Predators: Preserve the Game, also known as Predators: The Official Sequel or simply Predators, is a one-shot comic book that was first published by Dark Horse Comics in July 2010. It was written by David Lapham, illustrated by Allan Jefferson, inked by David Rivera and Jordi Tarragona, colored by Michelle Madsen, lettered by Nate Piekos and edited by Scott Allie, Sierra Hahn, Freddye Lins and John Schork, with cover art by Sean Phillips. The comic continues the story of Royce and Isabelle on the game preserve after the events of the film.
Predators: Preserve the Game 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 adaptation of the movie, titled Predators: Beating the Bullet.
Set a few weeks after the climax of Robert Rodriguez's Predators film, the remaining survivors still struggle to find some existence on the alien planet where they are hunted. Hope of outlasting the alien hunters still lives; they have a plan to get away, and they just might be able to pull it off!
At the end of the film, Royce and Isabelle were left as the only remaining human characters. They fought off the beasts hunting them and were left stranded on the planet, awaiting the next barrage of alien creatures and hoping to eventually find a way back to Earth.
Preserve the Game picks up several weeks afterward. Royce and Isabelle have split up according to Royce’s wishes, but now Royce realizes he needs her help, so he seeks her out and joins back up with her. A romance blooms between the two. At the same time, it becomes apparent that Royce has been designated as some sort of champion by the Predators for defeating any opponents they have set before him. This is indicated by their gift to him of a set of human-specific Predator armor.
Together, Royce and Isabelle are then forced to face off against a new, enormous, four-armed Predator. As they work together to kill the beast, Royce begins to feel more and more strongly for Isabelle, even while he tries to guard himself against such feelings.
Behind the Scenes
- Preserve the Game's official Dark Horse Comics online Profile: http://www.darkhorse.com/Comics/17-361/Predators-Preserve-the-Game-Film-Sequel
- A review of the issue: http://scifiblock.com/reviews/comics/predators-preserve-the-game-one-shot.htm