I think the honor things in the later AvP novelizations was taking it a little far.
I could never get through War
. I don't think Prey
and Hunter's Planet
have "too much honour"
In the original comic, the young novice predators are all grade-A assholes who go about trying to slaughter everything they encounter (a colonist and his wife, the family dog, the little kid...)
Obviously, in the comic, Broken Tusk is not like his rampaging students...but we don't really get a window into his mind until the novelisation. The comic offers no internal monologue. We don't really know the extent of his respect for Machiko or his views on brave individuals of other intelligent species. He marks Machiko...but does he really respect her as an equal or is he just doing it to protect her from any investigating predator party?
The novelisation really cements the fact that Broken Tusk is an honourable individual who even has some qualms about hunting intelligent species capable of displaying bravery and honour...but even so, his students are still assholes in the novelisation. It would also appear that his students are the norm and that he is the exception.
As for Hunter's Planet
, I didn't have much to gripe about. The predators are brutal in it. They don't strike me as space samurai in that novel. The characterisation of the predators is actually quite good throughout the novel. It's the cyber-xenos that put off most people. There's no real aliens vs. predator action, only cyber-aliens.
Maybe you're referring to War
when you say the honour aspect is over-done?