What They Say:
Raphael Herrera was a drug runner until the fateful night when his men were wiped out by an unearthly monster. Now, as part of the Predator Hunters team, Herrera’s worst memory is reborn. Cartel soldiers are being wiped out in the jungles of Central America, and that means the Predators have returned! This story links back to Dark Horses’ first Predator series from 1987!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
The third Predator: Hunters series gets underway and Chris Warner is back to detail the story, which we’re told will connect back to the very first Predator series over thirty years ago. Warner’s stories are ones that aren’t bad but I keep wishing had more meat to them, more exploration and expansion of the concept instead of more of the same. This time around he’s got Brian Thies are the art duties and his pages here look great. There’s a different kind of confidence and layout to them than what we had in the previous series and I like the way the characters look. But I also really like the Predator’s look as there’s some good detail and darkness to them, a real grime that comes across it which Dzjoba’s colors draw out all the more.
After the events of the previous storyline, the Hunters group is in a bit of an odd place. There’s not exactly distrust when it comes to Herrera but his surviving the Predators makes them wary of him because they have no idea why he was let go – and he doesn’t either. We get to see some of his first encounter going back to flashback territory and it works well, highlighting what he was thinking and showing the religious angle as well that fits the archetype. With his losses then and wondering why so many innocents were caught up in this, he’s in a strange place and the others in his group find him off-putting. And he’s smart enough to understand and acknowledge that, not that it changes anything. But it’s a good bit to show how the group is operating – and that Enoch is still a bit of an ass – as they get ready for their next mission that will take them to Belize where the Predators are operating now.
Predators: Hunters essentially delivers four issues of action in going up against a group of Predators. There’s no real greater story here as the human side doing the hunting isn’t really explored that much and they’re just warm bodies at this point. We’ve had two tales so far that were decent but didn’t bring anything new to the table and I’m not expecting anything new this time either. What I do expect is some fun fight scenes, some creativity in the hunts, and good artwork. The opening issue looks like it’s delivering that so I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next, especially since these series are kept short at four issues which definitely helps.
Age Rating: 15+
Released By: Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: February 5th, 2020