

30 review for Predator: The Essential Comics Volume 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. I still remember when I was a kid and I first saw the Predator go up against an elite military rescue team led by Arnold Schwarzenegger. The tense moments, the silent take-downs, the furious gunfire into the wilderness, the epic duel between alien and human. Let’s not forget Arnold Schwarzenegger’s lines that somehow made him sound like a scholar with more experience than a World War II veteran. He still however managed to deliver one of the mos You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. I still remember when I was a kid and I first saw the Predator go up against an elite military rescue team led by Arnold Schwarzenegger. The tense moments, the silent take-downs, the furious gunfire into the wilderness, the epic duel between alien and human. Let’s not forget Arnold Schwarzenegger’s lines that somehow made him sound like a scholar with more experience than a World War II veteran. He still however managed to deliver one of the most epic lines ever with his wonderful accent. As I revisited Predator and Predator 2 recently, I found myself baffled by how much they missed their target with the sequel and its odd setting. At least the creature remains one of the coolest extraterrestrial beings to have ever been invented alongside the Xenomorph. But what happens when you let writers and artists give their own take on these creatures? In Predator: The Essential Comics Volume 1, Dark Horse Books recollect four stories set after the events of Predator (1987) which includes Concrete Jungle (1989) by Mark Verheiden, Cold War (1993) by Mark Verheiden, Dark River (1996) by Mark Verheiden as well as the comic book adaptation of the film sequel Predator 2 (1991) by Franz Henkel. Concrete Jungle, Cold War and Dark River are stories that follow Dutch Schaefer’s big brother as he hunts down the mysterious killer who is terrorizing New York City during one of its hottest summers ever. As a hot-headed macho New York City police detective, he quickly finds himself looking for the whereabouts of his brother and the catastrophe that surrounds his death only to later face a technologically-advanced alien humanoid. The stories are all sequels to each other, except the comic book adaptation of Predator 2, and look into giving fans exactly what they crave for with this franchise, from cheesy dialogues to gore-filled action sequences. As fans of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Predator (1987) movie wait impatiently for a sequel to drop on them, the comic book industry took the opportunity to capitalize on everyone’s withdrawal and deliver comic book stories set in the same world and right after the events of the cult classic movie. Without having Dutch Schaefer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) himself present in the stories, Mark Verheiden continues to fully exploit his creativity, as he did with the Aliens franchise, to further explore the lore surrounding these creatures. Oddly enough, most of these stories take heavy inspiration on elements seen in Predator 2 (1990) and presents us with memorable moments that sometimes felt like déjà vu. However, fans of the franchise will rejoice in being able to see more of this world with insights on the creature’s weaknesses and an exploration of their innovative and fascinating weaponry. Not going to lie, but they have some very creative and deadly traps that you just don’t want to be the recipient of. The artwork is also very reminiscent of the time period these comic book stories were created and are actually really decent both in style and colours. With each story, the artwork also sees improvements, with thicker colouring and lines. The real downside is in characterization as it suffers to convey compelling story-telling at the expense of quality writing. In fact, Dutch Schaefer’s brother is far from being a fascinating character as he loves to charge into danger without a care in the world only to exhibit his ginormous physique and his enraged personality. Then again, his character serves as an excellent vehicle to hurl this story into the action as often as possible. After all, it is for the bloody action sequences that most fans are here for. From how much these predators love to tear the heads off humans, to hanging them upside down, to blowing up their heads with their lasers, there’s simply nothing that these creatures aren’t capable of. Predator: The Essential Comics Volume 1 is the dose of Predator that every fan is craving for with all of its action-packed and gore-filled adventures. Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    Police detective Schaefer gets involved with the Predators when they come to NYC to hunt during a brutal summer. Schaefer is the brother of Dutch (Arnold Schwarzenegger). Schaefer gets involved in 3 different missions to hunt down Predators in Concrete Jungle, Cold War, and Dark River. The books ooze testosterone and bad 80's one-liners. If you're a fan of schlocky action movies, you'll dig these. The art and coloring get increasingly better with each story. Also included is the movie adaptation Police detective Schaefer gets involved with the Predators when they come to NYC to hunt during a brutal summer. Schaefer is the brother of Dutch (Arnold Schwarzenegger). Schaefer gets involved in 3 different missions to hunt down Predators in Concrete Jungle, Cold War, and Dark River. The books ooze testosterone and bad 80's one-liners. If you're a fan of schlocky action movies, you'll dig these. The art and coloring get increasingly better with each story. Also included is the movie adaptation of Predator 2 which had never been reprinted. I can see why. It's terrible. Received a review copy from Dark Horse and Edelweiss. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tyler

