Aliens: Fire and Stone #1

Aliens: Fire and Stone #1

Writer: Chris Roberson
Artist: Patric Reynolds
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Letterer: Nate Piekos
Cover Artists: David Palumbo (regular cover), Fiona Staples (variant cover)

Aliens: Fire and Stone #1 ties into Prometheus: Fire and Stone #1, but oddly enough, as a prequel. Set before the events of the other comic, this issue tells the story of Hadley’s Hope and the victims of LV-426. It’s a bit jumpy, however there’s lots of alien action and running around. If you like horror, this may be the issue you’ve been looking for.

The issue wastes no time in jumping right to the action. In the very first panel, readers are greeted by attacking aliens and dead bodies. People are screaming and running for the lives, and the aliens are having a heck of a feast. Unfortunately, by diving right into the action, the story doesn’t say how the aliens wound up on LV-426. All we know is that there are lots of them.

Through all the relentless alien attacks, there are panels of survivors scurrying around. These small breaks reveal names and snippets of personality. There’s an engineer named Russell who’s willing to take charge, make decisions, and even take risks when need be. Alongside Russell is Genevieve Dione, a female supervisor who, like Russell, is a take action kind of person. They lead their survivors to an ore ferrying ship called the Onager where they met by surveyor and prospector Nolan Cale. More alien attacks and a narrow escape lead them offworld and en route to LV-223, the planet featured in movie Prometheus.

A crash landing and alien stowaways leads to more death and running. However, this time, they flee into the strange jungles that have sprouted on this abandoned moon. While this comic does tie-in to the movie and the Prometheus: Fire and Stone arc, it does suffer from not having much story and not revealing any of the setup for all these attacking aliens. On the plus side, there is lots of action and aliens. A few of the characters are given enough dialog and scenes to stand out, but they’re not the most enigmatic characters.

The artwork is kind of interesting, though. It’s very dark and gritty. The style reminds me of Gabriel Hardman and the Star Wars: Legacy series. The artwork makes heavy use of shadows. There’s some detail, but also a lot of stylistic choices. The coloring could be a little better as the artwork is kind of muted and doesn’t pop as much as it could, but otherwise it works well for depicting the story. The panels do a good job of showing action, presenting close-ups to focus emotion, and doing wide shots to show off the setting.

All in all, it’s not too bad of an issue, but it could be better. The story is a little thin, but it does hook the reader with some out-of-the-gate action and a lot of questions. As long as the writer takes the time to answer some of those questions, readers should be happy. That said, I give Aliens: Fire and Stone #1 a three out of five metal bikinis and look forward to what they do next.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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