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.
Since the line's inception, Dark Horse has published a total of 38 different Predator stories, as well as various collected editions, reprints and non-canon crossover comics.
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 line 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 most (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.
In 1992, inspired by the success of the Aliens vs. Predator crossover, Dark Horse teamed up with DC Comics and introduced the Predator to seminal comic book character Batman in the landmark series Batman versus Predator. The success of the comic led to an ongoing series of crossover comics that pitted various characters, both from within Dark Horse and from other publishers, against the Predators. Similar crossovers also emerged for both the Aliens and Aliens vs. Predator lines. Also in 1992, Dark Horse attempted to expand the Predator comics line to the United Kingdom market, first as part of Aliens magazine and later in the anthology magazine Total Carnage. However, the mid-1990s fall in comic book sales led to both magazines being cancelled in early 1994 and Dark Horse retreating to its traditional American base.
Following Predator: Xenogenesis in 1999, the line (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 the line with a new Predator limited series. Beginning in January 2013, Dark Horse began issuing its back catalogue of Predator comics — starting with the original 1989 series — as digital downloads via its subsidiary Dark Horse Digital, while more recent titles in the line have been published simultaneously in physical and digital formats.
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 comics line — 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 (1989 series) (June 1989-Mar 1990) aka Predator: Concrete Jungle
- Predator: God's Truth (Dec 1990)
- Predator 2 (Feb-June 1991)
- Predator: Big Game (Mar-June 1991)
- Predator: Cold War (Sept-Dec 1991)
- Predator: The Bloody Sands of Time (Feb-Mar 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 (Apr-May 1994)
- Predator: Invaders from the Fourth Dimension (July 1994)
- Dark Horse Classics - Predator: Jungle Tales (Mar 1995)
- Predator: 1718 (July 1996)
- Predator: Dark River (July-Oct 1996)
- Predator: Strange Roux (Nov 1996)
- Predator: Kindred (Dec 1996-Mar 1997)
- Predator: No Beast So Fierce (Mar 1997)
- Predator: Hell & Hot Water (Apr-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-Mar 1998)
- Predator: Captive (May 1998)
- Predator: Demon's Gold (Nov 1998)
- Predator: Homeworld (Mar-June 1999)
- Predator: Xenogenesis (Aug-Nov 1999)
- Predator (2009 short story) (May 2009)
- Predator (2009 series) (June 2009-Jan 2010) aka Predator: Prey to the Heavens
- Predators (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: Life and Death (Mar-June 2016)
- See also: Omnibus
- Predator Omnibus: Volume 1 (Aug 2007)
- Predator Omnibus: Volume 2 (Feb 2008)
- Predator Omnibus: Volume 3 (June 2008)
- Predator Omnibus: Volume 4 (Sept 2008)
- See also: Crossover comics line
- Batman versus Predator (Dec 1991-Feb 1992)
- Predator versus Magnus, Robot Fighter (Nov 1992)
- Batman versus Predator II (Dec 1993-Mar 1994) aka Batman versus Predator II: Bloodmatch
- Hunting the Heroes: The Predators Attack!
- Tarzan versus Predator: At the Earth's Core (Jan-June 1996)
- Predator versus Judge Dredd (Oct-Dec 1997) aka Judge Dredd vs. Predator
- Batman versus Predator III (Dec 1997-Feb 1998) aka Batman versus Predator III: Blood Ties
- Superman vs. Predator (May-July 2000)
- JLA versus Predator (Feb 2001)
- Archie vs. Predator (Apr-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 (1989 series).
- 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.