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Predator: If It Bleeds Paperback – October 17, 2017
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From Corporal Hicks here at Alien vs. Predator Galaxy, I award Predator: If It Bleeds 10 bleeding skulls out of 10 bleeding skulls.
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- Publisher : Titan Books (October 17, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 178565540X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1785655401
- Item Weight : 12.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.2 x 1.2 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #252,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The story on Hardscrabble specifically was hard to read, and the culmination of its story relied upon a Predator having killed the calf of a local dangerous beast to take a trophy from it. They also appear to be waging a scorched earth style hunt, blowing up regions of forests and burning great swathes of fields in pursuit of these dangerous beasts. Again, counter to established lore. Predators value a limited footprint. One of the tenants of their hunts is NOT to leave evidence of their presence. They also value conservation of the environment, and especially the population of the hunted creatures. They would never kill a cub and think of it as a worthy trophy. Another point of irritation from that one; the Preds just ignore plasma rifle strikes as if they cause no damage. The projectile weapons they themselves use are plasma bolt launchers. Its as if the author had no idea what plasma was, just saw it in a lot of sci fi, and slapped the label in front of the word "rifle" anytime it appeared in their script.
There were a handful of decent or even high quality stories in this book so far, but they are far outshadowed by the lazy and bad ones. It really feels as though the authors and editors have a vauge passing knowledge of the established lore, and because of that they have created a mediocre anthology. I really wish I could rate this higher for the sake of those quality stories, but the ocean of garbage you have to wade through to read those few gems is just not worth it. If you have enjoyed the Predators lore throughout the decades, this anthology will likely prove to be disappointing.
You get stories set in future spaceships, during the civil war, and there's even one insanely creative story set in feudal Japan. Each one presents the Predator with the same sense of honor that it's known for from the films, but it doesn't hold back in terms of it's relentless desire to hunt the greatest prey. And in these short stories, sometimes it's us, and sometimes it's not. Sometimes the Predator is a ruthless villain, sometimes he's an unlikely ally.
In short, you never know what kind of story you're going to get and the quality of the writing is excellent. With the exception of one story that mostly takes the perspective of a couple of kids, each one of the scenarios is brilliantly written and executed. You can easily visualize the gruesome details.
As a fan of the Predator films (specifically 1,2, and AvP: Requiem) this more than satiated my need for cool Predator adventures. And to be honest, any one of these stories was much better than Predators, AvP, or The Predator.
I suspect it has something to do with the fact that, for all of the variety in settings that the stories may have – including stories set in the far-flung future, 9th century Norway, Vietnam, and even Hurricane Katrina – the basic beats of almost all of these shorts come down to essentially the same basic narrative beats: character encounters Predator; character and Predator face off off; character defeats Predator. Rinse, wash, and repeat. That’s not to say all of the stories are duds – I’d say I thoroughly enjoyed at least half of what’s in here – but still: that still leaves 228 pages of a 456-page anthology that’s less than stellar. If you’re a Predator superfan, I’d say that it’s absolutely worth wading through the lackluster material in “If It Bleeds” to get to the good stuff; all others probably needn’t bother.
BTW, you will also "discover" an origin story of the first Ninja. It was exceptionally interesting.
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My main criticism would be that in some of the stories the predators are outwitted a little too easily by the humans, especially in 'rematch'. But I would highly recommend this to fans and look forward to further stories.