Fire and Stone: Aliens, Predator & Prometheus Comic Crossover Event
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  • Unfortunately the level of success in this regard has not been consistent
  • By the third of their four issue run some of the stories have been left with little room to manoeuvre in any more surprises and ultimately conclude in a predictable and inevitable manner
  • The Aliens run is perhaps my favourite of the four arcs
  • Thankfully this run takes the most interesting plot line from the Prometheus arc
  • I think arc is really going to rely on whether or not you think there is a sufficient pay off in the finale in issue four


    • by James Roberts

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      There has been a long tradition of franchise crossover stories between Aliens and Predator that started with the first Versus comic back in 1990. Since then we’ve seen computer games and movies as well, although the films have met with very limited approval. There has been much more success when the comics have taken their cues from the big screen rather than the other way around. With the 2012 release of Prometheus, a film canonically tied to the Aliens universe, it was perhaps inevitable that we’d see another layer added to the crossover run of stories.

      The issues have been released concurrently although once all released they will form part of a greater singular overall story arc. Although not released chronologically this has been done purposefully to gradually build with a series of slow reveals. Unfortunately the level of success in this regard has not been consistent. By the third of their four issue run some of the stories have been left with little room to manoeuvre in any more surprises and ultimately


      conclude in a predictable and inevitable manner.

      With only two issues remaining to be released it is now possible to wait for them all and read them in any order that you choose.

      Aliens serves as a side sequel to the 1986 movie and a prequel to the Prometheus comic. The Prometheus comic, almost the title runner of this series, picks up somewhere after the motion picture although it makes no attempted connection to the movie’s intended sequel. The Fire and Stone: Aliens Vs Predator story begins about midway through the Prometheus arc, with the Predator story line serving as another offshoot a little bit further down the line.

      The Aliens run is perhaps my favourite of the four arcs. It has a great visual style that feels true to its movie progenitor, and it benefits greatly from having a story that ties in so strongly to the film as well. I did feel it suffered from having too small a cast of notable characters, and there were occasions where it felt that

      the plot was treading water, but overall it maintained a sense of menace and overwhelming threat worthy of the franchise.

      Following on from the Aliens arc is the Prometheus story line. Whilst in the earlier pages there seemed to be promises of correcting some of the criticisms levelled at the movie, these seemed to be forgotten once the story gets going. The characters are no less inept than their predecessors and the cast is a little bit too large for the writer to handle. It also seemed that the quality of the artwork deteriorated as the series progressed. This is the first Prometheus comic to be released, and it does make a big attempt to capitalise on some of the potential for expansion that was alluded to in the movie, but unfortunately it doesn’t really do anything unexpected. Generally it keeps things entertaining and moves on at a good pace but there is probably just too much content here to be restricted to four issues. Fans of the film will like it but this ...


      • Fire and Stone: Aliens, Predator & Prometheus Comic Crossover Event
      comic is not going to convert any new fans.

      The Aliens vs Predator issues in the Fire and Stone arc are perhaps some of the most brutal. No spoilers here, but there is a lot to enjoy if you are a fan of the Aliens franchise’s iconic Androids. Thankfully this run takes the most interesting plot line from the Prometheus arc. The storytelling is strong and packs some emotional punch but it doesn’t really work as a standalone because it does rely on some familiarity with at least the first two issues of the Prometheus line. There is a really clean and crisp style to the artwork, but I felt sometimes too much detail can be detrimental to a horror comic. It can’t be faulted for its accurate depiction of the franchise monsters and technology but it lacks the spirit of the films.

      The final component of this story event is the Predator arc. The artwork here has a much rougher style to the others but this really suits the grittier nature of the

      Predator movies. Whilst this run has some of the strongest dialogue the story does generally suffer from a feeling of deja vu - if you have read any of the other Predator comics. I think arc is really going to rely on whether or not you think there is a sufficient pay off in the finale in issue four. A formulaic way to tie Predator to Prometheus but enjoyable regardless.

      Overall this series has suffered from predictability, but more of the same is not necessarily a bad thing considering the quality of the franchises concerned. They might not win over any new fans but it feels like these comics were written for an established fan base anyway. It would have taken something new to elevate them above just being good, but these comics will please a lot of fans who don’t know how long they are going to have to wait until the next big screen release.

      At the time of this review the concluding parts of Aliens Vs Predator and Predator have yet to be released.




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