Title: Splice and Dice
Writer: John Layman
Artist: Chris Mooneyman
Colorist: Michael Atiyeh
Letterer: Michael Hesler
Published by Dark Horse Comics and IDW Publishing on July 27, 2016
Dr. Reinstot successfully captured a Predator with the help of his Ani-men creature. While trying to revive an Alien creature, Judge Dredd crossing his territory by accident when hunting a criminal named Archbishop Emoji.
As you can guess from the title, Predator vs Judge Dredd vs Alien is a fan service title that pits up several franchises with high fan base together and fight each other. And justlike another fan service crossover, you shouldn’t expect anything great will come out from this issue and just expect for some dumb fun.
John Layman is a comic book writer that capable to handle expansive casts and bizarre premises. He did quite well during his time at Chew and Detective Comic but Predator vs Judge Dredd vs Alien is a void of anything that could make the reader sit up and notice. Although we get to see a Xenomorph cameo, Predator appearance, and some Judge Dredd action, this issue simply uninteresting at all.
So in this issue, Judge Dredd simply venture outside the Mega-City One and somehow it feels like it was in another universe. I don’t know but for me it feels so forced. There are also many plot holes in here and there that really needs explanation. Why Dr. Reinstot take interest on Predator? Why Predator even in that planet? There are many stuff left unanswered in this issue.
Luckily, Mooneyman and Atiyeh did a quite nice job in here. Their artwork successfully collaborate the world of Judge Dredd and Alien/Predator together while maintaining their own visual cues.
This issue strenght solely located at its good graphic. And as the first title that serve a purpose to hook up readers to the story, somehow this issue fails miserably. Predator vs Judge Dredd vs Alien simply fails to live up to its name.