Review: Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens #1

I’m going to be extremely direct with this review. This is everything you’d want from a major crossover like this. Okay done. [su_quote]Synopsis: A predator gets killed by some The Island of Dr. Moreau dudes that live in the forest outside of Mega City One. The anthropomorphic dudes take a look inside the predator’s ship and wouldn’t you know it, their mad scientist leader thinks that Xenomorphs are pretty cool! But where does Judge Dredd fit in? He’s looking for some crazy cultists and tracks down their leader to the animal forest![/su_quote]

predator-vs-judge-dredd-vs-aliens-1Granted there’s more than that going on in the story, but really John Layman takes this ridiculously awesome idea and makes it great. This really is the things that comic book dreams are made of. It’s where all these franchises can come together and play and be merry and no one worries that their brand will look weak or any of that crap. It’s just a good ole crossover. It’s throwback, but modern. He just fucking nails it.

The art from Chris Mooneyham is solid. I’m not a big fan of his Predators or the animal people, but the design and atmosphere that he creates plays an important role to the story. If I were more in love with the aforementioned designs then I would really be crapping my pants for this book, but instead it’s just really solid art that captures the essences of the three properties.

This is one of those books in which you know if you’re going to read it or not. If you’re against purchasing licensed crossovers then this isn’t even on your radar, which is a shame because it’s actually one of the best licensed books being published, even if it is just a mini-series. If you’re planning on getting it then you won’t be disappointed and if you never were going to get it then keep on, keep it on.

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Predator vs Judge Dredd vs Aliens #1
Writer: John Layman
Artist: Chris Mooneyham
Publisher: Dark Horse/IDW/2000 AD
Price: $3.99
Format: Mini-Series; Print/Digital