Month: July 2014

Witchblade: Borne Again

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Borne Again marks the return of writer Ron Marz to Topcow’s Witchblade.

Marz wrote previously Witchblade from issue #79 to issue#150 and in that time the writer completely changed the perception of the title, gaining critical 78f2bcaeb0c6dfb7c14ae57b8397b6d6acclaim with main character Sara Pezzini becoming a fully fleshed character rather than just pin up fodder who fights monsters.

A lot has changed in Sara’s world as it’s revealed that Pezzini gave up her life of an enforcer of the balance and wielder of the Witchblade. Moving from Chicago to Upstate New York, Pezzini is now a small town sheriff. The quiet life isn’t as quiet as Pezzini hoped though as a string of bizarre murders have occured and Sarah faces the ultimatum of deciding whether to embrace the Witchblade again to face the killer in their midst.

The opening page of Borne Again pretty much sells it, a full page image featuring a bemused pair from the Sheriff’s Department looking up at a body obscured to the reader, the only dialogue being “So…..where’s the head?”.

Not only is this a great opening shot of what the story is all about, it’s a great example of Laura Braga’s art. Often full page images or splash pages are a messy affair, however this is the complete opposite being a brilliant example of image composition. Braga works in a background, various emergency response vehicles set against the backdrop of the woods, middleground, the two members of the Sheriff’s department looking at the body, and foreground, two trees that the body is is displayed in front of. The trees also act as a framing device for everything directing the readers eye to the centre of the image.

Marz’s Witchblade finds the balance between the police or in this case sheriff drama, small town drama and the otherwordly elements and it blends them in an impressive manner. Pezzini finds herself dealing with a petty Witchblade_172-9chauvinistic Mayor who doesn’t appreciate her feisty attitude and blames her for the recent brutal murders, she has a good partner in Kate though who is also sick of living in a town full of brain dead hicks. The story also features flashbacks to Pezzini’s past which explain her current situation, and feature appearances from other characters like The Magdalena and Tom Judge.

The theme underscoring Borne Again is you can’t escape your past no matter how hard you try and it’s something that Pezzini learns in a rather brutal manner. Marz’s Witchblade is a great example of blending character drama and fantastical action.

Laura Braga’s art whilst completely different to Stjepan Sejic ,an artist synonymous with the title, is a good fit. BragaWB171-Press-9-60643 deftly handles the numerous different elements well from Pezini knocking back shots in a dive bar to detailed establishing shots of The Vatican and plenty of action too. Betsy Gonia’s deft colouring adds nuance too.

Marz keeps things from being impenetrable to the new reader but Borne Again also features a comprehensive breakdown of the somewhat convoluted backstory for Witchblade and its various characters, including other artifact wielders, which is ideal for new readers that might not be familiar certain aspects.

Witchblade continues to be one of the best non-superhero comics around with the team of Marz and Braga working well together.

Hard Case Crime Highlights featuring Lawrence Block and Christa Faust

Hard Case Crime has been publishing hardboiled crime novels for the best part of a decade, here’s a few  choice picks among their many, many offerings.

Kit Tolliver after years of sexual abuse at the hands of her father, killed her parents. Her father for his transgressions and her mother for allowing it to goGettingOff-sketch6_layout on. Removing all traces of her presence the police filled in the blanks and assumed the couple had killed each other. Kit disappeared that day.

Kit is a sociopathic serial killer who drifts from town to town murdering men. Her motivation lingering rage and abandonment issues left over from her father’s abuse. she is also a pathological liar. With each new place comes a new name, a new identity and a new man for her to target. Kit is also a nymphomaniac using men for passionate wild sex before killing them and stealing whatever money they have before moving on to the next town.

Kit has realised though that in the early days, when she was less skilled and focussed she left several of her targets alive and now she is tying up loose ends.

Veteran writer Lawrence Block is best known for his award winning hardboiled crime writing but also wrote several novels of steamy lesbian erotica under the pseudonym Jill Emerson and returns to his pseudonym here although both names are on the cover.. The cover states “A Novel of Sex & Violence”and it’s not false advertising as Block writes about sex and murder with unashamed glee and the grit and style he is known for.

Kit loves sex but loves it even more when she knows she’s going to kill the man afterwards. An early encounter sees Kit (calling herself another name) picking a gullible mark in a casino and before long has him tied to a bed with his mouth duct taped and using an elastic band as a makeshift cock ring  ‘it’s an old Indian trick’ she says to her helpless victim, after passionately riding him for some time she scalps him and leaves him to bleed out on the bed with his bloated erection standing defiantly firm.

