Mash-up time: Dark Horse and Archie join forces for Predator crossover

Archie Meets Predator first look

This week Archie Comics and Dark Horse Comics announced a new mini-series coming in 2015, an unlikely monster mash, Archie Meets Predator.  We’re surprised it took them so long.

Predator on film has faced off against Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ridley Scott’s Aliens.  In the comics, the list goes on and on, from Predator vs Judge Dredd vs Aliens, to Tarzan vs. Predator, to even Superman/Batman vs Alien & Predator.  And who could forget Predator vs My Little Pony, Predator vs BarbiePredator vs Hello Kitty, and Predator vs Itty Bitty Hellboy?  (OK, we made up those last ones).

Archie has had a similar spree of unlikely mash-ups, like Archie Meets KISS, The Punisher Meets Archie, and (gasp!) Archie Meets Glee.  Better yet, Archie had his own unofficial Walking Dead tribute with Afterlife with Archie–one we’ve raved about plenty here at

Archie skull button

Archie Meets Predator is not taking the dark path you’d think you’d get from Dark Horse Comics or even from Archie Comics based on their success with Afterlife With Archie or forthcoming Sabrina series.  Archie Meets Predator seems to be lighter fare based on the press release this week:

Archie and friends hit Costa Rica for spring break, where party and beach games soon get replaced by the most dangerous game!  What mysterious attraction does the gang hold for the trophy-collecting Predator, and will the kids even realize they’re in danger before it claims them all?

Star Trek vs Predator
Star Trek vs Predator: Youths from another era take on Nausicaan cousins of the Predator and Picard loses the battle in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Tapestry.”

Just like we learned that Jedis don’t seek revenge, hence no Revenge of the Jedi, so it must be true that Archie never takes on these mash-up, tie-in characters.  So we see Archie Meets Predator instead of the more intriguing Predator vs. Archie.  A great mash-up should be true to both contributing worlds.  Archie is the easy-going straight arrow teenager.  That’s what defines him.  Predator hunts and collects skulls.  So, if this is to be a good mash-up, we better see some cover art soon showing Predator holding the melon of either Archie or Jughead.  Just sayin’.  It’s not like we need to worry about killing off these characters, since Archie was already killed off in one series earlier this year.

Alex de Campi will be providing the script for the four-issue series with art by Fernando Ruiz.

Look for Issue #1 of Archie Meets Predator in April 2015.

C.J. Bunce

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