‘Predator: Life and Death’ Comic Review
written by Dan Abnett; art by Brian Albert Thies; coloring by Rain Beredo; cover art by David Palumbo
Predator: Life and Death is the start of a four-issue miniseries by the well-known writer Dan Abnett. This issue begins upon the rapid response ship, Hasdrubal, with Captain Paget and Weyland-Yutani representative, Mr. Lorimer, discussing the Marines’ next mission.
The thirty-person crew is currently traveling to the planet LV-797, also called Tartarus. Once there, Captain Paget and her fellow Marines will assist Weyland-Yutani continue their plan of terraforming the planet. Specifically, they will ensure that Tartarus is not plagued with unlicensed prospectors stripping the planet of valuable resources.
The Weyland-Yutani representative already has suspicions that a rival corporation, Seegson, is participating in the illegal scam. With these suspicions in mind, Captain Paget and her crew will investigate, and if unlicensed prospectors are present, Paget and her men will prompt them to leave; however, if conversations do not go smoothly, the Marines have the authority to use force to protect Weyland-Yutani’s investment.
The mission might seem straightforward, but that notion could not be further from the truth. Those aboard the Hasdrubal already believe they will not be the only creatures upon Tartarus, but they are vastly underestimating the lifeforms they will encounter in both numbers and hostility.
It does not take long for the group to realize they are definitely not alone; there are clearly unlicensed prospectors, but there is also someone or something else, and it is killing the crew.
The presence of hostile lifeforms is evident by other means aside from the gruesome deaths. The most worrisome evidence is a mysterious U-shaped ship that was not made by man. So, the question for Captain Paget and her crew is, who are these Marines going to confront? More importantly, will they survive the encounter?
Predator: Life and Death consists of a fair amount of dialogue that sets up the story. In fact, most of this first issue lays the groundwork for the overall storyline and lacks further exploration into the initial setup. The lack of progression gives the comic a slower pace, though the last few pages do give readers a little bit of of action.
In fact, the last few pages of the comic exude suspense and horror. The art by Brian Albert has a style that correlates perfectly with the already established world of Alien, Predator, and Prometheus.
Arguably, it will be the art that prompts readers to read the second issue once it is out for purchase on April 6th of this year. The visuals, especially those at the close of the comic, show the great potential this series possesses and will surely foster in the future.
Since there is less action than one might expect from a comic relating to the Predator franchise, this issue may be somewhat disappointing for some readers; however, I think the end of the issue will be enough to persuade readers to continue and truly get into the meat of the story of this miniseries. Overall, fans of the Predator universe will definitely need to give Predator: Life and Death a try once it is available on March 2nd.