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|Predator: Dark River|
|Written by||Brian McDonald|
|Illustrated by||Mitch Byrd|
|Inked by||Jasen Rodriguez|
|Colored by|| Jimmy Johns|
|Lettered by||Sean Konot|
|Cover(s) by||Paul Lee|
|Edited by||Scott Allie|
|Publisher||Dark Horse Comics|
|Release date(s)||Nov 1996|
|Preceded by||Predator: Dark River|
|Followed by||Predator: Kindred|
Predator: Strange Roux is a one-shot comic book that was first published by Dark Horse Comics in November 1996. It was written by Brian McDonald, illustrated by Mitch Byrd, inked by Jasen Rodriguez, colored by Jimmy Johns and Jim Sinclair, lettered by Sean Konot and edited by Scott Allie, with cover art by Paul Lee. The story features a Predator hunting in the Louisiana Bayou.
There's a legend down in Bayou Lafourche of the Gollywomp, a man turned into a monster. Well, legends aren't always fiction, and monsters aren't always horrible, but something's got to account for the bodies being pulled out of that swamp. And that something's got nothing to do with voodoo.
Bayou Lafourche, July 1931. A Yautja is hunting in the Louisiana swamps, feeding on the muskrats he steals from the traps. Later, two trampers, guided by a Cajun discover the empty traps, and one of them believes that an alligator is stealing their prey, the old cajun say he doesn't know an alligator who skin its prey. The trampers soon discover some tracks, and again they think are from an alligator. again the cajun, named LeBlanc, points the fact there's no tail marks on the trail, and its not an alligator. They discover a skinned body hanging of the trees and assume that the KKK are active on the swamp, but they have never heard that the Klan skinned their victims. Mr. LeBlanc now is convinced that the culprit is a local legend called the Gollywomp.
The old man starts telling them a story about a man named Big John, who was in love with a married woman, and he looked for a voodoo witch who cast a spell in order to kill the husband, the spell worked and the man died, but Big John refused to paid the witch, so she then cast a spell over him, turning him into a bull frog. Big John killed the witch hoping for the magic to fade, but didn't work. Now a monster, Big John kill other men and skin them to use their skins and pass for a man again.
The two trampers did not believe the story and they follow the tracks, now wanting to hunt the caiman responsible, and followed by a worried LeBlanc. They find other bodies and now LeBlanc is really convinced of the presence of Big John. They surprise the predator making a Trophy in a clearing. LeBlanc want to leave but one of the trampers want the Golliwomp as hunting trophy, but his shotgun jammed, and they are discovered. He shoots but only grazes its Dreadlocks and pisses him off. The yautja retaliates with his Combistick killing the man. The other man flees but is catched up by the predator, in panic the man shoots the predator in the face at point blank, wounding him in the eye. The tramper catch up with LeBlanc who is sure he can loose the Gollywomp because he knows the swamp very well, the other man refuses in the belief LeBlanc will delay him. The predator now uses his Smart Disc and knock the guy, when the predator disposed to kill him with his Wristblades, LeBlanc distracted him and the man shoots at the same time the predator shoot his Plasmacaster at LeBlanc, but is killed by the predator. Now the yautja follows LeBlanc's trail of blood and confronts him.
LeBlanc is expecting "Mr Gollywomp", as he called him, in a creek armed with a wooden spear, the predator hurts himself, throws away all his equipment and grab a big tree branch to be on equal terms, and heads towards Mr LeBlanc. Now is when the creature falls into a trap, more specifically a sand trap, as LeBlanc was expecting. A triumphant LeBlanc mocks as the predator drowns. Later, Mr. LeBlanc is seen making a soup with the predators head, and has the rest of the body hanging on a hook to cook it later.
Predator: Strange Roux was eventually collected as part of Predator Omnibus: Volume 3 in June 2008.
Behind the ScenesEdit
Predator: Strange Roux is one of a number of comics which features a Predator's flesh being eaten by a human being. The back of the comic actually features a recipe for "Strange Roux".