Issue #2 of Dark Horse Comics, “Predator: Fire and Stone” is another amazing story by Joshua Williamson and Christopher Mooneyham. In my review of issue #1, I stated that “this may be the best in the six month limited series.” The second issue, which releases today, only furthers my belief in not only the “Fire and Stone” saga, but in this particular creative team.
When we last left Galgo Helder, the security officer on the Perses, he had just encountered one of the alien stowaways on his ship. But unlike the xenomorphs that plague the other series, the alien on board the Perses is one of those big game hunter’s that Arnold went up against in the original film. The Predator, not given any other name, wants to hunt an Engineer. The Engineers, were the god-like beings from the film “Prometheus” and have only been spied on by Galgo when he hid from one in an earlier issue. The Predator forms an uneasy alliance with Galgo and they eventually return to LV-223. Being shown well before the main storyline, we learn that while on day four of a hunt, the Predator came across a cave with markings seen in the film “Prometheus.” They drawings on the cave depict three giants reaching for the heavens and immediately becomes the object of the Predator’s affection. And by affection I mean he will then find the Engineer, track it, and kill it.
The story is written just as consistent as the first part was. Out of all the teams working on the “Fire and Stone” series, it seems as if Joshua Williamson is having the most fun. “Predator” reads like a strange, buddy film at times and in other moments a rousing action picture. The tone is evenly kept throughout the whole story and Williamson is adept at creating an issue that when finished reading, you immediately feel bad for all those that didn’t pull “Predator” #2 of 4.
The art is just as good. Christopher Mooneyham is more at home as his story brings Galgo and the Predator to the ground. No longer bound by the limitations of the spacecraft, Perses, established outside of the “Predator” series, Mooneyham is really able to exhibit how creative he is. Mooneyham is also an adept artist in creating a sense of motion within each panel. This is clearly showcased in a series of panels that find our anti-heroes outwitting a giant, ram-like, creature. Outside of the motion, Mooneyham is also great at capturing expressions and each drawing of Galgo becomes Mooneyham’s Galgo. While Galgo was certainly not made to be the star of the “Fire and Stone” series, he certainly becomes one of the best pulp heroes to ever be found in comics.
“Predator: Fire and Stone” #2 continues the unrelenting adventure from the first issue. One of the few books that doesn’t discriminate against the reader for not having read any of the other titles in the DHC series; “Predator” is simply a damn good story that’s fun to read and even better to look at.