Kindred was first collected as a trade paperback in Dec. 1997. It was then finally collected in Predator Omnibus: Volume 3 in June 2008. In the Predator comics line, Predator: Kindred was followed by Predator: No Beast So Fierce (March 1997).
Plot (Warning: Spoilers)Edit
Official description of individual issues:Fleener Creek is a sleepy old Oregon town, the kind that makes you think of Andy and Barney and Aunt Bee. But sleepy towns aren't always dreamy. Sometimes sleep brings on nightmares, the kind that begin and end with an eight-foot-tall monster wielding spears and knives. Fleener Creek may be sleepy, but most folks in this town won't sleep soundly again. And others will never wake up.
Fleener Creek, Oregon, is a typical, small, Northwestern town -- one that is ready to blow sky high with the repressed emotions in the hearts of the townspeople. And there to light the fuse is one of the most unrepressed killers in the cosmos! A community will either draw together or destroy itself when four kindred spirits are drawn to the forest: an action-starved sheriff, a serial killer, family man Buddy Wilcox, and -- a Predator, the same one who killed Buddy's father right in front of him, in those very woods, thirty years before!
A small northwestern town's heart of darkness is laid bare when evil comes to call! McCutcheon is a serial killer who finds himself no longer the hunter, but the hunted, as the authorities and some . . . thing chase him through the forest. Kelly Mathisis a small-town sheriff who must face old fears as she encounters the "boogieman" of her childhood. Buddy Wilcox is a family man whose father's brutal slaying still haunts him years later. Thirty years ago, a Predator came to town. Now these four kindred spirits are drawn together, toward an explosive conclusion!
The sleepy town of Fleener Creek isn't so sleepy anymore. Young Sheriff Kelly is on the trail of a psychopathic killer, while Buddy Wilcox hunts the forest for his childhood obsession, a monster the other townsfolk believe exists only in his imagination -- a Predator. The dark underbelly of this little community has finally been exposed, and, like raw flesh hitting sunlight for the first time, it's going to burn.
Fleener Creek was a sleepy old town all right -- like Andy and Barney could have walked right down Main Street on their way to fetch a slice of Aunt Bee's apple pie. But sleepy towns aren't always so dreamy. Sometimes sleep brings on nightmares, the kind that begin and end with an eight-foot-tall monster wielding spears and knives and all sorts of weapons. Fleener Creek may have been sleepy, but most of the folks in this town won't sleep sound again, not for a very long time. And others will never again wake up.
Behind the Scenes (Warning: Spoilers for Multiple Titles)Edit
Kindred is one of a number of Predator and AVP stories to feature a human Predator, which is to say a human being who dons Predator armor and faces the Alien hunters or fights with them. In this case it is revealed to be Buddy Wilcox.
Other human Predators have included:
- Maria DeMedici - Aliens/Predator: Deadliest of the Species
- Tommy Shirow - Aliens/Predator: Deadliest of the Species
- Gisande Salazar - Aliens/Predator: Deadliest of the Species
- Genna - Aliens/Predator: Deadliest of the Species
- Sadiq - Aliens/Predator: Deadliest of the Species