|Predator: Blood on Two-Witch Mesa|
|Written by||Terry LaBan|
|Illustrated by||Howard Cobb|
|Cover(s) by||Brom (DHC #20)|
|Edited by|| Randy Stradley|
Edward Martin III
|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 by Howard Cobb and edited by Randy Stradley and Edward Martin III. Issue #20 of Dark Horse Comics also featureda 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/series, 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 one who created him. (Schaefer was only ever handled by Mark Verheiden.)
Indeed these it serves as a rare exception for the Aliens, Predator and AVP 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, Anthony Crespi and Dr. Ernst Kleist from the Aliens line.