Published By: Dark Horse Comics
Written By: Chris Warnar
Art By: Fransisco Ruiz Velasco
Lettered By: Michael Heisler
Dark Horse Comics has been publishing Predator Comics for decades and from Aliens to Batman to Terminators the celestial hunters have gone against many worthy foes, however in this latest series humanity fights back and the hunters become the hunted.
The book starts out as usual with a group of humans being hunted by the predator with all but one being killed by the beast. We cut away to a gas station where our main character Nakai is being harassed by his racist redneck boss as he repairs a car. Shortly after a mysterious trio arrives at the station and confronts Mr. Nakai. They ask him what experience he has with Predators and he tells them his story. The trio run by Jaya Soanes then reveal that they are Predator hunters and that they have also survived encounters with or descend from those that hunted the monsters and would like Nakai to join their group. At first he is reluctant, but eventually he decides to tell off his racist boss and join the team.
In terms of story the first issue is unsurprisingly primarily set-up and while we do get some brief predator action at the start and via flashbacks most of the issue focuses on setting up the characters and their relation to the extraterrestrial beast. It isn’t the most entertaining read but it is well executed and gives us decent backgrounds for our human cast and the Predator moments are fairly well done.
The art by Valesco seems a bit on the genaric side of things but it is done well enough to where the story is fairly easy to follow and the Predator is still intimidating.
Overall this is a decent start to the mini-series, if not a somewhat subdued one given the premise of the story.