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Predator: Day of the Hunter, originally titled Predator, also known as Predator Vol. 1: Day of the Hunter, is a six-issue comic book series that was published by Marvel Comics from August 2022-January 2023. The series was written by Ed Brisson, illustrated by Kev Walker, colored by Frank D'Armata, lettered by VC's Clayton Cowles, and edited by Jake Thomas and Darren Shan. Cover art by Leinil Francis Yu, while variant cover art was provided by various artists. Issue 1 was originally set to be released on June 9, 2021 but was pushed back after Marvel Comics struck an exclusive distribution deal with Penguin Random House and was ultimately released on August 10, 2022.

Predator: Day of the Hunter serves as the first installment of a multi-arc storyline that continued with Predator: The Preserve.

In Marvel's Predator comics line, Predator: Day of the Hunter will be followed by Predator: The Preserve.

Publisher's Summary[]

#1: HUNT. KILL. REPEAT. In the near future, a young girl sees her family slaughtered by the deadliest and most feared hunter in the universe: a PREDATOR. Years later, though her ship is barely holding together and food is running short, Theta won’t stop stalking the spaceways until the Yautja monster who killed her family is dead…or she is.

#2. Theta crash-lands on a tundra planet, and her odds of surviving are looking slim! Her only hope is to trek through the wilds to the nearest outpost. But the cold isn't the only thing she has to worry about…as a Predator watches in the shadow, ready to strike!

#3: Theta is ambushed by a Predator! But is this the Predator that she's been tracking all these years? And without her weaponry, is she prepared to take it on one-on-one?

#4: Theta's in danger as two Predators have her cornered! It's life or death as Theta goes head-to-head in an all-out dogfight!

#5: Theta has been taken prisoner…but her captors aren't the Predators! Who are they? And will Theta be able to escape? Or will the Predators finally avenge their fallen kin?

#6: Theta and the Astar team are under attack by a Predator! But is this the one Theta has been searching for all her life? Don't miss what happens as Theta comes face-to-face with what could be her final battle!

Plot[]

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Predator hunter Theta Berwick.

2056. Veteran Yautja hunter Theta Berwick defeated and killed her twenty-fifth Predator in a duel on an alien planet, but displayed nothing more than sheer frustration when she discovered the creature was not her desired target and subsequently retreated after the planet's native species reacted with hostility upon her wearing custom-made Predator armor.

It was revealed that young Theta's parents were killed by a Predator, made distinct after losing his lower left mandible during the skirmish, and she has since dedicated the next 15 years of her life to hunting and killing her family's murderer, building up a repertoire of Predator kills along the way. Following her fourth kill, Theta managed to acquire a red egg-shaped device that she managed to rewire to track Predator hunting routes.

After acquiring another lead at the planet Tusket, Theta's ships gravitational stabilisers malfunction, and she crash lands on the planet's surface. Needing parts to repair her ship, Theta makes a lengthy eleven day hike throughout Tusket's icy terrain to reach Port Medway, before encountering two extra-terrestrial humanoid scavengers, who attempt to kill her for her food and equipment. Theta manages to subdue the two, and seizes their hoverbike. However, she spares the humanoids and provides them with food and medication, before leaving.

Arriving at Medway, she enters the building, coming across the strung up headless corpse of an Astar Industries employee. Taken aback by Predator presence in such cold terrain, she checks security camera footage on a monitor, and notices a Predator carrying an axe that belonged to her, unaware that the latter was approaching her from behind.

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Reprint History[]

The six issue series Predator was collected as a trade paperback titled Predator Vol. 1: Day of the hunter that was released on April 18, 2023.

Behind the Scenes[]

Predator is notable as being the first Predator story from Marvel Comics to depict alien species other than the Yautja.

Trivia[]

  • Predator is the first comic published in Marvel's Predator comics line.
  • In issue #5, Dr. Paolo Silva said "...there are files that detail encounters with them going back as far as the 1700's." which can either be a reference to the flintlock pistol from 1715 given to Harrigan at the end of Predator 2, or to the 2022 film Prey which took place in 1719.

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