Predator vs. Judge Dredd

Predator vs. Judge DreddSummary: Dark Horse re-presents the action-filled Predator vs. Judge Dredd miniseries in one package! In a tale of the far-flung future, a rogue Predator comes to Mega-City One looking for the ultimate hunt . . . and the city’s toughest lawman, Judge Dredd, is its prey!

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Predator vs. Judge Dredd, by John Wagner and Enrique Alcatena 5.5

Continuing the grand line of crossover franchises, the world was borne the gift of matching Judge Dredd against the Predator. Though it doesn’t hold quite the same appeal as the ‘Aliens vs Predator‘ comics did due to their otherworldly namesakes, someone in the mid-’90s thought it was a novel idea.

Unsurprisingly, it doesn’t quite gel.

The only reason I even picked the book up is because it was collected in a hardcover titled ‘Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens’. I mean, holy crap! That sounds like frickin’ mess! And sometimes you just can’t help take a look a trainwreck in action. So a part of me was curious to see what it would be like.

But, the thing is, it’s only called this because the three-part ‘Predator vs. Judge Dredd’ miniseries is packaged together with the four-part ‘Judge Dredd vs. Aliens’ miniseries. It’s a classic case of deliberate false advertising, even though it is subtitled “Incubus and other stories”. Like that means anything.

Anyway, ‘Predator vs. Judge Dredd’ is exactly what you’d expect: a Predator arrives in Mega-City One and starts hunting down Judges. Naturally, Judge Dredd is on the scene and, with the help of Judge Schaefer, the great-great-granddaughter of Dutch (from the original ‘Predator’), manages to fend it off.

Find Judges. Kill Judges. Find Predator. Kill Predator. Fight! Fight! Fight!

Sigh.

It’s really all action with absolutely no depth to it. There isn’t even a smidge of social satire to be found, which I thought was the whole point of the Judge Dredd comics in the first place. So if you want meaningless action over the course of three issues, go for it – you could certainly do worse than this.

Personally, I thought it was pretty dull stuff.

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