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!

 

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Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens issue 3
Published by Dark Horse and IDW
Writer:  John Layman
Artist:  Chris Mooneyham
Colors: Michael Atiyeh
Letters: Michael Heisler

Release Date: October 2016

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Greetings and salutations readers,

So after staying up until 5 in the morning watching youtube reviews on some of the newer runs of Marvel. I decided it’ll be good to take a small break with some of the good old ultraviolence that our good pals Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs Aliens can deliver. Yes, you heard me right Judge Dredd vs Predator AND Aliens!! This comic ended up in our collection on a trip up to Redding to distribute ChicoCon posters to various comic book and game shops. Our iron wills eventually failed us at Collectors Choice as we were wandering around and I spotted a copy of World War Tank Girl and Shane started to notice the various 2000 A.D. and Judge Dredd comics. That new comic price of $3.99 proved too good to resist for our not totally broke asses at the time and I have had no regrets. This comic is part of Dark Horse’s holy crusade to put Aliens and Predators in anything they freaking can and I personally am behind them 1000% because, holy crap guys, this is amazing.

Picking this up to glance back through it for this review I just barely noticed that we didn’t even get the first issue but the third. This doesn’t really matter much because reading the story I never even noticed that it wasn’t just a one issue story. It’s very self-contained and definitely worth grabbing even if the first two are not present. But you’ll bet your bottom dollar that now I know there’s more in this particular storyline I’m totally going to hunt them down. This is the type of cross publisher cooperation we deserve and Dark Horse and IDW are well worth the attention with their own titles. Seriously, Shane is totally in love with everything IDW has been doing with The Transformers and The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and I’ve loved Dark Horses continuation of the Serenity series as well as the Alien and Predator titles.

Now on with the review of Predator vs Judge Dredd vs Aliens issue #3 written by John Layman with art by Chris Mooneyham.

The story opens with Archbishop Emoji, the robotic leader of an apocalyptic death cult in Mega-City One. We are told that Archbishop Emoji hates humans stemming from an incident when he was once chased out of Mega-City One and pursued through the Cursed Earth. He was about to be served his final sentence by Judge Dredd himself when Dredd is suddenly captured by a group of mutated animal type people who say they need to bring him back to a man named Doc Reinstot so he can experiment with them and “that Alien DNA”. Believing he had been saved by some sort of divine intervention Emoji uses that to fuel his religious fire and begins to make his way back to Mega-City One and that’s about all you see of him for this issue.

We find Dredd strapped to a table, to his left an Alien, to his right a strange hand with weird spine like claws. Turns out Reinstot is a teensy bit crazypants and has a thing for gene splicing humans and animals. Reinstot sits completely baffled at Dredds inability to believe he’s at any sort of disadvantage. Dredd, being the Dredd we know and love is telling Reinstot that if he calls off the monsters and surrenders he’ll maybe only have to serve three centuries in the iso-cube. While the evil scientist looks kind of like he was crossed at the very least with a spider (the term ‘four-eyes’ wouldn’t be used as a joke in his case but an actual descriptor), his minions have more of an anthropomorphized animal look to them with animals like deer and bears. And let me just say, I know they’re supposed to be bad guys and everything but damn they are kind of adorable and I want to snuggle them. We find that Judge Anderson is also captured, oh and Reinstot’s lair is currently being attacked by Predators, because obviously. So that group bolts, taking Judge Anderson with them with intention of merging her with an Alien Queen. Now I haven’t read and watched every single thing about the Aliens and Predators history, but I do know that it is cannon that Predators are part of the proliferation of the Alien species since they are an ultimate prey and it’s considered a rite of passage for Predators to kill the ever living shit out of some aliens. It also means they kind of keep tabs on them like you would any other pest problem and tend to intercede before things get super out of hand. We see one previously kidnapped Judge who had been successfully fused with Alien DNA. Lucky for Dredd, that Judge training runs deep and he is able to get through to him and get him to release him before the Alien part takes complete control over his brain. Using what little remains of his PSI abilities the Alien Judge hybrid is able to tell Dredd to go and that there’s nothing he can do for him. Dredd then grabs one of the other Judges that is currently being face raped by a face hugger and escapes. He doesn’t get far before a Predator shoots the facehuggered Judge. Judge Dredd, understandably pissed since not only is it against the law to harm a Judge but he literally just lost another moments before. Sure the readers know that the Predator was totally right but Dredd doesn’t. He’s stopped from killing the Predator responsible by Judge Anderson, who being able to telepathically communicate with the Predators via her PSI abilities is able to explain to Dredd that the other Judge was good as dead. She tells them who they are and that they are there to kill the Aliens, rescued her from Doctor Reinstot and his Ani-Man (that name makes them so much cuter) holding them in the holding cell of their ship and are pretty much their best hope from Aliens destroying everything. Dredd reluctantly agrees to not kill the Predator and help them kill the Aliens. They are able to clear out the area of Aliens and the story ends with a cliffhanger of a big new danger heading straight for Mega-City One.

The art is really well done and consistent throughout doing justice to all the properties that are represented. I liked the dialogue and felt that the people doing this were not only familiar with the source material, but also had an appreciation for them. I look forward to reading more of not only this series but many others by these two amazing companies.

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-Maria B.