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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. 426Buddy
    I want the license to stay with DH. Dark Horse Alien/Predator/AvP comics have been apart of my life since like 1993. I don't mind showing them a bit of brand loyalty.

    Though it won't do them much good I suppose.
  2. Wysps
    Apropos of nothing, but Absolute Carnage and Immortal Hulk both kick ASS.

    Having said that, I'd prefer Alien and Predator stayed at DH - if only to prevent Disney getting any more of a monopoly than they already have. Most of the Predator EU - hell some of the movies - are entirely based on stuff that Dark Horse's creative teams did in the comics, so I think they'd earned a little more respect than they're being given. I know, I know - Late Capitalist Dystopian Hellscape and all that, but still...  :P

    Agreed, on both counts.  Disney doesn't need any more titles.  Plus, even though DH has produced some weird stuff for Predator, they've also produced a lot of great stuff that I think has added to the EU.  I trust them for the most part with the title, and would rather see them stay.
  3. Voodoo Magic
    I'd rather Alien stay at DH, but it doesn't appear likely.
    Especially since Predator is the one rumoured for termination, not Alien- thus- Predator may stay with DH.

    If the rights-holder for Predator does shift in 2022, I remember reading with Terminator there was some sort of multi year grace period. It's not a stop everything you're doing and back away legal order. Planned projects can still be seen to fruition, as well as termed licensed deals. So we're looking at maybe 2025, if it happens at all, so I think it's a little premature to bring it up.  We'll see what happens in 2022. :)

  4. Naginata
    Apropos of nothing, but Absolute Carnage and Immortal Hulk both kick ASS.

    Having said that, I'd prefer Alien and Predator stayed at DH - if only to prevent Disney getting any more of a monopoly than they already have. Most of the Predator EU - hell some of the movies - are entirely based on stuff that Dark Horse's creative teams did in the comics, so I think they'd earned a little more respect than they're being given. I know, I know - Late Capitalist Dystopian Hellscape and all that, but still...  :P
  5. SuperiorIronman
    Predator can hit termination as early as 2022 assuming the Thomas Brothers have begun working on a notice. They can't just take it, they do have to let all I.P holders know what's up before the termination date specified in the notice (this might get a bit complicated as it comes to merch like comics but I could easily be wrong). They have a very short window to serve that notice as well since according to the site I'm getting my information from, they need to have it two years before 2027.

    I'm not 100% convinced they will but you never know. If we've only just now heard rumblings about this and it's just that Predator could be terminated I think we're fine unless something really disastrous happens.

  6. SiL
    It's not rumoured for termination. The news report literally just says it's a property that is technically open to it if the authors so choose, not that they seem so inclined.
  7. happypred
    I'd be far less concerned with Predator over at Marvel since Predator lends itself fine to action and goofy crossovers and it's not like it wouldn't get used. They roll it into the mainline continuity and I promise you the crossovers will include an Avengers push and at least one hosting a symbiote. You'd see some crazy shit over at Marvel. Probably not JLA versus Predator nuts but if they got the license I don't doubt we'd have a good time.

    Alien is the one we'd have to worry about. 

    I only think of Predator as marginally goofier than Aliens, mainly because of the 80s macho men cast.

    Neither of these franchises should be given the goofy treatment by Marvel.

    I don't want Aliens comics about a piglet with a bomb strapped to its back or Aliens vs. Mondo or Vampirella (Dark Horse actually went the goofy route with Aliens on more than one occasion)...or stuff like Predator vs. Archie, which I find incredibly jarring and a waste of time.
  8. Still Collating...
    Marvel's about to do 40k.  I think they can handle Alien and Predator.
    I'd be far less concerned with Predator over at Marvel since Predator lends itself fine to action and goofy crossovers and it's not like it wouldn't get used. They roll it into the mainline continuity and I promise you the crossovers will include an Avengers push and at least one hosting a symbiote. You'd see some crazy shit over at Marvel. Probably not JLA versus Predator nuts but if they got the license I don't doubt we'd have a good time.

    Alien is the one we'd have to worry about.

    I like their stuff, especially their older comics. It'd be sad if DH loses to Marvel. Does Marvel do any good horror stuff? God, I hope Neca's license stays safe for a long while...

