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"Predator: Hunters II #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Dark Horse Comics

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Written by Chris Warner
Illustrated by Agustin Padilla
Colored by Neeraj Menon
Lettered by Michael Heisler
2018, 36 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on August 8th, 2018

Review:

An insurgent splinter group in Afghanistan intended to behead a CIA agent on camera. Instead, they became the victims as a Predator burst onto the scene and tore them apart. The footage was found by a group of hunters, who all have past history with this alien race of warriors. They're searching for any and all Predators that may be lurking on the planet with the intention of taking them out. Looks like they just found their newest target.

The opening pages of Predator: Hunters II #1 showcase this brutal attack. Artist Agustin Padilla does a tremendous job with this scene. It's filled with an outrageous level of blood and gore, which is what we've come to expect with any encounters with these creatures. The Predator moves with ruthless efficiency, first as an invisible specter, then as a looming monster, holding a severed head up as a prize.

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There's a gritty texture to this scene, like the sand and dirt that fills this cave has covered everyone and everything within. Colorist Neeraj Menon douses the pages in dark red blood to the point where the comic is practically dripping with it. The key to a sequence like this is getting the blood splatter right and Menon most definitely gets it right. It's glorious.

Perhaps the most chilling aspect of the Predator is its speech. It doesn't say anything on its own. Instead, it mimics the words of others nearby, however it comes through in a jagged font, as if it's a throaty growl instead of a normal voice. Letterer Michael Heisler increases the menacing quality of this warrior with a single word balloon.

One of the hunters, Swain, has some experience in Afghanistan. That was where he narrowly survived as a Predator slaughtered his fellow soldiers. This new mission fills him with unease as he's forced to return to the scene of the crime. This humanizes Slain a bit more, but if I'm being honest, I'm less concerned about the hunters' personalities. I'm surprised this many of them survived the previous series, as these folks are usually little more than cannon fodder.

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The real star is the Predator, but there's no personality there, as he's a silent killer. When we pick up a book like this, we're not necessarily coming to it looking for in-depth character analysis. We want to see an alien monster decimate a bunch of people. Predator: Hunters II delivers that in spades.

That's not to say there isn't a larger story involved. A third party enters the field, which adds a conspiratorial element. It looks like a government agency is tracking the Predators too and possibly gathering tech. This could become very dangerous very quickly.

Predator: Hunters II picks up right where the previous series left off. It's just as bloody and gruesome as ever. The human characters are still a little bland, but the Predator more than makes up for it. It's shaping up to be like an extraterrestrial war on terror.

Grades:

Story: Threeandahalfstars Predator Hunters Ii 1 Cover
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Art: Fourandahalfstars
Overall: Fourstars

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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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