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Updated: Predator: Life and Death #1 Preview

Predator: Life and Death #1 preview is now online courtesy of Previews World. The two page preview gives us our first real look inside the pages of Predator: Life and Death, the newest Dark Horse series after Fire and Stone:

“Colonial Marines on the planet Tartarus battle extraterrestrial hunters over the possession of a mysterious horseshoe-shaped spaceship of unknown origin. The Weyland-Yutani rep wants the ship, and the marine captain wants to protect her crew. But neither objective is likely when a band of Predators attacks! Predator: Life and Death begins chapter one in a new story cycle involving Predators, Aliens, and the mysterious Engineers from Prometheus!

Predator: Life and Death #1 preview is now online! Predator: Life and Death #1 Preview

Predator: Life and Death #1 preview is now online!

Alongside the preview, Previews World has also uploaded a short interview with the series writer, Dan Abnett: “I’m trying to play the marines as a credible, capable team of experienced soldiers. They’ve just been through a busy tour, and seen action, so they’re not rookies. There are no ‘warm bodies’… I guess that means that when the action starts, the casualties are going to matter. No one’s going to get dead because they do something dumb. They’re going to get dead because they’re up against something deadly. I want these to be rounded human characters, people we care about rather than ‘red shirts’.”

As well as the interview and the Predator: Life and Death #1 preview, the solicitations for April went online yesterday giving us our first glimpse at the cover art for the second issue of Life and Death and for the Mark A. Nelson variant cover art of Alien: Defiance #1:

Cover art for Predator: Life & Death #2 and the Mark Nelson variant of Aliens: Defiance #1.  Predator: Life and Death #1 Preview

Cover art for Predator: Life & Death #2 and the Mark Nelson variant of Aliens: Defiance #1.

The name Mark Nelson should be recognizable to people as the man who did the interior artwork for the very first Aliens series published by Dark Horse in 1988. Predator: Life and Death #1 is due for release March 2nd 2016 and Aliens: Defiance #1 is due out April 27th. Thanks to Ultramorph for the links.

Updated 19/01/2016 – Bleeding Cool has shared an additional 4 pages from the middle of the first issue of Predator: Life and Death.



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  1. The Alien Predator
    There is definitely some Hemingway potential with Predator comics.  A good writer could do something great with that.  But if a Predator tale is to stay true to the core ideas behind Predator, it will invariably be a hunting story.  It is a book about sport.  The Alien series is free from all of that.  There is no element of sport in the Alien mythos.  Especially, with the new direction that the Alien franchise is taking via Scott's new films, it is more about world creation and the origins of man.  So yes the Alien world is a more high brow series with lofty ideas.  So I have to respectfully disagree.  Aliens and Predators should go their separate ways.

    Predator: Incursion proves you wrong there, my friend. It has some elements of hunting, but it also goes beyond that. It really builds up the world and explores many things we haven't seen before. It shows that yes, Predator could very easily go down the more high brow direction.

    How their society
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    There's so much more to explore with the Predators even in films or a series.

    Like, how they react with races that offer to fight alongside them. If they forge alliances.

    Heck, look at AvP, the Predators taught humans how to build. That, while linked to their hunting culture also toys with "Ancient Astronaut" theories just like Prometheus. AvP did it before Prometheus.

    Also, from what we've been hearing so far about Shane Black's film, there's some "re-inventing" going on, what that means, I don't know yet.
  2. Perfect-Organism
    There is definitely some Hemingway potential with Predator comics.  A good writer could do something great with that.  But if a Predator tale is to stay true to the core ideas behind Predator, it will invariably be a hunting story.  It is a book about sport.  The Alien series is free from all of that.  There is no element of sport in the Alien mythos.  Especially, with the new direction that the Alien franchise is taking via Scott's new films, it is more about world creation and the origins of man.  So yes the Alien world is a more high brow series with lofty ideas.  So I have to respectfully disagree.  Aliens and Predators should go their separate ways.
  3. The Alien Predator
    Predator comics and Aliens comics are as smart or as stupid as the writers make them. One is not inherently more high brow than the other...what utterly silly thinking

    I agree.