    Moon Knight has a few horror(ish) books but Immortal Hulk has been doing a lot right and it's one of their best titles and sellers right now. Absolute Carnage is great as well. In fact the Carnage book they put out a few years before this was a good one. Sure a lot of it is through the lenses of superheroes but Marvel does horror well enough that Predator would do alright.

    Thanks for the info guys. Well then, I hope for the best.
  9. SuperiorIronman
    I'd be far less concerned with Predator over at Marvel since Predator lends itself fine to action and goofy crossovers and it's not like it wouldn't get used. They roll it into the mainline continuity and I promise you the crossovers will include an Avengers push and at least one hosting a symbiote. You'd see some crazy shit over at Marvel. Probably not JLA versus Predator nuts but if they got the license I don't doubt we'd have a good time.

    Alien is the one we'd have to worry about.

    I like their stuff, especially their older comics. It'd be sad if DH loses to Marvel. Does Marvel do any good horror stuff? God, I hope Neca's license stays safe for a long while...

    Moon Knight has a few horror(ish) books but Immortal Hulk has been doing a lot right and it's one of their best titles and sellers right now. Absolute Carnage is great as well. In fact the Carnage book they put out a few years before this was a good one. Sure a lot of it is through the lenses of superheroes but Marvel does horror well enough that Predator would do alright.
  10. Voodoo Magic
    Disnox is still going to license out A&P for games because they are admittedly no good at it.

    But comics they're successful at, so moving A&P in-house to Marvel like Star Wars is inevitable to me, more of a "when" than "if".
  11. SM
    Yeah I think it'd be more than likely.  Shame for Dark Horse after keeping both the Star Wars and Alien/ Predator flames going so long.

    I thought that was just a possibility more than a probability. I don't think I've ever read anything from Marvel comics that I liked. Now I'm worried. How do you guys think they'd treat these licenses?

    Depends on who they get to write them and who is overseeing things at Fox.

    I have no idea when the current license expires or if they'd change over to Marvel, but I think it would strange if they didn't keep things under the one roof.
  12. SiL
    There's a thread in the Predator forum talking about how authors have the ability to revoke (or at least, apply to revoke) rights between 35-43 years after they were granted if they choose. It's happening with The Terminator and a few other properties, and Predator has hit that period. There's zero indication the Thomas Brothers would, but technically it's a thing they could do.

    EDIT

    Easy reference

    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/real-life-terminator-major-studios-face-sweeping-loss-iconic-80s-film-franchise-rights-1244737
  13. SM
    Quote
    Steve Watson reviewed Aliens: The Deadliest of Species: Predator for Arcane magazine, rating it a 9 out of 10 overall. Watson comments that "Barreto displays a thorough knowledge of the female anatomy in illustrating - very tastefully, I may add - a story which ultimately deals with maternal instinct and female intuition in a fascinating way. Written in a style which provides plenty of space for intrigue and surprise, this novel is a marvellous example of the form."

    I think we've got it wrong all this time. Apparently, DoTS is a novel

    So he didn't have a clue what it was about either.
  14. Voodoo Magic
    I have had DotS since 2006. I will now try to read beyond the first three pages...

    Hate to break it to you friend, but things get far more batshit from there. I'm not sure what was up with Claremont at the time, (he was constantly dodging the editors for seemingly every script) but the writing consistency in this story is fruity as a nut cake. It took me many readings and some pretty heavy duty analysis before I could clearly suss out specifically what's going on with the story, but some stories are like that. This one is crazy artsy like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (or like a mix between Spiderman Far from Home and Dark City with just a hint of Red Sonja), but a bit more unfocused, which could be similarly said of a lot of Ridley Scott's more symbolic works or a lot of Stanley Kubrick's style, which some readers have the patience for (they become the members of the cult) and which many do not (often the more rational ones. The ones who would never become fanatic readers of Sutter Cane.)

