I felt a slight sense of fatigue going back into “Aliens: Fire and Stone”, having been through all four “Fire and Stone” titles and “Prometheus” twice now, I had a slight moment of hesitation as I tried to recall what was going on in this book. Then I opened it and immediately fell back in love. All you need to recall from issue #1 is spelled out fairly clearly on the first page: a mining crew on another moon got overrun by aliens and escaped to LV-223 where they are trying to survive and avoid the aliens. This issue makes the biggest leap to connect the series to “Prometheus” the film and does so expertly while maintaining the tension that characterizes the “Fire and Stone” series. Get ready for a bloody good time.
WRITTEN BY: Chris Roberson
ART BY: Patric Reynolds
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse
RELEASE: October 29, 2014
Review By Eric Switzer
The narrator of this issue is a Hadley’s Hope crew member that has discovered and captured one of the drones left behind by the Prometheus crew from the film. He goes about examining the device and starts to discover what had happened and eventually finds the temple and the remaining Engineers cryo-pod. What I really like about this issue is not only how it connects us to the film but how all the while the rest of the crews story is going on in the background. The drama between them and their struggle with the aliens hunting them is de-emphasized in favor of the grander plot. Our narrator is literally separated from them to tell the more important story, and in fact eventually goes back to tell them about the truth he has uncovered and they can’t be bothered; to busy out running aliens and arguing over who is in charge to understand the significance of what he has discovered. I may be reaching, but I think there are some social implications here worthy of examining.
I can’t get over how brilliantly crafted and connected these four books are. Even their release schedule seems to be significant, as each issue released gets us a little bit closer to seeing the whole picture. I can’t say I am enjoying any one title over any other because they all feel like one massive story. I’ve been waiting for something like this for a long time and I’m pinching myself still that we finally have it.
It feels as though now it is sort of a race to see how many answers we will get about the origins of the aliens and engineers between this crew gets completely hunted down. It gives the aliens a deeper level of implied motive as they hunt our characters seemingly to keep them (and us) from discovering what they really are. I doubt this is actually the case, but as a plot device it works really well. Part of the strength of these franchises and what keeps us coming back for more is how enigmatic the creatures are. I think I want all the answers, but I’m not sure that is what I really want. Time will tell I suppose, meanwhile I am absolutely loving this series.
Eric Switzer is an aspiring filmmaker and screenplay writer living in Los Angeles. His work tends to focus on the lighter side of entropy, dystopic futures, and man’s innate struggle with his own mortality. He can be found on twitter @epicswitzer or reached via email at email@example.com.