|This article is about the comic book series. For the novel, see Predator: Big Game (novel).|
Predator: Big Game is a four-issue limited comic book series that was first published by Dark Horse Comics from March-June 1991. It was written by John Arcudi, illustrated by Evan Dorkin, inked by Armando Gil, colored by Julia Lacquement, lettered by Kurt Hathaway and edited by Diana Schutz, with cover art by Chris Warner. The comic was later adapted as a novel of the same name by Sandy Schofield.
Big Game was eventually followed by a direct sequel, Predator: Blood on Two-Witch Mesa, which continued the adventures of Big Game's lead character, Enoch Nakai, who also appeared in the later series Predator: Hunters.
#1: 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!
#2: 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!
#3: 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!
#4: 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?
The comic was later collected in trade paperback form in August 1992. A second trade paperback was released in 1996, with a new cover by painter Den Beauvais.
It was collected collected as part of Predator Omnibus: Volume 2 in February 2008.
The complete comic was released digitally through Dark Horse Digital on March 6, 2013, collected with Predator: God's Truth and reusing Chris Warner's cover art from issue 2, recolored by Dan Jackson.
Behind the Scenes
The first non-movie-related Predator story ever produced by Dark Horse Comics, Predator: Big Game is considered by many to be one of the best Predator comics ever made to this day. Its creative-successor, Predator: Bad Blood, written by Big Game co-creator/artist Evan Dorkin, was similarly well received. Each of the stories build around strongly developed central characters, are uncompromisingly bloody and build to action-heavy climaxes worthy of the film that inspired them.
John Arcudi is a veteran writer of Aliens and Predator comics, having also worked on Predator: God's Truth, Aliens: Reapers, Aliens: Genocide, Aliens: Alien, Aliens: Stronghold, Aliens: Alchemy, Aliens: More Than Human and Predator: Prey to the Heavens. He was also the original writer on Dark Horse Comics' The Mask, which was turned into a theatrical film of the same name starring Jim Carrey.
- While Predator: Concrete Jungle, Predator: Cold War and Predator: Dark River are referred to by the publisher as the "core Dark Horse Predator graphic novels", Predator: Big Game is mentioned briefly in Cold War #2 as "...an incident down in New Mexico..."