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Marvel delays Predator Comics until November 2021 and a new distribution deal might be to blame.

What seemingly started out as a perceived harmless April Fools’ prank yesterday has transitioned into a very unfortunate reality, revealing that Marvel’s planned June 2021 launch of Predator comics was indeed delayed until the holiday season of November 2021.

Bleeding Cool was the first to report the news yesterday that Marvel had announced that all orders for Predator comics have been cancelled. This not only impacts the launch of the ongoing main series Predator #1 and its corresponding variants, but the Omnibus and the 20 different Predator variant covers that were planned to be featured on other Marvel titles as well.  No official reason was given for the postponed release.

 Marvel delays Predator Comics until November 2021 and a new distribution deal might be to blame.

If we had to speculate on why the sudden delay till November, we would suspect this perhaps has something to do with the big announcement last week that Marvel Comics was severing their distribution relationship with Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc..  Marvel Comics had announced that they struck an exclusive distribution deal with Penguin Random House that begins on October 1st, 2021 after being exclusive to Diamond for over 27 years.  (It is important to note that Diamond can and will still purchase Marvel comics, but now it will be from Penguin Random House and as a wholesaler rather than a distributor.)

Whatever the reason, unfortunately it looks like we will have to wait another six months past initial expectations to read Marvel’s new incarnation of Predator comics.

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  1. Voodoo Magic
    https://www.muddycolors.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/02fd9-champion-walker.jpg

    That's one badass Ewok

    Well, he's definitely the least creepy...

    https://media.tenor.com/images/77da643781ed3833eb7db0d101e6418a/tenor.gif

    But imagine if we get the first six Predator books painted up like 1718!

    https://cafans.b-cdn.net/images/Category_97206/subcat_144490/vagjNmPn_2109191451051gpadd.jpg
  2. Voodoo Magic
    Yes, Walker's work for Magic the Gathering for starters, that he colored himself with acrylic paints.

    https://www.muddycolors.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/02fd9-champion-walker.jpg

    https://www.mtgnexus.com/img/gallery/5112-nath-of-the-gilt-leaf.jpg

    https://pm1.narvii.com/6706/c783cae48ab7f073f9009c52583a09d96e96fc6a_hq.jpg

    https://cafans.b-cdn.net/images/Category_92751/subcat_135917/I0BPJdnv_0610142034451.jpg

    https://cafans.b-cdn.net/images/Category_44707/subcat_174172/OPHN0NrP_1511200010211gpadd.jpeg

    Walker has also both penciled and painted comic stories:

    https://cafans.b-cdn.net/images/Category_69848/subcat_135096/s7bjzPa8_2105201138491gpadd.jpeg

    https://cafans.b-cdn.net/images/Category_69848/subcat_135096/l6eeGSL8_2105201230311gpadd.jpeg

    Some non painted traditional work for Star Wars:

    https://townsquare.media/site/622/files/2016/11/Star_Wars_Doctor_Aphra_1_Preview_3.jpg

    https://starwarsblog.starwars.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/doctor-aphra-2-03.jpg

    https://starwarsblog.starwars.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/doctor-aphra-2-02.jpg

    Now I don't recollect Marvel announcing a colorist, so how cool would it be if Kev Walker was painting these Predator comics! Or this extra time allowed him to do it!  Now THAT would just be music to my ears!!!
  3. Voodoo Magic
    More time to make it better!

    If this was coming out in June I have to assume at least one issue was completed. So I doubt changes would be made unless the output was somehow extremely poor (but with the talent involved, I would severely doubt that.)

    I just hope this delay doesn't interfere with Kev Walker's art assignment on this book. Artists have to eat. They have to constantly land new gigs. And I've been very excited that Kev Walker landed artwork duties on this book. Have you googled his work? His artwork is majestic! :o
  4. Voodoo Magic
    Kraden, I disagree. The closed mouth conveys intelligence and thought, humanity if you will. The open mouth/ roar conveys its animalistic primal characteristics. Only works in tense situations. The Predator tight ropes between the two, part if it’s charm and relatability.

    I agree. Seeing the Predator's mouth open on every cover is just plain boring to me, when a closed mouth can be just as interesting and eye-catching! :)

    https://i.ibb.co/xjfhWjd/tumblr-nl7pj5-D1n-C1u1vwpho2-500-1.gif

    https://i.ibb.co/kqpQkWZ/tumblr-or8kgl-RR9l1rp0vkjo1-500.gif
  5. Voodoo Magic
    :laugh:

    https://media2.giphy.com/media/T0EjYDwdE3qmb6kAqh/giphy.gif


    For a second I thought this was the Predator Skulls thread and I was really worried this was real dialogue.

