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Family Problems! An Interview with Thicker Than Blood Writer Jeremy Barlow – AvP Galaxy Podcast #122

We have just uploaded the 122nd episode of the Alien vs. Predator Galaxy Podcast (right-click and save as to download)! For our second episode of 2021 we’re joined by Jeremy Barlow, the writer of Dark Horse Comic’s final Alien vs. Predator series, Thicker Than Blood, and the unfortunately cancelled Predator: The Original Screenplay!

 Family Problems! An Interview with Thicker Than Blood Writer Jeremy Barlow – AvP Galaxy Podcast #122

Jeremy talks to us about the original picture for the series and how it evolved, about the Predator clan’s deleted backstory, working with Doug Wheatley, how Predator: The Original Screenplay differed from the finished film and plenty more!

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Comments: 48
  1. SM
    Ah right.

    Just looked up a Marvel trade on Amazon and it has a price for "Kindle and comiXology", so perhaps DH Aliens comic will end up back on Amazon at some point.
  2. Russ840
    There will be no Digital versions until Marvel get around to releasing.

    All Alien and Predator digital comic material has been pulled from comixology, which is an Amazon company. As such, there shouldn’t be any for kindle.

    But the electronic versions of any book on Amazon is Kindle...?

    The Kindle and Comixology app’s can be used to read digital comics purchased through Amazon. A majority anyway.

    Don’t think you can use the Kindle app to read comics purchased on The Comixology site though.
  3. TStyx
    After hearing the podcast I tried to find them on line but I can only find issues 1 and 2 for sale.  There is a 96 page "paperback" version, is that all 4 issues together?
  4. Russ840
    There will be no Digital versions until Marvel get around to releasing.

    All Alien and Predator digital comic material has been pulled from comixology, which is an Amazon company. As such, there shouldn’t be any for kindle.
  5. Voodoo Magic
    It would seem a solid strategy!

    Or just make an intro page of it in a reprint!

    I honestly don’t think, in the comic itself, we need to understand the Predators. I really enjoyed wondering what they were up to with the Xeno and their behaviour.

    And perhaps that might be the teeter point for where one might feel. What people get stuck on or waive by.
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    I can see why you struggle with that.

    My thinking on that is that it can be argued that we know very little about Predator culture, races, habits and so on. So this differing behaviour and agenda is fascinating to me. It add mystery to them and makes them, for want or a better word, alien.  These guys seem more unique.

    So the idea would be we have honor coded Predators, Bad Bloods and Territorial Predators... the latter being perhaps reclusive clans that will kill everything alive that invade their space. I can roll with that I think, and could really appreciate it if fleshed out well. Indeed! :)

    But in this book to me Barlow was all over the place. They were like bad bloods, until they're not. They're territorial, until they're not. Instead of just shooting the ship, they board, kill men, women and children, string them up in hunting practices. Wait, was this over territory or a hunt? But once we lose a couple limbs, Pred and invader kids are besties now, even holding Maria back from danger.

    Barlow mentioned there was some sort of redemption arc for the Elder? I couldn't find it in the book I read. He stated the Predators reasons for boarding was mechanical versus organic, etc., and with these Predator motivations, it definitely shows to me. *sigh* However, the Predator artwork? I found it so, so gorgeous!  So it's a mixed bag for me on that front. Happy you enjoyed it though!  :)
  6. Xiggz456
    Fantastic interview fellas! Such a fun listen and I loved hearing all the extra backstory as well as learning how Barlow approaches script writing in comic form. Really looking forward to giving this a another read now!
  7. Hunter-Killer
    Cool episode, I don't ever really see that series when I'm looking through the comics, I'll definitely keep my eyes peeled next time

    Spoiler alert for Adam; corporal Hicks shows up in Mandalorian.

    I also recently realized that Michael Biehn was in the video game command and conquered Tiberian sun, which blew my mind because I used to play that game all the time as a kid and I never realized he was in it
  8. Corporal Hicks
    And I love it because it fits the interpretation of them that I love of them being largely sadistic mofos who enjoy a good kill. Removed of the rules of the game, removed of their equivalent of civility and respect and it coming down to "get off my lawn" where they just go nuts, I absolutely love it.

    Honestly, I'd love to see more of the Predators outside of the hunt. I want to see more straight military action. It's why War #0 and The Rage War have a big appeal to me. It's nice to see divergent behavior, a reason a lot of us are probably super into the Bad Bloods for.
  9. Russ840
    Or just make an intro page of it in a reprint!

    I honestly don’t think, in the comic itself, we need to understand the Predators. I really enjoyed wondering what they were up to with the Xeno and their behaviour.

    And perhaps that might be the teeter point for where one might feel. What people get stuck on or waive by.
    Spoiler (click to show/hide)

    I can see why you struggle with that.

    My thinking on that is that it can be argued that we know very little about Predator culture, races, habits and so on. So this differing behaviour and agenda is fascinating to me. It add mystery to them and makes them, for want or a better word, alien.  These guys seem more unique.
  10. Voodoo Magic
    Or just make an intro page of it in a reprint!

    I honestly don’t think, in the comic itself, we need to understand the Predators. I really enjoyed wondering what they were up to with the Xeno and their behaviour.

    And perhaps that might be the teeter point for where one might feel. What people get stuck on or waive by.
    Spoiler (click to show/hide)
  11. Russ840
    It’s a damn shame that we didn’t get all the background detailed in a some extras for the trade. Damn shame.

