• Prometheus: Fire And Stone #4



    Prometheus: Fire And Stone #4
    Released by: Dark Horse Comics
    Released on: December 10th, 2014.
    Written by: Paul Tobin
    Illustrated by: Juan Ferreyra
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    Continuing the story told in the first three issues, this fourth and final issue of the four issue mini-series finishes the story of the crew of the Geryon who have landed on LV-223 in hopes of finding the missing Prometheus expedition crew. They’ve found two wrecked ships but more importantly a strange black liquid accelerant and a strange race of deadly alien creatures. Science officer Francis Lane has attempted to cure his terminal illness using this accelerant but tested it on his android companion Eldred first… with fairly nasty results. When this issue kicks in, a mutated Elden is running rampant, the Helios ship is overrun with those aliens, and Captain Angela Foster is trying to do whatever she can to get the survivors off of the planet to safety.

    Right from the first page, Elden is basically in ‘kill all the humans’ mode and the aliens are, well, they’re aliens so they kill anything that moves. Traynor is above the planet on the Helios while Foster calls in for him to send an EVAC. Some of the survivors try to outrun the aliens using their dune buggies, but not everyone is able to succeed in with that plan and they take refuge inside one of the abandoned shipwrecks.

    Traynor attempts to bring in the EVAC are cut short, but we’re not going to spoil how or why, and the dune buggy crew, with no other choice, head deeper into the strange alien ship only to find that it was used as some sort of laboratory and that the aliens aren’t as hesitant to go inside as they first thought…

    This ends the four issue Prometheus: Fire And Stone mini-series but what happens here builds and then continues into the other Fire And Stone four issue runs (Aliens, Predator and Aliens Vs. Predator) so while we do get a finale of sorts here it serves as less of a conclusion and more of a stepping stone into what will inevitably play out there. Tobin writes the characters well and comes up with some pretty creepy situations here, the kind that are complimented quite well by Juan Ferreyra’s moody, atmospheric and nicely detailed artwork. These two work well together, future collaborations should definitely be a consideration. David Palumbo once again contributes a great painted cover.

    So yeah, it’s over, but it’s not over, not by a long shot. The Prometheus run was very well done, let’s hope (and it is a fairly safe assumption to make) that the other three series in the story match its level of quality in both writing and artwork.