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Review: Predator: Life and Death #4

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The battle between the Colonial Marines and the Predators opens on two fronts as the humans attempt to split the enemy’s force and take possession of the mysterious horseshoe-shaped alien spaceship! Getting their hands on the alien technology will be a huge victory for the humans . . . or will it?

The spoils of victory go to humanity, but at what cost? In Predator: Life and Death #4, while the Predators are distracted, the USCM seizes the Xenomorph ship. Since this is only one part of the Life and Death story arc, I’m curious to see how it continues in the other series. Does humanity manage to reverse engineer the Xenomorph ship technology? How does the strange tomb aboard the ship factor in? We’ll find out!

The art by Brian Albert Thies is jammed pack with action, gunfire, and violence. I will admit you can see the influence of the late artist H.R. Giger, in the interior of the Xenomorph ship, just as you should in this world. The subtle almost rib-like build of the ship is interesting and evokes whats come before.

Story: Dan Abnett Art: Brian Albert Thies
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Predator: Life and Death #3

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The Colonial Marines discover the corporate claim jumpers they’re protecting have been hiding what they know about the massive, horseshoe-shaped alien spaceship. Meanwhile, the Predators go on the offensive!

Predators may be one of the few fictional species of aliens better at killing humanity than themselves. In Predator: Life and Death both humanity and the Predators seem to be after the mysterious ship they found on the planet. It’s revealed in the issue that the ship is not built by the Predators as the corporation originally thought. Which does beg the question, who built the thing in the first place? Why was it left behind? Any good Aliens/Predator story is steeped in this type of mystery and a whole lot of tension and scares mixed in.

The firefight that starts the issue is gorgeous and violent. Even if there is death on both sides it does reveal the more hunter based aspect of the Predator race. I will admit despite the short, and cut off firefight in the end, I’m curious to see how it ends.

Story: Dan Abnett Art: Brian Thies
Story: 8.5 Art: 9 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Predator: Life and Death #2

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Colonial Marines hunt the Predators, and the Predators lead the marines into an ambush! But on the jungle world of Tartarus, everyone has their eyes on the ultimate prize: an otherworldly spacecraft ripe for the taking!

Predator, when all else fails you do deliver on the violence. As the Colonial Marines interrogate the only living survivor of the mining company, they start to realize they are not alone. Of course the flip can be said and the Predators are not alone, as the Colonial Marines take control of the landing space that holds the Predator ship. That’s part of the interesting story writer Dan Abnett has put together in Predator: Life and Death #2.

As more of the world is revealed, more of the tropical planet is seen. Forests seem to dominate most of the planet, from what is seen but artist Brian Thies keeps in interesting. The characters are supremely well done and there’s a sense of realism about it all, even the Predators who while alien and their classic design still feel like they completely fit into the world.

Story: Dan Abnett Art: Brian Thies
Story: 8.5 Art: 9 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

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A-Force #3 CoverIt’s a new week, and that means new comics, new news, and new interviews! While you await that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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Comichron – Dark Knight III #3 tops comics market in another sluggish winter month – A good look at February’s sales numbers.

The Creators Project – A Graphic Novel Illustrates Cybersecurity, Gender, and Sexuality in Contemporary Iran – Awesome to see comics like this.

Kotaku – ‘Trump Has Successfully Eliminated All Life On Earth’ – Ha!

 

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Comic Attack – Predator: Life and Death #1

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PREDATOR LIFE AND DEATH #1 1It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone excited for? What are you planning on getting? Sound off in the comments below!

While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

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GamePolitics – Second annual Chicago Video Game Law Summit set for April 16th – Very cool!

Women Write About Comics – Princeless #1 Joins the Scholastic Book Club  – Great to hear. More kids should read this!

 

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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

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PREDATOR LIFE AND DEATH #1 3The weekend is almost here! How many of you saw Deadpool last night or are planning on seeing it this weekend? For those that saw it, sound off in the comments, but no spoilers!

While you await to see the film, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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CBR – “Deadpool” Opens Overseas With $12 Million – Not bad.

iO9 – The Makers of Deadpool Had to Slash $7 Million From the Budget at the Last Minute – Not surprising at all.

 

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Preview: Predator: Life and Death #1

Predator: Life and Death #1

Dan Abnett (W), Brian Thies (A), Sachin Teng (Variant Cover), Chris Warner (30th Variant Cover)

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!

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Dark Horse Comics Debuts Yearlong 30th Anniversary Variant Program

2016 marks 30 years since Dark Horse Comics erupted onto the scene with their very first title, Dark Horse Presents. Since 1986, Dark Horse Presents has won multiple Eisner and Harvey Awards and launched some of comics’ greatest heroes.

This week, Dark Horse is releasing a new variant program which will continue throughout 2016. Every month, one comic will be selected to have a very special 30th Anniversary variant cover paying homage to a specific issue of Dark Horse Presents. Additionally, each issue serves as a perfect jumping-on point for new readers!

Now on comic store shelves is the Hellboy Winter Special, which features Mignolaverse debuts by Tim Sale, Michael Walsh, Chris Roberson, and Chelsea Cain. The Mike Mignola cover artwork is a throwback to the very first issue of Dark Horse Presents (1986).

