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Updated: Marvel To Now Publish Alien and Predator Comics!

For a lot of fans Aliens, Predator and Dark Horse Comics are words that go hand-in-hand. It was Dark Horse’s success with the very first Aliens run that proved that media tie-in’s could be successful, as well as just plain good. And ever since Disney’s purchase of 20th Century Fox, fans loyal to Dark Horse had been worried that the Alien and Predator licences would go the way of Star Wars – that is, to Marvel.

And for those fans it looks like those worries have become reality. IGN have exclusively announced that both Alien and Predator are now licensed to Marvel. While no new titles have been announced, Marvel did provide IGN with teaser images of both the Alien and Predator by artist David Finch.

“There’s nothing more thrilling than a story that will keep you at the edge of your seat, and Alien and Predator have delivered that time and time again!” said Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski in a statement to IGN. “I can clearly remember where I was when I saw each of these modern masterpieces for the first time, and reveling in how both masterfully weave extraterrestrial dread and drama into some of the most iconic scenes we’ve ever seen on film. And it’s that legacy that we’re going to live up to!”

 Marvel To Now Publish Alien and Predator Comics!

“As a visual medium, comics are the perfect place to build on those moments, and we here at Marvel are honored to begin telling these stories for fans everywhere,” added Cebulski. “As our release schedule continues to return, we can’t wait to share more in the coming months!”

Editor Jake Thomas said, “The incredible legacies of both franchises offer some of the most compelling and exciting worldbuilding in all of science fiction. It is a thrill and an honor to be able to add to that mythology and continuity with all-new stories set within those universes.”

IGN was also keen to stress that none of it implied that Alien and Predator would be joining the main Marvel continuity in the way that Conan did.

 Marvel To Now Publish Alien and Predator Comics!

We don’t yet know how this will affect the previously announced series from Dark Horse. Predator: Hunters 3 is still only halfway through it’s run, and series based on the original screenplays for both Alien and Predator were supposed to be releasing now but with comic publishing having shutdown due to the Corona virus, neither have started releasing.

On their website Dark Horse has dates up for the first 2 issues of Alien: The Original Screenplay, but Predator: The Original Screenplay has been removed entirely from their website. There are no dates for the last 2 issues of Predator: Hunters 3, but a trade is up for release in November. Likewise AvP: Thicker Than Blood only has a trade available on Dark Horse’s website, with a release date of November.

Update: According to Marvel’s website, we’ll be seeing Alien and Predator series from the new publisher as of 2021. Though we’re always eager for more content, and it’s fantastic to see that Alien and Predator aren’t being forgotten under Disney, there’s no denying it’s the end of an era. Thank you for all the hard work and fantastic stories you’ve put out Dark Horse. And we’re looking forward to seeing what Marvel do with the series going forward.

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  1. SuperiorIronman
    I have the collection of BVP and like an idiot I also accidentally picked up the trades of the second and third. I may have spent 12 dollars on the third last year and it's now running 90.

    At least you can still pick up JLA versus Predator for a reasonable price.

    EDIT: 200 dollars + on Amazon for the somewhat recent collection. Whoah :o
  2. 426Buddy
    Open world refers to games like Elder Scrolls, GTA, Witcher, and Red Dead Redemption.

    Predator Concrete Jungle was open world but no other games in either franchise as far as I can remember.
  3. Perfect-Organism
    Well, the Cold Iron game is apparently going to be an open-world shlooter unfortunately, so microtransactions are essentially a guarantee. Hopefully it is like Destiny 2 where they are in no way required (the only thing I've ever spent money on in D2 is expansions/season passes, which makes sense given the game's MMO structure). But honestly, open-world in the Alien universe just feels off to me... Alien is all about cramped, dark corridors.

    Nightmare, for someone like me who is not familiar with these terms in a practical sense, how does open world differ from say Isolation, ore even from some of the other Aliens games?  We had an open world in Colonial Marines didn't we?  We were allowed to walk around outside in many sections.  Am I missing something?
  4. Nightmare Asylum
    Well, the Cold Iron game is apparently going to be an open-world shlooter unfortunately, so microtransactions are essentially a guarantee. Hopefully it is like Destiny 2 where they are in no way required (the only thing I've ever spent money on in D2 is expansions/season passes, which makes sense given the game's MMO structure). But honestly, open-world in the Alien universe just feels off to me... Alien is all about cramped, dark corridors.
  5. Xiggz456
    I’m fully expecting the Alien side of things to be rebooted but I think it’s 50/50 regarding the Predator side.

