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Predator Big Game issue 1
Cover to Predator: Big Game 1 by Chris Warner
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Predator: Big Game was a four-part comic book miniseries produced by Dark Horse Comics from March–June 1991. It was written by John Arcudi and penciled by Evan Dorkin and inked by Armando Gil. It was edited by Diana Schutz and the series featured covers by Chris Warner. A collected trade paperback edition released in August 1992 featured a new cover by painter Den Beauvais.

Big Game was first collected in trade paperback form in August 1992. It was finally again collected in Predator Omnibus: Volume 2 in February 2008.

An eventual sequel story featuring a continuing adventure of Big Game's lead character was eventually published entitled Predator: Blood on Two-Witch Mesa (1994).
Predator Big Game issue 2
Cover to Predator: Big Game 2 by Chris Warner
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In the Predator comics line, Predator: Big Game was published concurrently with the comics adaptation of the film Predator 2 (Feb.-June 1991) and was followed by Predator: Cold War (Sept.-Dec. 1991).

Plot (Warning: Spoilers)Edit

Official description of individual issues:

Predator Big Game issue 3
Cover to Predator: Big Game 3 by Chris Warner
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Corporal Enoch Nakai is a young American Indian with a bad past and an even worse present. Stationed in the American Southwest, he and his good army buddy Dietl go on a recon patrol to investigate a small disturbance- but discover that the disturbance is anything but small! Try a seven-foot, bad-attitude extraterrestrial who's armed to the teeth and lookin' for trouble! Even though Nakai sees a resemblance between the Predator and the legendary Indian "adilgashi" that haunts his nightmares, it's clear that the alien has more on his mind than invading people's dreams!

Cole Arm Base has been destroyed by a nuclear blast and is declared off limits to all. Corporal Enoch Nakai has other ideas as he heads for the base just the same-in defiance of his superiors' orders. On the way, he comes across the bloody trail left by the Predator and finally catches sight of the alien itself. It seems that Nakai and the army have a great deal more to worry about than a measly old nuclear explosion!

Predator Big Game issue 4
Cover to Predator: Big Game 4 by Chris Warner
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The young American Indian, Corporal Enoch Nakai, has given up everything to pursue an army career—his traditional way of life, his family, and maybe even his principles. Unfortunately, the army couldn't care less—and the one man who might have a chance against the Predator is placed under arrest by his superior officers. This leaves our wily alien free to do what he does best: wreak havoc and kill people in gross ways!

The fast-paced conclusion reaches new heights of excitement as Corporal Enoch Nakai goes one-on-one with the deadliest hunter in the galaxy. When his army training comes up short, Nakai relies on his native skills and intuition to try and outwit the Predator. But our otherworldly friend has a few tricks up his sleeve as well, keeping us all on the edge of our seats. Who will be the final victor?

Behind the ScenesEdit

Predator Big Game TPB 1992
Cover to Predator: Big Game, 1st TPB edition 1992
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The first non-movie-related Predator comic ever released by Dark Horse, Predator: Big Game is considered by many to be one of the best Predator comics ever produced to this day. It's creative-succesor, Predator: Bad Blood, written by Big Game co-creator/artist Evin Dorkin, was similarly well received. Each of the stories build around strongly developed central characters, is uncompromisingly bloody and builds to action-heavy climaxes worthy of the film that inspired them.
Predator Big Game TPB 1996
Cover to Predator: Big Game, 2nd TPB 1996
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Big Game
writer John Arcudi—the original writer on Dark Horse's popular The Mask—would go on to become one of the most prolific Aliens/Predator/AVP authors and comics creators, working on a number of titles in both lines.

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