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‘Predator: Life and Death #4’ – Advance Comic Book Review

I wrote the review of Prometheus: Life and Death #1 a week back which is the issue that takes place after Predator: Life and Death #4. I wish I had reviewed them in the order they were supposed to go. I feel like I would have gotten a little more out of Prometheus. Not because I didn’t understand what was going on or didn’t enjoy it on some level, but because now I see how the stakes have been raised. That would have been helpful.

Predator: Life and Death #4, the final part in this first arc of the Life and Death cycle, is fun. I’ve said it before, I’m not a huge fan of the Predator, and here they don’t do a lot, nor do they win a lot, but Abnett, Thies, and Beredo have created a visceral experience that’s quite simply fun. It’s like Aliens mashed together with Predator.

That being the case, what really shines here are the Colonial Marines who are now split into two groups (which is always exciting) and are forced to fight for their lives while trying to recover some property of the Weyland-Yutani company. You have a few Marines that we connect with, both equally driven at this point, both with a lot to lose. One: the soldiers they command, and two: their dignity. 

I’m glad the cycle started with the Predators, because it is such a base and clear man versus monster conflict. Prometheus and Alien have the potential to become a little more existential. (Fingers crossed.)

Phillip Kelly, Fanbase Press Contributor



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