    The dreaded fate of John Schaeffer and Machiko Noguchi...

    https://i.gifer.com/BumS.gif

    More like John Schaefer and Enoch Nakai. I lump the 90’s AVP comics in with the 90’s Aliens line since there’s crossover between them; specifically with “War” being a sequel to “Berserker” and “DotS” referencing “Earth War” so Machiko has kinda already been rebooted out of the timeline along with all those stories. But to this day there’s been no glaring contradictions with the Predator films and the Predator EU so one can hope Marvel doesn’t discard or discount it.
  6. Perfect-Organism
    After turning the idea of AVP into so much rubbish over the years, Marvel would be well guided to turn the original series into a proper film VERBATIM.  No changes.  At all.  Maybe adjust the color palette a bit.  The same palette as worked on the Mandalorian would work here.  It would be the ultimate tribute to the fans who believed in the idea through all the years of BS.

    Use Machiko too...
  7. SM
    Yeah every new film mucks with it to varying degrees.  It can be shame to 'lose' some stories and characters - but I think we're pretty used to it by now.
  8. lightsyder
    In the wake of the Marvel announcment I ordered mostly all available comic books in physical form i can get via Amazon. Today my delivery arrived and a few hours later i regognized a Kindle/Comixology sale on EVERY available Aliens, Predator and AvP comics. Damn it. But honestly i consider not to return the physical books to Amazon instead of the Predator Essentials Vol.1 because you don't know how the availability via Amazon/Kindle will be when the licence change is done. For nearly the price of the Essentials Vol.1 I bought the Predator and AvP Omnibusses because i haven't read most of them (mostly Predator, I'm more into Alien). But when Marvel will re-release the Omnibusses or something equal to them i will buy them in physical form. Just because...

    These are my thoughts. Just wanted to share them.

    I asked comixology's support how the license change would affect items already bought.  They said they will stay in your library even if they are no longer for sale.
  9. SuperiorIronman
    I really hope they don't full reboot but you might get your wish. Disney annihilated the star wars EU they might do the same for AVP  :-[ :'(

    To calm some fears, Disney did that so that way they could do the Sequel trilogy without trying to navigate the former EU. It's probably going to get a reboot on Alien's end but I don't see Predator changing all that much if we aren't already in the midst of it.

    On the Predator side of things it seems it's going from Hunting Grounds onward. So from that it's the solo films and (presumably) the crossovers are left intact as well as the lore from Hunting Grounds and Stalking Shadows. Neca backstories as far as I'm aware are still canonical so for the time being the Predators still encountered them.
  10. Covenant81
    In the wake of the Marvel announcment I ordered mostly all available comic books in physical form i can get via Amazon. Today my delivery arrived and a few hours later i regognized a Kindle/Comixology sale on EVERY available Aliens, Predator and AvP comics. Damn it. But honestly i consider not to return the physical books to Amazon instead of the Predator Essentials Vol.1 because you don't know how the availability via Amazon/Kindle will be when the licence change is done. For nearly the price of the Essentials Vol.1 I bought the Predator and AvP Omnibusses because i haven't read most of them (mostly Predator, I'm more into Alien). But when Marvel will re-release the Omnibusses or something equal to them i will buy them in physical form. Just because...

    These are my thoughts. Just wanted to share them.
  11. chopperXgill
    You know all this talk actually has me pretty hyped to see what marvel will do. Looking forward to adding some new issue #1 predator & alien comic books next year. Knowing marvel they will have a ton of alternate cross over covers. Might have to collect them all
  12. SuperiorIronman
    Something I'd like to see done is stories done with surviving film Predators or flashbacks with older ones. What was the Assassin like pre-augmentation, was it only just Jungle Hunter in Val Verde or did he bring anyone or anything with him (we know the locals knew of him), what did the blood feud between the Jungle and Super Predators look like, did anybody ever try to reclaim Wolf's pistol?

    I'd love to see the writers follow up on things like that. And there'd be an audience for adventures with the Lost Hunters be it before or after City Hunter's death though one I'd find cool would be showing at least part of City Hunter's funeral. That's something that would be real cool for world building since we've only seen so much of that. For a species kind of obsessed with killing it'd be interesting to see what they do outside of nuking a body.

