The Predators of the film franchise have faced many designs and makeovers throughout their decades-long history, but the latest armor seen in the pages of the newest Marvel Comic series might be the coolest design yet.
First scheduled to be released in 2021, legal issues saw the delay of Marvel’s Predator series, with Predator #1 finally released in July 2023. Written by Ed Brisson and with art by Kev Walker, the new Predator series takes place in the year 2056, when humanity has developed technology capable of interstellar travel. A young woman named Theta prowls the galaxy in her own ship, hunting down Predators in the hopes of catching the one who killed her family years ago. In Predator #4, Theta discovers her hunt has attracted a pair of Predators now tracking her down, and must face the alien warriors in physical combat.
It’s here where readers see what is undoubtedly the best-looking Predator armor the franchise has debuted to date, as the last surviving Predator promises to test Theta’s fear, as much as her fighting skills.
Ever since the Predator franchise expanded beyond the initial 1987 film, the franchise has been bustling with various designs on the antagonistic alien species. Numerous Predators have been designed for movie sequels, video games, toy-lines and comic books, each putting a unique spin on Stan Winston’s classic design. Theta herself has her own impressive-looking Predator armor, allowing her to go head-to-head with the deadly hunters. But the armor worn by the Predator in this most recent issue might top them all. This Predator’s armor is a fearsome look, drawing heavily from more decorative samurai armors with an intimidating faceplate and spiky helm. The armor goes a long way in telling readers that this particular Predator is a brutal new combatant intended to test Theta like none other before.
Stretched to her limits, Theta is almost overpowered by the Predator, before she gets some help from a special forces team, and thankfully (for the entire universe) blows the Predator into smithereens. Unfortunately, this nightmare’s death does not offer any closure to Theta, since this Predator is not the one reponsible for killing her parents. Theta’s quest for revenge leads her to new threats, and new enemies, but this armored Predator remains seared in both her memory and that of the readers.
Predator #4 is on sale now from Marvel Comics.