(W) Ed Brisson (A) Kev Walker (CA) Leinil Francis Yu (VCA) Natacha Bustos PARENTAL ADVISORY In Shops: Sep 14, 2022 SRP: $3.99
Theta crash-lands on a tundra planet, and her odds of surviving are looking slim! Her only hope is to trek through the wilds to the nearest outpost. But the cold isn’t the only thing she has to worry about…as a Predator watches in the shadow, ready to strike!
The thing about suffering injustice is that it doesn’t just leave you like a bad day or when things don’t go your way. It’s when you know that you’ve been wronged that your brain and your soul cant compute. Part of you feels like you were cheated and violated.
The cold hard fact is that you were wronged. The perpetrator of the act remains in your crosshairs with you hoping they get their just due. It doesn’t matter how it happens, what matters is that justice is carried out. In Predator #1, one woman looks to deliver that against the same monster that killed her family as a child.
We;re taken to an unknown planet in the far reaches of space in the year 2056, where we find two Predators in a heated battle, but nothing is what it seems, as the victor emerges, and is revealed to be human woman, once they take off their helmet. We flashback to the year 2041 on the planet, Damara, where we meet Theta, whose family is there on a research mission. But things go sideways, as they are interrupted by a predator, who decimated her family. We find her years later, the captain of her own ship with one single minded purpose, to find the creature responsible for her parents’ death, as she traverses the galaxy looking for the one responsible, while taking apart any Predator she encounters. The reader soon finds out that she has been collecting intelligence on the Predators, studying their moves, the places they have been and where they come from. By Issue’s end, Theta crash lands on a winter planet, as her ship suffers a system failure, leaving her chances for survival to be slim.
Overall, Predator #1 is an action packed debut that shows a taste for revenge has its costs. The story by Brisson is brilliant. The art by the creative team is beautiful. Altogether, a story that is a fine addition to the Predator canon.
Story: Ed Brisson Art: Kev Walker Color: Frank D’Armata Letterer: Clayton Cowles Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Read
Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
While the franchise has been up and down, the worlds of Alien and Predator is one of my favorites. Each does such a great job of taking various genres and giving them a slight twist. Horror, sci-fi, action, they do them all, and often have a bit of a message underneath. Predator #1 kicks off a new chapter set in the year 2056 and changes up the genre enough to stand out.
Written by Ed Brisson, Predator #1 follows Theta, a woman set on revenge. When she was younger, her parents and the crew they were with, were hunted and killed by a Predator. Now, for fifteen years she’s hunted Predators in hopes of finding the one that killed her parents. Having stolen a ship, she’s now wanted by many and of course the Predators would be happy to see her dead.
It’s an interesting twist on the familiar formula. Instead of an individual or team being hunted, instead our protagonist is the hunter. The motivations are simple, but there’s something here that makes the comic interesting and entertaining. It doesn’t completely excite but there’s more than enough for fans of the world. We get some interesting insights into Predators with a character that is entertaining enough. Brisson also knows this is just the introduction and setup with the real show to come starting the next issue.
Kev Walker‘s art is solid. The world feels alien but familiar and Theta’s armor is a nice take on the Predator look. With color by Frank D’Armata and lettering by Clayton Cowles, the comic captures the look of the world without if feeling too dark or grimy. There’s a nice subtle aspect to the visuals, especially Theta’s ship which both looks functioning and slightly off. It feels like it’s going to break down any minute but you just don’t know when. Theta too looks like an individual who has lost the sense of fun. She’s on the hunt and looks it with everything else being a distraction. She’s constantly pissed off in her look as she should be.
Predator #1 is a good start to the series. It doesn’t quite blow things away but it’s a good setup that introduces our protagonist and the mission. It also doesn’t drag things out too much getting to the point. Fans of the property should be happy with the start and where the comic ends, the second issue is where things should be getting really interesting.
Story: Ed Brisson Art: Kev Walker Color: Frank D’Armata Letterer: Clayton Cowles Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read
Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
Wednesdays (and Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in
Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!
Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.
007 #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – We’re suckers for James Bond and this debut feels like a solid start to a new adventure. Read our review.
Astronaut Down #3 (AfterShock) – We’re sucked into this series about a desperate mission across the multiverse to stop a world destroying event. It’s awesome sci-fi embracing what makes the genre so good.
