• Predator: Fire And Stone #4

    Predator: Fire And Stone #4
    Published by: Dark Horse Comics
    Published on: January 28th, 2015.
    Written by: Joshua Williamson
    Art by: Christopher Mooneyham
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    Dark Horse Comics’ four issue Predator: Fire And Stone series comes to a close with this final issue. The Predator has dragged Galgo into a fight, quite literally, and his life is obviously hanging in the balance. Their foe? One of the mutated engineers. The hunt goes on for days and takes them from one planet to the next, but it’s not until they get to Earth that they find what they’re looking for.

    The Predator and the Engineer go head to head and things look bad for the hunter – Galgo reminds him “You want my help, you let me off the hook” and so he does. No freed from the energy bond that the Predator had used to leash him, Galgo turns tails and runs, leaving the Predator to face the Engineer alone. The two keep fighting and Galgo makes it into the jungle away from the chaos, but then he has a change of heart. He’s been running his whole life, maybe now it’s time to change that and do something right for once… he’ll make it to the Predator in time and after that take care of business, maybe, just maybe, he’ll reunite with someone from his past.

    Williamson brings this four part tale to a pretty satisfying conclusion that resolves just enough to satisfy while leaving things open ended enough that it could very well lead into the events yet to take place (in the upcoming Prometheus: Fire And Stone Omega series out from Dark Horse next month). The emphasis here is on action more than anything else but that’s appropriate enough for a Predator story. There’s enough character development on the last few pages to work and things move at a good pace here. You can kind of see the ‘twist’ (Galgo fleeing and then changing his mind) coming, but it’s in keeping with what was established earlier in the series so it never feels like a cop out. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing more of this guy in the future.

    Christopher Mooneyham’s artwork retains the nice, gritty style that has been employed over the three issues that came before this one. The Klaus Janson/Walt Simonson influence is still there but that’s not a bad thing at all. Inks from John Lucas compliment the pencils nicely, helping to create some nice, detailed line work while Dan Brown’s coloring brings the black and white action to live with appropriately bold, colorful hues. Throw in a nice painted cover courtesy of E. M. Gist and this run turns out to be another really enjoyable story in the Fire and Stone run.