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Predator: Bad Blood is a four-issue limited comic book series that was first published by Dark Horse Comics from December 1993-June 1994. It was written by Evan Dorkin, pencilled by Derek Thompson, inked by Keith Aiken, Chris Warner and Thompson, colored by Chris Chalenor, lettered by Pat Brosseau, and edited by John Weeks, Chris Warner and Edward Martin III, with cover art by Thompson.

The story deals with a wildly psychotic Predator who begins a mass slaughter in New Jersey, in turn being hunted by another Predator. The series was preceded by the short-story Predator: Bad Blood short story, produced by the same creative team.

In the Predator comics line, Predator: Bad Blood was preceded by the short story, published concurrently with Predator: The Hunted City and Predator: Blood on Two-Witch Mesa, and was followed by Predator: Invaders from the Fourth Dimension.

Publisher's Summary

#1: The New Jersey Pine Barrens have become a slaughterhouse, witness to a hideous spree of murders and mutilations. Ex-CIA operative John Pulnick is accused of the gruesome crimes, but he knows the true identity of the slayer: a creature from another world — a Predator. But unlike others of its species, this alien intruder is no sport hunter, but a blood-crazed psychotic, a butcher of its own kind, an unhinged killing machine. While a massive manhunt sweeps the Barrens, a stalker of a different kind searches for the killer — a second Predator, bent on bringing down the rogue monster.

#2: A special task force sweeps the New Jersey Pine Barrens in search of a psychotic Predator, a blood-crazed butcher bent on killing any living creature it encounters. While the government craves the beast's technology, a team of ex-CIA rogue agents have different plans for the extraterrestrial monster and its human hunters. And if this cast of spooks and psychos weren't enough of a potential powder keg, enter another Predator, here to wreak vengeance upon its unhinged brother — and anything that gets in its way.

#3: The CIA's special task force searches the New Jersey Pine Barrens, hot on the trail of a Predator cutting a bloody swath through the area. Someone else is on the trail too: a team of ex-CIA agents with their own agenda. It's a ferocious pitched battle as the two teams encounter each other, each armed with enough heavy weaponry to take on a Predator. And as the humans square off, so does the Predator — against another Predator, that's tracked its quarry through the depths of space to Earth. Will anyone survive the ensuing insanity?

#4: The New Jersey Pine Barrens echo with the roar of a rogue, serial-killer Predator. He's just taken on another Predator sent to kill him — and now he's gone berserk, attacking anything he encounters. Now, ex-CIA agents Poppa John and friends face a horrific extraterrestrial and the wrath of the U.S. military. Wounded, trapped, with no way out — it's a one-way ticket to hell as they face a Predator who is willing to kill his own kind!

Plot

The Bad Blood.

Ex-CIA member John Pulnick arrives at his paintball range to find it suspiciously surrounded by cops. Shortly afterwards, a CIA taskforce led by Claude Loudermilk arrives in the area. Claude attempts to remove John and the cops from the area, but John escapes and flees into the range woods.

The Enforcer Predator.

There, he encounters several bodies, and suddenly a monstrous Predator - a psychotic Bad Blood that kills indifferently. Pulnick manages to escape after the creature is distracted in killing two cops. Pulnick escapes the range and confronts Loudermilk, before leaving in his car after holding the others at gunpoint. Meanwhile, an Enforcer arrives in the woods in search of the Bad Blood and begins tracking the disgraced hunter.

Pulnick, Kelso and the CIA team.

Realising John has seen the Predator, Loudermilk's men and Deputy Richard Keslo apprehend him and detain him inside their operating compound, placing the blame for the massacred locals on him. Claude also reveals that his team plans to capture the Predator and its ship. After realizing Pulnick was not the killer after all, contacts John's old CIA team, consisting of ex-agents Philip Smith, Robert Graves and his wife Mandy Graves, who break into the CIA compound and rescue him. The former agents then decide to take down the Bad Blood themselves.

Several members of Claude's taskforce locate the Bad Blood's ship, finding inside the remains of the Predators it killed. However, while accessing the ship's computers, they accidentally trigger a boobytrap set by the Bad Blood — the explosion kills the agents and injures the Enforcer, who was close by investigating the vessel himself. John and the former agents are alerted by the sound of the explosion but run into a CIA combat team, who attempt to apprehend them once more. Before the two groups can start shooting, they are attacked by the Bad Blood, who immediately begins slaying the CIA team.

The Enforcer surrounded by Pulnick's team.

