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Dark Horse Announces Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens

It appears Judge Dredd will once again be duking it out with Aliens and Predators as a new crossover comic, entitled Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens, will hit stores on July 27, 2016. Dark Horse announced the four-issue crossover during the Emerald City Comic Con panel in Seattle. Written by John Layman, who wrote Aliens: Inhuman Condition and Chris Mooneyham, who did the artwork for the first two issues of Predator: Fire & Stone, is the artist for the comic. You can check out a short interview with John Layman over on io9 who recounts how the comic came about.

Here’s Dark Horse’s press release:

The crossover pits the legendary lawman Judge Dredd against the universe’s supreme hunters, the Predators, as they both try to survive an onslaught by the galaxy’s ultimate killing machines, the Aliens! Judge Dredd and Judge Anderson have tracked a criminal cult across the Cursed Earth and into the Alabama morass, where a mad genetic scientist with destructive designs has acquired the best genes that evolution has to offer—a xenomorph skull! A Predator, attracted to the warm climate and superior prey, has declared hunting season as he calls for backup. All paths will cross in a mind-blowing sci-fi showdown with the fate of the Earth at stake! 

The comic begins with a Predator crash landing in a jungle overgrowth in the middle of the Cursed Earth. He is soon tracked by a group of animal hybrids belonging to a genetic engineer. The scientist captures the Predator as well as his trophies and he begins creating Xenomorphs using the DNA from the trophies.

Emerald City Comic Con Exclusive Print, by Glenn Fabry and Adam Brown. Dark Horse Announces Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens

Emerald City Comic Con Exclusive Print, by Glenn Fabry and Adam Brown.

Artwork from Predator vs Judge Dredd vs Aliens #1, by Chris Mooneyham. Dark Horse Announces Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens

Artwork from Predator vs Judge Dredd vs Aliens #1, by Chris Mooneyham.

For comic book fans, this isn’t the first crossover with Judge Dredd. Predator vs. Judge Dredd was released in 1997 where a Predator enters Mega City One to hunt the Judges themselves. They followed the story up with Judge Dredd vs. Aliens: Incubus  in 2003 where Xenomorphs overrun the city. The first issue of Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens goes on sale July 27.

Thanks to UltraMorph for the news.



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Comments: 22
  1. happypred
    The Dredd crossovers are fun but I'm just wondering will this one connect to them or... will this one be a separate but canonical universe from the previous two crossovers since those were directly handled with 2000 AD? I mean since IDW is involved with this one... It maybe in the IDW Dredd continuity, which is separate from the main 2000 AD one.

    Would you you prefer the upcoming crossover to be in the main 2000AD continuity or the IDW continuity or its own "pocket universe"?

    Why does it matter?

  2. RakaiThwei
    I'll pick this up, but I was hoping that the "big crossover" would be something in-continuity and to do with Life and Death, Fire and Stone, and Defiance. This should be fun, though. I liked the previous Dredd crossovers.

    The Dredd crossovers are fun but I'm just wondering will this one connect to them or... will this one be a separate but canonical universe from the previous two crossovers since those were directly handled with 2000 AD? I mean since IDW is involved with this one... It maybe in the IDW Dredd continuity, which is separate from the main 2000 AD one.

    Gah! I'm too excited but at the same time a little scared about this one! The last crossover (Vampirella/Aliens) wasn't very good.
  3. Ultramorph
    I'll pick this up, but I was hoping that the "big crossover" would be something in-continuity and to do with Life and Death, Fire and Stone, and Defiance. This should be fun, though. I liked the previous Dredd crossovers.
  4. Annoyed
    What the hell is it with these boring arse crossovers, we'd rather see another ongoing Aliens or Alien series, I know there's defiance, but we can use more. Enough of these micky dicky mouse crossovers please. Enough of ALiens vs Preds, enough of Aliens vs anything, just Aliens vs Humans.

    And the stories have to be great too, the last Aliens series have been total flops, but I still buy them.

    I will buy this one too, but will wait for a trade paperback edition. And no hardcovers please, I dont even bother buying hardcovers, soft, please.
  5. happypred
    I like some cross overs ... and I don't like others

    Archie vs. Predator? Pass
    Vampirella vs. Aliens? No thanks(but better than Archie)

    Aliens vs. Judge Dredd vs. Predator...art by Chris Mooneyham? Count me in

    I think this is definitely worth a look
  6. 426Buddy
    I'll probably pass as well, i have quite a few crossovers and I'm just always been more interested in the alien and predator focused stories. Except batman vs predator, that series is classic.
  7. Corporal Hicks
    The last issue of Judge Dredd vs Alien was the first Aliens comic I ever read. I found it at a news agent at a local indoor market. I think I actually got it the same day I got the Aliens Earth Hive/Nightmare Asylum omnibus from a stall at the same indoor market.

