The Predator comic book line is a long-running series of comic books published by Dark Horse Comics based on the Predator franchise. The line has included a number of limited series, one-shots and short stories, starting with the original Predator comic in June 1989.
While some of the stories featured in the Predator comics have adapted or expanded upon characters and ideas from the Predator films, most have added new characters and storylines, focusing on widely varied encounters between the Predator species and various individuals from various civilizations throughout the course of human history.
Three of the film-related series have dealt with the brother of Predator protagonist Alan "Dutch" Schaefer, known simply as Detective Schaefer, and his interactions with the mysterious and secretive Major General Phillips (another character from Predator) while fending off Predator attacks around the world. These three stories are now referred to as the "core Dark Horse Predator graphic novels" by the publisher.
The Predator series is somewhat more complicated to follow than the Aliens and Aliens vs. Predator lines, at least in its early days, in that it includes a number of serialized short story prequels that share the same name as the main series into which they lead; thus there are actually two comics called Predator: Race War, two called Predator: Bad Blood etc. In some (but not all) cases, these serialized prequels were subsequently collected and reissued as a "bonus" issue, typically designated issue #0, of the relevant main series.
Following Predator: Xenogenesis in 1999, the series (along with Dark Horse's Aliens and Aliens vs. Predator lines) entered a ten-year hiatus. During this break, the only Predator comics published were Omnibus collections of the existing comic books. The hiatus finally came to an end in 2009, when Dark Horse Comics relaunched its Predator line with a new limited series.
The Predator comic series, much like the originating Predator films, have tended to focus mostly on stories told from a human point of view, usually with lone or small numbers of Predators acting as mysterious antagonists, visiting the Earth and causing havoc and terror for unknown reasons amongst their human prey. Almost all of these stories have been set on present-day Earth or at different points in human history, with only a very few stories set in the future (as opposed to the Aliens comic series, in which the reverse is true).
However, with the Aliens vs. Predator comic series — and the spin-off novelizations — writers began to present stories told more from Predator race's point of view, subsequently delving further into depictions and revelations about their culture and customs. It is from these comics and novelizations, released throughout the 1990s, that what is now known as "Hunter" or "Yautja" culture originated, with a degree of varying interpretations depending on the writer. In the 2000s, a new source of information about Predator culture has derived from the Aliens vs. Predator video games, as well as the Predator video game Predator: Concrete Jungle.
- Predator (series 1) (June 1989-March 1990) aka Predator: Concrete Jungle
- Predator: God's Truth (Dec 1990)
- Predator 2 (Feb-June 1991)
- Predator: Big Game (March-June 1991)
- Predator: Cold War (Sept-Dec 1991)
- Predator: The Bloody Sands of Time (Feb-March 1992)
- Predator: Rite of Passage (Aug-Sept 1992)
- Predator: Blood Feud (Nov 1992-Feb 1993)
- Predator: Race War (short story) (Nov 1992-Jan 1993)
- Predator: Race War (series) (Feb-Oct 1993)
- Predator: The Pride at Nghasa (May-Aug 1993)
- Predator: Bad Blood (short story) (Aug-Nov 1993)
- Predator: The Hunted City (Dec 1993-Feb 1994)
- Predator: Bad Blood (series) (Dec 1993-June 1994)
- Predator: Blood on Two-Witch Mesa (April-May 1994)
- Predator: Invaders from the Fourth Dimension (July 1994)
- Dark Horse Classics - Predator: Jungle Tales (March 1995)
- Predator: 1718 (July 1996)
- Predator: Dark River (July-Oct 1996)
- Predator: Strange Roux (Nov 1996)
- Predator: Kindred (Dec 1996-Jan 1997)
- Predator: No Beast So Fierce (March 1997)
- Predator: Hell and Hot Water (April-June 1997)
- Predator: Primal (July-Aug 1997)
- Predator: Bump in the Night (Aug 1997)
- Predator: Nemesis (Dec 1997-Jan 1998)
- Predator: Hell Come a Walkin' (Feb-March 1998)
- Predator: Captive (May 1998)
- Predator: Demon's Gold (Nov 1998)
- Predator: Homeworld (March-June 1999)
- Predator: Xenogenesis (Aug-Nov 1999)
- Aliens/Predator Free Comic Book Day Split Issue (May 2009)
- Predator (series 2) (June 2009-Jan 2010) aka Predator: Prey to the Heavens
- Predators (prequel comic) (June 2010)
- Predators: Beating the Bullet (July 2010)
- Predators: Preserve the Game (July 2010)
- Predators (trade paperback) (Oct 2010)
- Predator: Fire and Stone (Oct 2014-Jan 2015)
- Predator Omnibus: Volume 1 (Aug 2007)
- Predator Omnibus: Volume 2 (Feb 2008)
- Predator Omnibus: Volume 3 (June 2008)
- Predator Omnibus: Volume 4 (Sept 2008)
- Batman versus Predator (Dec 1991-Feb 1992)
- Predator versus Magnus, Robot Fighter (Nov 1992)
- Batman versus Predator II: Bloodmatch (Dec 1993-March 1994)
- Hunting the Heroes: The Predators Attack!
- Ghost #5 (Aug 1995)
- Motorhead #1 (Aug 1995)
- Agents of Law #6 (Sept 1995)
- X #18 (Sept 1995)
- Tarzan versus Predator: At the Earth's Core (Jan-June 1996)
- Predator versus Judge Dredd (Oct-Dec 1997)
- Batman versus Predator III: Blood Ties (Dec 1997-Feb 1998)
- Superman vs. Predator (May-July 2000)
- JLA versus Predator (Feb 2001)
- Archie vs. Predator (April-June 2015)
Several of the comics in the Predator line have been adapted into novels:
- Predator: Concrete Jungle by Nathan Archer, an adaptation of Predator (series 1).
- Predator: Cold War by Nathan Archer, an adaptation of the comic of the same name.
- Predator: Big Game by Sandy Schofield, an adaptation of the comic of the same name.
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- Aliens vs. Predator (comic series) — An overview of Dark Horse's Aliens vs. Predator comics.
- Dark Horse Presents — An overview of the Dark Horse Presents anthology series.
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