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Predator: The Original Years Omnibus Vol 2 Will Have Comics Removed Due to Objectionable Content

It was announced earlier this year that we’d be getting another Predator comic collection from Marvel reprinting a number of classic series from Dark Horse Comics. Predator: The Original Years Omnibus Volume 2 is set to release in March of 2024, but it seems that two comics have been removed from the lineup as per reporting from Bleeding Cool.

The comics no longer included are Predator: Hell Come a Walkin’ written by Nancy A. Collins with art by Dean Ormston, and Predator: Demon’s Gold written by Ron Marz with art by Claudio Castellini. According to Bleeding Cool, Marvel is making the oversized hardcover returnable and the page count has been reduced from 1048 to 992.

 Predator: The Original Years Omnibus Vol 2 Will Have Comics Removed Due to Objectionable Content

Predator: Hell Come a Walkin’ Issue #1 cover artwork Dean Ormston


 Predator: The Original Years Omnibus Vol 2 Will Have Comics Removed Due to Objectionable Content

Dark Horse Presents 137 – Predator: Demon’s Gold cover artwork by Dan Norton

When thinking of why these comics may have been removed, it isn’t hard to make assumptions. Predator: Hell Come a Walkin’ is set during the American Civil War, and includes racist dialogue from some of the characters evoking attitudes of the time period. The story features Union and Confederate soldiers temporarily joining forces to fend off the Predator. Bleeding Cool asked writer Nancy Collins about the apparent removal of her story, to which she responded she was unaware:

“Nope. Nobody tells me nothing. Then again, I’ve never seen a dime in royalties on that story, so I don’t give a f-ck. Apparently, no one understands nuance in history or fiction nowadays.”

Predator: Demon’s Gold is set during WWII, where a Predator hunts a squad of Nazis in South America. The issue here may come from the swastika icons on the Nazi characters. The swastika is banned in Germany, though certain exceptions are granted for educational or artistic works such as film. In other forms of media dealing with The Nazis such as video games or comics, the symbol has been typically censored or altered for the region, sometimes replaced with the iron cross or another substitute. Such was the case with the recent Wolfenstein series by developer MachineGames. Video games were finally granted the artistic exception some years back.

A third comic, Predator: Race War may have also been excluded from the initial lineup, as it logically should’ve been included with this collection’s timeframe after not being in Volume 1. The comic deals with a literal race gang war within a prison in which the inmates have to set aside their disputes to fight a Predator.

While we realize that art produced in the past can sometimes lack the societal awareness of today, we think the removal of these comics entirely is the wrong way to go about it. Other solutions such as censorship of the specific text, symbols, or an “Outdated Cultural Depictions” warning (ala Disney+ content) still may not be ideal, but would be more understandable than outright retraction. When it comes down to it, Predator is an R-rated franchise where adult and even controversial material has been the norm.

The new lineup post-censorship is as follows:

Predator: Hell & Hot Water (1997) 1-3, Predator: Primal (1997) 1-2, Predator: Nemesis (1997) 1-2, Predator: Captive (1998) 1, Predator: Homeworld (1999) 1-4, Predator: Xenogenesis (1999) 1-4, Predator (2009) 1-4, Predators (2010) 1-4, Predators: Beating the Bullet (2010) 1, Predators: Preserve the Game (2010) 1, Predator: Hunters (2017) 1-5, Predator: Hunters II (2018) 1-4, Predator: Hunters III (2020) 1-4; material from Dark Horse Presents (1986) 124; Free Comic Book Day 2009: Predator

Should this not be a deal-breaker for you, Predator: The Original Years Omnibus Volume 2 is currently up for pre-order on Amazon. Currently the list price remains as it was before the removal of the two comics. If you’re looking for the direct market variant cover featuring the Predator: Primal artwork by Bob Eggleton, get in touch with your local comic shop.



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Comments: 34
  1. Wweyland
    I guess it's time to replace the good old Dark Horse omnibuses.
    ALthough I have no love for them, they have a freaky small size, bland white covers, and binding that breaks apart.
  2. Deca
    Depiction does not equal endorsement.

    Again, this simple fact is seemingly too hard to understand in the risk-averse culture of the 2020s.