    Like I said before, both franchises are equally good in my eyes although I lean more on Predator, doesn't mean I am any less excited for more Alien material as it enriches the universe.

    So no, Alien and Predator should never be separated, the Prometheus stuff serves to open many doors leading into new areas for the two critters to explore.
  4. Corporal Hicks
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    Good. I didn't want to see it all be reduced to a small universe.

    Predator comics and Aliens comics are as smart or as stupid as the writers make them. One is not inherently more high brow than the other...what utterly silly thinking

    Damn right.
  5. Ultramorph
    That early review did a good job setting up the mythological backstory behind the name Tartarus, and digging around a bit more, it turns out that Tartarus had a son, a monster called Typhon. According to Theoi "Later poets described him as a volcanic-daimon, trapped beneath the body of Mount Aitna in Sicily."

    All this makes me hope that something is planned for the living mountain.

    Big Comic Page has an advance review up, and it's a 4/5. It does contain some spoilers, though, so be careful.
    http://bigcomicpage.com/2016/02/11/advance-review-predator-life-and-death-1-dark-horse-comics/
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  6. RagingDragon
    Considering the only real presence the Predators has had in this post-Prometheus world is that they like to hunt the Engineers, I think you're both completely blowing it up. Because them wanting to hunt Engineers is completely spot on. They like challenging prey. The Engineers are literally Gods. What's more awesome prey than that?

    And the Predator series was hands-down my favourite one out of the Fire and Stone run.

    Exactly, that's really the whole point of the Predator. In virtually every media featuring a Predator has involved it hunting someone dangerous or challenging.

    I mean honestly, what does one expect from a comic featuring Engineers and Predators? The two bro-hugging?  :P

    Yes, that's pretty obviously implied from calling them 'Predators!' but it doesn't mean it's the only purpose for having them in any story, ever, and it certainly doesn't automatically make for an interesting or good story.

    Most appearances of the Predator these days turn him into an anti-hero anyway, and Predator: Fire and Stone was no different. I thought the art was great, and the story was told well enough, but it literally served no purpose other than being 'Engineer vs. Predator' comic book fodder.

    We get zero explanation of why there's another Engineer on LV-223, or why after he wakes up he just walks around doing things for no reason. He also just starts yelling and punching shit as soon as he encounters the Predator and Galgo. It's literally Prometheus all over again, same shallow story and all, except this time he blows up in the end.

    I mean it was ultimately a pointless story that did nothing to further the universe, and reads like a fan-fiction of someone who just wanted to see an Engineer and Predator go at it. Was it enjoyable? Yeah, on a comic book action level, I guess, but we got plenty of the Super Shredder 3-way deathmatches with the Resident Evil T-Virus in AvP: Fire and Stone. They need to actually go somewhere with the story.
  7. The Alien Predator
    Considering the only real presence the Predators has had in this post-Prometheus world is that they like to hunt the Engineers, I think you're both completely blowing it up. Because them wanting to hunt Engineers is completely spot on. They like challenging prey. The Engineers are literally Gods. What's more awesome prey than that?

    And the Predator series was hands-down my favourite one out of the Fire and Stone run.

    Exactly, that's really the whole point of the Predator. In virtually every media featuring a Predator has involved it hunting someone dangerous or challenging.

    I mean honestly, what does one expect from a comic featuring Engineers and Predators? The two bro-hugging?  :P

    http://bigcomicpage.com/2016/02/09/bcp-interview-dan-abnett-talks-predator-life-and-death/

    I've not read this one yet.

    To me, for them to be literal Gods, they would have to be immortal and well.. divine.

    Their apparent creation of multiple races makes them Gods to me. But I see your point too.

    https://bigcomicpage.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/13.jpg

    The cover for Prometheus - Life and Death #1. Abnett is writing all 4 series.

    OMG I am so excited for this series now!

