An execution of a CIA agent in Afghanistan by militants is interrupted by a Predator, whom kills the militants. The Predator Hunters lose most of their members, leaving them with a skeleton crew. They get ahold of the recording of the attempted execution and catch a glimpse of the Predator. The team leaves for Afghanistan and searches for the Predator.
Predator has always been among my favorite 1980’s sci-fi franchises. I haven’t gotten into the comics and periphery and can’t quite defend Predator II, but Predator and Predators are fantastic sci-fi action films. I’m quite looking forward to The Predator coming out later this year.
Predator: Hunters II #1 is…okay. The characters are pretty bland and without the benefit of a charismatic actor like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse “the Body” Ventura, or Walton Goggins (one of the best parts of Predators) to keep them lively. Except for the Afghan man who drives the hunters around Afghanistan, I couldn’t give a toss about any of these people.
The opening action scene where the Predator kills the militants is the highlight of the book, and that’s mostly because of the art.
They try to imply Swain has PTSD from his time in Afghanistan, but the book can’t quite sell it. Plus, I just don’t care about him as a character regardless.
Agustin Padilla’s artwork is far and away the best part. That opening massacre is bloody, high-impact, and all-around well-depicted. The rest of the book is mainly dull scenes of people standing around and talking while the panel tries to angle on one of the women characters’ breasts or ass, and that is more than a little insulting and gross. The Predator gets two nice splash pages, but it’s almost hilarious how he is clearly posing for the panel.
There’s not much to say about the coloring. Neeraj Menon could have livened things up, but there wasn’t much to work with either.
Predator: Hunters II #1 is a rather vapid and dull comic. With the exception of a killer opening action sequence, the book doesn’t have much to offer. The art is solid, but it isn’t really enough to justify a recommendation. If you’re dying for some Predator content, feel free to check it out. Beyond that, there’s no reason to read this comic.
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