by Paul Tobin, illustrated by Juan Ferreyra
Published by Dark Horse Books, April 21, 2015
126 Pages • ISBN 978-1616556501 • Paperback
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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. This is the first volume of Prometheus in a blockbuster crossover event featuring Aliens, Predator, and Prometheus!
Picking up after the events of the movie Prometheus, Paul Tobin's Fire and Stone event is running through the entirety of 20th Century Fox's scifi properties: Prometheus, Alien, Predator, and AvP. Prometheus provides the opening chapter, as a survey/salvage crew have been dispatched under the pretense of reclaiming a lost research vessel in order to make some decent money on the salvage. What they don't know is that this is really a cover up in order for part of the crew to complete the Prometheus' original mission. However, things on LV-223 have changed dramatically in the time since the Prometheus disappeared there.
This was a pretty decent follow up to Prometheus, even if it did read more like a Alien comic (but there is an Engineer in the story, so I guess that skews it more towards a Prometheus story). Tobin did an admirable job of answering some of the questions from Prometheus (is that even possible, though?), but of course, being the first chapter in a four part series, there are now also plenty of other questions related to this story that haven't been answered...
My only problem with the book is that there are far, far too many characters. Basically, there are three different crews involved in this mission, and you barely have time to figure out who everybody is before the story takes off and people start dying; characters show up towards the end of the book, and I honestly had no idea who they were. I think this story would have benefited greatly by paring down the number of characters and keeping it a tighter knit group, but that's just me.
I'm curious to see where Tobin will be taking this story, and will more than likely be picking up the rest of the volumes as they are release. For fans of the various franchises, I think this would be a great addition to your library.