Comic Book Review: Predator: Hunters #4
The last issue of Predator: Hunters really did surprise me. With this book being a miniseries, you wouldn’t have assumed that they would go that big with what this could become upon contact with the Predator(s). I say Predator(s) because they were smart to lead us on that we were likely dealing with one rather than what we now know is three more awaiting to make their move. It came naturally at the right point when we are at the halfway point only.
This was a development I do in fact prefer when this would have been too easy for the humans. I like that they say that even though the numbers were incorrect, that this is still the least of their worries. There’s no fun if they aren’t being challenged or living up to the hype of their experiences. I mean I’m sure we haven’t even scratched the surface of what arsenal they built up from past encounters. Now with that said, it was awesome the way this issue picks up from that shocker. Their reaction to this is what set the tone for the rest of the issue. The obvious next move would be to regroup, but that isn’t the kind of option you get when dealing with a Predator. This was that point where you really separate the difference between the hunter and the hunted. I’m all for rooting for the humans, but if there’s one thing we know from this franchise, it is that the humans can’t help but to make the same mistake twice.
From the start of this miniseries I enjoyed seeing how they made their biggest mistake from the start. You don’t win by becoming the hunter, you win by becoming the Predator. How the other three Predators approach them next is probably the best part of this issue. When you make a mistake, you gotta pay for it. These Predators attacked as you would expect them too. Nothing too direct, but making use of the environment around them.
Nonetheless I’m impressed that with all this action they still find a way to flesh out these characters a little more. Maybe you could care, maybe you couldn’t because who knows if some or all will die, but the important thing here is that we are further understanding the importance of this hunt for some of them. They say these are survivors from other stories, but if you’re like me then you have read most of not any of them. Every bit you can get out of them matters if it further engages you in the threat of the Predators on Earth.
It may be a warm tropical night,but the colors reflected more cold which isn’t nitpicking rather than an observation. As I’ve pointed out in previous issues, one of the most appealing elements of the artwork is the coloring. Everything about the kind of colors Francisco Ruiz Velasco chooses com off elegant and tropical. The cyan and teal like colors work to the benefit of a story like this when makes this lush island setting pop, while also getting you in the mindset that danger lurks around the corner. The way the Predators attacked again was natural and more of what they would do when you walk into their trap. They were aggressive and the need for trophies made for the right kind of shock value. The Predators themselves looked cool for the way they were each distinguished. The worst thing you could ever do is give them uniformity. They all had their own style and they own method of hunting. Doing both the drawing and coloring continue to work to his benefit when a lot of effects used here blended very well whether it was tech, a physical effect, or making objects fade off to show perspective.
Now understanding that there was more than one Predator was one thing, but what we learn at the end of Predator: Hunters #4 changes everything. I’m glad I gave this book a chance because what we look for these days are AvP stories which break from the mold. Predator: Hunters does exactly that by willingly pitting human versus Predator, and an unbelievable third-party involvement.