Aliens vs. Predator: Fire and Stone #1

Aliens vs. Predator: Fire and Stone #1

Writer: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Ariel Olivetti
Letterer: Nate Piekos
Cover Artists: E. M. Gist (regular cover), Mike Mignola and Dave Stewart (variant cover)

Aliens vs. Predator: Fire and Stone #1 is oddly set between the events of Prometheus: Fire and Stone #4 and Predator: Fire and Stone #1, neither of which have been released yet. As such, this issue thrusts readers deep into the action, revealing some secrets, and giving us all a glimpse at what’s to come in the other series. I’m not really sure why they decided on this release order as it doesn’t make much sense, but it is an interesting story. Several of the characters from Prometheus: Fire and Stone #1 show up as they struggle to make their escape. In this scenario, they have to face off against each other, alien xenomorphs, a mutated android, and predators.

The three main characters in this issue are Galgo, Francis and Elden, all of whom were introduced in Prometheus: Fire and Stone #1. Galgo is the chief security officer. Last we saw him, he was on the alien planet with the rest of his crew as they were about to make contact with the xenomorphs. Here he is one of a few survivors, prepping the ships for escape, and dealing with insane android. For whatever reason, Elden, the android construct who was in charge of upkeep on the Kadmos, wants Francis, the astro-biologist. We knew they had a secret, something involving tests and a medical condition, and this issue clears things up, though somewhat abruptly. It appears Francis has some sort of incurable disease that’s slowed by cryogenic freezing and he’s been testing on Elden to develop a cure. He must have used some sort of alien material on Elden and transformed him into else. Now, deformed and monstrous looking, Elden wants answers, or perhaps just revenge. He’s willing to wheel and deal with Galgo to get Francis.

So being thrust into the middle of the story, there’s quite about of story reveals and action. Galgo and Francis face off against Elden who is using the xenomorphs like attack dogs. All the while there is a group of predators hunting everyone. The predators are very much a wild card as no one seems to be aware of them or concerned about them. They are kind of detached from the story, but slowly forcing their way in. I think their part in the story could have benefited a lot from some more context justifying their connection to what’s going on. Regardless, the things that are happening to Elden and Galgo are interesting. On top of that, there were some mentions of things Francis did that seemed to insinuate calamity. Somewhere Francis did some bad things. We don’t know what yet, but it should flesh out the story when we find out.

Art wise, this issue stands out so far as the best yet in this Fire and Stone cross-series. Star Wars fans may be familiar with Ariel Olivetti as he did the covers for the Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin series. Here he switches jobs to handle all the interior artwork which has a lot of polish and detail. Most of the imagery is very vivid and pseudo life-like. I say that because it’s not a complete realistic rendering. Instead, the artwork has a bit of flair and interpretation to it, giving it a unique style and feel. It stands out. Just looking at the characters, Elden jumps off the page with his wicked, gruesome appearance. There are cool shots of the predators and aliens running amok. The human’s however, have the most stylistic appearance. It’s hard to describe but it’s a neat way of rendering them. Setting the interior art aside, E. M. Gist does an awesome job on the regular cover, capturing the core characters and the sense of horror. For those looking for something different, Mike Mignola’s cover is very Hellboyish and kind of poignant in it’s own way. All around, the artwork is great in this issue.

In the end, Aliens vs. Predator: Fire and Stone #1 doesn’t do to bad considering how far forward the story has leaped. I’m sure this issue will fit in a lot better once readers have had a chance to read the preceding issues that all lead to this chapter of the story. As is, it plants lots of intrigue, carries a lot of action, and gives readers a lot to look forward to. The artwork is excellent and the story is promising. I’m looking forward to seeing how the Prometheus, Predator, and Aliens arcs all lead up to this one. Here we get a glimpse of what’s coming and how they’ll combine together, but it will be nice to get all the context that went into it. I give Aliens vs. Predator: Fire and Stone #1 a four out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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