Superman vs. Predator is a three-issue limited crossover comic book series that was first published by Dark Horse Comics and DC Comics from May-July 2000. It was written by David Michelinie, illustrated and inked by Alex Maleev, colored by Matt Hollingsworth, lettered by Bill Oakley and edited by Philip Amara and Joey Cavalieri, with cover art by Maleev.
In the overall Dark Horse crossover comics line, Superman vs. Predator was preceded by Overkill: Witchblade/Aliens/Darkness/Predator, published concrurently with Aliens versus Predator versus The Terminator, and was followed by Green Lantern versus Aliens.
#1: In Superman vs. Predator, the galaxy's ultimate hunter takes on the Earth's greatest champion in a battle that holds the fate of the world in the balance. While investigating a mysterious alien ship in the jungles of Central America, Superman becomes the victim of a power-draining virus. But when the Predator senses the arrival of a worthy opponent, the alien instantly targets the Man of Steel as his next prey. Now, a weakened and dazed Superman must find a way to defeat an unstoppable monster or witness the first step in the Predator's domination of Earth.
In the dense forests of Central America, a S.T.A.R. Labs research team makes an incredible discovery: a spacecraft of unknown origin, which could point humanity toward new technological advances — or spell its doom. The Man of Steel quickly joins the team, only to find that the ship is somehow draining his super powers, and that a terrorist organization plans to use it to commit murder on a global scale. And as Superman struggles to focus his waning power, the ship's owner returns...
#2: Superman is very ill, and he's been captured by a mad scientist and his band of mercenaries. He escapes, to go to the ship in search of a cure. There, Superman finds it swarming with flies and a pile of skulls, and comes into contact with the Predator — before the ship explodes. Superman returns to the base to release the other captives, and the Predator attacks. Superman gets to the prisoners just in time, and is able to stop the bullets with his body or catch them. With the prisoners free, they call in an airstrike and escape into the forest. As they run, behind them, a huge beam lances up into the air from the temple. Superman decides to go back...
#3: In its cave, the Predator gathers its weapons for the coming fight. Mercenaries fire their weapons in fear into the empty forest. Superman watches them and sneaks inside. Inside Dr Ward and Rollins are preparing to fire their weapon which will kill anyone who does not have perfect genes. As Superman searches for the power generators, the Predator attacks. Superman and the alien fight it out — and Superman is losing...
Superman goes to investigate a mysterious alien ship in the Central American jungles,where he is afflicted by a virus that significantly drains his powers. The Predator nonetheless senses he is a worthy opponent and begins stalking him with the intention of making him its next trophy. Once his powers return to him Superman takes on the Predator in the biggest battle to save the Earth from falling under the domination of the Predator race, and he has to think of a way to outwit the creature.
Superman vs. Predator was collected and released in trade paperback form in September 2001, reusing Alex Maleev's cover artwork for issue 1.
The story was collected again as part of the DC Comics/Dark Horse Comics: Justice League Volume 1 trade paperback, released in November 2016. The release featured cover art by Mike Mignola.
Behind the Scenes
While Superman vs. Predator did not have any direct precursors or sequels, previous storylines had already featured fellow DC Comics icon Batman fighting the Predator (starting with 1991's groundbreaking Batman versus Predator, which was followed by two sequels), while Superman had previously battled the Aliens from the Alien film series (in Superman vs. Aliens). So a match-up between the Man of the Steel and the Predators was a fairly well-expected event.
More recently, after the release of Superman vs. Predator, Batman and Superman would go on to team up against both the Predators and the Aliens in the comic Superman and Batman vs. Aliens and Predator.
Series artist Alex Maleev is most well known in comics for his turn as artist on Marvel's Daredevil in the 2000s. In the Aliens vs. Predator universe, he also wrote/illustrated the short story Aliens vs. Predator: Old Secrets, and illustrated the full miniseries Aliens vs. Predator: Eternal.
Series writer David Michelinie is a veteran comics artist who has worked for every major company and on most major comics characters over the course of his career. He is perhaps most well known for his work with Marvel Comics in the 1980s.