|This article is about the comic book series. For the short story prequel, see Predator: Bad Blood (short story).|
Predator: Bad Blood is a four-issue limited comic book series that was first published by Dark Horse Comics from December 1993-June 1994. It was written by Evan Dorkin, illustrated by Derek Thompson, inked by Keith Aikin, Chris Warner and Thompson, colored by Chris Chalenor, lettered by Pat Brosseau and edited by John Weeks, Chris Warner and Edward Martin III, with cover art by Thompson. The story deals with a wildly psychotic Predator who breaks the species' hunter code and is in turn hunted by another Predator. The series was preceded by the short-story prequel of the same name, produced by the same creative team.
In the Predator comics line, Predator: Bad Blood (series) was preceded by Predator: Bad Blood (short story), published concurrently with Predator: The Hunted City and Predator: Blood on Two-Witch Mesa, and was followed by Predator: Invaders from the Fourth Dimension.
#1: The New Jersey Pine Barrens have become a slaughterhouse, witness to a hideous spree of murders and mutilations. Ex-CIA operative John Pulnick is accused of the gruesome crimes, but he knows the true identity of the slayer: a creature from another world — a Predator. But unlike others of its species, this alien intruder is no sport hunter, but a blood-crazed psychotic, a butcher of its own kind, an unhinged killing machine. While a massive manhunt sweeps the Barrens, a stalker of a different kind searches for the killer — a second Predator, bent on bringing down the rogue monster.
#2: A special task force sweeps the New Jersey Pine Barrens in search of a psychotic Predator, a blood-crazed butcher bent on killing any living creature it encounters. While the government craves the beast's technology, a team of ex-CIA rogue agents have different plans for the extraterrestrial monster and its human hunters. And if this cast of spooks and psychos weren't enough of a potential powder keg, enter another Predator, here to wreak vengeance upon its unhinged brother — and anything that gets in its way.
#3: The CIA's special task force searches the New Jersey Pine Barrens, hot on the trail of a Predator cutting a bloody swath through the area. Someone else is on the trail too: a team of ex-CIA agents with their own agenda. It's a ferocious pitched battle as the two teams encounter each other, each armed with enough heavy weaponry to take on a Predator. And as the humans square off, so does the Predator — against another Predator, that's tracked its quarry through the depths of space to Earth. Will anyone survive the ensuing insanity?
#4: The New Jersey Pine Barrens echo with the roar of a rogue, serial-killer Predator. He's just taken on another Predator sent to kill him — and now he's gone berserk, attacking anything he encounters. Now, ex-CIA agents Poppa John and friends face a horrific extraterrestrial and the wrath of the U.S. military. Wounded, trapped, with no way out — it's a one-way ticket to hell as they face a Predator who is willing to kill his own kind!
Behind the Scenes
Bad Blood was preceded by a prequel short story, also called Predator: Bad Blood, published in Dark Horse Comics #12-14. While this is not unusual (several other Predator and Aliens vs. Predator series were preceded by similar namesake prequels), what is unusual is that the short story was never collected as an issue of the main series. In fact, the prequel story was not collected until it was included, as part of the main Bad Blood series, in Predator Omnibus: Volume 3.
Chris Warner, who doubles as co-inker and co-editor in this series, started as an artist on Predator: Concrete Jungle, the first Predator limited series, in 1989. He would go on to provide art for various Aliens and Predator series, write a portion of the long-running Aliens: Colonial Marines series, and eventually become the editor of both the Aliens and Predator comics lines at Dark Horse in 2009, his current position.
The CIA Special Task Force depicted hunting the Predators in Bad Blood may be members of the OWLF taskforce, as seen in the film Predator 2, or the Task Force shown hunting Predators in Predator: Race War. In fact, Bad Blood's task force commander Claude Loudermilk may be the same blonde, be-suited special agent known only as "Blondie" in Race War.
At the end of Race War, Blondie mentions that next time things will be personal between him and the Predators, and Loudermilk expresses the same sentiment during the showdown at Bad Blood's climax.
In San Diego Comic Con Comics, issue 3 from 1st August 1994 (collected DHC stories), is included Predator pinup, art by Derek Thompson - unused sketch in Bad Blood comics.