COMIC REVIEW: AvP: Fire and Stone #1

Dark Horse Comics’ AvP: Fire and Stone #1 is a little hard to review. It takes place after Prometheus: Fire and Stone #4 (only #1 is currently out) and before Predator: Fire and Stone #1. I will say that I was still able to understand what was going on but there are still some characters and issues that are a mystery to me.

As the mercenary crew of the Perses leave the horror of LV-223 behind them, one passenger reveals a terrible new danger, and the crew soon find themselves in a deadly struggle between predator and prey!

When writing or creating something that tells a story, they always say to start mid-scene, some point in the narrative where interesting things are afoot. AvP: Fire and Stone #1 certainly does this. The reader is presented with a strange muscular tusked creature bellowing on a strange planet. A Predator appears, then another, and another. It doesn’t go well for the creature but I guess that is to be expected when Predators are on the scene. Back at their ship, the hunters scan the Geryon Armada, the human party limping away from horrific events on LV-223. Off they scoot, having spotted their new prey.

The human crew is winding down, preparing for cryo-sleep, but there are machinations afoot. They are in possession of an alien weapon, and also, a prisoner that was responsible for events taking a turn for the worse down on LV-223. They are also
unaware that an enemy has taken control of the command ship Helios. He is a strange mutated thing, with a horde of xenomorphs as his pets!

The rest of this issue plays out as you might imagine, all three adversaries coming together in various skirmishes around the ship. Christopher Sebela’s script provides plenty of skullduggery, bravery and cowardice and it all plays out in wonderfully illustrated and bloody encounters. It also gave me one of my favourite quotes of recent times: “This isn’t a fight. No one wins this. It’s just a slaughter on pause.”

The artwork by Ariel Olivetti is amazing and incredibly detailed, the occasional all white background to a cell emphasizing certain moods or scenes in stark relief. Special mention must be made of the cover art by E. M. Gist too: the three xenomorphs looming behind the humanoid figure and the Predator beneath all look superb.

AvP: Fire and Stone #1 is a stylish read with plenty of action and drama. I enjoyed it a great deal and am interested to find out what really happened on LV-223 as the Prometheus: Fire and Stone series is published. (You can read my review of Prometheus: Fire and Stone here).

Title: AvP: Fire and Stone #1

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

Rating: 4/5

Reviewer: Casey Douglass

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