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Prometheus Comic #1 Preview Online

io9 have just posted the first official preview of the interior of Dark Horse’s upcoming Prometheus comic series:

Juan Ferreyra's Prometheus interior art Prometheus Comic #1 Preview Online

Juan Ferreyra’s Prometheus interior art

The article also revealed that the series will be titled “Fire and Stone”. An interview with Comic Alliance also reveals that the writer for the recently announced mystery 5th series is Kelly Sue DeConnick and her’s will be an oversized wrap-up issue: “DeConnick will be writing a double-sized “wrap-up” issue to close out the initial run of books, and she oversaw a lot of the goings-on in the writers’ room as the series were being put together.

Thanks to Ultramorph for the news.



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  1. RakaiThwei
    I would love a hard reboot in which everything is thrown out the window except the standalons films, all the corny crap is done away with.

    Agreed to a certain extent. I for one actually liked the old comics which were published up until 2010. Of course not counting the PREDATORS prequel and sequel comics-- seriously those comics were just... they are just better left forgotten at the bottom of a trash bin. Harsh as that is to say but I think I speak for everyone that we could all do without a four-armed Predator.

    I would prefer a hard reboot because this would mean that I would have an easier means to ignore it if I don't like it, and keep true to the old stuff which seems to be discontinued and view it as alternate timelines or universes-- assuming certain things are kept in mind. I do remember Scott Allie saying that this was going to be a hard reboot, but then he goes onto say that it really isn't. So I don't know what that means but I hope that it's not a shoe-horned in retcon.

    We had enough of shoe-horned in retcons as it is. Especially after with Colonial Marines.

    The Yautja were only ever the AvP books. Never the comics - unless I'm misremembering them showing up somewhere.

    The term Yautja is used in the AvP-R Blu-Ray Weyland-Yutani Archives which is written as in-universe document. So that kind of gives the whole Yautja concept further weight in the realm of the movies unless you discount it for whatever reason... And of course the PREDATORS behind the scenes featurette "Yautja Transformed" (Super Predators shouldn't be labeled as Yautja). And then of course there are the NECA Toys back stories but does anyone consider those canon aside from Xenomrph and PredXeno?

    I'm happy to see neither used again. Just give me a nice South China Sea kinda feel to the Predator POV stuff and I'll be estatic.

    I never really read South China Sea but I heard some glowing things about it, and by glowing I mean relatively good things. The Predator in that story was a monster, dodging bullets from a hundred riflemen, knocking over a military truck with a punch.. Of course while I never really read the book, I tended to lump that in with Yautja. Call it personal preference or personal canon..

    I have a feeling that the Dark Horse writing team probably didn't look at the novels, and over-looked the Yautja or the Hish stuff. So they are probably written in as "Predators" but Williamson did say that they kept the honor aspect in mind. So for folks who want to ignore the honor aspect.. you might have a hard time trying to ignore that unless it's downplayed.
  2. Ultramorph
    Just give me a nice South China Sea kinda feel to the Predator POV stuff and I'll be estatic.
    Pretty much this. Just make them Predators and have them be interesting and fun to read about, and I think everyone will be happy.

    Agreed. My basic desire for these series is that they wind up telling a story that merits the length. Most of the previous times Dark Horse has tried "maxi-series" like this, the stories wound up not really justifying the number of issues dedicated to them.
  3. happypred
    rather than speaking in Predenese.
    Obviously Machiko would have a hard time speaking "Predenese" as she'd butcher the pronunciation. Even in the novels, she can only speak a few basic words and she uses a combination of sign language and very basic vocabulary. Keep in mind that Steve Perry only participated in the writing of Prey. Machiko never speaks "Predenese" in that novel.

    If you're implying that throwing in a few "Predenese" terms is silly, I'd have to disagree. Though from a writer's perspective, you probably wouldn't want your predators to be speaking too much. 99% the speech between the predators (and inner monologue) in Prey is in English, not "Predenese", just like how the South China Sea predator's inner thoughts are all in English. All Perry really ever did was throw in a few "Predenese" terms for colour. Overall, he handled it quite well. I didn't find it corny or anything like that though some people may beg to differ
  4. Corporal Hicks
    The Yautja were only ever the AvP books. Never the comics - unless I'm misremembering them showing up somewhere. Hell, even 3WW specifically has them using sign language (and I'm sure War did too) rather than speaking in Predenese.