    That said, I'll pass on this one. I'm not a massive fan of the multi-license properties - aside from AvP, of course. That just works for me.
  8. happypred
    I only read one issue of JD vs Predator. It was decent. I have the full JD/Aliens mini-series, and it was one of the better crossovers, as the Aliens weren't predictably cannon fodder.

    I have the opposite opinion

    JD vs. Aliens was OK

    I thought JD vs. Predator was really good, especially for a cross over

    The action was good, the link to Dutch was a bit coincidental but rather clever, and the pacing was good as well. Very solid comic in my opinion...grabbed me more than JD vs. Aliens.

    I finished both series...so not just basing my opinion on a partial reading.

    AvJDvP looks like it'll be really interesting
  9. RakaiThwei
    So far Layman hasn't answered my questions over on Twitter.

    Whether or not this connects to the previous two crossovers since IDW is now involved and has their own Dredd continuity, is entirely up in the air.

    All in all, I'm looking forward to seeing this one... provided certain expectations of mine are met!
  10. Darkness
    The Thing vs Xenomorphs would be interesting. Has the Thing being involved in any crossover comics for anything?

    I'm looking forward to this one. I like Judge Dredd and the whole story there. Still haven't gotten around to reading the Judge Dredd crossovers.
  11. DUB1
    I only read one issue of JD vs Predator. It was decent. I have the full JD/Aliens mini-series, and it was one of the better crossovers, as the Aliens weren't predictably cannon fodder.

    Nonetheless, I never trust Dark Horse to do either creatures justice, particularly the Alien. And I would have preferred something fresher pitting either or both creatures against one or many characters/monsters we haven't seen them fight before. How in the hell is it that we still haven't seen either creatures take on the Thing, or crossed over with the Resident Evil series? Or Jurassic Park?

    They should stay clear of Alien and/or Predator vs Jason Voorhees and/or Leatherface, though. MKX's done just fine with these four. The Alien blood's lack of acidic properties wasn't badly crippling. I can only shudder imagining DH handling Alien vs Leatherface.
  12. happypred
    This is a really cool idea:

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    We open the book with a crashlanded predator, and instead of being the hunter, as usual, the predator is the prey. He’s crashlanded in a jungle overgrowth in the middle of the Cursed Earth, where he is pursued by an Island of Dr. Moreau group of man-animal hybrids, creations of a crazed genetic engineer. And this crazed scientist recovers not just the predator, but some of the predator’s hunting trophies—including a Xenomorph skull, and the Xenomorph’s DNA contained therein. You can probably see where this is headed, but add to it Dredd chasing the robot leader of an apocalypse death cult, and everybody on a collision course. Then shit gets nuts!
  13. RakaiThwei
    My only question is... is this a direct continuation after the previous two AVP crossovers with Dredd, which are part of Dredd canon, or... is this an entirely separate universe from the AD 2000 Dredd Universe, and set in the IDW Dredd universe-- and is it part of that continuity?

    See, reason I'm asking is because IDW has licensed franchise titles... and they're implied to be sharing the same universe. X-Files, TMNT, Transformers, the Crow-- yeah... according to IDW's X-Files Confidential run-- these titles all set in the same universe. And also IDW treats some of their intercompany crossovers as canon such as Transformers/New Avengers-- that's canon in Transformers. TMNT/Ghostbusters, is actually canon in both TMNT and Ghostbusters as well.

    IDW has a really... interesting way of treating their crossovers. It wouldn't surprise me if this is somehow canon in IDW Dredd continuity but it wouldn't surprise me if it isn't canon either.

    Point is.. I'm wondering if it's a continuation of the first two crossovers, or.. it's an entirely separate thing since IDW is part of this collaboration?
  14. RakaiThwei
    This could be something I might be able to look forward to. I sincerely mean that.. And John Layman loves the AVP films? Oh! A man after my own heart!

    Hopefully, this comic won't be counting PREDATORS and Prometheus either! I would love a canonical continuation in the Dredd universe for Alien and Predator! Please, please, please be good!

    This... made a smile on my face!

    Edit: I just noticed that IDW (my current favorite publisher) is part of this collaboration... I know that IDW is currently doing Dredd but... I thought that the IDW Dredd was it's own separate universe from the main Dredd. Reading this on Wiki... the IDW Dredd is not part of the main Dredd continuity.

    So is this... IDW Dredd or Main Dredd for this crossover? Hopefully Layman answers my questions to him on Twitter.
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