Things get distinctly more twisted as the story progresses one encounter finds Kit pondering upon looking at her victim ,who has been strangled in a noose made to look like an autoasphyxiation accident, “the cock ring hadn’t stopped working. He was still massively erect, and she could swear he’d grown larger since she’d left him……… waste not, want not isn’t that what they say? And when am I gonna get a chance like this again?’

 It’s sleazy,twisted and trashy pulp but it also happens to be crafted just as well as Block’s other books and despite being a murderous sociopath  it’s hard not to love Kit as she carves out a path and carves up her victims.

21459830-40-MoneyShotFormer porn star Angel Dare gets a call from old friend when he’s in a bind. A one time job at a shoot in Bel Air, Angel feeling pretty low on self-esteem and wanting an ego boost likes the idea of working with ripped new dick-on-the-block Jesse Black. Things go from bad to worse in the blink of an eye with Angel finding herself tied to a bed, interrogated and mercilessly beaten by a heavy who’s fishing for information about a young woman that Angel is connected to. Things go from bad to worse though as Angel soon finds herself being brutally raped by Jesse and forced to watch her oldest friend Sam get kneecapped. Unceremoniously dumped in boot of a car by her attacker, when it comes to pulling the trigger Jesse loses his nerve and goes for a wounding shot instead of the kill. Big mistake.

With Money Shot Christa Faust introduces one of the best femme fatale’s in fiction . Money Shot (which by the way like many of Hard Case Crime’s books  features gorgeous cover art by Glen Orbik) is an adrenaline fuelled pulp tour de force. Dare finds herself relying on Malloy a straight talking, granite faced ex-cop and her faithful assistant Didi whilst trying to find out what’s going on and unwittingly stumbling across a human trafficking operation. Faust’s tale rattles along like a runaway train Dare is rendered refreshingly human via numerous character touches. Completely breaking down after the brutal interrogation and then hating herself for it, worrying if she left her vibrator on her bed or put it away in the bedside cabinet in case the cops come to search her place and being wracked with regret about all her friends being dragged 104-chokeholdinto the rapidly expanding shitstorm her life has become, Dare is both victim and avenging angel and isn’t just a cypher dealing with cliches .

Faust’s snappy prose is tight as a drum and Dare’s story is an engrossing one as she embarks on her journey of revenge and discovery. Cliffhangers are utilised well which makes for an even more compulsive read. There’s some wry commentary on Dare’s former world of the adult film business as Dare says “A lot of guys imagine it would be this big turn-on to visit a porn set. My advice is, unless you really love watching other men jack off, don’t bother”. There’s plenty of action and sex too, which refreshingly isn’t written in a misogynistic manner.

The follow up Angel Dare story Choke Hold has a former co-star stumble upon Dare who has been relocated with a new identity, only for him to die in the midst of a shoot out in the diner Dare has been working in. Feeling guilty over her old friends death Dare finds herself honour bound to escort his son, Cody an up and coming temperamental MMA fighter, through the choking heat of the Arizona desert to Las Vegas and unintentionally gets tangled up in a drug smuggling operation in the process.

Faust is working on an as yet untitled third Angel Dare book.

For more on Hard Case Crime visit HardCaseCrime.com

Brian Keene’s The Last Zombie

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The Last Zombie created and written by Brian Keene is a different take on the zombie apocalypse comic popularised by Robert Kirkman’s smash hit The Walking Dead.

Keene is better known as a best selling horror writer, with 2003’s “The Rising” often credited (alongside Kirkman’s The Walking Dead and Danny Boyle’slast-zombie-page-01 28 Days Later) as being one of the factors leading to the modern pop culture fascination with the zombie apocalypse.

Published by small indie publisher Antarctic Press, The Last Zombie is the story of Doctor Ian Scott, a man on a desperate journey through a post-apocalyptic U.S.A. Scott is part of a team sent out from a secure FEMA bunker beneath the Colorado Rockies to try and re-establish contact with another secure bunker in West Virginia, the woman he loves, Jennifer, is also stationed in this bunker.

Given its indie nature there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of The Last Zombie. Whilst bigger publishers were churning out mountains of comics every month and recycling ideas whilst hoping no-one noticed Antarctic Press was producing one of the best horror oriented comics around.