    Have to despair at such idiocy, even more so when there are real, horrendous wars going on.
  3. jacobo1122
    Or first arc could be as it was, but with flashbacks of her previous hunts at certain points. For example when we for the first time see her artifical leg, we  could get a panel or few showing how she lost her limb.
  4. Corporal Hicks
    I completely agree. It's there in the detail. When I first saw her synthetic leg I had that reaction of "ooohhh...how much more of her is artificial?" I just think we should have seen her go through that. That is what the first arc should have been.
  5. jacobo1122
    There would be good to have some flashbacks of Theta's first hunts that didn't go that well. The story is all there in visual storytelling, she is covered with scars, must have lost her leg at some point. It shows that her quest isn't a walk in the park, she just is experienced and have proper gear at the point we first see her. But because we never saw that journey, i can see why for some people her skills and wins may seem undesrved.
  6. Corporal Hicks
    Quote from: RakaiThwei on Dec 20, 2023, 08:59:31 PMBut Marvel has this weird "Human Supremacy!" approach with their Predator stories and has Theta effectively one-shotting each Predator she comes across, and I just do not find that entertaining.

    This depiction in the first arc is certainly the main issue I have with that series, and that surprise kill at the end of the first issue of the second arc aside, that is certainly not how her encounters in the rest of  The Preserve went.

    I always felt they wanted to jump to Machiko without really earning her, but I loved how they course correctly in The Preserve and had her actually only genuinely succeed against the Predators in The Preserve when surprise was on her side. Every other battle she nearly died in and was only saved by outside influence. It also highlighted her synthetic augmentations which was a great choose.
  7. RakaiThwei
    Quote from: HuDaFuK on Dec 20, 2023, 08:11:34 AMNot defending Marvel's output but let's not pretend Dark Horse didn't publish some tripe over the years.

    Nobody's perfect!

    I mean... I know there were some Alien-Predator stories which weren't good that Dark Horse did. I mean off the top of my head, I can think of maybe... Aliens: Lovesick, Predator: Strange Roux, Predator: Homeworld (if only cause of the art), and the Xenogenesis run.

    As to which ones entertained, is subjective!

    But Marvel has this weird "Human Supremacy!" approach with their Predator stories and has Theta effectively one-shotting each Predator she comes across, and I just do not find that entertaining.
  8. HuDaFuK
    Quote from: RakaiThwei on Dec 20, 2023, 12:15:20 AMAnd they're afraid of publishing a story which has the Predator killing Nazis?
    Again, in that instance I suspect it has nothing to do with them being "afraid" and everything to do with the legal situation in Germany.

    The other comics being cut sounds like it's all on Marvel.

    Quote from: RakaiThwei on Dec 20, 2023, 12:15:20 AMSay what you want about Dark Horse but at least their stories entertained.
    Not defending Marvel's output but let's not pretend Dark Horse didn't publish some tripe over the years.
  9. RakaiThwei
    Quote from: RhinoAlien on Dec 18, 2023, 06:08:17 PMMarvel is publishing an IP that revolves around amorality, greed, cruelty, rape, murder, and slavery. This is a universe where "a murderer and rapist of women" becomes a self-sacrificing hero to protect all of humanity. They have a problem with racism and a swastika? If they can't handle adult themes, they shouldn't be publishing the Aliens/Yautja IP.

    Outside of Predator vs Wolverine, I don't think Marvel has done too good of a job in publishing the Alien-Predator comics. It feels too safe, too sanitized in so many ways. I mean even when the characters curse, it's always the jumbled text that goes "Bring it you ugly f@&*!"

    Dark Horse, early on fully unleashed and embraced the expletives but the over the years... seriously toned them down (I have no idea why they did but... they did). But as far as I know, words like Hell, Damn, and Shit were still present.

    Marvel? Way too safe, way too sanitized from what I've seen.

    And they're publishing an IP which has had controversial material through out it's entire run in the films, games, comics and books. And they're afraid of publishing a story which has the Predator killing Nazis? Who are they trying to avoid offending?

    Say what you want about Dark Horse but at least their stories entertained.
  10. RhinoAlien
    Aren't humans often the real monsters, or at least still monstrous? Is slavery not the greatest evil, and still with us today, in places like Africa, the Middle East, and China? Was not National Socialism one of the greatest evils of the 20th-century?

    They are on the precipice of removing the Yautja altogether from their own series. An intelligent, advanced humanoid race that brutally murders humans, and also at times rapes them to death with facehuggers for their own hunting pleasure? And wasn't the game reserve using humans as slaves, or something very close to it?

