Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra did it. They went and created one of the best issues yet of the Dark Horse Comics’ “Fire and Stone” saga. The fourth and final issue of “Prometheus: Fire and Stone” releases this week and if you haven’t been reading, make sure you pick up all four issues now. And if you’re looking for a well-told story of terror and aliens, then make sure you pull this on Wednesday.
Following the events of the Ridley Scott film “Prometheus”, the Paul Tobin scripted comic book began with the command ship Helios docking with an engine core vehicle, the Geryon. Approaching the barren moon of LV-223, Captain Angela Foster and her crew set out to uncover the mysteries of the planet and salvage the invaluable data left behind from the Prometheus mission. At first it is unrevealed to the crew that Sir Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce from the film) landed on the planet and never returned. Fans familiar with the mythology of the Aliens universe will immediately recognize the name of Weyland as it his insidious company, Weyland-Yutani, that drives much of the plot of all four films. He was searching for a race of people known as Engineers and along with Dr. Shaw (Noomi Rapace from the film) believed them to be Gods. Revealed by Captain Foster in issue one of “Prometheus” she believes that “we could find the truth behind all of humanity” on LV-223. Soon after landing on the planet they discover a place made up of strange creatures, deadly aliens, and a black goo which turns out to be a genetic acclerant of sorts. It is precisely here that the universes of Prometheus, Aliens, Predator, and Alien vs. Predator merge into what I’ve previously referred to as a “Tarantino-esque” science-fiction masterpiece. Our characters soon split up and go on separate journeys that fuel the stories of the separate but connected titles. It is through Tobin that we are given the synthetic turned creature known as Elden and the start of answers many felt were unanswered at the conclusion of the film “Prometheus.”
The final issue of “Prometheus: Fire and Stone” is a fast, furious, and unrelenting story that concludes the journey Foster and her crew have set out on. The vengeful and mutated Elden has infiltrated the Helios with an army of xenomorphs. He’s searching for Francis Lane, a terminally ill astrobiologist who took advantage of Elden’s trust and used him for an act of desperation. Previously, Lane had come across studies on the black goo found on LV-223 by a scientist named Russell (introduced in Aliens, a story that takes place before Prometheus). Believing that the properties found in the acclerant could heal him after being processed through Elden’s android system, proceeds to inject Elden with the acclerant only to watch it mutate him to disastrous results. The xenomorphs attack most of the crew and the remaining survivors escape off of the Helios and head into the jungle. The captain, trying to comfort her crew, says “In our years together this team has fought off pirates, raiders, this is just a nest of bugs. We’ll handle it.” While running from the rest of the xenomorphs, they head to the derelict craft, recognizing that for some unknown reason the aliens seem to be afraid of it. Inside the derelict, they find a laboratory used by the Engineers and a variety of nightmarish creatures being made. One of the big secrets revealed to fans of the series is more so a clarification on what was inferred by the film. The Engineers are not benevolent gods. They are a scientific race of beings that make and control life. Engineering biological weapons, the xenomorphs are some sort of genetically evolved mistake that they wish to kill.
The final issue by Paul Tobin delivers on the set up of creating a story that, while it could be independently read, is more fitting to be enjoyed by reading the entire series. After four months of following the series, “Prometheus: Fire and Stone” ends on a high note that is both somber, unexpected and frightening. In speaking with the writer, Tobin said that “Juan Ferreyra and I enjoyed that playground.” Artist Juan Ferreyra clearly has fun with drawing panel after panel of unrelenting alien action. The fourth issue, after three issues of exposition, lets loose and has fun with the world its created. The art, while different than Olivetti’s “Alien vs. Predator”, is equally as engaging. The colors fill the book with a sense of wonder that you’d expect from visiting an alien world. It is evident through the amount of time they’ve dedicated to this terrific project that they have enjoyed their time in a dark corner of the universe. And it’s a corner I highly recommend to all lovers of good comic books.
Prometheus: Fire and Stone #4
Writer: Paul Tobin
Artist: Juan Ferreyra
Cover Artist: David Palumbo
Publication Date: December 10, 2014
Format: FC, 32 pages; Miniseries
UPC: 7 61568 23594 4 00411