Well known prose writers writing comics is becoming more and more common, although it’s often overlooked that there’s a big difference between writing prose and writing for comics, excelling at one does not necessarily mean excelling at the other, Keene makes the transition look easy though.

What’s so refreshing about Keene’s take on the zombie comic is the story is set just after the zombie apocalypse rather than during. There’s plenty of stories based around weary survivors having to avoid hordes of ravenous living dead, The Walking Dead is an example that even people that have never read a comic know, Keene’s story takes the concept of the zombie apocalypse and skips ahead to the post-zombie apocalypse – the zombies have been and gone mostly but that doesn’t mean it’s safe.

Dr Scott and his military escort lead by Sergeant Warner have to navigate their way through the ruins of the old world, disease is rampant, packs of feral animals rove the shattered landscape, raging fires burn and marauders lie in wait.  Some of these might seem like familiar post apocalyptic tropes but it’s the execution that matters and there’s plenty of others that are less expected , an early one being a brilliant example of subverting expectations.The-Last-Zombie-A

One of The Last Zombie’s best assets is its finite nature, it’s still a pretty lengthy tale running for 25 issues (collected together in 5 volumes) but there’s no “filler”, often a major problem for long running comics which are just open ended.

Alongside the on-going narrative there are often flashbacks to before the zombie outbreak which explain the back story of individual characters which make up the group. Not only does this help establish why these characters are the way they are but it also provides a contrast with the present the characters find themselves in.

What could have been a faceless group of military grunts actually become a group of memorable characters as the story progresses, with Planters aka Kowalczyk being one of the best. Keene’s years as a best selling writer definitely show as the characters here react and interact realistically and believably, with the soldiers having plenty of realistic banter.

Rather than going for a desensitizing gore fest which quickly becomes inane Keene’s story runs on ominous atmosphere and characterisation so when grisly events do happen they have far more impact, this isn’t for the faint of heart.

The art from Fred Perry, Joseph Wight, David Hutchison, Ben Dunn, Brian Denham and Chris Allen is perfectly pitched boasting a lo-fi indie quality eschewing colour for more apt grey tones and black and white and often packed with detail .

The Last Zombie was recently collected together and published in a “zomnibus” funded by a rather successful crowd funding campaign.

You can buy the zomnibus from the Antarctic Press website .

Horror comics you should be checking out.

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In recent years horror comics have had a resurgence here are a few you can pick up right now.

Based on Clive Barker’s film and his book Cabal ,on which the notoriously butchered film is based ( sidenote a long awaited Director’s Cut is set to arriveNightbreed01_PRESS-5 soon, if you’re in the U.S anyways) Nightbreed from BOOM! Studios is story of a race of “monsters” that have lived in the shadows alongside man since the dawn of time.

Now though they are fewer in number and scattered.

With a story from Barker and written by Marc Andreyko the first issue has several narratives in different time periods playing out concurrently. As the story unfolds it introduces several of the characters, Lylesberg is an elder of the Nightbreed and is seen talking to someone out of frame in the present day, back in 1845 we’re introduced to Peloquin who finds himself entangled with a lynch mob chasing some runaway slaves in Louisiana, whilst in 1940’s Boston it’s revealed that Shuna is working in a high end brothel providing services for select clients like Senator Emery.

Nightbreed_02_PRESS-8This narrative continues to unwind with the various different threads coming together for a great final image.

From the start the story introduces the very different members of the Nightbreed, both in appearance and mannerism. Lylesberg’s beard and robes indicating his status of an elder of some sort who is relaying the past of the Nightbreed and their struggles to find their home Midian a vast Necropolis hidden underground. Peloquin meanwhile has a somewhat reptilian appearance sporting dreadlock like tendrils rather than hair, he is the most visibly hostile too brutally attacking his assailants with no mercy and mocking their cries to God as he disembowels them. The third character Shuna is an example of how some find the Nightbreed exotic, intoxicating and attractive rather than repulsive creatures to be shunned. A humanoid with porcupine like quills along her body Shuna is the secret of the high end brothel she works in.

The art from Piotr Kowalski captures the various different moods of the narrative well, Lylesburg’s story is all flickering flames, shadows and tranquillity, Peloquin’s however is one of savage action with a frenetic pace and well utilised full page images. Both of these contrast with Shuna’s story with Kowalski capturing her sensuality (a key element of much of Barker’s work) vulnerability and fear as she realises what jealousy can do to a man.

