Alien vs. Predator: Fire and Stone #1
Dark Horse Comics
Posted 10/9/14 - 12:03 PM ET
Dark Horse Comics' Official Solicitation: "As the mercenary crew of the Perses leave the horror of LV-223 behind them, one passenger reveals a terrible new danger, and the crew soon find themselves in a deadly struggle between predator and prey!
The Prometheus crossover event heats up!"
Script: Christopher Sebela
Art: Ariel Olivetti
Letters: Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover Art: E.M. Gist
Variant Cover: Mike Mignola with Dave Stewart
Design: Dave Nestelle and Sandy Tanaka
Assistant Editor: Ian Tucker
Editor: Daniel Chabon
This first issue of Alien vs. Predator: Fire and Stone #1 hits the ground running, it takes place between the events of Prometheus: Fire and Stone #4 and Predator: Fire and Stone #1, so it is highly recommended that you pick up the Prometheus: Fire and Stone series before reading this issue. The Fire and Stone cross over is interconnected very well, the creative teams should be commended for this. The action flows heavily in this issue after some mild exposition in the first few pages, then it moves along to the cliffhanger ending just as breakneck as Aliens: Fire and Stone #1; which this reviewer wrote up last week. The respect given to the source materials continues here in the AVP mini-series as it was in the first issue of the Aliens: Fire and Stone part of the cross over, it also further cements the movies together; waiting to see if the reveal about the origins of the xenomorph and predator conflict from the first Alien vs. Predator movie is still being lightly ignored as it remains unclear in the films if the apparent xenomorph origin in the Prometheus film is going to act as the definitive origin point of everybody's favorite space bugs.
Alien vs. Predator: Fire and Stone #1 Mike Mignola and Dave Stewart Variant Cover - Courtesy Dark Horse Comics
Olivetti's artwork and colors are awesome, projecting the dark atmosphere of fear and carnage well, but also beautifully detailed and textured in both environments and creatures. The detail on the Predators could be a little more individualized, but they are still drawn well, I'm going to chalk my want of greater detail in differentiating the Predators from one another up to my preference for the Predator franchise. As well as my rooting for them over the xenomorphs in the AVP movies and the older AVP comics before their war was movie canon too. That said, I love the details on the xenomorphs, I think even the late H.R. Giger would like this version of the creatures spawned from his nightmarish artwork. Bonus points to Ariel Olivetti for giving the bodies of the xenomorphs some details and design differences that amalgamate the original xenomorphs and the one that appeared in the film, Prometheus. The mini-series has a good start and this reviewer is looking forward to the rest of it, hopefully the remaining three issues will follow through on the action here and have some more Predator action than #1.
Alien vs. Predator: Fire and Stone #1 gets a 4 out of 5.
For more on the Fire and Stone event crossing between the Alien, Predator, Prometheus, and Alien vs. Predator titles from Dark Horse check out www.darkhorse.com.
- Michael Meade