I want to read more of the Predator expanded universe.
That was random. Let me back up a bit.
I have always loved the Predator. I didn’t really have much of a choice of it. When I was a younger lad my father would tell me bedtime stories. In lieu of something more… conventional he would narrate to me the plot of the Predator and Terminator films.
I don’t care if you think that’s weird. I think that means my childhood was awesome.
I still love both franchises despite the lackluster recent offerings. That said I just love the Predator. I love the idea of a giant warrior that is as fast as he is strong and climbs like a monkey. I like how he is a physical force and is still equipped with advance technology. I like that the technology doesn’t undermine any of his physical attributes but rather compliments them.
I love the bio-mask, the combi-stick, the smart-disc, the wrist blades, the cloaking device ALL OF IT!
I loves it I do.
And yet, I’ve never gotten into the expanded universe for it.
I don’t even know if it’s good.
The problem I have is that any expanded story involving a Predator would typically have humans win and I’ll be honest, I’ll root for the Predator. That’s why I was erroneously excited for Alien Vs. Predator. Finally! A chance for the Predator to be the hero!
Well, we all know how that one ends, don’t we? I’m still nervous about seeing Requiem.
That said I still love the PC Alien vs. Predator 2 game just for the fact that I get to run around with all the fun stuff of a Predator and use the visionohmygoditsawesome!
But back to the extended universe thing.
The Predator like all true great horror monsters is a creature of mystery and much of its culture, beliefs and ideals are left hidden from the audience. At least in the first installment. Only the second film really gives a sense that the Predators as a species has a sense of honour and respect for the enemy. Otherwise prior to that revelation we could have just as easily assumed that the Predator was some kind of redneck hunter running around with his shirt off like a lunatic. There could be a whole culture with massive subsets of which the Predator as we know it is only a small part.
Theoretically at least.
Now the thing that’s held me back from reading an expanded universe story featuring the Predator is mostly fear. I think that’s justified considering how bad an extended universe can get.
FUCK THIS NOISE!
But it’s Predator and the majority of its continuity is maintained by Dark Horse, a company that is about as afraid of doing bloody violence right as I am of bacon.
As it is I’ve had Predator Concrete Jungle shoved under my nose and despite the odd ending and the clear indication it’s someone’s fantasy of what Predator 2 should have been it does broach one neat idea. It’s postulated by the main character Schaefer (brother of Dutch from the first film) that the Predators must hunt. He comments that as technology improves people depend on it more and more. He theorizes that the Predators hunt in order to stay alive and not die as a species. Or that they could be bastards; that’s also possible.
And I have to wonder what some young buck writer could come up with. Could they create a story where the Predator was the protagonist and had to fight through impossible odds? Or one where a human proves themselves to the hunter alien enough to be accepted as an equal?
And how would those stories be written? There’s easily a way to write an entire comic with no dialogue because the Predator fights a silent opponent. Or what about a bunch of stories of it on a world apart from Earth?
That I just find immensely interesting.
But I guess that is the virtue of the comic medium. To simply be able to tell stories about a fictional species that experiments with the idea.
So too does this work exist.