Review: Predator: Fire and Stone #3 (of 4)

Galgo, now tethered to the Predator, finds himself back on the moon where he stranded some of his crewmates.  The whole lot of them trudges through the planet trying their best to avoid the Engineer.  Along the way Galgo and the Predator share stories of past hunts and war wounds a la the scene from Jaws in which Quint, Brody, and Hooper compare scars. The two hunt wildlife and earn an uneasy trust.  In good faith, the Predator imparts an Engineer weapon upon the human. Ultimately, the two come across the Engineer, and that means a hell of a next issue.

25647Overall, the book is fun.  While the buddy cop storyline feels a little forced, the circumstances permit some light-hearted time for the arc since the mood is so serious in the other books.

Unfortunately, the sense of urgency in AvP: FaS would make this book a little more severe.  With the sense of the hunt and everything going right for the two, Galgo and the Predator might as well share beers and complain about college sweethearts who screwed their frat brothers in college.

This is not to say that the book is anything terrible.  As Predator stories go, this one has some plot clout and some interesting scenery.  At its core, the series contains a refreshing break from the atypical Predator simple hunt and kill scenarios.

The Fire and Stone crossover event has produced some good stories for this universe of characters, but the Predator element feels like the weakest link in an otherwise strong chain.

Score: 3/5 

Writer: Joshua Williamson Artist: Chris Mooneyham Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Price: $3.50 Release Date: 12/17/14 Format: Mini-Series (3 of 4); Print/Digital