    Judging by that cover, it seems we may see some more humans meeting Engineers, maybe even in a non-hostile manner who knows? It'd be cool to see more of our interactions with them. Or he might snap like in Prometheus lol. He'd only pause for a second to ask "How did these ants get to my ship from that distant backwater planet?"
  8. Corporal Hicks
    http://bigcomicpage.com/2016/02/09/bcp-interview-dan-abnett-talks-predator-life-and-death/

    I've not read this one yet.

    To me, for them to be literal Gods, they would have to be immortal and well.. divine.

    Their apparent creation of multiple races makes them Gods to me. But I see your point too.

    https://bigcomicpage.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/13.jpg

    The cover for Prometheus - Life and Death #1. Abnett is writing all 4 series.
  9. Corporal Hicks
    Considering the only real presence the Predators has had in this post-Prometheus world is that they like to hunt the Engineers, I think you're both completely blowing it up. Because them wanting to hunt Engineers is completely spot on. They like challenging prey. The Engineers are literally Gods. What's more awesome prey than that?

    And the Predator series was hands-down my favourite one out of the Fire and Stone run.
  10. The Alien Predator
    Where are we getting these analogies from?

    I'm talking about how Perfect-Organism is saying that the Predator franchise is more or less the low-brow red-neck franchise or the jock-ish kind of franchise.

    To be fair, Predators are basically alien redneck jocks with some rules.  :laugh:

    But I think there's so much more to exploring them with than just hunts. While they're all about the hunt, that doesn't mean all stories should just revolve around that.

    Lots more can be explored, like what if some species decides to retaliate against them? This will be interesting to see. Incursion comes close but it's not about retaliation.

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    I don't think neither franchise is better than the other, it's all based on opinions. I love them both very much but Predator just a little bit more.  :P
  11. The Alien Predator
    Yes, its the high school equivalent of forcing the geeks and the jocks to hang out together. No good can come of that.

    ....I still think that the whole AVP thing can work on it's own but throw Prometheus into it? No.. Just... No.

    And.. another thing, it's kind of bothering me that we're kind of getting analogies here that the Alien side of things is meant to be for high class aristocrats, and Predator's meant for the peasant, low class redneck... Where did this mentality come from?

    Where are we getting these analogies from?

    I'd have to disagree with the whole outlook that Predator doesn't fit into Prometheus. For me, it's so fun and badass to see them hunt other intelligent races besides humans.

    And ever since I saw Prometheus, I always wanted to see a Predator hunt an Engineer so I got my wish thanks to Fire and Stone, and may get to see that dream come true again in future works.

    Also, Predator can feel very fleshed out and cerebral when you're reading a well written book like South China Sea or Incursion. It's not for peasants. The Yautja have always been established as the galaxy's hunters, it's kind of their thing.

    But I do love to see new and refreshing things be explored, so I'd love to see other aspects such as them going to war with proper war gear like we saw in Extinction. That's why Incursion was so appealing, new setting and a new theme (war). I don't think we ever saw Predators forge an actual alliance with another race.

    So I really don't see where this whole "Predators are for peasants" mentality is coming from. Both sides of the franchise appeal to people in their own ways. Alien just tends to dish out more material in general compared to Predator. But both have a huge cultural impact and a cult following.
  12. RakaiThwei
    Yes, its the high school equivalent of forcing the geeks and the jocks to hang out together. No good can come of that.

    ....I still think that the whole AVP thing can work on it's own but throw Prometheus into it? No.. Just... No.

    And.. another thing, it's kind of bothering me that we're kind of getting analogies here that the Alien side of things is meant to be for high class aristocrats, and Predator's meant for the peasant, low class redneck... Where did this mentality come from?
  13. Perfect-Organism
    The only way they could belong is if their participation is somehow explained.  So basically we need to have an origin story the explains the Predators, but on the downside, doing that will destroy the mystery of the predators, so nobody wants that.

    Pretty much this... and as a Predator fan, I feel that... shoe-horning Predators into the Prometheus angle is very contrived and unnecessary.