    Marvel is publishing an IP that revolves around amorality, greed, cruelty, rape, murder, and slavery. This is a universe where "a murderer and rapist of women" becomes a self-sacrificing hero to protect all of humanity. They have a problem with racism and a swastika? If they can't handle adult themes, they shouldn't be publishing the Aliens/Yautja IP.
  11. timjin520
    for "modern audiences". Man, these kind of people are so entitled and the way to ruin for everyone. This is an Adult fictional book. Not for kids. jeez... I knew this censorship going to happen when this Disney Marvel took over. This is unfortunate and will not but this omnibus..
  12. D8TNCracka
    So sick of cancel culture and their 'book burning' tirade to combat anything that might trigger their precious little snowflake, hate filled, racist, hive mind mentality wannabe nazis.
  13. Sebastian 1701
    I was looking forward to this Omnibus... but these days, I'll admit, I am rather annoyed by Di$ney. I don't like fiddling around in books to make them digestable for 'modern audiences', and this includes omitting certain issues. Actually, on second thought... yeah, Di$ney obviously doesnt want my money. Will NOT buy this omnibus. :-/
  14. HuDaFuK
    I'm doubly disappointed because I always said I'd only start collecting the comics if someone put together properly comprehensive collections, which up until this point Marvel had been doing.
  15. battyfan
    Another bleak development in this increasingly dystopian world. Pretty sure it's all part of some agenda. I don't care if people call me crazy. This needs to stop.
  16. Hudson
    I don't understand why you'd acquire an IP and then make moves to increase aftermarket sales of the previous owner's still existing products within that IP. It's not like they're losing money, but at this rate I can probably make $200 off of my used literally falling apart DH Predator Omnibus Vol 2 book.
  17. jacobo1122
    Quote from: HuDaFuK on Dec 12, 2023, 08:24:04 PM
    Quote from: jacobo1122 on Dec 12, 2023, 06:26:06 PMI mean, if I remember correctly, in one of those comics Predator was just killing nazis, how it is supposed to be offensive or controversial?
    I suspect the Nazi censorship is more to do with the fact it's illegal to show the swastika in Germany, and they didn't wanna edit the story or publish a different edition just for them.

    So with that one I kinda get it, even if I still think it's a crappy move.

    Oh, I'm always forgetting about this stupid law in Germany. It's not like not showing it in works of fiction will change history. But yeah, it makes sense, kinda.
  18. HuDaFuK
    Quote from: jacobo1122 on Dec 12, 2023, 06:26:06 PMI mean, if I remember correctly, in one of those comics Predator was just killing nazis, how it is supposed to be offensive or controversial?
    I suspect the Nazi censorship is more to do with the fact it's illegal to show the swastika in Germany, and they didn't wanna edit the story or publish a different edition just for them.

    So with that one I kinda get it, even if I still think it's a crappy move.
  19. jacobo1122
    It's ridiculous, I don't know if those comics have inappropriate or outdated themes and elements, it's not a reason to remove or censor them. Sure, some things in older publications can be offensive for someone, but aware readers should know that's because they were made in different times or it's just plot element. Especially some controversial symbole like swastika shouldn't be removed if they are there just for story reasons and they aren't glorified or anything. I mean, if I remember correctly, in one of those comics Predator was just killing nazis, how it is supposed to be offensive or controversial? And even if it was, there shouldn't be any prohibition to take up uncomfortable topics in popculture works, as long as they aren't specifficly and purpously attacking someone.
  20. Acid_Reign161
    You know, I was torn whether to pick up the marvel hardcover Predator sets (on account I'm not really as fussed on Predator comics as I am Aliens) but this news pretty much cements that I won't be... who wants to spend that much money on sets that are incomplete? It would annoy the shit out of me to have to have the loose issues separate. Nah, I'd rather put the .CBR files for the complete run to disc and make a nice custom blu-ray cover. Bad call Marvel, it was a bad call...
  21. Ian
    This is a strange decision: If anything, we should have even more comics depicting the predator slicing fascists and slavers into bloody goop.
  22. Gridseeker
    And that´s the reason I WILL NEVER SELL OR THROW MY PREDATOR OMNIBUS COMICS  COLLECTION.  >:( C´mon, Marvel! I bet most of the fandom are adults who know what is correct and wrong, NOT KIDS.
  23. XENOMORPHOSIS
    This is a shock but not at all surprising, while condemning nefarious figures of history and forces who's ideologies and practices are unethical, inhumane, reprehensible, overall utterly atrocious, the depictions of them in media is not endorsing, a glorification or promotion for what they believe stand for. They're shown as characters set during specific pints of history, they're the focus of the story they're not to be justified or sympathised but simply serving the setting of the plot. Context matters.
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