Just as quickly as it started, “Prometheus: Fire and Stone” is nearing the end of it’s run. Issue #3 releases today and sees the “Fire and Stone” series start to come full circle.
Paul Tobin has been tasked with fleshing out the world of “Prometheus” in a meaningful way. His work has shown that Dark Horse Comics latest offering is anything but a sub-par follow-up to the successful film series. “Prometheus: Fire and Stone” takes place sometime after the film and draws us into Captain Angela Foster’s mission to uncover the mysteries of the wrecked Prometheus. Issue #3, already having set up its numerous ties to the other DHC titles, “Aliens”, “Predator”, and “Alien vs. Predator”, drops us right into the unfolding chaos on planet LV-223. Foster’s dilemma is in finding a way to rescue astrobiologist Francis Lane and his “synthetic” (android) assistant Elden, while not putting the lives of her crew in jeopardy. Unknown to her, Lane is dying from cancer and in a desperate attempt to understand the mysteries of the planet and to save himself, he injects the accelerant (black goo) into Elden. Quite unsure about the properties of the new found substance, he is terrified to watch his assistant mutate into a horrifying new form.
Dark Horse’s “Fire and Stone” series was always destined to be the science-fiction/horror answer to Quentin Tarantino’s crime films. While each book does have its own merits, it’s hard to see how one could read one title without the other. The characters of Elden and Galgo (an unscrupulous, out for himself, security officer) have branched out to other series, but their stories began with Paul Tobin’s “Prometheus: Fire and Stone.” Tobin delivers a steady, taut, and thrilling escapade on a planet infested with all sorts of creatures. While his story has revealed a few interesting elements to the world of “Prometheus”, it seems as if more answers will only come in the form of the bigger picture once the “Fire and Stone” series concludes in February.
Juan Ferreyra is one of those artists in the rare territory of delivering a book that does live up to its cover. David Palumbo’s cover depicts synthetic Elden, losing his tether to humanity amidst his transformation into that of an engineered alien creature. The cover art is creepy enough with its subtle homage to a fetus lost in a bowl of Giger’s xenomorphs. The inside of the book, handled by Ferreyra, is also enticing, but noticeably not as sci-fi/horror as Palumbo’s cover. The art is decidedly different in that it is more of a fast paced and clearly told adventure. Playing to Ferreyra’s strengths, Tobin writes Elden’s horrific mutation as some sort of biomechanical deformity that Ferreyra captures perfectly. The result truly delivers a character that has not only become the highlight of “Prometheus” but the brightest aspect of the “Fire and Stone” series.
Elden is a new age Frankenstein’s monster of sorts, just with more exposed muscle and grotesque alien-like mutations. Tobin’s character, obviously created with great foresight into the “Fire and Stone” series, and speaks to how cohesive each book is when read together.
“Prometheus: Fire and Stone” issue 3 gets four out of five stars.
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Prometheus: Fire and Stone #3
Writer: Paul Tobin
Artist: Juan Ferreyra
Cover Artist: David Palumbo