The Mark Verheiden-written “Predator” comics trilogy is reprinted in the first “Predator Omnibus” from Dark Horse, along with some other early “Predator” comics from the publisher.
“Concrete Jungle” – printed in comics as simply the first “Predator” miniseries – is a sequel to the film “Predator,” in which Detective Schaefer, brother of “Dutch” Schaefer from the film, faces off against Predators in NYC.
Schaefer’s partner Detective Rasche isn’t as gung-ho or buff as Schaefer, but his loyalty is key to Schaefer’s battle. Over the course of the comic, Schaefer faces off with a Colombian drug lord and has conflicts with the government, who want to hand him over to the Predators.
General Philips is the only character from the film to also appear in the comic.
Chris Warner and Ron Randall provide the art. This series likely provided the inspiration for “Predator 2.”
In “Cold War,” the Predators have landed in Siberia – probably by mistake, since the creatures seem to hate the cold.
The U.S. and the Russians both want to find the downed ship and claim the technology, and Schaefer is dragged into the conflict against his will. Rasche again must step in to help his friend. Randall again provided pencils.
In “Dark River,” the final of the Schaefer trilogy, Schaefer heads to South America to face a Predator he thought he had killed, that has now gone insane and is behaving against its own rules. This one suffers a bit from the lack of Detective Rasche for balance, though it’s still a solid mini.
All the Schaefer issues work to some degree, though secondary characters drop off with little explanation. Even Schaefer’s own quest is left somewhat hanging at the end of “Dark River.” While there’s plenty of violence, it’s consistent with the world of the film.
The two-issue miniseries “Predator: Bloody Sands of Time” by Dan Barry and Chris Warner is collected, featuring an investigation into the Predators’ appearances during war time throughout history.
The omnibus also collects “Blood Feud,” “Rite of Passage” and “Pride at Nghasa” from the Dark Horse Comics anthology series.
- Matt Price
Comics read in 2011: 292. Still to go: 1719.
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