Predator vs Judge Dredd vs Aliens #1
Comic review by Paul Fiander
Writer: John Layman
Artist: Chris Mooneyham
Colorist: Michael Ayiyeh
Cover Artist: Glenn Fabry
Predator Versus Judge Dredd Versus Aliens #1 - MAY160018
Crossovers can be a great way to introduce new characters to readers of a series, they can also be a poorly crafted story that does not know which camp it is in. Thankfully John Layman (Writer) and Chris Mooneyham (Artist) of this triple crossover know exactly where they are and together create a brilliant opening for this three way battle royale.
Set just outside of Dredd’s home of Mega City, the unfortunate arrival of a Yautja ship means that all the armed residents in the local vicinity are in all kinds of trouble. Oddly though the Predator is not the oddest creature to be currently inhabiting the Alabama Morass and this gives one of our resident resident favourite artists Mooneyham a chance to draw some rather strange yet beautifully crafted individuals. Obviously from his work on Predator Fire and Stone we knew he had the Yautja down but seriously there are sections of this issue that feel perfect especially the Trophy collection. He is coloured by Michael Atiyeh who does a great job bringing a haunting edge to to the imagery when it’s needed.
What is great about the way the story is structured is that we have precedent for the events. You just have to go back to Arnie's first encounter with a Predator to realise that the species of Ultimate Hunters search the Galaxy in order to find sport for their rather difficult to comprehend existence. The fact they have landed on Earth in a different time/dimension (depending on your point of view) makes sense.
The use of Dredd to the AvP dynamic is an interesting one, the Law Bringer hates chaos and between the calculating Yautja and the cold killing machine that is the Xenomorph you know he will have his hands full. However with the tools at his disposal at least he will not feel completely outmatched (unless of course he strips down and gets a pointy stick to fight with).
For a first issue Layman has scripted a well paced opening that sets the situation up perfectly, not only that he teases us with more than one reveal. This is a crossover that will open up each of these characters to a wider audience but as a fan I’m very happy it exists to delight and thrill readers no matter their character allegiance.