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Aliens: Fire and Stone #4 Preview

Comic Book Resource has just released the preview for the 4th and final issue of Dark Horse’s Aliens: Fire and Stone series. As can be expected, beware spoilers so avoid this post if you wish to go in blind:

Tying in with the Prometheus and Aliens films, this tale of stranded survivors and the tenacious xenomorphs that stalk them comes to a close! Scientist Derrick Russell makes more stunning discoveries about the strange planet the Hadley’s Hope refugees crashed on, while Aliens close in on him!

111214_02 Aliens: Fire and Stone #4 Preview

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  1. Ultramorph
    http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=25298

    Judging by that sequence of events, I believe it's quite obvious that
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    I would have to agree. As far as Omega goes...

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    The interview series on Comicvine continues, with Tobin talking to Chris Roberson today. Look out for Roberson talking to Sebela tomorrow.

    http://www.comicvine.com/articles/paul-tobin-interviews-chris-roberson-on-aliens-fir/1100-150888/
  2. Xenomorphine
    "Whenever Elden was speaking, I wanted MORE."

    Seriously? I wish there'd been a heck of a lot less... Almost every time he spoke, I was reminded of how much of a pantomime villain he/it was. All that obsessive bullshit about 'friends' and taking sadistic glee in slaughtering others for a revenge kick, made him/it seem like a total dick.

    Agreed and I haven't even so much as read the comic. Sure, I've been told that it's a diluted form of the black liquid but somethings apparently have been tossed around saying that it is technological, but also natural occurring. Nothing really answered.

    It literally made no sense. I can understand someone thinking the ooze could be diluted, somehow (although, why synthetic fluid should do that was never explained), but how did it generate flesh without any organic components? Why would a synthetic's CPU and software programming be getting rewritten?

    It would have made a lot more sense for someone to be getting infected by, say, an Alien's corpse falling into a puddle of the stuff and infecting/changing its nature to a more structured form of biomechanical 'mutation'. Like it's almost a missing component to give the black ooze that additional sense of purpose and direction. We could have had an ordinary human looking more like Elden's end result instead of Fifield's 'genetic chaos' version, that way.

    That, I could buy and it might have given a reason for the character being able to communicate with the Aliens.

    A little disappointed that they went out of their way to have survivors from LV-426 escape, only for there to be little point in it. They could have been from a completely different colony and the end result would have been the same (with the added bonus of not violating canon with the PDT stuff).
  3. RakaiThwei
    To this day, I still don't understand how a synthetic robot was meant to have grown flesh, mutated and had its software programming altered. That entire sub-plot didn't make any sense, at all. It was like the writers got together and went, "How can we make a cool-looking version of Fifield?" But didn't think it through, logically.

    Agreed and I haven't even so much as read the comic. Sure, I've been told that it's a diluted form of the black liquid but somethings apparently have been tossed around saying that it is technological, but also natural occurring. Nothing really answered.
  4. Xenomorphine
    I hate to say it, but while they featured some very atmospheric art in places, the series, as a whole, seemed like a bit of a damp squib...

    That last issue of the 'Aliens'-focused segment was basically one big excuse for a character to effectively say, "What does it all meeeeean?!" Reiterates a few fan-favourite 'Prometheus' theories and then goes nowhere with it.

    To this day, I still don't understand how a synthetic robot was meant to have grown flesh, mutated and had its software programming altered. That entire sub-plot didn't make any sense, at all. It was like the writers got together and went, "How can we make a cool-looking version of Fifield?" But didn't think it through, logically.
  5. RakaiThwei
    Just looking at that preview...

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    Also something worth of note...

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    And one more thing...

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  6. happypred
    Sebela claimed he was going to give us Aliens vs. Predator action...instead he gives us all this mutant sh*t, which I find hilarious

    Olivetti's aliens and predators also look like garbage 
  7. Ultramorph
    As far as your second question, Rakai...

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  8. RakaiThwei
    Is it me or does Elden...

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    Also..

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  9. Ultramorph
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  10. RakaiThwei
    Okay...

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  11. Ultramorph
    Ariel Olivetti has released a preview of AvP #4, and we get a better look at what's happening to a certain character. Spoiler warning.


    Joshua Williamson has also released a small preview of Ahab's battle with the white whale. Also spoilers.