    Edit:
    Due to Marvel having a What If? line of books, what if Marvel did something like that for the Predator comics? Like if Jungle Hunter succeeded in killing Dutch then the OWLF has even less to work off of perhaps leading to an alternate Predator 2? The OWLF doesn't really know where to look and City Hunter just had the run of the place perhaps meaning he survives and potentially never killing Peter Keyes. Or what if Harrigan doesn't quite kill City Hunter and they rematch years later this time with cybernetic upgrades (replacement hand) and Harrigan has to out-think him since it's not like he can get lucky fighting him twice and he's much older.
  13. Xiggz456
    I’m talking the EU and I said the majority of stories are self contained not all. But even with “Hunters” there was still flashbacks to catch new readers up with the seasoned characters. So ya I’m hoping that it’s just more new stories as opposed to them making some kind of decree that it’s a full on EU reboot.

    It's all how it's handled right? We get flashbacks of Mandy Graves history, and no new reader can tell if her story was depicted in in a previous comic or not. You can take her entirely as a brand new character that once encountered a Predator, or a previously used character that is reoccurring. It all comes down to presentation and loose connecting threads. That's the way I'd like to see it moving forward. Inviting to new readers, yet still loosely loyal to what came before it. :)

    Exactly! Well said sir.
  14. Voodoo Magic
    I’m talking the EU and I said the majority of stories are self contained not all. But even with “Hunters” there was still flashbacks to catch new readers up with the seasoned characters. So ya I’m hoping that it’s just more new stories as opposed to them making some kind of decree that it’s a full on EU reboot.

    It's all how it's handled right? We get flashbacks of Mandy Graves history, and no new reader can tell if her story was depicted in in a previous comic or not. You can take her entirely as a brand new character that once encountered a Predator, or a previously used character that is reoccurring. It all comes down to presentation and loose connecting threads. That's the way I'd like to see it moving forward. Inviting to new readers, yet still loosely loyal to what came before it. :)
  15. Xiggz456
    I’m talking the EU and I said the majority of stories are self contained not all. But even with “Hunters” there was still flashbacks to catch new readers up with the seasoned characters. So ya I’m hoping that it’s just more new stories as opposed to them making some kind of decree that it’s a full on EU reboot.

    I also believe that there’ll be a Marvel crossover within the first year but I think of it as a promotional tool to get more Marvel fans interested in the new A/P/AVP series.
  16. Voodoo Magic
    One additional podcast thought:

    While I would love it to happen, there is just no way in my eyes Marvel waiting a year or more to do an Alien and Predator crossover within the Marvel universe. Like Conan of the Hyborian Age which is harder to infuse, I believe it will only take a few months, if not at launch, to crossover something Marvel with Alien and Predator unfortunately.

    i'm going to step in here and say that i'm also not a fan of dots; sorry, voodoo!

    https://media.tenor.com/images/80ff37fd6dbd417e81dd8e3290aee202/tenor.gif

    @Voodoo ya I agree that the Predator side of things doesn%u2019t really need to be rebooted as the majority of stories are stand alone and really have no affect on one another. I%u2019d actually be pretty bummed if they went the reboot route with Predator.

    Are you talking film? If so, I 100% agree, there is absolutely no need to reboot the Predator canon. The films are pretty much self contained, independent events. Each sequel has a sprinkling of brief references, but they are in no way required viewing like say each Alien film before it.

    But in the first two completed volumes of the Predator Hunters comics, there are reoccurring characters from past series, but it's not essential knowledge. It's like Sean Keyes in The Predator. Predator 2 fans geek out because that's Peter Keyes' son, in fiction and in real life, but if you don't know that factoid watching The Predator, there is still no feeling of missing information. It's not essential to the plot. It's not essential in the way its presented. That's the way I'd like Marvel to handle the Predator comic lore. I believe it could even work for Alien too. :)
  17. Xiggz456
    @Voodoo ya I agree that the Predator side of things doesn’t really need to be rebooted as the majority of stories are stand alone and really have no affect on one another. I’d actually be pretty bummed if they went the reboot route with Predator.

    @Tichinde the Predators face off the bears with only their wrist blades in “Turnabout” however in “Primal” the Pred does indeed shoot a bear.

    @Sil yes you are correct that Steve Perry wrote both “Prey” and “Turnabout”.
  18. SiL
    For instance, the Jungle Hunter disarms himself of his plasma caster and takes off his biomask and fights Dutch in h2h.
    He also shoots Poncho in the head after he had a tree crush his chest :P

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    Wolf (for some reason) decides to disarm himself taking off his mines, leaving his spear, and once again taking off the biomask.
    After shooting Aliens almost the entire rest of the film.

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    Celtic attempts to fight the Grid Alien with only his wristblades and fists even though his spear wasn't far away (though this might just be a movie convenient thing.)
    His spear was buried in the stone and it probably would've taken too long to get it with an Alien trying to kill him.