    Whilst Forever Midnight did make the Hish over-the-top, Flesh and Blood handled them quite nicely and I much prefer the hunting for the thrill, rather than honor stuff.

    I'm happy to see neither used again. Just give me a nice South China Sea kinda feel to the Predator POV stuff and I'll be estatic.
  5. happypred
    I am in the minority when I say this, liked the Alien vs Predator movies. Requiem, I understand it's faults and probably could do without and be fine with that, but the first AvP I thought was fine and had something going for it. Unpopular opinion but... I guess I needed to say it.

    It's debatable whether Anderson's predators are Perry's Yautja. I'm more concerned that new series will totally disregard the Yautja mythos established by Prey
  6. RakaiThwei
    Part of me doesn't mind a well-executed reboot...but part of me doesn't want to the Yautja mythos to be totally disregarded. The 2009 relaunch was a disappointment not because there was something wrong with the existing mythos. It was a disappointment because of bad execution...poor art + mediocre story (atrocious art + lame story in the case of Three World War).

    An inquiry was made about whether or not the decision to ignore the AvP films was a personal preference of the writers or a mandate issued by Fox. I would be pretty upset if it was definitely the latter because, and I am in the minority when I say this, liked the Alien vs Predator movies. Requiem, I understand it's faults and probably could do without and be fine with that, but the first AvP I thought was fine and had something going for it. Unpopular opinion but... I guess I needed to say it.

    In regards to that as well, a question was asked if the AvP films were a separate timeline from the reboot comics. Honestly, I am hoping that they say "Yes" or even allow fans to interpret things as such.

    As far as the Yautja mythos is concerned. An inquiry was definitely asked about that if the Yautja mythos was kept in mind or even the Hish mythos, or if the writers simply was going to be writing them as "Predators" without mentioning either. A question was regarded in mind for future stories if the Super Predators were going to be written as Yautja or Hish.

    Right now, I am not sure how to feel about the comics but... the idea of them rebooting everything just to fit Prometheus in seems.. unnecessary in my opinion. But I would prefer a hard reboot then a shoe-horned retcon which is being marketed as a reboot.

    The answers in the Q&A will help me decide if I'll buy or pass on these comics.
  7. happypred
    At least, I hope it is depending on their answers at the fan Q&A.

    Part of me doesn't mind a well-executed reboot...but part of me doesn't want to the Yautja mythos to be totally disregarded. The 2009 relaunch was a disappointment not because there was something wrong with the existing mythos. It was a disappointment because of bad execution...poor art + mediocre story (atrocious art + lame story in the case of Three World War). 
  8. Xenomrph
    They prey on people's excitement and confusion to get site views and such. It's seems like such a wasted opportunity to not do something for FCBD, especially since they did do that for the '09 reboot.

    2009 wasn't so much as a reboot, as it was more of a relaunch.

    This seems to be a reboot.. At least, I hope it is depending on their answers at the fan Q&A.
    My money's on it being a "relaunch" just like the DH Press novels were, despite them being billed as a "reboot".
  9. RakaiThwei
    They prey on people's excitement and confusion to get site views and such. It's seems like such a wasted opportunity to not do something for FCBD, especially since they did do that for the '09 reboot.

    2009 wasn't so much as a reboot, as it was more of a relaunch.

    This seems to be a reboot.. At least, I hope it is depending on their answers at the fan Q&A.

    I'm hoping for some good info from the Q&A over at AliensversusPredator.net, because otherwise I just don't get why they're hyping this up so far in advance.

    I'm waiting for Chris Picard to just post the answers up. The wait is killing me.

    Seriously man, post them up!
  10. Ultramorph
    They prey on people's excitement and confusion to get site views and such. It's seems like such a wasted opportunity to not do something for FCBD, especially since they did do that for the '09 reboot. I'm hoping for some good info from the Q&A over at AliensversusPredator.net, because otherwise I just don't get why they're hyping this up so far in advance.
  11. RakaiThwei
    So there is going to be a Free Comic Book Day preview for this new series. Interesting.