Nightbreed is a brilliant example of intelligent horror, it’s not without its share of viscera but it all works in the narrative context rather than just catering to the gorehound contingent and it’s rare to see a comic with such potential and it isn’t just recycling tired old hackneyed tropes.

Originally appearing in the 70’s Vampirella was created by Forest J Ackerman with an iconic look designed by Trina Robbins. The first Vampirella magazine from Warren Publishing featured an iconic cover by world renowned fantasy artist Frank Frazetta.

Flash forward a few decades and Dynamite is publishing Vampirella.

The publisher’s approach to the title seems to be similar to that of one of their other titles, Red Sonja , which was somewhat unfairly overlooked until Layout 1acclaimed writer Gail Simone took over writing duties. Since then the perception of the title has changed with Simone’s writing gaining critical acclaim.

For Vampirella, another title often perceived as a sexist throwback to the comics of yesteryear due to the characters skimpy attire (despite it being designed by influential comics artist and writer Robbins) the publisher opted to ask acclaimed horror writer Nancy A Collins to write the new series for Vampirella’s 45th anniversary.

Collins take on the character is definitely one worth checking out, a modern take on the character which still embraces the character’s inherently pulpy horror roots.

 Layout 1Vampirella finds herself charged by the Vatican to investigate the kidnapping of a young girl by the nefarious Cult Of Chaos, lead by a figure from Vampirella’s past, only things don’t exactly to plan and Vampirella finds her world is thrown into turmoil. Suddenly friends become enemies and enemies become friends as she has to face a Vatican wet works team with help coming from the most unlikely of sources.

There’s lots to like about Collins’ take on the iconic character, there’s some great dialogue noting that if you can’t escape your past you should embrace it. This works both narratively for the situation Vampirella finds herself in and is also a knowing wink to the reader about her costume as we see her wardrobe is full of other “normal” clothes too. Also her wearing her costume under a trenchcoat is a neat practical touch and avoids things becoming too T & A which is one of things unfairly associated with the character and its proto Bad Girl roots. A good example of how this take on the character is set in the modern world is the way she finds herself evicted from her lush appartment and it also establishes that she’s living under an assumed name rather than having the name Vampirella on the paperwork, which would be a bit ridiculous.

Collins doesn’t waste time with stodgy exposition either, the narrative hits the ground running and things in Vampirella’s world just unfold and happen without clunky explanations as to who Vampirella is, why she isn’t like other vampires and why she’s working for the Vatican. Some might see these as glaring and confusing omissions but rather they are questions left to be answered to make space for the unfolding plot, this makes for a much better and more fluid reading experience.

Patrick Berkenkotter’s art matches the tone well too handling everyday real world elements like the young girls bedroom with its stuffed animals and the more pulpy elements like dark rituals in graveyards. The character designs are good too with Father Nicodemus, the leader of The Vatican’s wet works squad looking like a grizzled scarred war veteran.

Vampirella is probably better known as a pin up character, especially considering Frazetta’s famous painting but this shows there’s actually a story to go with the character.

Caliban from Avatar Press is the latest of several titles that acclaimed writer Garth Ennis has written for the publisher, an atmospheric sci-fi horror based 7b8205fd547ec5fd1037e37f092c5552around the titular space faring mining/exploration vessel and its crew.

The vast majority of the ships personnel, miners, scientists and more are in cryosleep leaving just a small crew to run the ship as it flies through warp. Things take an unexpected turn when the Caliban collides with an alien craft and fuses with it whilst in Warp.

One of the best things about Caliban is it takes its time to go places, slowly building up atmosphere and leaving plenty of space for character work. Early on tech whizz Nomi establishes that travelling through space and the warp is actually pretty mind numbingly tedious, to the point that it can actually have adverse effects on the crew despite undergoing rigorous screening and testing before they can join. This is told through a diary of sorts that she is writing whilst characters interact around her. Nomi’s right hand woman is San who fixes the tech, or as Nomi puts it “I only talk to them, you fix them”.

-012Whilst the crew is made up of a host of characters, Nomi and San are the main focus.

The story focusses more on a creeping sense of dread as the crew have to deal with an escalating series of events rather than high octane action pieces. It’s the way that characters react to these situations that makes much of the narrative as underlying sentiments come to the surface as the situation changes, like one of the crew members ranting at San “you and the other dyke get on with your jobs”, which the naïve and oblivious Nomi is confused by not even suspecting that her friend is actually a “dyke”.

