|This article is about the comic book series. For the novel, see Predator: Cold War (novel).|
Predator: Cold War is a four-issue limited comic book series that was first published by Dark Horse Comics from September-December 1991. It was written by Mark Verheiden, pencilled by Ron Randall, inked by Steve Mitchell, colored by Chris Chalenor and Rachelle Menashe, lettered by Clem Robins, and edited by Randy Stradley, with cover art by Brian Stelfreeze.
The series is one of the few Aliens, Predator and Aliens vs. Predator comic books to serve as a direct sequel to an earlier story. Specifically, it features the return of Detective John Schaefer (brother of Predator hero Alan "Dutch" Schaefer), his partner Detective Rasche and Major General Homer Philips from the comic Predator: Concrete Jungle.
#1: The Predators are back, only this time they've touched down in a remote section of Soviet Siberia. "So let the Russians worry about 'em," is New York city police detective Schaefer's attitude. The only problem is someone seems to want Schaefer (the hero of Dark Horse's first Predator series) in on the action — whether he likes it or not!
#2: Something's happening in Siberia, and the U.S. military suspects what the Soviets are just beginning to find out — the Predators are back! Detective Schaefer and General Philips' elite squad parachute into the icy wasteland to investigate, only to receive a warm welcome from both the Russians and the Predators.
#3: In the sub-zero ruins of Siberian oil-pumping station, U.S. commandos take on their Soviet counterparts as the superpowers teeter on the brink of war! Only Russian Lt. Ligacheva and American detective Schaefer seen interested in going after the real enemy — the Predators.
#4: Schaefer and Ligachev take the battle to the enemy when they attack the Predators' downed spacecraft. The only thing Schaefer can't understand is, if it's winter in Siberia, why is it so hot that he and Ligacheva are forced to strip down to their skivvies?
The comic was later collected in a trade paperback released in May 1993 with a new painted cover by Ray Lago.
The series was collected again as part of the oversized hardcover Predator 30th Anniversary: The Original Comics Series trade paperback, alongside the related stories Predator: Concrete Jungle and Predator: Dark River. The collection was released in June 2017 (to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the film Predator).
Behind the Scenes
Cold War is the second in a trilogy of stories featuring Detective Shaefer, which began with Predator: Concrete Jungle and concluded with Predator: Dark River. These three comics are now referred to as the "core Dark Horse Predator graphic novels" by the publisher.
Writer Mark Verheiden also penned the other two stories in the Schaefer trilogy. Considered a hugely influential figure in the Aliens, Predator and Aliens vs. Predator comics lines, Verheiden also wrote Aliens: Outbreak, the first ever Aliens comic, along with several other core comic book stories in the Aliens and Predator lines. Aside from his contributions to those franchises, he has worked on the likes of Superman for DC Comics, and wrote the scripts for the feature films The Mask and Timecop, both of which are based on Dark Horse properties, the latter being a Verheiden creation. In recognition of his contributions to the Alien vs. Predator universe, the mercenary Mark Verheiden in the film Alien vs. Predator was named after the author.
Artist Ron Randall also contributed artwork to each of the three miniseries in Verheiden's Predator trilogy. For the original 1989 comic, he was assisted by Chris Warner, but Randall handled the two sequel series by himself.
- The cover artwork from issues #2-4 of Predator: Cold War form one complete image when placed side by side. A similar feature is present with the covers for Aliens: Survival and Aliens vs. Predator: Duel.