In Review: Prometheus: Fire and Stone–Omega

I love what Dark Horse did with this and I want more.

The cover: Instead of the giant iconic head of the Engineer from Prometheus, the face is that of Elden, the synthetic that’s received an accelerant and mutated into an inhuman form. Below the giant stone head are the three leads of this book: Captain Angela Foster, “Ahab” the Predator, and Galgo Helder. I like the look of all three characters and how the first two characters have the primitive weapons and Galgo has the Engineer’s weapon. Good cover from David Palumbo that shows readers whom the story revolves around, and by putting them in these poses leaves readers guessing what they’re about to do battle with. Excellent tease to compel a reader to open the book. Overall grade: A

The story: This is a one-shot of 44 pages that wraps up all the dangling threads from the Fire and Stone saga from Dark Horse Comics. Scripting this finale is Kelly Sue DeConnick. She opens the book with Angela and Galgo hunting pigs–well, mutated pigs that have qualities familiar to the xenomorphs. With their DNA changed, the animals are vicious and the pair don’t have an easy time of killing one. Naturally, Galgo is impatient to kill one and causes the creatures to charge. He fires his weapon, but misses, and drops it as one of the animals jumps on him. All seems lost for the pair in the first few pages until the timely arrival of Ahab, who makes quick work of the beasts. As they feast on meat for the first time in weeks, a streak in the sky catches their attention. They realize it’s the Helios with Elden piloting it. They’re terrified at what his return signifies and the problems start once he emerges from the ship’s wreckage. There’s a nice pacing to this book with the passages that contain Elden being very enjoyable. His speech shows him to be working on a different plane of thought than the humans, but is still extremely childlike, considering what his body has gone through and what he’s seen in the previous series. I was glad to see Galgo still being a jerk and I was hopeful that he wouldn’t survive this book. When Ahab encounters Elden on Pages 25 – 27 that was a fantastic logical step that I’d planned on–good job to DeConnick for placing this in her tale. One of the joys of the original Alien and Prometheus was how the story seemed to have a deeper impact than just a monster on the loose. This book captures that mood well. I liked how the alien figured into this tale and what one member of the group does to slow its pace. The ending was neat and concludes things, though there is still an opening for more tales. I would love to see this continue at a later date. Overall grade: A

The art: Very impressive work from Agustin Alessio who draws and colors his work. The creatures that are encountered on Page 2 are excellent surprises: they don’t look as though they can cause too big a problem for Angela and Galgo, and once alerted they reveal their new xenomorph attributes, and it ain’t pretty! Page 4 is especially exciting with the way Alessio has illustrated it, starting with the heroine pinned down, moving to a close up to show her immediate peril, and then her graphic escape. I really like the way the humans look in this book. They look amazing and their coloring is beautiful. The arrival of Ahab is worthy of a full page splash, though his head does look a titch too large for his body. The arrival of Elden in his ship is really nicely done, with the colors being spot on and the posing of the characters really cool. The slowly entrance of the synthetic is really awesome looking. It’s very familiar to the reveal of the creature in the film that started this all. The double-page spread on Pages 38 and 39 would do H.R. Giger proud. It’s absolutely grotesque, yet any reader will find themselves looking at every aspect of the character, and there’s a lot to enjoy! I also have to make mention of how cool the backgrounds are for the caves. This would seem the most likely, and understandable, place an artist could cut back on with details, but Alessio doesn’t do that. His cave walls are something to get lost in. This is really nice work. Overall grade: A

The letters: Scene settings, dialogue, and lots of sounds are created by Nate Piekos of Blambot. I’ve lauded his work before in the other Fire and Stone books, and this is no exception. One change in this book from the previous are the number of sounds he gets to place into this closing chapter. There are so many sounds, you could have a good time just reading them aloud. My favorite was the Predator’s laugh because the sound matched the image perfectly. Overall grade: A+

The final line: I love what Dark Horse did with this and I want more. Overall grade: A

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer’s Guide for several years with “It’s Bound to Happen!” and he’s reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He’s taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.

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