Ennis utilises classic narrative elements well, exploring an alien environment, an unreliable communications system, a crew that has to split up, mysterious deaths. There’s a constant sense that something is going to happen but not really knowing what in a similar vein as Ridley Scott’s cinema classic Alien or Paul Andersen’s Event Horizon.

This atmosphere and creeping sense of menace is aided by Facundo Percio’s evocative and moody art which is also incredibly detailed, capturing both characters expressions and the various monitors, banks of buttons and various other functional looking tech that makes up the interior of the Caliban. The inks and colour palette colour from Sebastian Cabrol and Hernan Cabrera further add to the ominous atmosphere.    Later issues give an epic sense of scale too as the crew find themsevles having to venture out and explore.

Cosplay, Misogyny and the Perils of the Internet.

So a while back I wrote this piece for Geek Pride titled ‘Facebook, Cosplay, Fame and Misogyny’ in which I wrote about the pretty nasty abuse that cosplayers, especially female cosplayers, have to tolerate online, specifically on Facebook pages and the implications this can have in the real world as these things don’t exist in a vacuum. One example being inappropriate behaviour and harassment at conventions. The term “Convention Creeper” is pretty well known by this point, if that doesn’t mean anything to you watch this humourous take on it by Ardella Cosplay, Black Cat & Eve Beauregard.  One of the things that inspired me to write it in the first place was seeing all the nasty, spiteful comments on posts from Cosplayers I admired. I found it bizarre that people are actively engaging in the practice of liking something they don’t like, the cosplayers page, in order to leave abusive comments on a page’s posts. Anyone daring to point out that actually that’s not cool was also abused for being a ‘white knight’,  if that’s what being respectful is then it’s not much of an insult really but I digress .

In the time since then there’s been a lot of stuff on the internet about misogyny and the way women are treated, not just in the “geek” world but also in the world at large. If reading about the antics of “Manbanter” at New York Comic Con makes you want to bang your head on the desk in despair then I suggest you steer clear of the Twitter feed of the Everyday Sexism Project because it will burn your soul. Seriously.

Then after the recent Elliot Rodgers shooting suddenly talking about the inherent problems of geek culture was like opening Pandora’s box resulting in Arthur Chu’s “Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds” and other more bait worthy pieces with headlines worthy of the The Daily Mail.

So there’s more awareness about the abuse that women face in general but has anything really changed since I wrote that article?

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It was only recently that I posted this on Twitter about an upcoming book from photographer Larry Alan featuring numerous photo’s of cosplayer Jessica Nigri, one of the biggest names in cosplay pretty much, it was retweeted by Jessica and Larry amongst many others. One of the things I did notice were the numerous tweets that I was tagged in of people discussing her anatomy, which is apparently a subject of much debate and interest, as though they were farmers discussing a cow at a livestock auction.

There’s an idea that if someone is putting themselves out there in the public eye whether they’re a cosplayer, model, sex worker or something else it’s okay to abuse them because well  “they’re asking for it” or ‘they deserve it’ or worse still “they should expect it”. Jessica often makes jokes about the internets obsession with her anatomy,  clearly being more intelligent and self aware than a lot of people seem to think,  that doesn’t make it okay though.

The idea that callous uncalled for abuse is the perceived norm is part of the problem. There’s a big difference between someone having an opinion which they are entitled to and voicing that opinion in an unnecessarily hostile  abusive reductionist manner.

It’s a bit depressing to say I wasn’t exactly surprised to see that spiteful, hateful and misogynistic comments are still a regular fixture on her Facebook page posts.

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These were taken from this image.

For anyone wondering, that wasn’t supposed to be Robert Englund’s iconic character from Nightmare On Elm St, which looks like this,  but rather a Bishoujo take on the character from  Kotobukiya  which looks like this . This fact seemingly escaped quite a lot of people commenting on it though.

This isn’t just something that Jessica Nigri has to put up with though. The problems faced by Cosplayers everywhere were highlighted by photographer Food and Cosplay and their #Notacosplayer campaign which highlighted some of the numerous abusive comments that cosplayers are subjected to both online and at conventions.

For further insight into the kind of abuse that cosplayers are subjected to online then have a look at this blog post by cosplayer/model Masubi.

Cosplay is more in the mainstream than ever before after SyFy’s Heroes Of Cosplay a reality style series which features various cosplayers but has also caused controversy, being accused of misrepresenting Cosplay and also creating   contrived drama and allegedly trying to create a sexuality versus talent schism between some of the shows stars.  Simply put it’s generating a lot of ill will  like this account and cosplayers that have featured on the series are often on the receiving end of a torrent of abuse via social media leading to posts like this one from star Jessica Merizen which is just, well really depressing.