    Yes, its the high school equivalent of forcing the geeks and the jocks to hang out together. No good can come of that.
  14. Perfect-Organism
    I agree with the above.  Every time a Predator shows up in the Aliens universe now, it is like a WWE wrestling star showing up at a serious TED talk about some great discovery.  They don't belong.  They don't contribute.  The only way they could belong is if their participation is somehow explained.  So basically we need to have an origin story the explains the Predators, but on the downside, doing that will destroy the mystery of the predators, so nobody wants that.
  15. RagingDragon
    The first review of issue #1 is up. It's fairly positive, and doesn't contain any info that we didn't know from the solicitations.
    http://massmovement.co.uk/?p=7628

    Doesn't sound so bad, even if I'm already tired of "marinez and predatorz and enjuneerz fieting!" I honestly feel like the only thing that could make Prometheus even more lame is by having Predators running around stabbing things. It just takes me so far away from that rich, scary mystery of the Derelict craft and original Alien.

    Plus, none of these stories so far have tried to actually incorporate the Predators into this cosmic scheme of creation and destruction in any meaningful way. They've literally just been out driving around in their Chevy's killing things and stumble across humans, aliens, and engineers in some disaster.

    There aren't even passing comments in Fire and Stone about how or if the Predators are related - they're just a third party that shows up and fights. Wasted opportunity.

    I'll wait and see how the reviews go. So many of these series start out strong, then just go to complete pointless hell like the writers don't even care about the ending so long as they hook you into buying four issues. That was a lot of complaining, but hey, if the situation calls for it. :P
  16. Ultramorph
    We're most likely going to get: Marines go to LV-223 on a rescue mission, Predators show up looking for Ahab, carnage, and then we'll get some token 'expansion' of the black goo or Engineers, though it won't really do much to answer any questions or expand the mythology in any meaningful way.

    I hope I'm wrong.

    I hope so, too. I'm quite excited for this whole thing, but I'm also having realistic expectations based on what wound up happening with Fire and Stone. That being said, Abnett as the writer is reason to hope that, even if it doesn't really answer or delve too deep into anything, it will at least be a fun ride. Hopefully he's writing the whole thing. There were too many cooks in the kitchen on that last crossover.

    As far as the Predator technology, I agree, it would be great to see some more advanced stuff from them at some point. Who knows, maybe we will in this series. They are taking some artistic cues from Kenner, so maybe we'll see some of that.
  17. RagingDragon
    Just saw the preview for this and I'm excited. More LV-223 jungle shenanigans, it looks like. Still, I'll be honest and say that it's probably going to be as uneventful as the rest of Fire and Stone.

    We're most likely going to get: Marines go to LV-223 on a rescue mission, Predators show up looking for Ahab, carnage, and then we'll get some token 'expansion' of the black goo or Engineers, though it won't really do much to answer any questions or expand the mythology in any meaningful way.

    I hope I'm wrong.

    Another thing that always bothers me about future Predator stories is how they literally don't change at all over the course of almost 200 years. I mean I think the writers get hung up on the ritual hunting crap and stick with the iconic Predator gear and behavior, but come on there's so much room for creativity there.

    Future Predators would have some scary, scary technology. There's no special rules dictating that they always use the same gear forever and wouldn't progress, I mean how did they establish the setup that's used in the Predator movies anyway?

    I've always wanted to see that - expand on their deceptive, sadistic nature with new devices and hunting tools. Make them have a perfect invisibility cloak instead of the shimmery one, give them things like short-range teleportation and newer, smarter weapons, and please bring back their voice mimicry and voice-throwing, a creepier side to the Predators that's seemed to have fallen by the wayside. Sometimes they seem more like intergalactic wrestlers whose loftiest ambition is to have a naked sumo and arm-wrestling match with the meanest things they can find before returning to their ship to slap each other on the ass, drink alien beer, and taxidermy their trophies to put above their space mantles.

    It seems like they're so shoe-horned into their own iconography that writers or artists don't want to stray from it in fear of alienating Predator fans.
  18. Perfect-Organism
    It is a weak point in the series that is not attended to properly.  Presumably, the SJ was just floating above earth and slowly terraforming it somehow.  But before he got finished, he got taken out.  End of story.  Really.  Cheaply.
  19. Corporal Hicks
    I'm moving onto my re-read of Female War after I finish this NA review. I was wondering how/if that came up in the novelization because I couldn't remember. I think I've only read the novelization once.
  20. HuDaFuK
    That disappointed me. It would have been interesting to see more of an early interpretation of the Jockey's. Especially in such a short throwaway.

