Predators: Beating the Bullet, also known as Predators: The Movie Adaptation, Predators: The Official Adaptation or simply Predators, is a one-shot comic book based on the film of the same name that was first published by Dark Horse Comics in July 2010. It was written by Paul Tobin, based on the original screenplay by Michael Finch and Alex Litvak, and was illustrated by Victor Drujiniu, inked by Tony Kordos and David Rivera, colored by Cirque Studios, lettered by Nate Piekos and edited by Scott Allie, Sierra Hahn, Freddye Lins and John Schork. While ostensibly an adaptation of the movie, it is presented entirely from the perspective of Isabelle and features several scenes not included in the film, including flashbacks to Isabelle's life prior to the events of the movie.
Predators: Beating the Bullet was one of four comics published to tie into the 2010 film, the others being the prequel stories Predators: Welcome to the Jungle and Predators: A Predatory Life, and an official sequel, Predators: Preserve the Game.
A group of individuals — each a different type of elite combatant, killer, or warrior in their own lives — have been mysteriously transported to a strange jungle planet where they are hunted by fierce aliens. But these individuals aren't ready to become prey-they still want to be hunters...
Based on the Predators film coming July 9, 2010, by Robert Rodriguez, and told through the eyes of Isabelle, a genuine, hard-hitting woman, and the only female brought to the planet, we bring you the official film adaptation — with a twist on perspective!
Differences from the Film
The comic presents a fairly faithful adaptation of the film, the most significant differences being a series of sequences that elaborate on Isabelle's actions in the hours before she was kidnapped by the Super Predators on Earth.
- The comic opens in the jungles of Guatemala, with Isabelle and two comrades on a mission to assassinate Alvaro Otti, a member of the Lord's Resistance Army. After quietly eliminating the guards at a camp, the team is ambushed and Isabelle is forced to flee into the jungle. By the time she kills the two men pursuing her and makes it back to the camp, she finds her comrades are dead. She is then captured by a Super Predator and awakes falling from the sky over the Game Preserve Planet.
- After revealing to the others that she is a sniper, Cuchillo mocks Isabelle, saying, "I thought bitches weren't allowed to be snipers?" She responds by asking if that is why they would not accept him. This dialogue was filmed but cut from the movie.
- The Hell-Hounds attack the group immediately after they see the alien skyline from the cliff top, whereas it happens a little later, after they have moved on, in the film.
- When Isabelle puts her pistol to her head, intending to kill herself rather than let the Hell-Hound maul her, she has a brief flashback to the death of her military partner Archuletta, who was executed with a bullet to the head in Guatemala.
- When Isabelle mercy-kills Cuchillo, she shoots him in the head, not through the back as in the film.
- During the first contact with the Super Predators at the hunting camp, Isabelle shouts out advice to the other team members, explaining their their foes are invisible and they should watch for footprints (information she knows because she has knowledge of the Predator incident in Val Verde). In the film, there is no hint that she knows about the Predators until later, after the team climbs out of the river. In the comic, Royce also fires into the ground at the camp to create a dust cloud, making the Predators visible.
- When Isabelle mentions the previous Predator incident in South America, a very brief flashback of Dutch fighting the Jungle Hunter appears.
- Following this, Isabelle goes into more detail about how she knows of the Val Verde incident, explaining that she and Archuletta specifically joined a mission hunting rebels there so that she could investigate the reports. They find the crater caused by the Jungle Hunter's Self-Destruct Device, but soon afterwards Archuletta is captured by the rebels and executed, while Isabelle watches from nearby through the scope of her rifle, unable to help him. As she narrates these events, they are shown in the form of a flashback.
- The River Ghost does not appear in the comic, and the team simply stumble into Noland in the jungle.
- The drill inside which Noland is hiding is partially embedded in a cliff in the comic, not sitting on an outcrop.
- Once inside his hideout, Noland explains the the Predator armor he wears not only makes him invisible, it masks his body heat from the other Predators. He also states that he has never killed a Predator, but merely scavenged the equipment from a dead one that was killed by other Predators (presumably the Super Predators).
- After fleeing from the drill, the team heads through tunnels in the mountain in which it is embedded.
- After Isabelle and Edwin are abandoned by Royce, we find out what happens to them. They are caught in a net trap and taken back to the hunting camp by the Berserker Predator, where they see Mombasa's decapitated head lying nearby. Before they can escape, the Berserker throws them into a pit, which is where Royce finds them in the film.
- Before they are rediscovered by Royce, Edwin reveals to Isabelle that he is a cannibal, and he cuts a small piece of skin from her shoulder and eats it.
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