Predator: Xenogenesis was a four-part miniseries released by Dark Horse Comics from Aug.-Nov.1999. The series was written by Ian Edginton, drawn by Mel Rubi and inked by Andrew Pepoy. It was colored by David Stewart with covers by Mel Rubi and Andrew Pepoy. The story was edited by Philip Amara.
Predator: Xenogenesis was eventually collected in Predator Omnibus: Volume 4 in September 2008.
The series was part of Dark Horse's franchises-spanning Xenogesis event which took place across the Aliens, Predator and AvP comics lines and aimed at giving all three lines a new look and creative direction. The other stories in the event were Aliens: Xenogenesis and Aliens vs. Predator: Xenogenesis.
In the Predator comics line, Predator: Xenogenesis would prove to be the last comic for a decade and was eventually followed by the Aliens/Predator Free Comic Book Day flip-book issue in 2009 and then by Predator (Series 2) in June 2009 when the comics franchise was relaunched.
Plot (Warning: Spoilers)Edit
Official description of individual issues:For decades, the alien Predators have come to Earth, hunting humans as prey. But their actions haven't gone unnoticed . . . years of research have revealed their secrets. Now, the ultimate strike team of rogues and mercenaries—armed to the teeth with state-of-the-art technology—has banded together to eliminate the Predators . . . permanently. Don't miss the battle that will spark the war!
Predators live for the hunt. So does the black-ops team known as Spearhead. But this band of mercenaries and ex-heroes might be too confident for their own good. Though armed to the teeth with enough weaponry to send Predators scurrying back into the woodwork, there's one thing their enemy has that Spearhead does not: cunning. As Spearhead is unknowingly baited into battle, it wonders what the Predators' true agenda is.
Subotai is an immortal Japanese samurai who's been fighting Predators since they arrived on Earth. Now, as part of Spearhead, Subotai realizes that the true monsters aren't always who you expect them to be. John Dancer, Commander of Spearhead and Subotai's oldest friend, has come unglued. Has Dancer's mission to protect Earth from Predators gone too far? And if so, will Subotai have the strength and the courage to stop him?
The showdown between Subotai, the immortal samurai, and John Dancer, commander of Spearhead, has been a long time coming. But while these two former friends square off, planet Earth has become the newest vacation spot for dozens of Predators, all coming to hunt Spearhead for sport. One Predator in particular has come to hunt the most challenging prey of them all: Subotai. If Spearhead falls to the creatures, will that open the door for a full-scale Predator invasion?
Behind the ScenesEditUK-based writer Ian Edginton worked on a number of Aliens, Predator and AVP comics for Dark Horse throughout the years.
Edginton first included a mention of the Xenogenesis character Subotai in the series Aliens vs. Predator: Eternal.
The idea of humans harnessing stolen Predator technology to fight against the alien hunters in a near-future Earth was also used in Eternal and the video game Predator: Concrete Jungle.
Marking a drastic departure from the traditional style of the comics produced till then, the Xenogenesis event was heralded by the company as the beginning of "the future of Aliens comics." But the poorly received stories actually marked the death-knell of all three of Dark Horse's Predator, Aliens, and AVP lines for the next ten years. The stories would come to be mostly panned by fans as contradicting previous material and written/drawn in a "comic booky" style completely inconsistently with the spirit of the rest of the company's historic material for the lines.
- AVP Zone, official AVP page at the Dark Horse Comics website
Online preview of the first pages of the first issue at the Dark Horse Comics website: http://www.darkhorse.com/Comics/Previews/98-136?page=0