|Alien vs. Predator: Thrill of the Hunt|
|Written by||Mike Kennedy|
|Illustrated by|| Roger Robinson|
|Inked by|| James Pascoe|
|Cover(s) by||David Michael Beck|
|Edited by||Chris Warner|
|Publisher||Dark Horse Comics|
|Release date(s)||Sept 2004|
|Preceded by||Aliens vs. Predator: Xenogenesis|
|Followed by||Alien vs. Predator: Whoever Wins...We Lose|
Alien vs. Predator: Thrill of the Hunt is a one-shot comic book that was published by Dark Horse Comics in September 2004 that serves as a tie-in to the film Alien vs. Predator. It was written by Mike Kennedy, illustrated by Roger Robinson and Dustin Weaver, inked by James Pascoe and Randy Emberlin, colored by Grafiksismik and edited by Chris Warner, with cover art by David Michael Beck.
An entirely new story that uses certain elements from the Alien vs. Predator feature film — namely the concept of Xenomorph-filled Predator training temples — Thrill of the Hunt was meant to bridge the continuities between that film and the pre-existing Aliens vs. Predator comics line. It also served to tie up certain inconsistencies between the existing Aliens and AVP comics and the advanced time period of Alien Resurrection, in which the Xenomorphs are said to have been extinct since Ellen Ripley's death on Fiorina "Fury" 161.
In the farthest reaches of space, a creature terrified us. Acid blood. Armored skin. Razor-sharp teeth. No mercy. In the depths of a rain forest, another creature hunted us. Perfect camouflage. Fearsome weapons. Brutal methods. No conscience. In 2004, these monsters clashed on Earth in the greatest battle the universe has ever known. But far in the future, long after a technological catastrophe that started a second Dark Age, all memory of these two species has been forgotten. And when Mankind again reaches for the stars, we will discover that, truly, those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. Once again, Man is caught in the middle of a deadly struggle.
Based on this summer's major-motion picture from 20th Century Fox, Alien vs. Predator: Thrill of the Hunt carries the themes and story elements from the film into new territories of action and terror, crafted by Mike Kennedy and illustrator Roger Robinson (Azrael, Batman: Gotham Nights), all in a value-priced original graphic novel. Cover painting by Society of Illustrators award-winner David Michael Beck.
While the comic has never been collected, it was released digitally through Dark Horse Digital on October 17, 2012.
Behind the ScenesEdit
A bit confusingly promoted with the sentence "based on this summer's major motion picture", Thrill of the Hunt is in no way an adaptation of Alien vs. Predator, but instead incorporates elements from the film into the AVP comics universe. It also does a good job (the best and only effort yet, anyway) to bridge the gaps and explain the inconsistencies between the existing Aliens and AVP comics and the film Alien Resurrection. The main inconsistency between them being that General Perez mentions that to his knowledge Ripley essentially wiped out the species with the events of Alien 3, whereas in the comics, the Earth itself would go on to become infested and ravaged by the Aliens, which would take close to a generation to recover from.
The principal way in which the inconsistencies are retconned in Thrill of the Hunt is by the introduction of "The Big Deletion": a galaxy-wide computer virus event which, it is explained, wiped out most of the human colonies and much of the electronically stored information about humanities past.
Simply mentioned as a background event which occurred some time ago in Thrill of the Hunt, the nature of The Big Deletion and its ramifications on human society are further explained a bit in the sequel story Civilized Beasts. There it is revealed the human-imitation android synthetics were the primary means of the virus' spread and that humanity has therefore outlawed and marginalized synthetics since.
Though clearly and indirectly stated a number of times that, like Resurrection, the story's events take place roughly two hundred years after the events of the first three Aliens films, the time placement of the trade paperbacks is further confirmed by the fact that characters' costumes are drawn to imitate those worn by the characters in Resurrection, particularly the style of scientists garb, which is identical to that of the film.
- The comic's cover is based on a piece of promotional artwork created for the film Alien vs. Predator (most obviously seen on the title card for the Alien vs. Predator Premium Trading Cards set), although it is not in fact a direct duplicate — it is actually a very close painted recreation created by David Michael Beck. The most obvious differences are in the Predator's mask, which features different coloration and noticeably different eye sockets.