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Dark Horse Comics Announces Alien vs. Predator: Thicker Than Blood!

While Aliens and Predators clashed in the recent Fire and Stone, and Life and Death crossovers, it’s been sometime since we had an AvP series that wasn’t attached to an event. Now, following the cancellation of Aliens: Colonial Marines – Rising Threat, Dark Horse Comics has announced a new Alien vs. Predator series!

Alien vs. Predator: Thicker Than Blood kicks off when Predators board a luxury charter spaceship, unleashing a path of terror and bloodshed. An adolescent girl and her younger “brother” are the last to survive, and begin a cat-and-mouse chase with the attackers. They hope for an escape, but they haven’t counted on the Alien . . .

Alien vs. Predator: Thicker Than Blood is penned by long time Dark Horse collaborator and former editor Jeremy Barlow. Barlow is joined by Alien and Predator veteran Doug Wheatley. Wheatley is best known to Alien fans for his interior artwork on Aliens: Apocalypse – The Destroying Angels, and recently cover artwork for Predator: Life and Death and Predator: Hunters.

 Dark Horse Comics Announces Alien vs. Predator: Thicker Than Blood!

Cover artwork is going to be provided by Chun Lo, and Michael Heisler will be working on the lettering. Alien vs. Predator: Thicker Than Blood will be a four issue run, with the first issue scheduled for release on the 11th of December.

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  1. Xiggz456
    Quote from: Russ840 on Dec 08, 2020, 09:01:54 AM
    I have to say. Other than the original AVP and possibly Eternal, this has got to be the best AVP comic we have had.

    What do you all think ?

    For a four issue series yes I agree that it's the best since the original. Best art for sure! I do really like Duel (2 issue series) and The Web (2 parter from DHP) but those are shorter stories so it's harder to directly compare. The whole eating a Predator heart gives you 200 years of life used to kill Eternal for me but I've slowly come around to being okay with it (really using it for Dutch in Hunting Grounds alongside reverse engineering the Pred's medkit made it more plausible for me).
  2. BlueMarsalis79
    Quote from: Xenomrph on Dec 09, 2020, 07:23:22 PM
    Quote from: Russ840 on Dec 08, 2020, 09:01:54 AM
    I have to say. Other than the original AVP and possibly Eternal, this has got to be the best AVP comic we have had.

    What do you all think ?
    Eternal is a great Predator story, but it's a bad AvP story. The Aliens are totally inconsequential to the plot, you could remove them entirely and nothing would change.

    So what's the top three AVP Graphic Novels in your opinion ranked?
  3. happypred
    This is like Eternal (and AvP 2004) in that Alien fans will be grateful for how the alien is portrayed in combat. Also like Eternal, the art is this comic's strength.

    Other than that, thought this was OK, not incredible.

    Spoiler
    I note that the elder seems to have graduated from the Broken Tusk school of Yautja-Human relations. Probably the most sympathetic predator we've seen so far...though he does get himself maimed in a silly way to serve the plot
    [close]
  4. Prez
    Quote from: Corporal Hicks on Nov 23, 2020, 09:59:05 AM
    I f**king loved this story. I think I was going "Oh, damn" like every 5 pages or so!  :laugh: The artwork was fantastic. Doug Wheatley was such a treat to go out on, and Rain Beredo's colouring complimented him really nicely. I really love Rain's colour work - on this and Dust to Dust.

    Spoiler
    This series was just so f**king brutal. So brutal. And so satisfying. To see the Predators massacre like that, to see the Elder take the pounding he did and continue onwards. I loved that it wasn't a traditional hunt either, but a border conflict where the rules weren't in play. And as an Alien fan, to see the Alien actually portrayed as being worthy of being considered the Ultimate Prey was soooo satisfying.

    I was a little dubious of the main characters being children, but I think it worked. The child synthetic was genuinely interesting to me. A young mentality trapped within, facing his own "mortality" and obsoletion when he was supposed to be part of the family. I wasn't too sure on the team-up either (when am I ever) but it worked enough for me.
    [close]

    Really looking forward to reading this one through again.

    Finished this finally tonight. And I agree with most of what you said Aaron.

    Doug's artwork and also Rain Beredo's colours were amazing. The rendering of the Xeno was perfect and really nailed the sinister creepiness of it all.