    A preview would be enough for me to see if I'll pick up or pass on these comics. Best part is.. it's free.
  12. Ultramorph
    Quote
    CV: Where will your series fit in with the movie and the eventual sequel?

    PT: Events stretch over a few decades, so it’s hard to pin down a “when does it all happen” moment, but what we really wanted to do was pick a time period when it was possible to play with all the toys we wanted, named the xenomorphs, and the elements the Prometheus movie introduced. We think we found a prime spot for that… a temporal niche where all the various “toys” can really intersect. It’s fun to empty the whole toybox at once!

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    PT: Roberson’s Alien series (with artist Patric Reynolds) takes place a bit earlier than our other books, laying some groundwork for the events that explode out of my Prometheus title and establish some of the characters and situations. One thing we really wanted to do, though, was make sure that each of the series, while entwined, had strong storylines that could stand on their own. I think we’ve done that.

    So the Aliens series is chronologically the first? Interesting.
  13. Ultramorph
    Since they already confirmed no Super Predators, I doubt we'll be seeing much from Predators in the series. The preserve planet idea doesn't really work without the Super Preds.

    I'm most interested to see what "crazy" thing they have planned, which Williamson alluded to on Twitter.

    On another note, I like how they seem to be drawing inspiration from Prometheus concept art. I'm hoping that we at least get some interesting, otherworldly aesthetics out of these series. Note the above-ground rooted plants:

    http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj636/skybeast3/481129_321008897996174_1799331451_n_zpsbfcdb02d.jpg
    http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--uKrk75hL--/c_fit,w_636/hzntajzeq8l8s5m3oaop.jpg
  14. happypred
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    Io9: There’s Predator, Predator 2, and Predators. Are they all canon?

    Williamson: It’s all canon to me. I love all three movies. I remember seeing Predator at home on video and then seeing Predator 2 in the theaters at the tender young age of 9. I’m pretty sure it was the most violent movie I’d seen to date and I loved it!

    If you look at how the continuity works in the original films they each work alone, but still acknowledge the ones before it. That’s the same attitude I’ve had with my Predator story. Listen, I’m a continuity junkie, to toss anything would be sacrilege, but I don’t want it to overpower what I’m trying to do here.

    However, notice that he doesn't really talk about Predators, other than claiming to love it
  15. RakaiThwei
    So does "launching this fall" mean September?

    Pretty much. I would think either September or October.

    Reading the article, especially on page two is that Williamson seems to be focusing more on using Predator and Predator 2 as inspiration for his story. Is he dropping PREDATORS? I most certainly hope so.. I truly do hope so. But something tells me that's just the writer of the article once more paraphrasing.
  16. Kimarhi
    I imagine it will be released without referencing the old EU.  That way there is nothing that conflicts either way.  Fans of the old EU can say that it didn't outright conflict what was already written.  Fans of the new EU won't have to accept the old EU if they don't want to.

    Works better that way imo.
  17. RakaiThwei
    I don't want to see anything about Grant Corp or the Rynth.

    I figure that we might see Predators doing the Blood Ritual or something.. that's probably it. I don't know what to expect but at the same time I am wondering about a lot of things. I asked those things which are on my mind at the fan Q'n'A.
  18. Ultramorph
    My guess is that the only connections we'll see will probably just be stuff like passing references to Grant Corp, or maybe a character will say something like "If I live through this I'm going to become a rhynth herder!" Little stuff that can be disregarded if we want to think of these comics as something separate. Like Scott Allie said, the rest of the EU is pretty far from the story they want to tell.
  19. RakaiThwei
    I will be honest, I most certainly hope that these new comics don't connect with the old comics, incase of the possibility that I disagree with how certain things are presented and would like this to be something on it's own. Of course, some questions were asked in regards if the Predators would be written in mind as either the Yautja or the Hish. And I remember that Scott Allie mentioned the timeline in that ECC discussion which I thought was interesting, and so a similar question was asked in regards to that over at the fan Q'n'A.
  20. Ultramorph
    That's probably accurate. It's like with movies: many people all talking about the same thing to multiple sources is bound to create confusion stemming from something being misheard or badly paraphrased. Either way, I think it's safe to say that these comics will have no appreciable connection to the old stuff, even though they will probably be ambiguous enough that fans can fit them into the old EU big picture if they want to. As such, I don't expect them to do anything that will radically alter what has been established before, IE we probably won't be getting anything like a new Hish mythos, and the Preds will most likely be written in a similar way to what Stradley and Perry did, even if they aren't explicitly called yautja.
  21. RakaiThwei
    We'll have to see. If they're doing these sort of Q and As this many months before release, I would think that they'll reveal at least a bit more. I'm looking forward to the exclusive art that will come with their answers.

