Prometheus: Fire & Stone

Im­per­fect En­gi­neer­ing

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Rated / Comics -

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.

If you hold a baby Xenomorph just right...

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