As the Mega-City One judges close in on the Archbishop emoji, they’re ambushed and captured by Dr. Reinstots animal men. Not too far behind, a Predator search party is in pursuit, and they didn’t come for a tea party.
This was a fun and exhilarating issue of Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens. I like how John Layman eases you into the story, with the introduction of Dr. Reinstot. The story is not bad, but Reinstot is nothing more than a mad scientist. There’s nothing wrong with that, but he did something in the story that was shocking. The way Layman narrates the Predators, and how they go about looking for their comrade is cool. He makes them seem like they are detectives, piecing together a crime scene by following what happened to Judge Dredd. The writing is exceptional and keeps the story interesting. The dialog is solid, but some of it was confusing in certain areas. The villain’s plot was a bit cliche, but it does serve the plot.
The artwork looks amazing and creates a dark atmosphere around it. The swampland is dark and has an ominous feel to it. The panels flow well into each other and keeps the story moving. The action sequences are fast and intense. Characters look great and Mooneyham’s style works with the story. I love creature designs and the way Mooneyham draws the different Predators is astounding. Each one has their own style and different type of gear. Also, a Predator has a blade for a hand, you don’t see that every day. The art really comes together with Michael Atiyeh on colors. His colors add so much depth to the panels and enhance the quality of the issue.
Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens #2, is definitely a title to check out if you’re into these characters. The writing is solid, the art is amazing, and the colors just brings it all together. You definitely want to check out the last page of the issue, because it’s killer.
4.5 Yautjas out of 5