Review Brew: Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens #3
Writer: John Layman
Artist: Chris Mooneyham
Colors: Michael Atiyeh
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
It’s been a few months since the last issue, and the fate of Judge Dredd has been revealed. This was a fun and action-packed issue of Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens. The story is still good, as Judge Dredd does survive the encounter with the mutated Judge McCrary, and I liked how Layman made use of Judge Anderson in that predicament. Through narration Layman, gives us the backstory of the Archbishop emoji, and reveals his reason for creating his whole religion. It’s actually pretty funny and lightens up the title. The writing is solid, and gets you enthralled with what’s going on. The predators are useful, and one of the four sacrifices itself to save one of the others. Reinstots plan is still pretty one note, as he wants to destroy Mega-City One. The pacing was fine, but the gestation period for the new xenomorphs did bother me a bit, because of how fast they grew to full form, in a small amount of time. The ending does have me excited to see what is going to happen in the final issue.
The art is stellar, and captures the writing perfectly. The characters designs are still top-notch, and the environments are dark and lush. The action was done well, and showed off the viciousness of the aliens, and ferocity of the Predators. I did wish there were more scenes of them fighting aliens though. The Predator designs are still amazing to look at, and one of the four reveals his face under the mask, which was horrifying. The new xenomorphs that do appear is interesting, as it shows how the xenomorphs adapt from using the genes of the host. The colors look fantastic, and makes the overall look of the title great.
Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens #3 is still a superb title, and if you’re a fan of either character, you’re going to enjoy this title. The writing is solid, the art is amazing, and the colors being this issue together. The villain’s plan is still a bit weak for me, but the ending does make me want to see how it all ends.
4 Archbishop emoji’s out of 5