    If you do decide to power through The Deadliest of the Species and have an intention to understand and maybe even appreciate the story, there's two things to keep in mind, One, there's a shit ton of "unreliable narrator" action going on, nowhere near as incoherent as Horror Show or ::shudder:: Survival, since things actually do get explained at the 11th hour, so don't necessarily believe what you see/read, and Two, while it's not stated incredibly clearly, (spoiler alerts seem absurd here, since this is more of a clarification than a reveal, but for the niche fans who appreciate a David Lynch-esque non-literal narrative, here you go!)
    Spoiler (click to show/hide)
    If you're patient, brave, and willing to work a little for your consumption, go forth and conquer!

    Also, tDotS is responsible for giving us the single most epic, Metal, full page image from Predator or AvP comics, ever. (your mileage may vary.)

    ...Legendary.

    Rest in peace, Eduardo Barreto, you were the best and your work will shine on.

    You honestly made me want to read this again!
  15. happypred
    Quote
    Steve Watson reviewed Aliens: The Deadliest of Species: Predator for Arcane magazine, rating it a 9 out of 10 overall. Watson comments that "Barreto displays a thorough knowledge of the female anatomy in illustrating - very tastefully, I may add - a story which ultimately deals with maternal instinct and female intuition in a fascinating way. Written in a style which provides plenty of space for intrigue and surprise, this novel is a marvellous example of the form."

    I think we've got it wrong all this time. Apparently, DoTS is a novel
  16. SM
    Horror Show took a number of reads to get my head around, but was alright enough.

    Survival I did not rate when it first came out.  It was at a time when the comics had gone off the boil a bit, and I found it a bit meh.

    Years later, reading it as a father with inadequacies and anxieties - it's like being repeatedly kicked in the chest.
  17. SpaceKase
    Wow. You found it great? You must be a fan of Cardassian Repetitive epics. But, Cheers to that, mate. It's good to embrace what inspires you. I'd be interested to know more of your thoughts on that one in particular, or rather those three.
  18. SM
    The first couple of issues are more or less coherent.  And has actual Aliens in too.

    After that... you have my sympathies.

    And Survival is great.  I don't find it incoherent at all.  It's just dreams within dreams fuelled by inadequacy.
  19. SpaceKase
    I have had DotS since 2006. I will now try to read beyond the first three pages...

    Hate to break it to you friend, but things get far more batshit from there. I'm not sure what was up with Claremont at the time, (he was constantly dodging the editors for seemingly every script) but the writing consistency in this story is fruity as a nut cake. It took me many readings and some pretty heavy duty analysis before I could clearly suss out specifically what's going on with the story, but some stories are like that. This one is crazy artsy like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (or like a mix between Spiderman Far from Home and Dark City with just a hint of Red Sonja), but a bit more unfocused, which could be similarly said of a lot of Ridley Scott's more symbolic works or a lot of Stanley Kubrick's style, which some readers have the patience for (they become the members of the cult) and which many do not (often the more rational ones. The ones who would never become fanatic readers of Sutter Cane.)

    If you do decide to power through The Deadliest of the Species and have an intention to understand and maybe even appreciate the story, there's two things to keep in mind, One, there's a shit ton of "unreliable narrator" action going on, nowhere near as incoherent as Horror Show or ::shudder:: Survival, since things actually do get explained at the 11th hour, so don't necessarily believe what you see/read, and Two, while it's not stated incredibly clearly, (spoiler alerts seem absurd here, since this is more of a clarification than a reveal, but for the niche fans who appreciate a David Lynch-esque non-literal narrative, here you go!)
    Spoiler (click to show/hide)
    If you're patient, brave, and willing to work a little for your consumption, go forth and conquer!

    Also, tDotS is responsible for giving us the single most epic, Metal, full page image from Predator or AvP comics, ever. (your mileage may vary.)

    ...Legendary.

    Rest in peace, Eduardo Barreto, you were the best and your work will shine on.
  20. Wweyland
    DotS was my first Alien/AvP comic back in 1998. Didn't really read it through but enjoyed some of the images.
    Felt very weird though and it didn't kickstart my fandom (happened later with the AvP games).
    Didn't help that the comic fell apart like many of the UK omnibuses do.
  21. Kradan
    DoTS feels to me as some crazy, uneven as f**k, mysterious, maybe poorly told but still intriguing story .

    Xenogenesis is just " Boom - bang ! " for the sake of " Boom - bang ! "
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