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Aliens vs. Predator: Deadliest of the Species Paperback – November 12, 1996


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 117 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books (November 12, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569711844
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569711842
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 6.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,405,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Claremont is best known for his work on Marvel Comics' The Uncanny X-Men, during which time it was the bestselling comic in the Western Hemisphere; he has sold more than 100 million comic books to date. Recent projects include the dark fantasy novel Dragon Moon and Sovereign SevenTM, a comic book series published by DC Comics. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.George Lucas is the founder of Lucasfilm Ltd., one of the world's leading entertainment companies. He created the Star Wars and Indiana Jones film series. Among his story credits are THX 1138, American Graffiti, and the Star Wars and Indiana Jones films. He lives in Marin County, California.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John D. Hearn on January 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
To be fair, no book, movie, or comic can ever live up to the expectations people have of the Alien vs. Predator mythos. I'm giving this comic 4 stars, when really it only deserves 3, because it does a better job than most of the other attempts that have been made to do so. (The recent movie, for instance, deserves 1 star, at most, and only because we have the satisfaction of seeing almost all of the inane characters die painful deaths.) Deadliest of the Species is the longest running of the AvP crossovers, with 12 issues. The original cover art (which is all included in the back of the book) is superlative--as gorgeous as anything produced in the comic book industry. Unfortunately, that of the actual story leaves something to be desired. The story arch is interesting and engaging, but the actual dialogue, and internal monologues often wear thin. The thoughts of all the characters except Big Mama (the Predator) seem to be redundant expositions on their favorite virtues: honor, duty, etc. Excessive use of cliched military jargon gets a bit old as well.

Some redundancy has to be forgiven, as people who happened to pick up an issue somewhere in the middle of the series needed enough background to follow whats going on and enjoy the comic, but the cost is that the story sometimes feels a bit rushed, as though chunks of the story line had been cut to meet a page limit, particularly in the last couple issues, and the conclusion isn't really very satisfying.

I don't want to only point out the negative aspects of the comic. Caryn Delacroix's story is definitely an interesting one, and the world in which it takes place is marvelously constructed. If you can forgive some of the flaws in the editing, its quite a lot of fun to read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is the best Aliens and Predator novella I have seen. All the characters are given their piece, the Aliens aren't just big bugs, but characters, the Predator isn't just a hunter, she's a mother searching for her children. Both creatures are like looking at something majestic and ferocious. And the human story is wonderful as well, a woman who is not as she appears to be. The writing may be confusing to first time readers or those who skim through it, I advise to read every word, every line. Enjoy the wonderful art, from the action packed sequences, to the landscapes, to the pain on Caryn's face, the rage on the Predator's, and the open-mouthed hiss of the Alien Queen. Wonderful book!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "toddrme" on September 21, 2001
Format: Paperback
This has everything you would want from a predator or alien book. On the alien side, the book combines the horror of alien with the action of aliens, something that is rare in an aliens trade paperback and that I have never seen been so seemlessy integrated. On the predator side, one of the main things I look for in a predator novel, information on predator culture, is delivered in spades. New predator technology is shown (another plus) and even some predator physiology is thrown in. I believe this is the first book that describes exactly what gas predators breath (its methane) and what happens to them if they lose their mask. This adds depth to the story. It departs from the aliens vs. predator storyline, having nothing to do with aliens vs. predator or aliens vs. predator: war trade paperbacks (which share a storyline with the aliens vs. predator novels). Taking place after aliens: genocide (aliens: the female war), it deals with a rebuilt, but still dangerous, earth. One of the biggest surprises is that the predator is female, the first (but not the last) time a female has been seen in a predator novel. A familiar face (if you can call it a face) from another aliens book will show up later in the series, as well. The story is set up for a sequel (which hasn't been produced yet), which is always a turn off. However, there is a ton of plot twists, a large amount of character depth, a number of sub-conflicts, and a several villan changes. I have read nearly every aliens, predator, and aliens vs. predator comic and novel ever written , and this is the best (and longest) I have ever seen.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 7, 1999
Format: Paperback
What can I say the art and story were nothing short of excellent, and I'd recomend it to any Predator or aliens fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bobak Haeri on March 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I'm a big fan of the "Aliens vs. _____", "Predator vs. ______" and (needless to say) "Aliens vs. Predator" crossovers. I was looking forward to this book when I purchased it, as it's one of the longer graphic novels on the subject.

It starts off great: an very interesting main character, complex themes (including credible forays into feminism) and a well thought-through setting within the dystopian human future that fills the Aliens novels. The story keeps adding just enough complexity to make things even more interesting. It keeps it up for quite some time. For a while, I thought I was reading what might be the best book in any of these related series.

Then, just about halfway through the book, the whole thing starts to come apart: the layers of complexity start to bog the story down, supporting characters have pivotal changes of heart (for no apparent reason other than to better serve the latest twist) and the story begins to become absurd. Now, you might say the very idea of Aliens and Predators is absurd, but I use the word in context: for a very promising story in the universe of these two characters, the story becomes a muddled, mindless exercise in twists for the sake of twists, mindless action-adventure violence and a total abandoning of what made the story worth reading for the first half.

I can only guess how this happened. I assume this was released in installments, so the major twists probably came at the end of each installment --and the sometimes massive character changes may have been split over installments (which themselves may have been spread over months, if not years).
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