A.X.E.: Judgement Day #2 (Marvel) – The debut issue was a solid start to a major event that pits the X-Men against Eternals with the Avengers caught in-between. This issue really shakes things up as far as the story and direction.
DCeased: War of Undead Gods #1 (DC Comics) – The final chapter in the DCeased saga begins here!
The Deadliest Bouquet #1 (Image Comics) – A Nazi hunter is killed and her estranged daughters must solve her murder and avoid killing each other in the process.
Eight Billion Genies #4 (Image Comics) – The series has been amazing with huge, world altering concepts, but a tight focus on the impact of it all.
Frank Lee After Alcatraz (Titan Comics) – Frank Lee really escaped from Alcatraz but what happened after is a mystery. This graphic novel imagines what came next.
Love Everlasting #1 (Image Comics) – A new spin on classic romance comics, this one has a lot of buzz and good word of mouth from early reviews.
Mindset #2 (Vault Comics) – With the mind control signal discovered, what can it do? Also, how far will they go with it?
Parker Girls #1 (Abstract Studios) – When a body washes ashore, the Parker Girl operatives decide to bring down the empire of the person behind it.
Predator #1 (Marvel) – With Prey out on Hulu, this release feels perfectly timed. Marvel has been knocking it out of the park with its Alien comic series and we’re expecting the same here.
(W) Ed Brisson (A) Kev Walker (CA) Leinil Francis Yu PARENTAL ADVISORY In Shops: Aug 10, 2022 SRP: $4.99
HUNT. KILL. REPEAT. In the near future, a young girl sees her family slaughtered by the deadliest and most feared hunter in the universe: a PREDATOR. Years later, though her ship is barely holding together and food is running short, Theta won’t stop stalking the spaceways until the Yautja monster who killed her family is dead…or she is. Ed Brisson (IRON FIST, GHOST RIDER) and Kev Walker (DR. STRANGE, DOCTOR APHRA) forge a violent, heartbreaking and unforgettable new chapter in the PREDATOR saga not to be missed!
This July, the remorseless alien killer known as the Predator embarks on a new hunt! Marvel brings readers thrilling new stories starring this lethal terror in a brand-new comic series. Written by Ed Brisson and artist Kev Walker, Predator will deliver all the explosive action and relentless horror that fans have come to expect from this pop culture icon.
The story kicks off when a young girl sees her family slaughtered by a Predator. Years later, though her ship is barely holding together and food is running short, Theta won’t stop stalking the spaceways until the Yautja monster who killed her family is dead…or she is.
Since making its debut in the landmark 1987 film, the Predator has invaded media in film, comic books, video games, and more. Brace yourselves for this action-packed, heartbreaking, unforgettable new chapter in the Predator saga when Predator #1 hits stands on July 6 featuring a cover by Leinil Francis Yu!
Diamond Comic Distributors has announced in December the upcoming release of several PREVIEWS Exclusive collectibles. Included in these announcements are Magic: The Gathering Augmented Reality Pin Master Pack Set from Pinfinity, a Mighty Morphin Ranger Slayer action figure from threezero, and the latest round of Predator, RoboCop, and Judge Dredd action figures from Hiya Toys.
Pinfinity announced a PREVIEWS Exclusive Magic: The Gathering Augmented Reality Pin Master Pack Set (NOV218739, SRP $139.99) which combines two sets of icons from one of gaming’s most enduring universes into one exciting collectible. Based on stunning art by Dan Frazier, these beautifully crafted guild pins combine the Allied Signets and Enemy Signets into one box set. Collectors can scan these beautifully crafted guild pins to reveal a commander, along with animated card art, a selfie frame, wallpapers and a decklist. The set contains signets for Boros, Orzhov, Simic, Izzet, Golgari, Dimir, Rakdos, Gruul, Selesnya, Azorius and an exclusive Arcane Signet, only available in this PREVIEWS Exclusivebundle. Each set comes with a numbered card letting collectors know the set’s number in the limited edition of 1993.
Threezero and Hasbro announced the PREVIEWS Exclusive Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Ranger Slayer (OCT218683, SRP $140.00) action figure, based on the popular villain from the Power Rangers comic books by BOOM! Studios. The 1/6 scale figure is a limited edition articulated figure, exclusive in North America through PREVIEWS. Standing approximately 11 3/8″ tall with a hand-tailored fabric costume, cloak, pauldron, and unique Ranger Slayer helmet, the figure includes a utility belt, Blade Blaster and holster, Bow of Darkness, arrow, and interchangeable hands.