Continuing where the Rise of the Tomb Raider game left off, Lara Croft takes on fresh adventures in a new comic series by Eisner Award–winning writer Mariko Tamaki. Hitting stands in February, the stunning variant cover by Joëlle Jones harks back to Dark Horse Presents #9 (1987).

In March, Dan Abnett begins Predator: Life and Death, the first chapter in a new story cycle involving Predators, Aliens, and the mysterious Engineers from Prometheus! The variant cover, drawn by Dark Horse senior editor Chris Warner, is a return to Warner’s original cover for Dark Horse Presents #35 (1989).

And in April, Brian Wood brings his sharp storytelling to Aliens: Defiance, while rising star Tristan Jones draws the scariest xenomorph you’ve seen in years. The variant cover features incredible artwork by original Aliens artist Mark A. Nelson and evokes Dark Horse Presents #40 (1990).

More 30th Anniversary variant covers will be revealed soon!

Retailers whose orders total 10 copies or more of Tomb Raider #1 of the regular or variant cover will qualify to have their order made fully returnable.

Retailers who order 15 or more copies of Predator: Life and Death #1 (any combination of the David Palumbo and Sachin Teng covers) are eligible to order any quantity of the 30th Anniversary variant.

Retailers who order 10 or more copies of Aliens: Defiance #1 are eligible to order any quantity of the 30th Anniversary variant.

Back to the Future and Predator Cover the next Previews

front-coverThe January edition of Diamond Comic Distributors’ monthly PREVIEWS catalog, boasting a new editorial design to usher in the new year, arrives in comic shops, hobby stores, and other specialty outlets on December 23rd and features comic books, graphic novels, toys, and other pop culture merchandise scheduled to go on sale beginning March 2016.

ON OUR FRONT COVER: Marty McFly is back with the time traveling DeLorean as IDW Publishing’s best-selling Back to the Future becomes an ongoing series.

ON OUR BACK COVER: The sci-fi horror franchises of 20th Century Fox return in a new cross franchise event that kicks off with the new Predator: Life and Death mini-series.

The January PREVIEWS Features

Free Comic Book Day — Free Comic Book Day celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2016, and this month’s PREVIEWS unveils the Gold and Silver Sponsor books as well as the two Commemorative Artist t-shirts this year from Art Baltazar (Li’l Hellboy) and Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife with Archie).

How-to-Draw Month — Many PREVIEWS readers and comic book fans not only enjoy reading graphic literature, but want to learn all they can about the techniques and processes artists utilize to create comics and graphic novels. This month, PREVIEWS focuses on artistic tricks-of-the-trade, making it easy for aspiring artists to find how-to-draw books throughout this issue by marking them with a special icon.

back-coverOn the Flipside — Daniel Clowes’ new graphic novel, Patience, is offered in this month’s catalog, and we talk to the creator about the long-awaited book.

Gems of the Month — January’s PREVIEWS Gems of the Month include: a new crossover between the world of Aliens, Predator, and Prometheus kicks off in Dark Horse Comics’ Predator: Life and Death; Superman returns to full power and meets his predecessor from the pre-Flashpoint universe in DC Entertainment’s Superman #50; the worlds of some of your favorite franchises, including The X-Files and Transformers, go in different directions in IDW Publishing’s Deviations event; a woman’s infidelity turns dark and monstrous in Peter Milligan and Leandro Fernandez’s The Discipline from Image Comics; and the ’90s are back in force in Marvel Comics’ X-Men ’92 from Chris Sims, Chad Bowers, and Alti Firmansyah.

catBUZZPREVIEWS monthly “Splash” feature is rebranded this month and continues to look at some of the blockbuster books and products coming out in the months ahead. This March, readers have Marvel Comics’ Avengers Standoff!: Assault on Pleasant Hill Alpha to look forward to; as well American Gothic Press’ Lost in Space revival; Titan Comics’ Independence Day, a prequel to the forthcoming film; Oni Press’ new fantasy, Another Castle; Roger Langridge’s singular take on Sherlock Holmes in BOOM! Studios’ The Baker Street Peculiars; Cryptozoic’s retro-styled, Fleischer Studios-influenced Superman Rescuing Lois Lane Statue; Surreal Entertainment’s PREVIEWS exclusive SHIELD: Carnage Containment Lava Lamp; and many more products you have to look forward to in the spring.

PREVIEWS Exclusive Apparel — Each month PREVIEWS offers comic book fans and pop culture aficionados a selection of t-shirts and other apparel that can only be found in your local comic shop! H.P. Lovecraft’s unspeakable evil rises on the Legends of Cthulhu Dark Heather T-Shirt, Adventure Time‘s top rock band hits the road with the Adventure Time: Scream Queens Nightosphere Tour Black T-Shirt, and the Deadpool logo is featured on New Era’s Marvel: Deadpool 39Thirty Flex Fit Cap. These and many other shirts can only be found through PREVIEWS.

Indie Edge PREVIEWS talks to Sonny Liew, the artist of DC Entertainment’s Doctor Fate and the writer/artist of Pantheon Books’ The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, about his comics work, the books he’s reading, and his career in this month’s Indie Edge feature.

Plus: Staff Picks, the month’s Certified Cool books, the monthly Bestseller Charts, and so much more!

PREVIEWS goes on sale at your local comic shop or specialty store on Wednesday, December 23rd.