Batman versus Predator was a three-issue limited comic book series published by Dark Horse Comics and DC Comics from Dec. 1991-Feb. 1992. The series features the first official crossover between the DC superhero universe and the Alien/Predator universe.
Batman versus Predator was written by Dave Gibbons, drawn by Andy Kubert, inked by Adam Kubert and colored by Sherilyn Van Valkenburgh. It was jointly edited by Predator editor Diana Schutz of Dark Horse and Batman editor Denny O'Neil of DC Comics.
Two different versions of the series were simultaneously published in regular and prestige formats. The prestige version featured different cover art, was printed on different paper stock and came with a selection of trading cards. The covers for the regular series were done by Chris Warner and Gregory Wright, while the covers for the prestige version were painted by Arthur Suydam.
The trading cards included in the prestige format release featured work by artists John Byrne, Matt Wagner, Chris Warner, Tim Sale, Gregory Wright, Mike Mignola, Sam Kieth, Steve Rude, Jackson Guice, Chris Chalenor, Lovern Kindzierski, Arthur Adams, Adam Hughes, Michael W. Kaluta, Walter Simonson, Richmond Lewis, Tom Yeates, John Higgins, Joe Kubert and Sam Parsons. The trading card images were also featured as pin-ups in issue #2.
The series was eventually collected and released as a trade paperback in 1993 with a new cover by series writer Dave Gibbons.
An immense success at the time of its original release, the series was followed by two direct sequels (Batman versus Predator II: Bloodmatch, and Batman versus Predator III: Blood Ties) that also pitted Batman against the Predators.
In the line of Dark Horse cross-over comics, Batman versus Predator was immediately followed by Predator versus Magnus: Robot Fighter (Nov. 1992).
Plot (Warning: Spoilers)Edit
The hunter becomes the hunted as Batman, Earth's ultimate detective, is pitted against Predator, the galaxy's most ruthless hunter! Neither is known for their ability to compromise, assuring readers a break-neck paced three-issue series!
Behind the ScenesEdit
The overwhelming success of Batman versus Predator would pave the way for numerous other cross-over series between Dark Horse's various series, Aliens and Predator lines in particular, with other Dark Horse series and other company's characters.
Brother comic book illustrators Andy and Adam Kubert are the sons of famed comic book illustrator and educator Joe Kubert--founder of the Kubert School of Cartooning in New Jersey from which many successful comics have come out of. Both brothers would go on to successful careers are comics illustrators in their own right which continue to this day in such high profile titles Marvel's X-men, DC's Batman and countless others.
Writer Dave Gibbons is also a famed comic book illustrator who was co-creator as artist with writer Alan Moore of DC's groundbreaking Watchmen, which was later turned into a movie of the same name.