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.
For me, when the normally sports hunting coded nomadic Predator behavior is so odd to begin with... killing men, women and children because a cruise ship crossed an imaginary Romulan line in space.. to a Predator trying to kill kids, loses his limbs in a tourist elevator doing so, is attempted to be drowned by same kids, then makes friends with the trespassers, then saves kids and lays down a comatose body of one, only to almost suck the comatose kid body into space five seconds later, the very thing it just saved... for me it was a wtf did I just read? I know Harrigan had 30 seconds to get off that Lost Predator Ship but he just killed one of their own Predators and he's not a comatose android child that was just saved. But alas, that's just where I was coming from, things I had trouble getting past.
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!