The film faced budget constraints. A smaller budget can mean more freedom, but it limits what can be accomplished on screen. Bigger budgets mean the filmmakers can be bigger, but it can lead to more cooks in the kitchen and compromised visibility. 2018’s “The Predator” looks like a great example of this. The benefit of comics is that ink costs are the same whether you’re writing and drawing people talking, or creating distant worlds and futuristic technology. Brisson and Walker make the most of that fact in this first issue by going big in a way that the movies really haven’t been able to do up to this point.
This is an adventurous, violent and planetary space story. The Predator isn’t the only alien within reach, delivering a “Star Trek” sense of exploration and adventure into the moments. However, we’re never too far from scary violence and R-rated. It’s horror mixed with interstellar human-centered science fiction. It’s like “Predator” but it’s also comic book-like in the best ways. This is a story that celebrates the integrity of the property while also taking a big hit in another direction.
The only shame is that our insatiable culture has made reading several monthly comics like eating a piece of chicken, then having to wait a few weeks before you’re allowed to eat the next one. However, to be honest, the impatience I feel right now is like a compliment to the piece. The move of many may be to wait until the final first compiled edition is published. Regardless of the method, fans of the franchise will be good to go through these bloody, space-focused pages.
“Predator” #1 hits shelves and digital retailers on August 10, 2022.
https://www.slashfilm.com/957879/marvels-predator-1-review-a-big-ambitious-and-futurisitic-exploration-of-the-hunter/ A grand, ambitious exploration and the future of hunters