Hiya Toys announced the latest round of PREVIEWS Exclusive RoboCop and Predator figures. The newest RoboCop figure brings to life RoboCain from RoboCop 2. The 5″ Battle Damaged RoboCain figure (OCT218536, SRP $49.99) features incredible articulation and detail for a figure of its scale. The Predator figure faithfully recreates the Battle Damaged Predalien (OCT218534, SRP $29.99) from Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem. The 1/18-scale figure features mandibles, dreadlocks, a yellowish hide, with a large multi-spiked blade for a tail.
Hiya Toys also announced PREVIEWS ExclusiveJudge Dredd and Judge Death figures. Judge Dredd’s iconic look comes to life in a dynamic and fully poseable PREVIEWS Exclusive 1/18-scale figure (OCT218535, SRP $19.99), inspired by the artwork of legendary artists such as Carlos Ezquerra, Mick McMahon, Brian Bolland, Cliff Robinson and more. Hailing from another dimension, Judge Death is Judge Dredd’s archnemesis who has declared that all life is a crime! Based on the iconic character design and art by co-creator Brian Bolland, this PREVIEWS Exclusive Judge Death figure (OCT218839, SRP $19.99) features 16 points of articulation in 1/18 scale and includes a gruesome human heart accessory.
Diamond Comic Distributors has announced in April the upcoming release of several PREVIEWS Exclusive collectibles. Included in these announcements were The Batman Who Laughs vinyl soda figure from Funko, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mirage Variant figures from Super7, a new line of Transformers action figures from Icon Heroes, and the latest series of Alien and Predator 1/18 scale figures from Hiya Toys.
The Batman Who Laughs, the breakout star of DC Comic’s Dark Multiverse, joins the ranks of one of Funko’s newest and most popular collectible lines as a PREVIEWS Exclusive vinyl soda figure. The Vinyl Soda packaging looks like a can of soda pop, but inside the can is a limited edition 4-1/4” tall vinyl figure of the toxin-corrupted Batman Who Laughs, along with a collectible disc. A chase variant of this figure is also available. The PREVIEWS Exclusive Vinyl Soda: Batman Who Laughs Vinyl Figure (AUG208757; SRP: $13.99) has an expected release date of June 30, 2021 and will be limited to 10,000 pieces.
The PREVIEWS Exclusive Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mirage Variant Figure 4 Piece Set (NOV208913; SRP: $74.99) from Super7 features the Turtles as they appeared in the original Mirage comic by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. These comic-accurate 3 3/4″ scale retro-style Turtles feature 5 points of articulation and come individually packaged on illustrated backing cards featuring classic comic art on both front and back. The TMNT Mirage Variant Figure 4 Piece Set has an expected release date of September 29, 2021.
Icon Heroes has introduced an all-new line of PREVIEWS Exclusive Transformers collectibles. This new line features a Grimlock Red Sword Letter Opener, based on Grimlock’s Generation One appearance (FEB219262; SRP: $30.00), Transformers: Matrix of Leadership Bookend, based on the Transformers: Generation One animated series and movie (FEB219263; SRP: $70.00), and the Transformers: Soundwave Bust Resin Card Holder, perfect for displaying business cards (FEB219268; SRP: $60.00). The Grimlock Red Sword Letter Opener has an expected release date of October 27, 2021, while the Matrix of Leadership Bookend and the Soundwave Card Holder are expected to release in the first quarter of 2022.
The latest round of PREVIEWS Exclusive 1/18 scale figures from Hiya Toys consist of signature items like the Alien vs. Predator Invisible Chopper Predator, complete with clear molding and extended wristblades (MAR218437; SRP: $19.99), Ripley in her iconic white space suit worn during the closing scenes of Ridley Scott’s 1979 Alien (MAR218436; SRP: $19.99), the Lead Alien Warrior, the Cloned Queen’s most loyal and valued servant (MAR218435; SRP: $19.99), and the Predator Hounds, Chimeric canines created through hybridization techniques (MAR218438; SRP: $19.99) All four exclusives from Hiya Toys have an expected release date of February 23, 2022.