Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens: Splice and Dice TPB

The ultimate science-fiction crossover pits the legendary lawman, Judge Dredd, against the universe’s supreme hunters, the Predators, as they both try to survive an onslaught by the galaxy’s ultimate killing machines, the Aliens! 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 scifi showdown with the fate of the Earth at stake! Collects the four-issue miniseries.

* A co-publication with IDW and 2000 AD!

Writer: John Layman
Artist:Chris Mooneyham, Michael Atiyeh
Cover Artist:Glenn Fabry

Funny I have noticed that in some recent reviews I have railed against various comics based on licensed properties and even current trend for crossovers of such properties. But then I noticed that maybe it’s just not fatigue of the practice that has soured me to it.  Maybe it’s because also it hasn’t been done well a lot lately so my trust in the quality has dipped.

I say this because I forgot Dark Horse has been doing licensed books for a long time and I dare say that overall they have been doing it well.  Sure Dark Horse has cashed in like other publishers with such “gems” like Plants Vs Zombies, but they were pioneers with actually starting the whole Vs thing with Aliens Vs Predator back in 1990.  Overall Dark Horse has had a pretty good track record with comics based on Star Wars, Terminator, Conan and so on.

On doing research for this review I was reminded that Dark Horse also has translated their books into other media, like film and TV.  I mention this because I feel that it’s healthier for a publisher and the comic industry as a whole to have its original properties going out into other media instead of relying on licensing stuff from other media.  It would basically be like a trade deficit.  You can’t truly be successful if you aren’t producing content of your own that you own and control.  Generating content for others is a short term way of making a profit.

But I digress and move on to the comic at hand.

Best I can tell this is the first time Judge Dredd had to face off against Aliens and Predators at the same time.  There is a previous collection of stories when Judge Dredd faces each Aliens and Predators but not both.

The setup is focuses more of Judge Dredd’s world which is fine by me because that colorfully grim future landscape of MegaCity One is always a fun place to visit and fits well with Aliens and Predator.

One thing I did enjoy was some minor updates to a futuristic world that was made over 40 years ago.  One was having little jokes like having certain parts of MegaCity One named after celebrities (Willie Ames and Ryan Seacrest to be exact).  A bigger addition was the character of Archbishop Emoji.  Archbishop Emoji is a robot who runs an apocalyptic cult that causes havoc in MegaCity One.  Obviously the use and popularity of Emojis is a more modern concept, but Archbishop Emoji fits in perfectly in the world of Judge Dredd.

So yes over all this is the typical crazy action/adventure story one can expect from Judge Dredd and it brings Aliens and Predators for the ride.

The art is rough and sketchy style that works well for the story over all, even if there is a few missteps.

Over all this is collection is fun and does what it set out to do.

I give it a 3.5 out 5

If you want to learn more about this book you can go to – Dark Horse

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