Prometheus: Fire & Stone
Release Date: OUT NOW!
Publisher: Dark Horse Writer: Paul Tobin Artist: Juan Ferreyra
Whether we ever get a cinematic follow- up to Ridley Scott’s divisive Alien prequel Prometheus remains to be seen, but where there’s demand, there are spin- off stories waiting to be told. Thanks to that, Dark Horse have continued their long- running association with the Alien and Predator franchises with a collection of four- issue miniseries, all connected by the mysteries of Prometheus.
There are linked Fire & Stone tales for Aliens, Predator and Aliens Vs Predator, but the overall story begins with this flawed Prometheus miniseries. Some 125 years after Peter Weyland’s fateful mission to the planetoid LV- 223, a new team arrives to investigate what happened to the Prometheus’s crew, but soon run into trouble thanks to the mysterious black ooze, one of the legendary Engineers, and some very familiar Xenomorphs…
The climactic issue wasn’t available at press time, but the first three parts are an uneven mix. The script does its best to build up atmosphere and pulls off some effectively horrific moments, but it also falls into predictable patterns and doesn’t give us a chance to properly get to know the characters before they start dropping like flies. These flaws are almost balanced by lush, spectacular art from Juan Ferreyra, but despite strong moments this isn’t quite the kick- start that this new phase of the Alien comic franchise needed. Saxon Bullock
Also out now: River Of Pain by Christopher Golden, the third in Titan Books’ series of all- new Alien novels.
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