The Bad Blood is in turn attacked by the Enforcer, who almost succeeds in impaling the rogue Predator with a spear. Their personal duel is interrupted when the Enforcer is wounded by one of the CIA soldiers, giving the Bad Blood the upper hand. However, the wounded creature is saved when John, having noticed that the Enforcer is only interested in bringing down the Bad Blood, intervenes and has the team shoot the Bad Blood, causing it to flee. While the Enforcer and the team are held in a standoff, John has them lower their weapons, allowing the Enforcer to peacefully leave to tend to his wounds.

The Enforcer is stabbed with its own mask by the Bad Blood.

In the aftermath, Pulnick and the team go after the Bad Blood, who gleefully continues his killing spree, also killing Keslo, who separated from the group. John and his colleagues run into Loudermilk and his forces, and a firefight ensues once again. Elsewhere, the Enforcer and the Bad Blood meet again and resume their battle to death; the Enforcer overpowers its adversary and prepares to land the killing blow, but the Bad Blood removes its spiked bio-helmet and bludgeons the Enforcer with it, mortally wounding it. The Bad Blood steals the Enforcer's Wrist gauntlet and locates its Drop pod, setting coordinates for the Enforcer's Mother Ship to land nearby. The Bad Blood leaves the scene, drawn to the firefight raging between Pulnick and Loudermilk. The rogue Predator attacks the humans whilst also attempting to reach the Enforcer's Mother Ship. Meanwhile, Mandy encounters the Enforcer, who tells her the Bad Blood's intentions. Complying with its request, she mercy killed the Predator

Claude's chopper and his remaining soldiers catch up to the Bad Blood as it reaches the spacecraft, but are slaughtered, with the Predator taking Claude's head as a trophy. John and the other rogue CIA agents arrive and take on the Bad Blood themselves, but fare little better — Philip and Robert are slain, and Mandy has her hand brutally crushed. John is able to land several shots on the Bad Blood but the creature charges him down and quickly overpowers him. It brutally kills Pulnick, but Mandy ambushes the Bad Blood from behind, shooting it several times in the head and finally killing it and ending its rampancy.

Mandy is left the sole-survivor of the slaughter.

As the CIA team is recalled, a team of Enforcers arrive and begin cleaning up after the incident. Acknowledging Mandy's role in the Bad Blood's defeat, they treat Mandy's wounds and give her a ceremonial necklace as a gift before leaving the planet.

In the aftermath of the event, Pulnick, Graves and the black ops team are all blamed for the murders within New Jersey. Mandy, in hiding, is seen in her quarters introspectively staring at the stars.

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Reprint History

Predator: Bad Blood, along with its prologue story from Dark Horse Comics, was eventually collected and reprinted as part of Predator Omnibus: Volume 3 in June 2008.

The complete comic was released digitally through Dark Horse Digital on April 17, 2013, reusing Derek Thompson's cover art from Dark Horse Comics #12.

Behind the Scenes

Bad Blood was preceded by a prequel short story, also called Predator: Bad Blood, published in Dark Horse Comics #12-14. While this is not unusual (several other Predator and Aliens vs. Predator series were preceded by similar namesake prequels), what is unusual is that the short story was never collected as an issue of the main series. In fact, the prequel story was not collected until it was included, as part of the main Bad Blood series, in Predator Omnibus: Volume 3.

Chris Warner, who doubles as co-inker and co-editor in this series, started as an artist on Predator: Concrete Jungle, the first Predator limited series, in 1989. He would go on to provide art for various Aliens and Predator series, write a portion of the long-running Aliens: Colonial Marines series, and eventually become the editor of both the Aliens and Predator comics lines at Dark Horse in 2009, his current position.

The CIA Special Task Force depicted hunting the Predators in Bad Blood may be members of the OWLF taskforce, as seen in the film Predator 2, or the Task Force shown hunting Predators in Predator: Race War. In fact, Bad Blood's task force commander Claude Loudermilk may be the same blonde, be-suited special agent known only as "Blondie" in Race War. At the end of Race War, Blondie mentions that next time things will be personal between him and the Predators, and Loudermilk expresses the same sentiment during the showdown at Bad Blood's climax.

Bad Blood writer Evan Dorkin previously served as artist on Dark Horse's second popular Predator miniseries Predator: Big Game.

In San Diego Comic Con Comics, issue 3 from 1st August 1994 (collected DHC stories), is included Predator pinup, art by Derek Thompson - unused sketch in Bad Blood comics.

Trivia

  • A goof within the series is that some panels show the Bad Blood's point of view. However, his vision is presented as infrared, despite the lack of a Bio-helmet.

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