    What's even more confusing is how the novel Earth Hive includes all the stuff with the Jockey, including the cliffhanger ending above Earth, but by the time they all get back there at the end of the next book he's just vanished without explanation.

    Dark Horse also just released a bit of info about some upcoming Dark Horse Presents variants.
    http://www.darkhorse.com/Blog/2225/dark-horse-comics-debuts-yearlong-30th-anniversary

    Neat idea! I like the Life and Death one. Oldschool meets new.
  21. Corporal Hicks

    In general, I agree but the saggy boobs and the hair always annoyed me. I do love that comic though!

    That comic really instilled a sense of awe and mystery into the Jockey civilisation

    I spent ages hunting that comic down as a kid. It was my holy grail comic - aside from the nightmares that Alien induced in me and ensuing fascination that brought, the mystery of the Jockey was probably the second thing I loved most about the Alien series and this comic really helped feed into that mystery.
  22. RakaiThwei
    Oh yeah, the chest armor is very AVP-esque.

    I just noticed the extra teeth on this Predator! You know how EVERYONE complained about the Predators having more teeth in AVP? Well, looks like we got AVP styled Predators! I just.. find it so amusing that everyone pisses on the movie, and this also includes content creators but they still end up using designs and elements. I get a laugh out of that!   :D
  23. Ultramorph
    Via Randy Stradley's Facebook page:
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    Just teasing a sliver of a Doug Wheatley variant cover.
    https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xta1/v/t1.0-9/12651309_1065301370201255_2006179098988369321_n.jpg?oh=66d7e6733f72ba848ae053596c94c10c&oe=5745B08A

    I love that they're bringing back classic Aliens comic artists for these cover. Also, not to nitpick, but if you look at what we can see of the background, that Predator seems to be on a Juggernaut.
  24. Corporal Hicks
    It was just called The Alien IIRC.

    Yup, that's the one. That comic is such a weird combination of interesting ideas and goofy stuff. It was basically DH's way of throwing away the Space Jockey subplot from the original comics, which is a shame. It would have been cool to have them as the villains for a while. I guess we're getting that now, in a way, so it's all good.

    That disappointed me. It would have been interesting to see more of an early interpretation of the Jockey's. Especially in such a short throwaway.
  25. Perfect-Organism
    It was just called The Alien IIRC.

    Yup, that's the one. That comic is such a weird combination of interesting ideas and goofy stuff. It was basically DH's way of throwing away the Space Jockey subplot from the original comics, which is a shame. It would have been cool to have them as the villains for a while. I guess we're getting that now, in a way, so it's all good.

    Yes, it was sad how the whole fascinating concept of the space jockey was dispensed with in the pages of Dark Horse Presents.
  26. Whiskeybrewer
    I'm really torn about the jockeys.  On principle giant elephant men look very silly.

    I agree.  ;D

    In the comics, there wasn't a single Jockey design that I liked.

    That is until Prometheus brought the Engineers.

    The Ancient Jockey in Destroying Angles i felt was the best of the lot

    In general, I agree but the saggy boobs and the hair always annoyed me. I do love that comic though!

    I certainly hope you guys don't talk to your ladies this way... ;-P

    LOL!!!  :laugh:

    Don't worry, we're very cordial people.  :P

    Well we try our best anyway lmao :laugh:
  27. The Alien Predator
    I'm really torn about the jockeys.  On principle giant elephant men look very silly.

    I agree.  ;D

    In the comics, there wasn't a single Jockey design that I liked.

    That is until Prometheus brought the Engineers.

    The Ancient Jockey in Destroying Angles i felt was the best of the lot

    In general, I agree but the saggy boobs and the hair always annoyed me. I do love that comic though!

    I certainly hope you guys don't talk to your ladies this way... ;-P

    LOL!!!  :laugh:

    Don't worry, we're very cordial people.  :P
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