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Review: Predators #2 of 4

Will the comic make you want to see the movie?


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Predators is a four part mini-series adapted from the upcoming film produced by Robert Rodriguez. The comic is published by Dark Horse Comics. 
 

The Good

When you pick up this issue, you don't just get one story- you get two. Generally I am not so crazy about issues that have more than one story (like Brubaker's Cap which contains a second story focusing on Nomad) but for whatever reason, the second story in this issue held my interest. In fact, I may have enjoyed it more than the first. I think the reason I did not mind this being a two part issue is because the stories are so closely connected. The second part is probably the more interesting of the two and follows the character played by actor Adrian Brody in the upcoming film. Interestingly enough, the artistic adaptation of the character looks exactly like the actor, as you can see based on the cover art. In this second story, you get the sense that the character is a hired gun,  and that while he has done this countless times, he is struggling with the ethics of his actions and his responsibility. I love character development and thought provoking stories where characters are self aware and self analytical, so I enjoyed this.
 

The Bad

If you do not read the first issue in this mini-series, then you might be completely lost when it comes to understanding the first part of the story. In general, the first part of the book was relatively boring and consisted of a drawn out scene of arguing and fighting between two men. Not exactly my cup of tea. The narrative showed no indication of why they had been fighting, either. This could scene could have easily been condensed to two pages, as it felt rather drawn out. The art is not terrible, but I was not blown away. 
 

The Verdict- 3.5/5

The first part in this issue is not a good reflection of what is happening in the story. I enjoyed the second story because I felt there was considerably more depth than the first, and I felt I cared about the character- which is important if you want to write a good comic. The book is not bad, however, and I will say I was entertained. It has made me look forward to the Predators film, produced by Robert Rodriguez and considering Rodriguez was directly involved with the making of this  comic, I have relatively high expectations for the film. Fans of the Predators franchise will definitely enjoy this comic.

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RiceFox

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I wish there'd be more Predator projects that didn't rely on the need for human characters.

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@RiceFox said:
"I wish there'd be more Predator projects that didn't rely on the need for human characters. "

@RiceFox:
Excellent idea !
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I still want to see the movie due to who is directing it!

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Read the first issue and it SUCKED beyond belief! A complete bore. NOT picking this one up, but I'm deffinitely watching the film. 
 
I think that some Aliens or Predator comics miss the whole concept behind the characters. These films work because of interesting characters in interesting situations facing off against superior monster-like creatures. But these creatures are always sorrounded by mistery and shadows, and not ONCE do we get that in this comic book. In my opinion the whole 4-part prequel is just a boring quick-cash maker and does NOTHING for the film. 
 
And what is up with humans in Predator gear?! I've always hated that!

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Its a pretty good comic, but the movie is what i am anticipating .

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Did the 3rd and 4th of this predators comic come out yet?