I think it needs to be remembered that any reality TV show is essentially made in the editing and contrived drama and in-fighting is generally more desirable by producers for retaining and increasing viewers and generating a buzz, often at the expense of its stars.

This added exposure has lead to much talk about whether “sexy Cosplay” was ruining Cosplay, it’s not, although Ardella Cosplay  makes a valid point about the outside perception being distorted by “sexy Cosplay” which is something I covered in my original article.

 There’s plenty of cosplayers out there,  some spend months on their costumes painstakingly handcrafting them and obsessing over details, others don’t, some focus more on “sexy” cosplays whilst others don’t, some do both, some sell prints to fund their costume making, some don’t, some compete in competitions, some don’t.  All these differentials don’t really matter, there’s no grand arbiter lording over the “rules” of cosplay after all nor should there be. To quote Knightmage,

To ANYONE that’s been told that you’re “doing it wrong”. Whether it be because they think you’re dressing too sexy or not sexy enough. You aren’t the right color, size or gender. Your “skill” level isn’t good enough, here’s what I say. Does what you do make you happy? Does it make you feel good? Do you have fun? Do people enjoy seeing you? Then tell your naysayers……………..Have a coke and a smile and shut the fuck up.

Sometimes it seems like the idea that Cosplay  should be fun is lost in all the noise .

 

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Black Cat as American Dream shot by Lorenzo So Photography

Whilst the women in cosplay might get more exposure, there’s plenty of guys in the cosplay community too . Really. I’m not making that up, you just don’t see them as often.

 

I think I need to re-iterate my closing paragraph from my earlier article cosplayers both guys and girls do what they do because they enjoy the experience and not for other people’s gratification. Regardless of whether they have 200 or 20,000 ‘likes’ they are still people, just because someone can’t slap you for being a creep doesn’t mean you should be for all the “drama” contrived or not  and the ongoing problems of “haters hating” and trolling and creepers Cosplayer/model/writer Eve Beauregard put it best.

 

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Predator Dark Ages

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Whilst the internet might be abuzz about Shane Black’s upcoming take on Predator , which apparently is set to be a sequel rather than a “reboot”, with zero details regarding exactly what Black and writing partner Fred Dekker are doing with the iconic alien hunter there’s another Predator oriented venture to be far more excited about – Predator Dark Ages.

The Kickstarter project from James Bushe and Simon Rowling is set to transplant the Predator into the past. The pair want to make a short film that pits a group of the Knights Templar against the Predator in the English countryside.

It’s already been established that the Predators have been hunting on Earth for hundreds if not thousands of years, as indicated in Predator 2 when Danny Glover’s Harrigan is handed an 18th century pistol by a Predator elder as a reward for defeating one of their hunters.

The Predators advanced technology also indicates they are far more advanced than man which would tie in with their hunting on Earth for many years.2014-07-01_2357

The concept for Predator Dark Ages is set in an unspecified age (but somewhere around the 12th century at a guess) and features a band of battle weary Knights Templar just returned to England from an overseas campaign only to find the countryside of their home besieged by a demon.

The Knights Templar are charged by the Church to track down the demons that is terrorising the countryside and put it to the sword.

The leader of the Knights Templar, having seen many of his brothers fall in service of an uncaring God, has lost faith though in Man and God, and the group are reliant on a single eye witness who claims to have seen the demon with his own eyes.

In essence Predator Dark Ages blends Ridley Scott’s Kingdom Of Heaven with the tone of Christopher Smith’s Black Death and the original Predator film.

If the pair manage to get £10,000 the pair are going to create a polished 25 minute short film based on the concept.

What I like most about this idea, besides showing more potential than many films with ridiculously high budgets *cough* Michael Bay *cough*,  is seeing a Predator in the past. This is an idea that’s  rich with potential after all history is full of fearsome warriors that carved out their own far reaching empires , the Vikings, the Romans, the Mongols and more besides and the Predator culture revolves around taking on worthy oponents.

Whilst the actual culture of the Predators has been loosely sketched at best, it’s been established they have a tribal culture of sorts with elders and they have a code of honour of sorts recognising and rewarding worthy foes.

For more details visit Predator Dark Ages    or find them on Facebook and Twitter

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