Comic Review: Predator: Life and Death #1February 11, 2016
There is certainly a lot to like in this, the first issue of a four part miniseries, especially if you are already a Predator fan. The premise is very simple to follow as well, which can be a blessing in a comic such as this. Marines are sent to a planet to stop members of a corporation from draining the resources dry before it has a chance to be colonized. Of course, when Predators show up, the best laid plans go to hell and people start dying.
Now, as this is only part one of a four part series, I’m sure there is going to more to the plot as the story moves forward. But as far as the first issue is concerned, that’s basically it. While the story itself might sound simple or familiar, this is in my opinion, the best way to go about telling a story that involves Predators. Writer Dan Abnett does some stellar work by getting us quickly through the story but not too quick as to feel rushed. At this point in the Predator franchise, there is really no need for pages upon pages of dialogue and set. You know what’s coming, at least as far as the Predators and blood and gore, so it doesn’t need to be Shakespeare. That being said, this isn’t a hatchet job either and does exactly what it’s supposed to do. It was also great to see another strong female lead, something always welcome in and pop medium.
It was also nice to see some top notch artwork go hand in hand with the story. Brian Albert Thies makes the setting and background both beautiful and terrifying. Some of the visuals he created here are breathtaking and his style is very well suited to the Predator franchise. It will be interesting to see how he expands this world in the issues that follow, my only worry being things getting repetitive and a little boring.
One of the other things that worries me is, although the story told here perfectly fit the first issue, how they will make this more than just a clone of other Predator stories I have seen or read out there. Nothing will kill a Predator comic quicker than a story that drags on so much you actually lose interest in the Predators themselves.
Overall, this was a very solid start to this four part series. Good storytelling, excellent art and enough intrigue, especially at the end, to get you excited for part two. A great read, not only for Predator fans but action fans in general.
Four out of five stars