    I was re-reading some of the interviews from Newsarama, and reading some of Sebela's statements-- doesn't really seem to suggest that it maybe shoe-horned into the old EU continuity. I've had someone else look into this as well and in his opinion, the interviewer who was talking to Sebela may have paraphrased or took what was said a bit out of context, or misinterpreted it. I'm not too sure.
  22. Ultramorph
    We'll have to see. If they're doing these sort of Q and As this many months before release, I would think that they'll reveal at least a bit more. I'm looking forward to the exclusive art that will come with their answers.
  23. Ultramorph
    A new interview with Scott Allie. Not much new:

    http://www.newsarama.com/20731-dhc-s-allie-unleashes-details-scope-of-prometheus-aliens-predator-line.html

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    Allie: Just miniseries, and then the fifth book is a one-shot titled Prometheus: Omega.

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    Allie: A lot of terrible things are drawn to the moon where Prometheus took place on, leading to a great deal of suffering. A salvage crew goes out looking for answers to some simple questions, they face some bigger questions, and are sucked into a very high-pitched horror adventure story that wrestles with some of the same questions as Prometheus, and the themes the best of these films tackled.

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    Allie: Short answer is yes. I haven't read anything for the next film, and I've been told relatively little, but the guys at Ridley's office are making sure what we're doing works with what they're doing.

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    These writers are creating the Luke, the Vader, of the Dark Horse version of Prometheus, et al, and they're really pushing to make the characters special.
  24. Ultramorph
    Chris Roberson was just interviewed by CBR and spilled some major spoilers about his Aliens series, and had some exclusive new art work. Looks like I was unfortunately right about a few things:


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    CR: Initially we were really bummed when Fox came in and told us to trash our scripts. My first issue was already written and Patric [Reynolds] was already well into the pencils, but when we got the mandate that we include Amanda Ripley, Ripley's daughter who, I think, appears in one deleted scene of Aliens, that just opened a whole new world of really cool possibilities for us.

    CBR: So your series will dovetail with the new game, Alien: Isolation? Was there any collaboration between the writers and the game developers?

    CR: Creative Assembly was great to us. Obviously since those guys are over in the UK they couldn't physically be there in the writers room with us, but we got to see a lot of fantastic concept art, and, of course, they sent us enough story details for us to work around. All I can say is that my Aliens series picks up about two years after the events of the game, and it sort of provides the next logical step for Amanda's story. She's gone toe to toe with the creatures her mother faced, and now she's looking for answers. Through a few twists that Paul [Tobin] sets up in Prometheus, she winds up making her way LV-223, but I can't say much more on that.

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    CBR: We know that Prometheus is the "beating heart" of this reboot, so how much of a role will the Engineers play in your story?

    CR: The Engineers will be a very consistent presence in all the books. What's funny is that people very rarely ever address the other aliens in the Aliens universe. Randy Stradley, who has done a lot of work on Alien and Predator books in the past and wrote the very first AvP story, along with Kelley Sue [DeConnick] had a huge binder this thick of Alien bible stuff. I kind of made it my mission to pick and choose a few choice thing from the universe Dark Horse has built and work them in to give fans something to get excited about. So part of what I do in Aliens is address the relationship between the Engineers and this species called the 'Giffs', who are from a novel that John Shirley wrote a few years back. There a couple of things like that in the different series that fans should really love.

    http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20070224171832/memoryalpha/en/images/8/8b/Tholianportrait.jpg

    Giffs. Of all things, Giffs.  :P My enthusiasm for this reboot was low after that disappointing ECCC panel, but I think this has finally broken my back. I'm passing on these until reviews are out and they're collected in trade. Why is it so hard to not screw Aliens stories up?

    http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id4114
  25. Xenomrph
    there's so much variety and uniqueness shown in both the movies and the EU that Predators' sport-hunting practices could be very similar to human sport-hunting practices - that there isn't so much "tradition" as there's individuals (or at best, small groups, tribes, or clans) who have personal preferences. Each clan might have internal "traditions", but they certainly aren't "traditions" that apply to the entire species.