    Thinking of the poster on the wall, George Miller did that for Mad Max Fury Road. Maybe that's where Barlow learned it. The characters, even the cars had backstories, some that were adapted into great comics. But the rub is we weren't missing anything in Fury Road for a viewer to not understand its core characters like the Predators. Instead I was left confused by their actions/motivations. If Barlow can tighten his writing akin to Miller's, his stuff could be top shelf to me!  :)

    I can’t say I needed the backstory in there. Not to say I wouldn’t like it there.

    But an essay from Barlow, detailing his ideas and stories would have been a great bit of bonus material.

    I honestly don’t think, in the comic itself, we need to understand the Predators. I really enjoyed wondering what they were up to with the Xeno and their behaviour.
  12. Corporal Hicks
    Completely disagree there. The comic didn't miss for not having the backstory. It would have been nice, it would have strengthened the thematic core, but it didn't cause any confusion for me. But you can hear us all argue the f**k with each other in the next episode of the podcast!  ;D
  13. Voodoo Magic
    It’s a damn shame that we didn’t get all the background detailed in a some extras for the trade. Damn shame.

    Thinking of the poster on the wall, George Miller did that for Mad Max Fury Road. Maybe that's where Barlow learned it. The characters, even the cars had backstories, some that were adapted into great comics. But the rub is we weren't missing anything in Fury Road for a viewer to not understand its core characters like the Predators. Instead I was left confused by their actions/motivations. If Barlow can tighten his writing akin to Miller's, his stuff could be top shelf to me!  :)
  14. Corporal Hicks
    And another great podcast! I need to start learning from you guys how to conduct nice flowing interviews.

    It's called anal editing.  ;D But seriously, it helps when the guests are as into it as we are! Jeremy was great to chat to. And we never expected the level of background that Jeremy revealed in this one.

    Cheers to Hicks and Ridgetop! Excellent interview with Jeremy Barlow. I appreciate Mr Barlow's candor and was amused with his writer advice (Marry up!)  :o ;D

    I suppose "win the lottery" is another viable out.  :laugh:

    I'm glad everyone is enjoying this.  :)
  15. Voodoo Magic
    I do believe if Barlow eliminated some inconsequential portions like Denver and his bird ...

    Have to agree here. That character was kinda pointless

    Yep, and the Predators were handled character-wise really badly here too in my eyes / my humble opinion, but... although I wouldn't pick a 15 year old girl and an 8 year old android as my lead protagonists unless I was writing an AvP series for Disney+  :), Maria and Tyler's brother & sister dynamic and the way they interacted together was really well done by Barlow. It definitely felt authentic to me. 👏
  16. Voodoo Magic
    I have to say though that as interesting as that dynamic is for the Predators and how it relates to the kids, it doesn't really come out in the story. Sure they only had so much time to do it but that seems like crucial information that would've benefitted the story. It's something cool to look back on the story in hindsight but I shouldn't have to listen to a pod cast in order to get what a character's deal is.

    I do believe if Barlow eliminated some inconsequential portions like Denver and his bird and explained the Predator family dynamic, all playing off the Thicker than Blood angle in a human and Predator aspects, it could have been wonderful. Instead, any indication of the Predators relation to each other is non existent, and there's no clue to indicate we were witnessing a Predator father and two sons. Heck, the one flame throwing the Xeno came across as the elder to me because he had the battle scars and busted mandibles. Like Wolf, he looked like he's been going at it for a long time...
  17. SuperiorIronman
    Kind of weird to say but I'm glad my dislike of the first half was actually intentional by the writer. The second half really does bring it all together.

    It's cool the whip came back even if it was in a sort of roundabout way. Likely the artists decision to base it on the Requiem whip since that has available reference material Fox would already approve. Shame we don't see that thing more often. I'm not expecting it show up in Hunting Grounds but I'm kind of surprised I don't see it more in comics.

    I have to say though that as interesting as that dynamic is for the Predators and how it relates to the kids, it doesn't really come out in the story. Sure they only had so much time to do it but that seems like crucial information that would've benefitted the story. It's something cool to look back on the story in hindsight but I shouldn't have to listen to a pod cast in order to get what a character's deal is. I'm not saying Jeremy Barlow should've shoved it in, I'm saying Thicker Than Blood needed an extra issue to help convey that and I pin the blame on Darkhorse for that. It works fine without it but that's such an interesting detail I'd have liked it actually getting the time to be explored. That all being said TTB is one of the best AVP stories I've read so if Marvel ever gets around to reprinting it I would love to see them do something like a "directors cut" where Jeremy can add that back in.
  18. 426Buddy
    Great podcast again guys! You spoil us :D

    I had my misgivings about the setup and not seeing the demise of whip predator, but this is a d*mn good AvP story. It's a worthy story for DH to end on, definitely a high note.

    I had it in my top five AVP comics but after listening to the podcast and giving it another read, I would nudge it into my top 3.
  19. Douglas
    Great podcast; I really need to go back and re-read this now!

    RidgeTop you mention Dark Horse's more out-of-the-ordinary graphic novels, as someone just getting into the comics, would it be possible to list a few as would be keen to get them?
  20. Shamo
    And another great podcast! I need to start learning from you guys how to conduct nice flowing interviews.

    I instantly went and bought the comic book. Can't wait to dig in!
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