  12. happypred
    I really hope Prometheus 2 isn't shit

    I can't say the first one is garbage...but it could've been so much more other than pretty cinematography and some symbolism here and there. Characters, plot, and tension decide the greatness of almost any movie. Prometheus doesn't really rise above the pack in any of those regards 
  13. Son Of Kane
    Whilst I don't feel the film was executed as well as it should have been, I do like a lot of elements it brought forward. And it's refreshing to see the new media use them because I was getting bored of the same old schtick.

    I thought the story was uninspired and at times felt "lazy" and that a large part of it was the same old sci fi schtick that has been used in countless genre movies over the years. The only thing it had going for it was beautiful cinematography. Other than that I thought it was an "OK" monster movie.

    I agree, although David's character and my preference for the look of the film versus AVP or A:R for instance puts it on a higher pedestal than it perhaps should be at an objective standard- and I'm also thankful for it reviving the Alien franchise recently.

    What changes may I ask?

    They essentially New 52'ed everything. And what I mean is by that, is how they essentially decided to wipe the slate clean and start over just to accommodate Prometheus. So not only are they starting over, but they're sort of also cherry picking as well since apparently, Newts Tale is also accounted for in one of the Titan books.

    I don't see the problem, if they have someone with good taste that is directing the whole affair that is- leaving stuff like AVP:R to rot in a ditch where it belongs along with ACM comics.

    And "cherry picking" the good such as Newt's Tale.
  14. Visceral_Mass
    Whilst I don't feel the film was executed as well as it should have been, I do like a lot of elements it brought forward. And it's refreshing to see the new media use them because I was getting bored of the same old schtick.

    I thought the story was uninspired and at times felt "lazy" and that a large part of it was the same old sci fi schtick that has been used in countless genre movies over the years. The only thing it had going for it was beautiful cinematography. Other than that I thought it was an "OK" monster movie.

  15. Son Of Kane
    I definitely get why some fans are turned off by all the changes, but I agree that it's nice to have some new stuff after a lot of the samey EU we've gotten over the years.

    Personally, I don't like the changes. I almost actually feel like a "bad fan" and that I should turn in my membership card just for not really liking these changes. I prefer the old stuff because for me that's where the "true" AvP is.

    What changes may I ask?

    I disliked the corniness of the old EU intensely and it looks like despite how good the art is for these comics they also carry the same corniness as well as the new book trilogy, Predator/Human team up, memory wipe - small Aliens etc

    Unless I'm mistaken and the execution is a lot better this time round- I don't see a difference between the two EU's.

  16. RakaiThwei
    I definitely get why some fans are turned off by all the changes, but I agree that it's nice to have some new stuff after a lot of the samey EU we've gotten over the years.

    Personally, I don't like the changes. I almost actually feel like a "bad fan" and that I should turn in my membership card just for not really liking these changes. I prefer the old stuff because for me that's where the "true" AvP is.
  17. Ultramorph
    Whilst I don't feel the film was executed as well as it should have been, I do like a lot of elements it brought forward. And it's refreshing to see the new media use them because I was getting bored of the same old schtick.

    I agree with that. The new comics are doing some interesting things with the black goo, and the new novels seem to be setting up more involvement with races like the Arcturians. I'm really curious to see if Dark Horse does any more Prometheus comics, or whether elements of Prometheus like the accelerant show up in later Alien/Predator comics. I definitely get why some fans are turned off by all the changes, but I agree that it's nice to have some new stuff after a lot of the samey EU we've gotten over the years.
  18. Corporal Hicks
    Whilst I don't feel the film was executed as well as it should have been, I do like a lot of elements it brought forward. And it's refreshing to see the new media use them because I was getting bored of the same old schtick.
  19. RakaiThwei
    Unless the stories get significantly better and Prometheus free, I will be passing on future Aliens, Predator, and AVP titles.

    I feel you.. But considering that everything is being either rebooted or rewritten, and possibly cherry picked to accomodate Prometheus.. Expect a lot of Prometheus themes to be in many titles. Especially the Alien and potentially AvP titles. The new Alien novels have some subtle, and sometimes direct ties to Prometheus.
  20. Visceral_Mass
    To be honest, I'm not sure why they've separated them into individual titles. It's one long story.

    That was the one thing I didn't like about the whole "reboot". I would have preferred standalone stories that made references to the other stories. I especially didn't like how "Prometheus heavy" the story was. Unless the stories get significantly better and Prometheus free, I will be passing on future Aliens, Predator, and AVP titles.
  21. happypred
    It's highly ironic that at a panel, Sebela said something to the effect of "what fans want most from AvP is aliens vs. predator fighting and action"

    His work provides little of that
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