    My only gripe was it did move along at a breathtaking pace at times. Perhaps not a gripe rather it was a rollercoaster from the first page to the last.
  5. SuperiorIronman
    Just finished it. I picked up where I left off with the singles like Hunters so I kind of breezed through it. It started off a bit lacking but overall I think it nailed the landing. That was a solid ending for the book. If and when we get the inevitable AVP reboot out of Disney I hope they draw from this.

    I got the paperback and I didn't see any extras. If this has any it might be in a hardcover.
  6. Corporal Hicks
    I f**king loved this story. I think I was going "Oh, damn" like every 5 pages or so!  :laugh: The artwork was fantastic. Doug Wheatley was such a treat to go out on, and Rain Beredo's colouring complimented him really nicely. I really love Rain's colour work - on this and Dust to Dust.

    Spoiler
    This series was just so f**king brutal. So brutal. And so satisfying. To see the Predators massacre like that, to see the Elder take the pounding he did and continue onwards. I loved that it wasn't a traditional hunt either, but a border conflict where the rules weren't in play. And as an Alien fan, to see the Alien actually portrayed as being worthy of being considered the Ultimate Prey was soooo satisfying.

    I was a little dubious of the main characters being children, but I think it worked. The child synthetic was genuinely interesting to me. A young mentality trapped within, facing his own "mortality" and obsoletion when he was supposed to be part of the family. I wasn't too sure on the team-up either (when am I ever) but it worked enough for me.
    [close]

    Really looking forward to reading this one through again.
  7. Xiggz456
    Finally my local comic shop had the TPB of this (although they didn't have Hunters 3  >:( ) I very much enjoyed it! Nice self contained story with absolutely amazing artwork! It's certainly a solid story for Dark Horse to conclude its AVP run with.
  8. Katanu
    It honestly didn't change much for me, since here in Brazil I can't buy the individual issues, only the TPB. But I totally understand why people who can buy the single issues are upset. It sucks, but at least we're still getting the comic.

    By the way, today is November 4th, did it get released somewhere?
    Amazon still list it as Decembert 1st.
  9. Loopy
    Long time lurker, first time poster. Just wanted to throw my two cents in on AVP: Thicker Than Blood. I am also really bummed that issues #3 and #4 were cancelled, as well as Predator: Hunters III issue #3 and #4. I picked up the first three issues Alien: the Original Screen play, and on the cover of issue #1 and #2, there's a little note on there that says "Our comback will be bigger than our setback!" Too bad those missing issues weren't part of that comeback. I'll probably pick up the trades when they come out, but my OCD comic collecting personality will still want those missing issues!
  10. molasar
    An update from Dark Horse Comics website.

    They removed pre-orders for following issues but its TPB edition is still available for pre-order with October 07, 2020 release date.
  11. Phobos
    Quote from: Kradan on Mar 12, 2020, 05:57:17 AM
    I guess, if you're an Alien's fan and see xenomorph take down Predator you're pleased but if you're Predator's one you pissed off.

    I like Alien and I don't mind when the Xeno gets the better of a Predator. The only time it bothered me is when Grid killed Celtic and Gill. Celtic took a dumb amount of time with a human and didn't hear the fight behind him. He only took notice when Gill got impaled.
  12. Jigsaw85
    Whaaaaaaaaaat? An Alien getting a victory over a Predator in an Alien vs Predator story? Apparently the writers didn't get the memo that the Aliens' only purpose in AVP is to die by the thousands as the predator stands over a pile of their mutilated bodies while striking a cool pose.
  13. Voodoo Magic
    Quote from: Corporal Hicks on Mar 03, 2020, 09:22:56 AM
    Quote from: Fiendishly Inventive on Mar 03, 2020, 12:44:20 AM
    I hear the Predator side's getting diced regularly, makes a change from the Alien side being diced regularly.

    It's hugely f**king refreshing. Thing is they've been going out rather memorably and brutally which I'm enjoying too.

    Refreshing in a general sense but poorly constructed. Show us how.

    We're going from this:

    Spoiler
    to this:

    Spoiler

    Clearly the Alien is at a disadvantage here without the element of surprise, so show us how it won!  It's titled AvP!  :)

    It reminds me of Godzilla 2014, where the two monsters begin to collide in battle only for the film to immediately cut to the aftermath - and to news reports letting the audience know 'Boy did you miss an awesome battle!' :P

    Okay, rant over. ;D
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