    That I'm giving this 2 stars is so upsetting. There is just not much to recommend about this. The writing is just so amazingly cartoon-ish. I thought being on Dark Horse would have given it a darker, cooler tone or something interesting. It's aimed at 12-13 year olds. That's all good but it just never tries to do anything beyond that. Schaffer couldn't be more ridiculous. He has one-note, surly, and speaks in one-liners. That shtick wears thin real fast. I feel like it could have been fun but it That I'm giving this 2 stars is so upsetting. There is just not much to recommend about this. The writing is just so amazingly cartoon-ish. I thought being on Dark Horse would have given it a darker, cooler tone or something interesting. It's aimed at 12-13 year olds. That's all good but it just never tries to do anything beyond that. Schaffer couldn't be more ridiculous. He has one-note, surly, and speaks in one-liners. That shtick wears thin real fast. I feel like it could have been fun but it was just annoying and frustrating that they didn't try to give him a slight bit of realness. The Predators are just kind of there and kind of useless. Other than one or two details it doesn't expand on or do much that is interesting with them that you already didn't see in the movies. They do the whole hanging and skinning the body constantly, they wore that out. They don't really do much that is smart. I never got why they bothered mimicking language either or what I was supposed read into it, they just kept doing it. Maybe it's me but this has the feel of a low-effort junk cash-in on the Predator name. Graphic novel storytelling had gone way beyond this at the time.

  4. 4 out of 5

    ダンカン

    After 1987's Predator, There Are The Comics... When Predator was released unexpectedly in 1987, it was one of the finest science fiction movie of its time since the release of Alien in 1979. In 1989, Dark Horse published Predator, the comic book series as an in-direct sequel to the movie before 1990 Predator 2. I have not read any of the comic versions until finally, I bought this... and I have some mix feelings towards it.   Predator: The Essential Comics Volume 1 features three reprinted mini-se After 1987's Predator, There Are The Comics... When Predator was released unexpectedly in 1987, it was one of the finest science fiction movie of its time since the release of Alien in 1979. In 1989, Dark Horse published Predator, the comic book series as an in-direct sequel to the movie before 1990 Predator 2. I have not read any of the comic versions until finally, I bought this... and I have some mix feelings towards it.   Predator: The Essential Comics Volume 1 features three reprinted mini-series that was published before over the years and one never before published adaptation of Predator 2 until now. In Predator: Concrete Jungle, the story takes place in New York city where during the hottest summer, the Predator is on the hunt again... except, he brings his compatriots. Detective Schaefer, brother of Major Alan "Dutch" Schaefer, together with Detective Rasche investigates the murders and the conspiracy of one certain general that was involved from the movie. As the Predators invade New York City, it take Schaefer and Rasche to save the day. In Predator: Cold War, the Predators are now in Siberia and once again, on the hunt. Schaefer and Rasche once again together with a beautiful Russian soldier will stop the Predators on their hunting game... only the Russian government and the American government and a certain general want the Predators technology. In Predator: Dark River, its summer all over again and this time, a crazed Predator from Schaefer's past returns and wreck havok in South America. Once again, Schaefer investigates and this time, he will put an end to it.   The comic book series is filled with a lot of one-liners and cheesy action. I can see that writer Mark Verheiden really love the movie and so, his style of writing is similar to how the 1980s are then but it doesn't get any better. Although I do feel the concept of the Predator universe is some what not understood, its not exactly the best of its own when it comes to reading. On art, Chris Warner and Ron Randalldid a good job capturing the presence of the characters. Its not really good and its not that terrible. Its just how it is when reading a Predator adaptation comic and felt as if a fan would have envision it. Overall for me, Predator: The Essential Comics Volume 1 would appeal to fans but not as an introductory story to those who are not familiar with.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Book collector

