One of the coolest announcements out of last weekend's Emerald City Comic Con is word that a new 4-part Predator vs Judge Dredd vs Aliens comic-book series is prepared to assault our senses later this summer. In an awesome alliance between Dark Horse Comics, 2000AD and IDW, the three mini-majors have decided to pool their licensed properties and title the terrifying new trinity as Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens. Written by John Layman (Chew) with interior art by Chris Mooneyham (Predator: Fire and Stone), and a menacing cover by Preacher artist Glenn Fabry, it's scheduled to strike comic shops this July 27.
Here's the official Dark Horse press release detailing the monumental sci-fi smackdown:
“Judge Dredd and Judge Anderson have tracked a criminal cult across the Cursed Earth and into the Alabama morass, where a mad genetic scientist with destructive designs has acquired the best genes that evolution has to offer—a xenomorph skull! A Predator, attracted to the warm climate and superior prey, has declared hunting season as he calls for backup. All paths will cross in a mind-blowing sci-fi showdown with the fate of the Earth at stake!”
Layman revealed some juicy story points during an interview with io9 at ECCC.
“One of the things I love about Dredd is the sheer kookiness of the world, so I’m embracing it in a big way. I’m also trying to upend some expectations, not give you more of the usual. We open the book with a crashlanded predator, and instead of being the hunter, as usual, the predator is the prey. He’s crashlanded in a jungle overgrowth in the middle of the Cursed Earth, where he is pursued by an Island of Dr. Moreau group of man-animal hybrids, creations of a crazed genetic engineer. And this crazed scientist recovers not just the predator, but some of the predator’s hunting trophies—including a Xenomorph skull, and the Xenomorph’s DNA contained therein. You can probably see where this is headed, but add to it Dredd chasing the robot leader of an apocalypse death cult, and everybody on a collision course. Then s*** gets nuts!”
Are you amped to see these three titans of sci-fi slaughter go head to head this summer in their insane crossover mini-series?