Review: Predator: Life and Death #1

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Colonial Marines on the planet Tartarus battle extraterrestrial hunters over the possession of a mysterious horseshoe-shaped spaceship of unknown origin. The Weyland-Yutani rep wants the ship, and the marine captain wants to protect her crew. But neither objective is likely when a band of Predators attacks!

Predator: Life and Death begins chapter one in a new story cycle involving Predators, Aliens, and the mysterious Engineers from Prometheus!

Never go to a planet named Tartarus, it just seems like a bad idea, yet it is our destination. Of course the original motive of USCM is simple as they find, an illegal mining camp on the planet. Their orders are to shut it down, seems simple enough. Of course what they find is the camp is empty. Which you think wouldn’t  be much of a concern, until they find evidence that one of the mining company’s vehicles has been greatly damaged, and is riddled with holes. They find only one survivor. It’s a plot and set up we’ve seen in previous Predator and Alien tales.

Despite the heavy science fiction themes, the artwork is realistic, and detailed. Even the world of Tartarus seems realistic, as trees, and water cover the landscape. It all makes the alien world extremely believable.

Story: Dan Abnett Art: Brian Thies
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review