PREDATOR: FIRE AND STONE TPB
Review by Paul Fiander
This is no "Get to the Chopper" tale , instead we find ourselves in deep space with the "chopper" having already departed LV223. Thankfully the trade opens up with a brief description of the events leading up to the first page but knowledge of the rest of the Fire and Stone series is helpful.
The story itself feels like an odd couple situation as the human interest in the story Galgo is paired with the veteran Predator Ahab. Their paths interact in a straight forward tale created by Joshua Williamson, this is not a negative as the narrative fits the characters. Galgo is a smart talking ruthless space rogue and Ahab is a more stoic character. Our Predator does occasionally talk, unfortunately for Galgo its in his native tongue (this is great for us as we get to see of the glyphs that we first saw in Predator). The story is short but never feels rushed, this is largely due to the pacing with the mix of action and dialogue being perfectly arranged.
In my eyes though the real winner of this series is the art. Chris Mooneyham is the penciller throughout the series and inks on issue 1 and with John Lucas taking over for issues 3 & 4. The great thing about this is there is hardly a change in the art which you can sometimes get when a new inker takes over. I love Mooneyham's art on 5 Ghosts and you get the same style here, his characters sre stylised but it's Ahab for me that steals the show. There is a nice piece in the back matter where Patric Reynolds and Mooneyham discuss Ahab's origins and creative process. The colours by Dan Brown compliment the art completing the package.
Of all the Fire and Stone series this is my the best in my opinion and well worth picking up in trade form. The creative team did the job I was hoping they would achieve when they were announced on the book and thankfully they did not disappoint.
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Synopsis and creator details
As the Perses escapes from the terror of the wreckedPrometheus, an invisible stowaway forces the crew into a deadly conflict! While the crew defend themselves against this unseen predator, the hunter itself stalks a much more substantial game! Collects Predator: Fire and Stone #1–#4!
* From the author of Birthright and Nailbiter and the artist of Five Ghosts!
“Mooneyham has a striking approach, combining a Neal Adams–style dynamic with a Klaus Janson kind of roughness.”—Comic Book Resources
Cover Artist:Lucas Graciano
Published by Dark Horse
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