COMIC REVIEW: Prometheus: Fire and Stone Issue 1

The film Prometheus certainly proved divisive amongst Alien fans. Personally, I enjoyed it as another stylish visit to the harsh deep-space environments that hold a brooding menace that can’t always be put into words. So it was with great interest that I read through Dark Horse Comics’ Prometheus: Fire and Stone issue one, as it moves events on from the end of the film. The cover itself leaves you in no doubt about this, showing the now signature stone head of an Engineer behind a space-suited crew of humans nervously playing their flash-lights over ominous containers on the floor.

When the Prometheus never returned from her fateful journey to LV-223, the questions surrounding the origins of man went unanswered. Now a new team of explorers seeks to uncover the dark mystery that holds not only the fate of the original mission, but possibly their own damnation.

After a scene setting planetary probe comes to a messy end, the story starts proper with the crew of the command ship Helios, a ship docked to the engine core vehicle Geryon along with the salvage vehicle Kadmos and the Perses patrol ship. The team of humans and synthetics on-board are heading to LV-223 on what they are told is a salvage mission. This is the same LV-223 that the Prometheus landed on many years before.

The first half of the comic introduces us to the crew and general feeling aboard the ship. It also hints at secrets and personal agendas subtly and not so subtly. When the crew do reach and land on LV-223, these issues come out even more and add to the baffling situation that they find themselves in.

The artwork is lovely to behold and lovingly shows the strange flora and fauna that the team stumbles across. Throughout the comic, dark tones are used, each scene seemingly bled of colour leaving everything dull and muted. There are exceptions which are boldly coloured however, and these give the eye a great guide as to what to focus on, and relief from the greys and browns that abound elsewhere.

The story ends on a perfect cliff-hanger which leaves the reader wondering what will become of the crew of this latest, more than likely ill-fated mission. If there is a weak point to the comic it is related to this. The whole issue is basically foreshadowing. Besides the odd glimpse of strange creatures, it is all a big tease as to what is to come later. This is fine but I did feel there was a hollowness to it, even if the visuals and hints of conflict do sound genuinely interesting.

Prometheus: Fire and Stone was created by the Eisner award nominated team of Paul Tobin (best known for his work on Marvel Comics) and artist Juan Ferreyra (Colder). It was released on 10th September 2014 and is available to buy now.

Title: Prometheus: Fire and Stone Issue 1

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

Rating: 3.5/5

Reviewer: Casey Douglass

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