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Predator: Life and Death #2 Preview

Dark Horse have posted the preview for the upcoming Predator: Life and Death #2 online! Following on the first issue released in March, the second issue of Predator: Life and Death sees the marines of Hasdrubal come into direct conflict with the Predators:

“Colonial Marines hunt the Predators, and the Predators lead the marines into an ambush! But on the jungle world of Tartarus, everyone has their eyes on the ultimate prize: an otherworldly spacecraft ripe for the taking!”

The Predator: Life and Death #2 preview is now available! Predator: Life and Death #2 Preview

The Predator: Life and Death #2 preview is now available!

Predator: Life and Death #2 is due for release on the 6th of April 2016. Thanks Ultramorph for the news.



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  1. Ultramorph
    I kind of like how little has been revealed so far. We were drip fed too much information too far in advance with Fire and Stone, IMO. It's cool to have what's next be a mystery.

    It has been a slow burn so far, though. Any guesses about what will happen when it interests with Fire and Stone? I'm hoping Abnett does something cool with the mountain.
  2. 426Buddy
    Yeah I hope the pred's actually get to become characters in the next couple issues.

    I'll be looking forward to where the story for this series goes after Predator L&D, two issues in and it feels like nothing has been revealed yet.
  3. Corporal Hicks
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    Panel detail Predator: Life and Death, issue 3.

    I really do enjoy the Life and Death artwork.
  4. happypred
    There are only 2 issues left . . . I would not expect much characterisation of the Predators

    Some intelligent, well thought out action is all I'm hoping for - I am not expecting Abnett to be doing anything non-derivative with Predator L&D. Looks like he's sticking with a very tried and true sort of execution
  5. Ultramorph
    I finally got around to reading the second issue fully, and I liked it pretty well. I get the impression that the story will ramp up from here. Did anyone else notice
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  6. Xenomrph
    Wasn't Hive Wars supposed to be a Veteran according to his NECA backstory? Cause if he was a Veteran..

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    This isn't Hive Wars Predator. This is a new Predator whom the artist based the design around the figure. Nothing more.

    I also read issue #1 & #2 yesterday. It's so so at the moment. Issue #2 was a little more fan service on the USCM than I would have liked. Too many little one liners & having characters be too much like those in Aliens (definitely referring to the 2 Smartgunners acting pretty much like Drake & Vasquez even calling each other Badass doing the hand slap. It kinda made me facepalm a little bit but I'm interested to see where the story goes. I hope this doesn't become an all the time thing with Dark Horse just making stories that get spread out between Pred, Aliens, Prometheus & AvP. Once in a while is ok I guess but I want individual stories from each not interlocking stories all the time.

    I'm going to have to have a re-read because I don't recall it being obtrusive or overly done. I definitely recognized some of the same confidence and attitude but it wasn't reusing dialogue from the films.

    We need to remember we're only 2 parts into a 17 part story here and we've got lots of setup to get out of the way.
    17 parts? Isn't Predator: Life and Death a 4-part miniseries?
  7. 426Buddy
    I hope we see Ahab as well, such an awesome predator character. I finished issue two and like others kinda found it a lil meh. I didn't mind the marine banter though, only one line really made me roll my eyes and that's the badass and hand clap with the two smart gunners. It was okay over all and its still a lot of set-up at this point but its a lil bothersome that the preview shows most of the action for the issue. I dig the art a lot for the human characters but I'm finding the Predator art to be less than great. I think this artist could do some great alien and marine work but just not digging the preds that much. I like their overall designs but the style doesn't seem to fit. Not sure if any of that made sense.
  8. Ultramorph
    I got my copy in the mail yesterday. I haven't totally read it, but I did thumb through, and I think Abnett may have tipped his hand a slight bit about what may be to come...
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  9. XenoZipper
    No, I think you're spot on.  The author made some minor tweaks to the one-liners, but you can clearly tell what he's getting at, and then he sprinkled them like pepper all over the comic.  I'm all fan-serviced out at the moment.  It's too much.  It's like the author is telling me, "hey, I know that you know", but now we're saying, "I know that you know, that I know" and it becomes pandering.

    Now mind you, just about every single line in Aliens is classic, with one-liner potential, and is thoroughly quotable.  The issue is not in whether to use those those quotes or not, but rather it is in execution.  So far it feels to me like a cheap ploy to make the book feel like the movie.  Instead, such Aliens "one-liners should match the story and be added appropriately for dramatic effect, where really make sense and are necessary.  Otherwise, they fall flat.

    Anyway, 15 issues to go, so I will give this a chance of course.  But I think we need to ramp up the art and tone down the fromage factor a bit..