    Even if there is a "code of honour", each individual predator decides how strictly he'll observe it on an actual hunt, especially if the predator is hunting solo. In Prey, it's obvious Broken Tusk is a predator who actually takes honour seriously, whereas many of his students couldn't give two sh*ts about honour when the senior hunters are no longer around. They just want to murder whatever crosses their path
    To take that one step further, even if the individual decides to eschew "honor" for whatever reason, he still might be held accountable by the other members of his clan if he gets caught (see: "AvP: Blood Time").
  26. happypred
    there's so much variety and uniqueness shown in both the movies and the EU that Predators' sport-hunting practices could be very similar to human sport-hunting practices - that there isn't so much "tradition" as there's individuals (or at best, small groups, tribes, or clans) who have personal preferences. Each clan might have internal "traditions", but they certainly aren't "traditions" that apply to the entire species.

    Even if there is a "code of honour", each individual predator decides how strictly he'll observe it on an actual hunt, especially if the predator is hunting solo. In Prey, it's obvious Broken Tusk is a predator who actually takes honour seriously, whereas many of his students couldn't give two sh*ts about honour when the senior hunters are no longer around. They just want to murder whatever crosses their path
  27. Xenomrph
    I mean previous material suggested that the traditional hunters abhor the idea of using attack dogs, as seen in Three World War and even Evolution.
    I'm not so sure on that. Just because the Super Predators do something doesn't mean non-Super Predators automatically hate it. Super Predators use cloaking, wristblades, shoulder cannons, masks, and tri-lasers, after all.

    I also have a problem with the word "traditional" being thrown around when it comes to Predators, since there's so much variety and uniqueness shown in both the movies and the EU that Predators' sport-hunting practices could be very similar to human sport-hunting practices - that there isn't so much "tradition" as there's individuals (or at best, small groups, tribes, or clans) who have personal preferences. Each clan might have internal "traditions", but they certainly aren't "traditions" that apply to the entire species.
  28. happypred
    The Super Predators could just be their own thing. They don't have to be Yautja or Hish. I understand that you don't want them to be Yautja, but writing them as Hish would only bring back the Hish concept. Better to just let the Hish concept die and have unique Super Predators.

    Who knows...maybe a good writer in the future might be able to make the "Super" Predators actually super. They don't come off as super in Predators. They come across as extremely arrogant and careless, even moreso than regular predators...and they end up dying rather stupidly (especially Tracker) 

    The Super Predators resemble the "Killers" of the 2009 series more than they do the Hish. I think it would make more sense to equate Supers and Killers as opposed to Supers and Hish   
  29. RakaiThwei
    I guess you could...but the question is why? The Hish and the Super Predators are both rather lame concepts, but the Hish are even worse IMO. If they decide to use the Super Predators, I'd prefer that they don't try to write them as Hish. Why mix up the two concepts? Writing the Super Predators as Hish wouldn't improve the Super Predators, it would make them even more lame

    Oh I agree that both are lame concepts and I would rather they didn't exist at all, but I also don't like the idea of the Super Predators being labeled as Yautja when the movie suggest that they are something similar along the lines to what a Romulan is to a Vulcan. So if you ask me, they shouldn't be labeled as Yautja at all.
  30. happypred
    However the Super Predators are supposed to be a cousin race or species to the traditional Predators. It wouldn't be too far-fetched to write the Hish as the Super Predators
    I guess you could...but the question is why? The Hish and the Super Predators are both rather lame concepts, but the Hish are even worse IMO. If they decide to use the Super Predators, I'd prefer that they don't try to write them as Hish. Why mix up the two concepts? Writing the Super Predators as Hish wouldn't improve the Super Predators, it would make them even more lame 
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