The expanded fictional universe of Alien and Predator kicks off with the first issue of the Dark Horse Comics massive crossover series, “Prometheus: Fire and Stone,” continuing after the events of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. The combined talent of writer Paul Tobin and artist Juan Ferreyra provide an immersive and cinematic experience throughout this comic. We begin with a perfect plot device: Clara, one of the crew members, is in charge of a video documentary that provides us with various introductions.
This is the new crew sent out to see what happened to the old crew that went out to explore a most lonely and mysterious moon known as LV-223. It is definitely known to be mineral-rich so there’s one motivation to seek it out. But it could very well hold the key to unlocking the secrets of all creation. A relatively esoteric notion and quite possibly a deadly one.
When the Prometheus never returned from her fateful journey to LV-223, it left a huge void to fill, a new mission to undertake. In this first issue, we get acquainted with the members of this newly-minted task force. The interactions between the crew are convincing. As we progress, we learn quite a bit about their secrets and desires. We learn that some are content to tow the line. And we learn that, yes, esoteric or not, the search for the origins of life trumps a cargo of valuable minerals any day.
We also get to land on LV-223 and it is pretty scary. There’s a vast jungle, there’s oily goop, and diabolic small creatures suggesting larger ones just out of sight. Every step of the way, we are given strange metallic readings and strange genetic readings, and it all adds up or doesn’t add up to signal: Danger. Danger. Danger.
From the Eisner Award–nominated team of writer Paul Tobin and artist Juan Ferreyra, the first issue of “Prometheus: Fire and Stone” is available as of September 10. Visit our friends at Dark Horse Comics right here.