JLA versus Predator is a one-shot prestige-format crossover comic book that was first published by Dark Horse Comics and DC Comics in February 2001. It was written by John Ostrander, illustrated by Graham Nolan, inked by Randy Elliott, colored by Heroic Age and Jim Sinclair, lettered by Bill Oakley and edited by Philip Amara, Tony Bedard and Dan Raspler, with cover art by Nolan and Elliot. The story features a team of super-powered Predators engineered by an alien race to take on the Justice League power-for-power.
Though it had no direct precursors or sequels, the story follows up on threads introduced in the Batman versus Predator and Superman vs. Predator series. Both Batman and Superman would face both Aliens and Predators in their following crossover series.
In the overall Dark Horse crossover comics line, JLA versus Predator was preceded by Green Lantern versus Aliens, published concurrently with Witchblade/Aliens/Darkness/Predator: Mindhunter, and was followed by Batman/Aliens II.
They've hunted the Dark Knight Detective. They've gone after the Man of Steel. Now they're prepared to go after the most challenging prey imaginable: the entire Justice League of America. The World's Greatest Super-Heroes go up against the galaxy's deadliest hunters in JLA vs. Predator. When a group of Predators arrive on Earth, they make targets of each of the JLA members — relishing in the thrill of the hunt. They engage in the ultimate sport of attempting to kill the most powerful heroes ever known. But how can any foes, even ones as relentless as the Predators, possibly beat our heroes? Because this time, the Predators are equipped with the incredible powers of the Justice League itself! With the help of a rogue Dominion geneticist, the aliens have transformed themselves into "Meta-Predators" — super-powered versions of the same ultimate hunters who stalk the universe's most dangerous game! Can even the mighty JLA withstand the savage onslaught of a squad of Predators with Superman's strength, the Flash's speed, and Plastic Man's morphing powers?
JLA versus Predator will be collected for the first time as part of the Dark Horse Comics/DC Comics: Justice League Volume 2 trade paperback, to be released on March 2017. The release reused the cover art from JLA versus Predator by Graham Nolan.
Behind the Scenes
JLA versus Predator writer John Ostrander is a veteran comics writer and artist who is perhaps most well known for his work with Superman and Captain Marvel in the 1980s and 1990s at DC Comics.
JLA versus Predator is often panned and even ridiculed by fans and critics as a "cheap cash-in" and at times perhaps the siliest of all the crossover comic stories. It is to say the least the campest of the Dark Horse/DC crossovers and even features a Predator-version of Plastic Man.