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Preda­tor Vs Judge Dredd Vs Aliens is the Cursed Earth cross­over from hell...

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Red Alert - Preda­tor Vs Judge Dredd Vs Aliens #1 is pub­lished by Dark Horse Comics on 27 July.

Dark Horse is about to smash to­gether Judge Dredd, Xenomorphs and Preda­tors in a new comic. Ol’ Stoney­face might not seem to have much in com­mon with ei­ther of the ex­trater­res­trial races, but as writer John Lay­man points out, they share, “one big sim­i­lar­ity: vi­o­lent sci-fi.”

“Dredd’s uni­verse may be more ex­ag­ger­ated and satiric than the Preda­tor/Aliens uni­verses, but they’re still a nat­u­ral fit,” he tells Red Alert, re­veal­ing that the char­ac­ters first meet af­ter a Preda­tor ship crash-lands in an area of the Dred­dverse’s Cursed Earth where a rogue ge­neti­cist is run­ning ex­per­i­ments. “Among the Preda­tor’s tro­phies is a Xenomorph skull, and the Xenomorph DNA that re­sides within it. Add to this Judge Dredd, and ev­ery­body’s set on a col­li­sion course.”

Il­lus­trated by Chris Mooney­ham, the four-is­sue minis­eries will also fea­ture the psy­chic Judge An­der­son, who can con­verse (in a way) with the nor­mally not-too-chatty Preda­tors. “She can un­der­stand them well enough to pro­vide a rough trans­la­tion,” says Lay­man, adding that the story will visit “the Cursed Earth jun­gle known as the Alabama Morass and, of course, Mega-City One!”

Apart from ac­knowl­edg­ing that he’s ref­er­enc­ing the IDW Dredd book and the pre­vi­ous Dredd/Alien and Preda­tor crossovers, Lay­man is re­luc­tant to pin­point where ex­actly in Dredd’s time­line the story takes place. “As far as I’m con­cerned, if you like Dredd, Aliens or Preda­tor or all three of them, you can pick up the book and have fun with­out wor­ry­ing about get­ting lost,” he says. “The story is meant to stand alone, on its own, first and fore­most.”

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