The melding of the Alien and Predator franchises was one of the most successful crossovers to date, so much so that 2010’s Predators was notable for not involving the alienss at all. Despite this, up until 2004’s Alien vs Predator, it was a melding mostly done in the margins, in comic books and video games of surprising quality. Now in 2014, the franchise is bring the sorta Alien prequel Prometheus into the fold with the Fire and Stone event.
As you might expect from a Prometheus comic rather than focusing on the alien factions, it takes us aboard the Geryon, a mish mash of salvage ships going to LV-233, the planet from the film. Aboard the ship we’re introduced to the various members of the crew and witness to their jokes and good times, in sharp contrast to what we know is inevitably coming. It’s a scene more reminiscent of Alien than Prometheus, but it’s not a particularly interesting one.
Prometheus: Fire and Stone is an eager comic, eager to get past the introductions and eager to get to the meat of the story, much to it’s detriment. Despite roughly half of the comic being dedicated to them, I could only really name one member of the crew, and not with much confidence. It’s something that will likely come back to bite Prometheus in later issues, as it did with the film itself.
Despite this, once you get to the meat of the story it’s understandable why writer Paul Tobin is so excited to get to it. Upon touchdown on LV-233 the crew find the world is not what they expected it to be, and begin exploring. It’s a refreshing change of scenery for the Aliens franchise and one that offers a lot of opportunity for some more unique bug hunts.
Artist Juan Ferryra has roughly the opposite issue. Juan’s darker, almost dingy art style bridges the gap of the 70’s future of the original Alien and the sleek one seen in Prometheus by giving the future of Prometheus a more used look. It’s subtle, and I’d prefer some more low-fi rendition of Prometheus tech, but it’s an interesting compromise. Sadly once getting to the more interesting environments the subdued Gieger esque look begins to lose it’s appeal.
Supposedly the basis for Prometheus 2, Prometheus: Fire and Stone starts out weak but takes some intriguing steps mid way. While it’s source material does it’s best to distance itself from the Alien franchise, Prometheus: Fire and Stone wholeheartedly embraces it. Whether this will be to it’s detriment, and whether our milquetoast cast can gain some depth, remains to be seen. For now, I’m willing to see it through to the next issue.
Written by: Paul Tobin
Art by: Juan Ferreyra
Cover by: David Palumbo
U.S. Price: 3.50
On Sale Date: Sep 10 2014