ALIENS: FIRE AND STONE #1 Review

Is there any worth in this corner of the legendary franchise? Read on to find out.

The official description from Dark Horse:

During a vicious xenomorph outbreak, terraforming engineer Derrick Russell leads a desperate group of survivors onto a rickety mining vessel. They hope to escape the creatures overrunning their colony—but they’ll face horrors both in space and on the strange planet they crash on. Ties in with the Prometheus and Aliens films!

Aliens-Fire and Stone 1_Preview PageThe time has come to journey back to the place where many fans experienced movie magic. Once upon a time a relative nobody took over a property birthed by Ridley Scott and the results made cinematic history. He took a procedural horror and mixed it with more action and colonial marines, but with all that in mind the creative team tackles an unexpected corner and they’ve certainly got my attention.

Chris Roberson does a wonderful job introducing us to a simplistic cast with enough tension in their immediate situation to make us forget that we don’t really know them. That lack of connection slightly hurts the initial impact of the comic but the presence of the Xenomorphs and the mystery of this current environment manages to offer just enough to compensate. The plot is to the point as it makes use of established history, as these iconic franchises prepare for a fitting intersection.

What really stuck out for me within these pages were the strong visuals handed in by Patric Reynolds. In a barrage of detail that seems tailor made for any iteration of horror, we see pencil strokes that are downright engaging from beginning to end. Each panel is lavished in dark and controlled consistency that’s further accentuated by a layer of soft vibrancy. That very work by Dave Stewart did enough to cement this iteration of the sci-fi icon.

Aliens: Fire and Stone #1 is a strong start to something that could be a memorable fright fest.There are rough edges to be sure, but as a starting point there’s a good deal of promise that does enough to garner attention as it earns fan support. Recommended.

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