Hollywood is waist deep in reboots these days. Comic books were feeling a little bit left out, so Dark Horse Comics has decided to get in the game, rebooting their Aliens, Predator, and Alien vs. Predator titles. And what the hell, they’re going to throw Prometheus into the mix as well. News of these titles hit a little while back—except for Prometheus, that’s a new addition—but now they’ve released a new teaser for their upcoming remixes.
This faux-police line up, which plays like a scarier version of the one in The Usual Suspects, features a collection of humans, surrounding the Predator himself, all with their odds of survival. I don’t know what these odds makers know, but the 10 to 1 on Predator seems a bit off, especially when a normal looking dude is pulling 90 to 1. Then again, I don’t know any of these people, maybe he’s the ultimate space badass.
J.J. Abrams and former Fringe exec producer J.H. Wyman hit it out of the part with this week’s two-part Almost Human premiere, launching a show that already looked to have serious potential all the way to the top of our must-see-TV list. Karl Urban and Michael Ealy make a great pair as John Kennex and Dorian, a haunted cop distrustful of synthetics and his atypical android partner, respectively. Hopefully the show will beat the odds like Fringe did and settle in for a long and fruitful run.
But in the meantime, we got to thinking about what we would do if we were in Kennex’s position. If we had to pick an android partner, who would we want watching our back as we were out there protecting the world from dangerous cutting-edge tech and ruthless criminals? Here are our top picks.
Cameron (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles)
Sure, the Terminator series provides several options when it comes to pairing up with a capable and combat-ready synthetic partner, but our vote has to go to Summer Glau’s Cameron from Fox’s short-lived Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. And not just because she looks like Summer Glau. Robert Patrick’s T-1000 has the versatility of that whole liquid metal thing, but frankly even if the IT department assured us he had been reprogrammed, we’d never feel comfortable turning our back on the thing. Arnold’s T-800 model proved that it could be just as good a protector as a killer, but he sort of stands out in a crowd. I mean, so does Summer Glau, but in a very different way. Arnold Schwarzenegger is many things, but “subtle” is not among them. Part of the advantage of having an android partner is the element of surprise, and if you were to ask a random person to describe what a murderous cyborg might look like, you’re likely to end up with a sketch of T2-era Arnold Schwarzenegger. On the other hand, the bad guys would never see it coming when Cameron lifted them over her head and tossed them out a window.
Aliens, Predators, And Engineers: Four Things You Should Know About Dark Horse’s Shared Comics Continuity
With the success of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, the notion of franchises existing within a shared universe is very en vogue right now. (They’re giving the classic Universal monsters the treatment.) The same thing has been happening to a much less ambitious degree with the respective universes of Alien, Predator, and Prometheus. The Alien vs. Predator movies were the biggest direct crossover so far, but they’re also very much the black sheep of the bunch, typically not regarded nearly as well as the standalone films. Whether future movies in those franchises will tie together closer or not, Dark Horse Comics is about to take this notion and run with it, rebooting their Alien, Predator, and AvP titles in 2014, then launching an ongoing Prometheus series to form a cohesive shared comics universe.
Dark Horse has been publishing licensed comics for titles such as Aliens, Predator, RoboCop, and others for decades now. That’s a lot of years of stories shifting into the rearview mirror, but the nice thing about Dark Horse’s Aliens/Predator/Prometheus reboot is that it isn’t a reboot in the traditional sense. The movies still stand as canon, this is just making a fresh start for the comics side of things.
The folks over at io9 conducted some great interviews with Chris Roberson, Paul Tobin , Joshua Williamson, and Chris Sebela, the four series writers. We’ve sifted through the lot and picked out the biggest take-aways that should leave you excited for Dark Horse’s grand experiment.
A very wise man who happened to be dressed like a bat once posited that “It’s the car, right? Chicks love the car.” Indeed, saving the world wouldn’t be nearly as much fun if you didn’t get to do it while tooling around town in your very own unique set of wheels. You know it. I know it. Even Batman knows it, and he was being played by Val Kilmer at the time. And while Batman’s assorted -mobiles have gone through countless variations on a theme, he hasn’t got the market cornered on awesome vehicles. In fact, if you offered me a choice between my very own Batmobile or a fully tricked-out replica of the Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters…I think we both know who I’m gonna call…