    That I can agree with I just couldn't formulate the right words to sound smarter about it haha I'm certainly in no way NOT going to get the rest of the issues as they come out so I do hope it does go somewhere interesting. I didn't mind Fire & Stone though it got pretty damn messy near the end & I didn't care for the ending at all but I still keep going. I recently finished reading the 6 issues of Aliens/Vampirella. It was pretty bad & pretty much went nowhere by the time it was done but whatever, I still read for just in case it turns good. But yes I do agree, tone down the fan service a bit more & just do the story. I normally wait until entire runs are complete before reading because I hate waiting for the next issue but I wanted to be up to speed on this one.
  10. Perfect-Organism
    I'm going to have to have a re-read because I don't recall it being obtrusive or overly done. I definitely recognized some of the same confidence and attitude but it wasn't reusing dialogue from the films.

    We need to remember we're only 2 parts into a 17 part story here and we've got lots of setup to get out of the way.

    You could be right & it might not have been as much as I'm making it out to be. I think I'm just being a bitter ass about some of the attitudes being similar & me thinking they're just rehashing things. My defenses are up pretty high lately after Force Awakens came out. I was never so excited to see a movie I didn't end up liking much at all so my guard is up a little more these days especially when it comes to my beloved Aliens & Pred. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't super weary about Alien:Covenant & The Predator.

    No, I think you're spot on.  The author made some minor tweaks to the one-liners, but you can clearly tell what he's getting at, and then he sprinkled them like pepper all over the comic.  I'm all fan-serviced out at the moment.  It's too much.  It's like the author is telling me, "hey, I know that you know", but now we're saying, "I know that you know, that I know" and it becomes pandering.

    Now mind you, just about every single line in Aliens is classic, with one-liner potential, and is thoroughly quotable.  The issue is not in whether to use those those quotes or not, but rather it is in execution.  So far it feels to me like a cheap ploy to make the book feel like the movie.  Instead, such Aliens "one-liners should match the story and be added appropriately for dramatic effect, where really make sense and are necessary.  Otherwise, they fall flat.

    Anyway, 15 issues to go, so I will give this a chance of course.  But I think we need to ramp up the art and tone down the fromage factor a bit..
  11. XenoZipper
    I'm going to have to have a re-read because I don't recall it being obtrusive or overly done. I definitely recognized some of the same confidence and attitude but it wasn't reusing dialogue from the films.

    We need to remember we're only 2 parts into a 17 part story here and we've got lots of setup to get out of the way.

    You could be right & it might not have been as much as I'm making it out to be. I think I'm just being a bitter ass about some of the attitudes being similar & me thinking they're just rehashing things. My defenses are up pretty high lately after Force Awakens came out. I was never so excited to see a movie I didn't end up liking much at all so my guard is up a little more these days especially when it comes to my beloved Aliens & Pred. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't super weary about Alien:Covenant & The Predator.
  12. Corporal Hicks
    Wasn't Hive Wars supposed to be a Veteran according to his NECA backstory? Cause if he was a Veteran..

    Spoiler (click to show/hide)

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    This isn't Hive Wars Predator. This is a new Predator whom the artist based the design around the figure. Nothing more.

    I also read issue #1 & #2 yesterday. It's so so at the moment. Issue #2 was a little more fan service on the USCM than I would have liked. Too many little one liners & having characters be too much like those in Aliens (definitely referring to the 2 Smartgunners acting pretty much like Drake & Vasquez even calling each other Badass doing the hand slap. It kinda made me facepalm a little bit but I'm interested to see where the story goes. I hope this doesn't become an all the time thing with Dark Horse just making stories that get spread out between Pred, Aliens, Prometheus & AvP. Once in a while is ok I guess but I want individual stories from each not interlocking stories all the time.

    I'm going to have to have a re-read because I don't recall it being obtrusive or overly done. I definitely recognized some of the same confidence and attitude but it wasn't reusing dialogue from the films.

    We need to remember we're only 2 parts into a 17 part story here and we've got lots of setup to get out of the way.
  13. happypred
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    I was really hoping for good, solid action in #2. Pretty much all of the action is in the preview, nothing new. Disappointing
  14. RakaiThwei
    Wasn't Hive Wars supposed to be a Veteran according to his NECA backstory? Cause if he was a Veteran..

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  15. The Alien Predator
    Aliens Defiance apparently is not intended to cross over into Predator territory.  But I agree with all of the above.  Its fan over-service now.  Stop already.  I bet you now the roles will be reversed and the female smartgunner will play the Hudson role.