    Interestingly I'm pretty sure Steve Perry wrote both AvP Prey and Turnabout.
  19. Tichinde
    They shoot people a lot and all.  While they're invisible.

    But modern hunters hunt animals that can't shoot back, and that's what Predator is based so I'm not sure if there ever was a "equaling your opponents in available weapons thing".  All there is, is not blasting someone who is unarmed.

    I think you are right, I may have been spoiled by machikos trilogy of novels where they are described as fighting worthy enemies with the same kind of weapons they possess unless in like "wartime situations" like when they enter a hive. The Youngbloods are allowed to just shoot everything but blooded and veterans hold themselves to a higher standard according to those books anyway.

    And just to be clear there are a few examples of what I was talking about. For instance, the Jungle Hunter disarms himself of his plasma caster and takes off his biomask and fights Dutch in h2h. Wolf (for some reason) decides to disarm himself taking off his mines, leaving his spear, and once again taking off the biomask. A predator from the comic "Strange Roux" actually stabs himself in the arm to even the odds against his foe who was injured in his right arm. Celtic attempts to fight the Grid Alien with only his wristblades and fists even though his spear wasn't far away (though this might just be a movie convenient thing.) In the horrible comic Predator: Primal after an initial engagement with a bear ironically enough a warrior comes to fight it hand to hand in the comic's finale. I assumed it was part of the blooded warrior's culture to "fight fair" or as fair as they deem it so anyway.

    Either way, I suppose it's a relatively minor pet peeve, i will be checking these books out either way  :)
  20. SM
    They shoot people a lot and all.  While they're invisible.

    But modern hunters hunt animals that can't shoot back, and that's what Predator is based so I'm not sure if there ever was a "equaling your opponents in available weapons thing".  All there is, is not blasting someone who is unarmed.
  21. Tichinde
    Never read Turnabout, I assume it's very good, but doesn't one of the stories involve multiple predators hunting bears... with a plasma caster... from a distance? Guess that whole equaling your opponents in available weapons thing is gone now  >:(
  22. Voodoo Magic
    And finally, RidgeTop, my AvP Requiem brother, a few of us actually like Chris Claremont's Aliens Predator: Deadliest of the Species! So give it a shot, you might like it! :)

    I imagine that story would be a little more palatable for Predator fans if only because it actually features a f**king Predator in it.

    There's Aliens for like three pages on issue 3 and the rest is gold-plated or albino jousting hybrids or a God-damned Queen that decides to be pally with the rest of the team because f**k you, that's why or that human Predator Alien hybrid at the end.

    God I hate that book so much.

    So it's a SiL recommend?
  23. SiL
    And finally, RidgeTop, my AvP Requiem brother, a few of us actually like Chris Claremont's Aliens Predator: Deadliest of the Species! So give it a shot, you might like it! :)

    I imagine that story would be a little more palatable for Predator fans if only because it actually features a f**king Predator in it.

    There's Aliens for like three pages on issue 3 and the rest is gold-plated or albino jousting hybrids or a God-damned Queen that decides to be pally with the rest of the team because f**k you, that's why or that human Predator Alien hybrid at the end.

    God I hate that book so much.
  24. Voodoo Magic
    Okay, I finally listened to the podcast - I watched the video actually.

    A few notes:

    I enjoyed the podcast, but once in a while it was a bit too all over the place at times, at least for my taste, where it made my head spin a little bit. But still, overall, very good work guys! :)

    Too much optimism. I wanted to hear more Alien & Predator is leaving Dark Horse sadness!  I wanted someone to represent my pain!  ;D

    Marvel has the Icon label imprint that is totally hardcore. I've been a big Marvel reader for much of my life,  and when I read Icon's Painkiller Jane series, it was laced with curses, nudity, sex and blood and guts.

    I didn't love the full on reboot Paul was pushing initially. I can see it would be easier for new fans, true. And it's likely an easier pill to swallow for Paul who's generally new to Darkhorse A&P EU lore and subsequently not as deeply invested yet as us older fans... the logic is sound but I think there's a way to still invite new fans to an existing canon without alienating the old ones. Predator: Hunters is a perfect example of that. I know someone who's even really enjoying it as much as me and had no idea there were reoccurring characters.

    And finally, RidgeTop, my AvP Requiem brother, a few of us actually like Chris Claremont's Aliens Predator: Deadliest of the Species! So give it a shot, you might like it! :)

    Thats all I got. Great job guys!
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