“Predator”, the latest Dark Horse Comics has to offer in their “Fire and Stone” series releases today. Written by Joshua Williamson and illustrated by Christopher Mooneyham, this may be the best in the six month limited series. Being touted as “a universe of terror drawn to one world”, the first issue in the four-part “Predator” series not only expands upon the broader story, but also expands upon the characters and universe in exciting ways.
Taking place after the events of “Prometheus: Fire and Stone” issues #1- #4 (out of which we’ve only had two issues) the premiere issues follows Galgo Helder, a character introduced in the “Prometheus” series. Galgo is a security officer who abandoned his team on the mysterious moon of LV-223. LV-223 is the planet we visited back in the 2012 Ridley Scott film and were reintroduced to in the DHC’s “Fire and Stone” series. The Prometheus mission may be the greatest undertaking known to man as it may lead to the uncovering of some of the greatest questions – Where are we from? What is the origin of the universe? Who created us? All questions that we soon see disposed of as chaos breaks out in the form of those acid for blood xenomorphs that famously terrorized Sigourney Weaver over the course of four films. Galgo Helder, a character who has leapt from “Prometheus” to “Alien” to “Alien vs. Predator” now makes his way into “Predator: Fire and Stone.” An opportunistic, empathy lacking, and stereotypical tough guy now finds himself aboard his beloved vessel, a patrol ship called the Perses, and having traded a monster mash for the last great hunt.
What makes “Predator: Fire and Stone” so much fun is the clear, concise, and well told story by Joshua Williamson. Much like the original film, which worked due to a unique sci-fi script by Shane Black and handled like a straight-forward actioner by director, John McTiernan; Williamson doesn’t set out to tell a story that is ambitious as the questions posed in “Prometheus.” He opts for a straight forward story of not so nice guys going up against not so nice aliens. The game of cat and mouse is well layered and while predictable for those that are fans of their Aliens and Predator films, is just too much fun to pass up. Lines such as “Why don’t you two princesses just stay back and braid each other’s hair. I’ll take care of the beast and we’ll be back to bed in no time” work so well because the book isn’t pretending to be anything other than a worthy tribute and offering to the gods of the classic Schwarzenegger film.
The Larson/ Mignola vibe that Christopher Mooneyham exhibits with each page is a welcome treat for readers of “Predator: Fire and Stone.” He delivers a quintessential adventure story that is immediate and direct with every panel. Be it a quiet moment that finds Galgo and crew tracking the Predator on board the Perses to a panel depicting some poor schmuck getting blown apart, the art alone is reason to re-read issue #1. If you follow “Five Ghosts” you’ll be happy to see that Mooneyham delivers the same style.
“Predator: Fire and Stone” is a well told, pure fun, adventure story. As a fan of what Dark Horse Comics has published their “Fire and Stone” series, “Predator” stands out. This first issue is a welcome reprieve to the “monster mash” aspect of the other series and is a non-discriminating invitation to one of the best parties happening in the comic scene. I strongly suggest that this title does not get passed on this week.
“Predator: Fire and Stone” #1 gets five out of five stars.
Predator Fire and Stone #1 (of 4)
Writer: Williamson, Joshua
Artist: Mooneyham, Chris
Cover Artist: Brown, Dan
As the Perses begins her long journey home, a deadly stowaway forces the crew into a savage conflict! While the crew defend themselves against this unseen predator, the hunter itself stalks a much more substantial game!
Format: LIMITED SERIES