|Predator: Blood on Two-Witch Mesa|
|Written by||Terry LaBan|
|Illustrated by||Howard Cobb|
|Inked by||Howard Cobb|
|Colored by||Lea Hernandez|
|Lettered by||Vickie Williams|
|Cover(s) by||Brom (DHC #20)|
|Edited by||John Weeks|
|Publisher||Dark Horse Comics|
|Release date(s)||Apr-May 1994|
|Preceded by||Predator: The Hunted City|
|Concurrent||Predator: Bad Blood (series)|
|Followed by||Predator: Invaders from the Fourth Dimension|
Predator: Blood on Two-Witch Mesa is a two-part comic book short story that was first published by Dark Horse Comics in the company's self-titled anthology series Dark Horse Comics #20-21, from April-May 1994. It was written by Terry LaBan, illustrated and inked by Howard Cobb, colored by Lea Hernandez, lettered by Vickie Williams and edited by John Weeks. Issue #20 of Dark Horse Comics also featured a Predator cover by Brom. The story features the return of Native-American US Army Corporal Enoch Nakai, the hero from Predator: Big Game, and tells the story of when his great-grandfather faced off against a Predator in the Old West.
In the Predator comics line, Predator: Blood on Two-Witch Mesa was preceded by Predator: The Hunted City, published concurrently with Predator: Bad Blood (series), and was followed by Predator: Invaders from the Fourth Dimension.
#20: On the lava flow the Spaniards called El Malpais, Enoch Nakai fought his own demon, in Predator: Big Game. But though the Beast is dead, Enoch's demons aren't, and he is destined to meet with them again in "Predator: Blood on Two-Witch Mesa," featuring a premiere script by Terry LaBan and beautifully detailed art by Howard Cobb.
#21: Also, in the blood and dust-streaked conclusion to "Predator: Blood on Two-Witch Mountain," Enoch's grandfather faces his own devil under the hot desert sun. And don't expect the Predator to lose this time!
Predator: Blood on Two-Witch Mesa was eventually collected as part of Predator Omnibus: Volume 2 in February 2008.
Behind the ScenesEdit
This story makes Enoch Nakai one of the few Predator comics characters to appear as a lead in more than one Predator story, the other being Detective Schaefer from the original Predator miniseries. It also makes Nakai the first Predator comics character to have his exploits continued by a writer other than the individual who created him (Schaefer was only ever handled by Mark Verheiden). Indeed these comics serve as a rare exception for the Aliens, Predator and Aliens vs. Predator comics lines in general, where only a few characters have made repeat appearances or had their stories continued.
Some other noteworthy recurring characters are Machiko Noguchi, Ellis and Top-Knot from the AVP line, and Hicks/Wilks, Newt/Billie, Ripley/synthetic Ripley, the captain of Gateway station, Professor Kleist and Dr. Crespi from the Aliens line.