    Oh ok that's cool then I was wondering about that. Don't know too much about Defiance yet so I wasn't sure if it was a stand alone or part of this multi-crossover like Fire & Stone. But yea I do agree is fan service overkill at this point. Certain dialogue moments didn't even make much sense for as to why the line was said beyond just being a fan service moment. I could see the smartgunner role being reversed like you said haha Now all it's missing is a someone saying the "you're one ugly.." & have the Predator finish the line off like in P2 or even have a Predator say "Want some candy?" I think I would be done with the story if it goes that route haha

    Imagine...

    "What's the matter? Weyland-Yutani got you pushin' too many pencils?"  ;D
  16. XenoZipper
    Aliens Defiance apparently is not intended to cross over into Predator territory.  But I agree with all of the above.  Its fan over-service now.  Stop already.  I bet you now the roles will be reversed and the female smartgunner will play the Hudson role.

    Oh ok that's cool then I was wondering about that. Don't know too much about Defiance yet so I wasn't sure if it was a stand alone or part of this multi-crossover like Fire & Stone. But yea I do agree is fan service overkill at this point. Certain dialogue moments didn't even make much sense for as to why the line was said beyond just being a fan service moment. I could see the smartgunner role being reversed like you said haha Now all it's missing is a someone saying the "you're one ugly.." & have the Predator finish the line off like in P2 or even have a Predator say "Want some candy?" I think I would be done with the story if it goes that route haha
  17. Perfect-Organism
    I also read issue #1 & #2 yesterday. It's so so at the moment. Issue #2 was a little more fan service on the USCM than I would have liked. Too many little one liners & having characters be too much like those in Aliens (definitely referring to the 2 Smartgunners acting pretty much like Drake & Vasquez even calling each other Badass doing the hand slap. It kinda made me facepalm a little bit but I'm interested to see where the story goes. I hope this doesn't become an all the time thing with Dark Horse just making stories that get spread out between Pred, Aliens, Prometheus & AvP. Once in a while is ok I guess but I want individual stories from each not interlocking stories all the time.

    Aliens Defiance apparently is not intended to cross over into Predator territory.  But I agree with all of the above.  Its fan over-service now.  Stop already.  I bet you now the roles will be reversed and the female smartgunner will play the Hudson role.
  18. XenoZipper
    I also read issue #1 & #2 yesterday. It's so so at the moment. Issue #2 was a little more fan service on the USCM than I would have liked. Too many little one liners & having characters be too much like those in Aliens (definitely referring to the 2 Smartgunners acting pretty much like Drake & Vasquez even calling each other Badass doing the hand slap. It kinda made me facepalm a little bit but I'm interested to see where the story goes. I hope this doesn't become an all the time thing with Dark Horse just making stories that get spread out between Pred, Aliens, Prometheus & AvP. Once in a while is ok I guess but I want individual stories from each not interlocking stories all the time.
  19. Perfect-Organism
    Ok, I just picked up #1, and 2 last night and read them.  The story is ok, albeit very derivative.  Something is amiss, so USCM goes to investigate.  All hell breaks loose.  This time... it's Predators.  It really uses and abuses the same basic language that was used in the film Aliens.  I mean that film was iconic for its one-liners.  I don't need to hear them repeated or minor variations thereof in every new Aliens related series.  I mean that was trite several series ago.  If someone starts to yell "we're gonna die, we're gonna die" that will be the nail in the coffin for this series, for me anyway.

    The color palette in these books is completely unhinged.  I mean the colors are everywhere all over the map.  You may have these earth-tones blending into baby blue, and then a panel done in one big red color fill.  There is no cohesion.  That makes it a chore to look at the panels.

    The drawn art is ok.  No more no less.
  20. Corporal Hicks
    I just mean in as in the Colonial Marines are aware that there is actually something there, it's not just someone being crazy. I'm not talking about them knowing the Predator's mum's bra-size or anything.
  21. The Alien Predator
    I finished it. We're moving along slowly in the story but this issue was very heavily focused on setting up the combat and wider knowledge of the Predators within the rest of the characters. I enjoyed it though!

    Exactly how wide of knowledge of Predators are we talking about?

    I am wondering the same. Feel free to spoiler it, Hicks! I am super exited to get these real soon. Do the Marines have a name for the Predators?
  22. Corporal Hicks
    I finished it. We're moving along slowly in the story but this issue was very heavily focused on setting up the combat and wider knowledge of the Predators within the rest of the characters. I enjoyed it though!
  23. JokersWarPig
    I went to the comic book store with the intent of only buying NECA's Chopper. I left with this and Grid (pos) as well.
    I really liked the first issue, the art is great and the story seems pretty promising.
    I wonder why they chose Hive Wars and Tusk as their predators though
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