    A Skulls gif audition?  :laugh:

    At least it kept you busy for a bit!

    lol
     :P


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    Sure, it's not as bad as the Alien situation, but if you think Predator won't be full of shameless traced Hunting Grounds or Neca stuff, then you are wrong

    Well I prefer not to make declarations without evidence. Like you, after seeing what we've seen now from both Marvel and Dark Horse, would I bet on it happening? Absolutely. But I don't want to make definitive statements and disparage an artist here without proof first.  :)
    I hate being negative Voodoo, but I really have no hopes for this, and it's because it's Marvel, if the PHG or Stalking Shadows team were involved I would be far more positive

    And I get where you're coming from, I really do.  But I'm optimistic with Ed Brisson as our Predator writer, and with the art, well I hope we're all pleasantly surprised. I do think with Predators being so humanoid, they are a lot easier for artists to draw without reference than Aliens. So we'll see! :)





    Gossip: Did Marvel Comics Cancel Predator Because Of Penguin?
    https://bleedingcool.com/comics/gossip-did-marvel-comics-cancel-predator-because-of-penguin/
  6. Lost_Hunter
    That’s a bummer, this was shaping up nicely. Good on Marvel for sticking it to Diamond. It’s funny, my books from the smaller publishers have all arrived on time but the big bucks keep getting delayed.

    Kraden, I disagree. The closed mouth conveys intelligence and thought, humanity if you will. The open mouth/ roar conveys its animalistic primal characteristics. Only works in tense situations. The Predator tight ropes between the two, part if it’s charm and relatability. Also we haven’t seen the closed mandibles on screen for 40 years soo...... it would be a nice change to say the least.

    Predators was close.

    * 30 years DERP
  7. PAS Spinelli

    Quote
    Sure, it's not as bad as the Alien situation, but if you think Predator won't be full of shameless traced Hunting Grounds or Neca stuff, then you are wrong

    Well I prefer not to make declarations without evidence. Like you, after seeing what we've seen now from both Marvel and Dark Horse, would I bet on it happening? Absolutely. But I don't want to make definitive statements and disparage an artist here without proof first.  :)
    I hate being negative Voodoo, but I really have no hopes for this, and it's because it's Marvel, if the PHG or Stalking Shadows team were involved I would be far more positive
  8. Xiggz456
    Terrible news! And Voodoo just went through all that trouble to line up all the upcoming releases lol. But if the reason is due to Marvel getting out of Diamond then I’m all for it as I’m sick of Diamond having a monopoly on comic distribution.
  9. Kailem
    Yeah I can buy that. Apparently Alien #1 sold really, really well (second-best-selling comic of the month behind only BRZRKR #1, if I remember correctly?), so maybe that really is the reason.
  10. Kailem
    Yeah it's a pretty big delay for something that wasn't too far off. It's got to be either troubles with their new distribution deal, big creative issues, or (the least likely) maybe they've got wind that promotion for the new Predator movie might start around about then and they figure it might raise its profile a bit if the release it at the same time.
  11. Voodoo Magic
    Yeah, the news itself is unfortunate, but the precise day the news hit was twice as unfortunate. When I first saw it I laughed and immediately dismissed it muttering "I hate April Fools joke articles."  I mean, come on, no way, Predator Comics was just announced by Marvel 14 days ago!
  12. SiL
    Why can't they ever draw Predators with their mouths closed and their mandibles in the X formation?

    Because it's BOOOOOORING

    Nobody remembers this:

    https://www.avpgalaxy.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/jungle-hunter-04.jpg

    Everybody remembers THIS:

    https://cs5.pikabu.ru/images/big_size_comm_an/2015-01_4/14216707279740.gif

    Why can't they ever draw Predators with their mouths closed and their mandibles in the X formation?

    I wonder precisely the same thing my friend. Like a Xeno not baring its teeth, it is such a rare thing to find in art:-\

    Same thing:

    https://www.scified.com/topics/3700119584406420.png

    (That was the closest I could get to finding shot of Alien with its lips closed)

    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/17/c2/77/17c2778e373c93022c72959856355410.gif
    This. If you've only got a single frame to draw, draw the most interesting one.
  13. Kradan
    Why can't they ever draw Predators with their mouths closed and their mandibles in the X formation?

    Because it's BOOOOOORING

    Nobody remembers this:

    https://www.avpgalaxy.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/jungle-hunter-04.jpg

    Everybody remembers THIS:

    https://cs5.pikabu.ru/images/big_size_comm_an/2015-01_4/14216707279740.gif

    Why can't they ever draw Predators with their mouths closed and their mandibles in the X formation?

    I wonder precisely the same thing my friend. Like a Xeno not baring its teeth, it is such a rare thing to find in art:-\

    Same thing:

    https://www.scified.com/topics/3700119584406420.png

    (That was the closest I could get to finding shot of Alien with its lips closed)

    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/17/c2/77/17c2778e373c93022c72959856355410.gif



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