    Concrete jungle This, the first predator comic book predates the second movie by a year and the movie shares elements with this story. Certain ideas seem to have been taken from this along with whole sequences and used in the movie. However the original story is different enough to still be enjoyed.. Featuring Dutch Schaefer's big brother (yes I know it seems silly now) this is a lot of fun. Interestingly the predator aspects of the story are fairly simple in terms of their weaponry, predator 2 i Concrete jungle This, the first predator comic book predates the second movie by a year and the movie shares elements with this story. Certain ideas seem to have been taken from this along with whole sequences and used in the movie. However the original story is different enough to still be enjoyed.. Featuring Dutch Schaefer's big brother (yes I know it seems silly now) this is a lot of fun. Interestingly the predator aspects of the story are fairly simple in terms of their weaponry, predator 2 introduced a more varied armoury that future comics embraced. The art is excellent, the predators look great and characters are good. Still enjoyable 32 years (and that's a bit scary) after it was first published. Cold war You can see the influence of the predator 2 movie here. More predator weapons and the interior of a predator ship. The story is fun and I remember the complaining at the time about the predators being in a cold environment. I didn't mind it. Indeed predators would be shown in a cold weather environment in the 2004 aliens vs predator film so it never bothered me. The art here is very good and the story is a typical action film style complete with Swarzengger quips. It's daft but fun. Dark river I didn't read this when it was originally released so this was a new story to me. This is the third Schaefer story and as with the others it's very much in the style of an action movie complete with Swarzengger quips. It's a decent story and the art is excellent. Plenty of predator action on show to keep you entertained. Predator 2 I didn't know this even existed until I saw it in the omnibus edition of predator essential comics volume 1. It's a fairly heavily edited version of the movie both in terms of scenes removed and altered and in terms of the language used. The art isn't the greatest with some characters being slightly too cartoonish. But I enjoyed it as a curio, a piece of predator movie merchandise I didn't know about. The main plot is intact if, as I say, reduced. As an adaptation the novel is better but this is fun. I'm pleased I bought the omnibus edition as the three original stories are great fun and it's nice to have the movie adaptation in my collection.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kurt Vosper

    This collection of comics covers the period between the first and second movie. I would have likely given this book a 4 star except they included Predator 2 as the last story. Weak in comparison with the original movie and weak in comparison with the stories that come before it in the collection. If you are a Predator fan tho, worth a read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    rebecca newton

    Fantastic and Excellent artwork Brilliantly written and the artwork is incredible . Cold War is the best and Predator 2 artwork was just like watching the movie , really recommend

  8. 5 out of 5

    Zain

    Don't get me wrong, it's a fun as hell read, and the action sequences are very well drawn and is just well drawn overall. My biggest gripe with it however is that the writing is extremely cartoony, as one other user has stated. The dialogue would fit better in a Saturday morning cartoon as opposed to a Predator comic. But overall, I think of it as just fun, mindless entertainment and if you like that in your comics, you'll love this. But if you like in-depth stories, I'd give this a skip. Don't get me wrong, it's a fun as hell read, and the action sequences are very well drawn and is just well drawn overall. My biggest gripe with it however is that the writing is extremely cartoony, as one other user has stated. The dialogue would fit better in a Saturday morning cartoon as opposed to a Predator comic. But overall, I think of it as just fun, mindless entertainment and if you like that in your comics, you'll love this. But if you like in-depth stories, I'd give this a skip.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Thomas

  10. 4 out of 5

    John McPeake

  11. 5 out of 5

    Readin' Rainbow

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dario

  13. 5 out of 5

    Chris Gath

  14. 4 out of 5

    damian

  15. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

  16. 5 out of 5

    Shane M.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Angie

  18. 5 out of 5

    Gregory

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jennesa Sheppard

  20. 4 out of 5

    Håvard Holten

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dpacker

  22. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Gadrow

  23. 4 out of 5

    Richard Harrison

  24. 5 out of 5

    William Gordon Spratt

  25. 5 out of 5

    David Houle

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sean Prater

  27. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Sklodowski

  28. 5 out of 5

    Pat

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dakota

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bruce Gray

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