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Predator: Blood Feud is a four-part comic book short story that was first published by Dark Horse Comics in the company's self-titled anthology series Dark Horse Comics #4-7, from November 1992-February 1993. It was written by Neal Barrett, Jr., illustrated and inked by Leo Duranona, colored by Eric Vincent, lettered by Ellie De Ville and edited by Jerry Prosser. Issue #4 of Dark Horse Comics also featured a Predator cover by Duranona.

In the Predator comics line, Predator: Blood Feud was preceded by Predator: Rite of Passage, published concurrently with Predator: Race War (short story), and was followed by Predator: Race War (series).

PlotEdit

An age-old Yautja returns to modern day Japan to hunt a blind martial arts instructor — the descendant of an adversary it faced in feudal Japan centuries earlier.

Reprint HistoryEdit

In the United Kingdom, Predator: Blood Feud was planned to be serialized and reprinted in 3 parts in Total Carnage.[1] However, the cancellation of the magazine left the rerun unfinished after just 1 installment (in Total Carnage #10, from January 1994).

The story was eventually collected as part of Predator Omnibus: Volume 1 in August 2007.

The complete comic was released digitally through Dark Horse Digital on February 13, 2013, reusing Leo Duranona's cover art from Dark Horse Comics #4.

Behind the ScenesEdit

The term "blood fued" is conspiculously mentioned by Royce, the main protagonist of the 2010 film Predators, perhaps as a subtle homage to the story. Predators' other possible homage to Blood Feud could be the character of Hanzo, a modern day Japanese Yakuza enforcer who wields a Samuari-sword in a duel against a Predator, just like the comic's main character Juta Tanaka.

Tanaka, a blind swordsman, is also clearly a reference to the popular Japanese motiff of the blind martial artists as best exemplified by the popular Samurai-movie character Zato Ichi.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. "Hasslein Blog - The Alien/Predator Comic Strips, Part Two". Retrieved on 2015-06-15.