Alien vs. Predator: Fire and Stone #3 Review

What lengths will Francis go to beat Elden? Read on to find out.

The official description from Dark Horse:

When a Predator is exposed to a mysterious genetic accelerant, the rest of the hunting party is put in unforeseen peril. And as the android Elden continues his violent evolution, his xenomorph allies reject him from the hive.

Alien vs. Preadtor Fire and Stone #3 previewAlien vs. Predator: Fire and Stone has easily been the weaker link in the crossover series, as despite still being a great read, it has failed to hit the same heights as the others. This remains true in this penultimate issue, as though Francis’ actions prove extremely thrilling, the overall product lacks atmosphere.

Christopher Sebela does a fabulous job when it comes to dialogue, but tension wise, his script is very lackluster. Having given some wonderful revelations in the last issue, I was really hoping that the Ghost writer would deliver, but when push came to shove, it didn’t quite meet my expectations. He did however introduce some intriguing concepts, as bar Francis’ bold choice of action, Elden continued to be a fascinating factor, with both the Xenomorphs and Predators being a fabulous extension.

Ariel Olivetti once again delivers some of the most detailed art I’ve ever seen, though I can’t shake the fact that it doesn’t suit the characters within. Though the Predators and Xenomorphs looked awesome, Elden and the infected Predator just looked ridiculous, with the colour giving an overexposed finish. Despite this, the colours throughout the remainder of the issue, and the transformation of Francis proved extremely eye catching, making up slightly for the unsavory portions.

Alien vs. Predator: Fire and Stone may still be the weaker link in this epic crossover, but nevertheless it’s still an amazing series. Despite this, the lack of atmosphere was off putting, and I only recommend this to people who have already been following either the series, or crossover.

  • + Francis isn't messing around.
  • + Christopher Selba delivers enticing dialogue.
  • - Ariel Olivetti's art though stunning, is ill suited in certain areas.
  • - Lacks atmosphere.

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