When I was young, we found a week. It
looked like - like, empty. The old women in the village crossed themselves...
and whispered crazy things, strange things. “La Semana con pocos libros de
historietas." Only in the lightest weeks this happens. And this week, it
grows light. …Man that was a lot of work for a pretty shit Predator reference.
Anyway, Predator: Life and Death is the next
sci-fi cycle from Dark Horse comics, similar to Fire and Stone: a long,
event-esque storyline featuring Aliens, Predators, and the things from
This one’s written entirely
by Dan Abnett, who does an excellent job of setting up the story in this first
issue while also giving the audience enough of what’s to be expected from such
The classic hallmarks of the franchises
are present with enough charm to avoid feeling derivative.
The dialogue is genuinely funny in moments
and the action is excellently executed, thanks in large part to Thies’s
linework and framing.
Thies's art is on
the more gritty, scratchy end of the spectrum, which is a perfect fit for the
Similarly, Beredo’s colors
expertly convey the heat of the jungle planet the marines are dropped on.
Heisler’s lettering design choices for
certain characters are pitch perfect and the flow of balloons heighten the
drama of the scene in question.
classic set-up and welcoming attitude for any audience, Predator: Life and
Death looks to be a promising start.
More backstories are revealed as old
fears and foes come back to the surface with a vengeance.
While half the cast deals with the fallout
from Mr. Empty’s actions in the House from Hell, the other finally locates
Ahkeron and attempts to destroy it.
a frantic issue and one that is likely the best of the run thus far, thanks to
a fairly tight script from Halvorsen and Beukes and stunning visuals from Kelly
and De La Cruz.
The former pair
seemingly outdo each previous issue, ramping up the body horror, chaotic
panelling, and alarming colors.
appears to be a final showdown on the way, Survivors’ Club is currently thriving
thanks to smart storytelling and incredible artwork.
So what did you pick up this week?
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