Friday, March 19, 2010

Batman Versus Predator: The Collected Edition

In honor of the new Predators trailer that just came out, staring Adrian Brody and Lawrence Fishburne, I have decided to pull my one amazing Predator book out, Batman Versus Predator: The Collected Edition. This trade paper back truly has it all. From the story, to the Kuberts, to the extra art splashes, this Batman/Predator collection shines as one of my favorite Batman adventures.

DC's graphic novel section on their website describes the plot of this tale best:
"In this intense and brutal epic, the world's greatest detective faces off against the greatest hunter in the universe. As the most powerful figures in Gotham are murdered one by one, Batman begins an investigation that ends with his being severely beaten by the Predator. Barely surviving his encounter, the Dark Knight suddenly becomes the alien hunter's ultimate prey. Now as the Predator tracks and baits the protector of Gotham, Batman must find a way to combine his amazing intellect and physical abilities to defeat an adversary that is every inch his equal and then some."
The creation team is lead by the legendary Dave Gibbons. Gibbons (artist of Watchmen) writes Batman Versus Predator: The Collected Edition. Though known for his art (he did create the cover art for this collection), Gibbons grasps the Dark Knight's tone perfectly and writes a rather enjoyable Alfred, as well. Anytime a writer can through Alfred in the mix with an old-time shot gun, they earn extra writers points on my posts. The art is handled by Andy Kubert. His Predator comes off as monstrous and powerful, while his overall panel work is quite overwhelming. He fills every panel, large and small, with a lot of detail. Andy doesn't just through in a bland background to speed along the penciling process, he creates scenes with layer and depth. Andy's brother Adam Kubert also worked on the Batman Versus Predator DC/Dark Horse cross over as the letterer and inker. Adam's inking on the crossover earned him an Eisner Award and when you see how his inking adds to his brother work especially by bringing out the shadowy feel of the world of Batman, you will understand the award is well deserved.

This collection is worth having for the creation team without a doubt, but honestly, I just like to see the fight scenes. When Predator treats Batman like just another human target he comes off as so bad-ass. But then Batman's planning and ability to adapt comes into play and he messes up the beast from the stars! The book really picks up pace as the story moves along and at the end...you step back, put the book down, take a breath and then pick the book back up for more. When you get back into the book you will come across the art splashes of Batman and Predator on the final 10 pages, or so, by artist such as Joe Kubert and Mike Mignola. Because could look at some of those pieces daily, the story was fun and the Predator is always cool, Batman Versus Predator: The Collected Edition is the comic of the day.

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