Alien vs. Predator: Fire and Stone #2 Review

Can this series start to feel like a decent addition to this great crossover? Read on to find out.

The official description from Dark Horse:

A terminally ill scientist’s desperate experiment yields deadly results, and offers the Predators a chance to hunt an invincible new game!

avpfs2p2Fire and Stone has really succeeded in bringing something unique to the Alien and Predator mythos, as though like always proceedings are very much a mixed bag, the general concept has really enticed. One thing that hasn’t however has been the timeline, with the spoiler like tone ruining the opening issue of Alien vs. Predator. Luckily however things get back on track, with Elden’s work giving some captivating moments.

Christopher Sebela may have failed to draw me into this series with his first script, but he certainly does so with this. Between the engaging dialogue shared between Francis and Elden, and the clever developments there’s plenty to keep fans excited. There are also a few specific developments including the Predator’s and Xenomorphs that particularly amazed, with the writer showing the true nature of the Xenomorphs brilliantly.

Ariel Olivetti is an artist who has left me with mixed feelings over the years, having amazed me with his Punisher work, whilst disappointing with the likes of Hulk. Alien vs. Predator: Fire and Stone falls in the middle of this, with his detailed artwork giving some sensational moments. At the same time however I can’t shake the feeling that his unique style doesn’t suit the series, with the colours giving a questionable finish to the Predator’s. Despite this there are some genuinely amazing moments, with the creativity of the artist being clearly on display.

Alien vs. Predator: Fire and Stone #2 turns the fortune of this series around, creating a thoroughly enjoyable second part. Delivering some clever developments, with some dramatic dialogue, the creators manage to remind us why these creatures are so deadly. Recommended.

  • + We are reminded why the Xenomorphs are feared.
  • + Brilliant twist on the Predator end.
  • + Ariel Olivetti delivers some sensational art.
  • - The timeline is still an annoyance.

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