On the Eighth day of Christmas my LCS owner gave to me...
Batman Versus Predator
Published by Darkhorse Comics in 1991 and written by Dave Gibbons with pencils by Andy Kubert and inks by Adam Kubert this was one of my favorite Batman comics growing up, and it still has a soft spot in my heart to this day.
Sure, the plot is basically a retread of Predator Two only starring Batman instead of Danny Glover but personally I'm not to bothered by that. Though the basic plot beats are the same as the movie I feel that Gibbons gives us enough personalization to make it stand out as memorable; I especially liked the view on organized crime that the story gave us and Batman's relationships with Gordon and Alfred were fantastic.
What really keeps this book near the forefront of my mind though is the art; the style here is simply fantastic and marks my first ever experience with Andy Kubert and my love affair with the whole line of Kubert artists. I really loved just how detail-oriented and dark Andy Kubert pencil style is in this story, he truly created images that conveyed motion like I had never seen before. It all feels so cinematic while your reading it and yet it has none of the decompression that other books that strive for that feel often have.
More than all of that though is probably the wonder of the concept itself, it's two icons duking it out on the page; what's not to love? DC and Darkhorse partnered up for more than a few more similar installments, and some of them even had talent that I almost always enjoy like Doug Moench and Chuck Dixon but none of those installments really rose to the greatness of the first one. Sometimes you just can't bottle lightning twice I guess.