While their respective film careers have supposedly ended, the ferocious monstrosities of the Predator and Alien movies have found comfortable homes in comic books--a fine repository for their stylish mix of science fiction and horror. Both species implacable, ruthless and visceral, you have to pity the poor souls who wind up in the middle of their grisly, flesh-strewn rucks. Which they inevitably do, unfortunately for them, but a necessary hook elevates the stories above endless death and destruction without depth.
In Eternal, stopping these hideous beasts becomes a secondary priority--not until they have offered up the secrets of immortality. In future Tokyo, mysterious techno-billionaire Gideon Suhn-Lee has built his fortune (and long life) on the technology he divulged from a crashed Predator spaceship (excellent hunters, bad pilots) 700 years ago. Now, he searches feverishly for eternal life, while creating mass-produced alien weaponry. However, maverick journalist Becca Shaw is on his trail, as well as a group of Predators. To make matters worse, Lee's search for immortality has led to an ill-advised opening of some Alien eggs. The strong human element here makes this more than a mere concoction of shocks and ultra-violence. With Gideon, we have an obsession that makes him become a Predator, but with an all too human naiveté of the unknown. He won't be the last. Tight plotting and suitably gritty art ensures that this will be a good read for those who like their sci-fi dark and bloody. --Danny Graydon [via]