Predator: Fire and Stone is a four-issue limited comic book series that was first published by Dark Horse Comics from October 2014-January 2015. It was also published simultaneously in the digital format via Dark Horse Digital. The story was written by Joshua Williamson, illustrated by Chris Mooneyham, inked by Mooneyham and John Lucas, colored by Dan Brown, lettered by Nate Piekos and edited by Ian Tucker and Brendan Wright, with cover art by Lucas Graciano. Alex Maleev also provided a variant cover for the first issue.
Predator: Fire and Stone formed the Predator component of Dark Horse's franchise-crossing Fire and Stone event in 2014/2015, and was released in conjunction with Prometheus: Fire and Stone, Aliens: Fire and Stone and Alien vs. Predator: Fire and Stone. The four series all share an interconnected story.
#1: As the Perses begins her long journey home, a deadly stowaway forces the crew into a savage conflict! While the crew defend themselves against this unseen Predator, the hunter itself stalks a much more substantial game!
#2: After the mayhem and terror of Weyland-Yutani's disastrous mission to the site of the Prometheus, Galgo's troubles continue when his ship is shanghaied by a Predator stowaway! Its obsession with a mysterious, deadly quarry sends them to the last place in the universe Galgo'd like to revisit — the Xeno-infested LV-223!
#3: Back among the crewmates he betrayed in Prometheus, Galgo must watch over both shoulders, as his former allies want him to pay, and the Predator that holds him captive wants something far more terrible!
#4: As the Predator sets out on his greatest hunt, Galgo must decide if atoning for his past sins is worth the ultimate sacrifice!
One day after the events of Alien vs. Predator: Fire and Stone, aboard the Perses, the three deserters of Angela Foster's crew, Galgo Helder, Piper and Higgins are woken from cryostasis. Galgo explains to him that Elden, aboard the Helios had caught up with the Geryon to find their hostage Francis Lane. Galgo detached the Perses from the Geryon to depart. However, a "stowaway" is aboard the ship which the three have to hunt down. Galgo refrains the two from using firearms and suggests they use cattle prods instead.
Piper splits up from Higgins and Galgo and searches for the stowaway himself so that the other two could flank it. He eventually encounters the cloaked Predator and after the ensuing battle, Piper gets blown to pieces by the Predator's Plasmacaster. Higgins begins demanding what is aboard the ship. Galgo begins talking whilst getting some distance between him and Higgins, before suddenly closing a hatch between the two. Cutting them off. Galgo intends using Higgins as bait for the hunter. As it appears on Galgo's tracker in the same room as Higgins. Galgo opens a different hatch and blasts Higgins and supposedly the hunter into space, sending Higgins to his death.
Shortly after the airlock re-sealed, Ahab revealed himself to Galgo by leaping from the rafters. The two quickly began fighting, but Ahab shot him with a Netgun, trapping Galgo.
As Galgo prepared for the worst, Ahab suddenly extended his Wrist-Blades and slashed the net, freeing Galgo. Ahab grabbed Galgo's engineer rifle and pushed him away, activate his Wrist Gauntlet, projecting a hologram of an Engineer.
Galgo manages to strike a deal with Ahab, suggesting that if he takes Ahab to LV-223 to hunt the Engineer, the Predator will let Galgo go. Ahab swiftly forces him in the pilot seat of the Perses, with Galgo saying "All right. LV-223 coming right up".
The two arrived at LV-223 on January 30 at 11:16 AM Earth Central Time. Galgo, assuming that he held his end of the bargain, bid Ahab farewell and a "happy hunting". Ahab however, had other ideas and demanded that Galgo follows. An argument ensues between the two. Ahab did not wait to listen, he grabbed Galgo's right arm and placed a gauntlet on it, linking him to Ahab's gauntlet via a short range laser type device.
Once returning to the moon, the two venture into the jungle and come across the same pile of dead Xenomorphs Galgo had previously encountered, although the pile this time was immensely larger than before. Galgo and Ahab eventually find Angela and fellow crewmembers Chris and Jill, still on the moon. Foster explains to Galgo that the Engineers having been purging the moon of all wildlife, "clearing up" anything living they come across.
Upon seeing Angela and the other survivors Ahab sprinted towards them ready for battle, but Galgo yelled at Angela to run away as he yanked hard on the laser chain device restraining Ahab, Angela told Chris and Jill to head back to camp that she'd catch up later since she vowed that no one else would die.
Angela asked Galgo what mess had he drag to her life now, Galgo began trying to sweet talk her but received a punch in the face for abandoning her and her crew. Ahab is standing in the background observing both of them argue.
Galgo then told Angela that they could all be friends and that he did what had to be done when he abandoned her and the other survivors on LV-223, and that she would have done the same, she asked if this was his idea of a rescue, bringing reinforcements, referring to Ahab, Galgo replied "not quite", and she asked him then what was it, he said it was a long story, and she replied that was good since it was a long walk back to camp.
Galgo asked if the Aliens didn't come up to the cave, and she said that they didn't, that they seemed to leave the caves of the mountain alone, she didn't know why but she didn't care, her only goal was getting off LV-223. Galgo then was about to ask what had she discovered about the fate of Peter Weyland since that's what she was after, but she interrupted him and told him he could spend the night with them at the cave, but come morning he was gone. Galgo suggested that "it's going to be a cold night in space" and then asked her if they had any heaters or anything to keep warm, she sarcastically replied that he'd be fine since he's a survivor. Ahab immediately shot the ground with his Plasmacaster creating a small fire.
Ahab and Galgo decide to exchange stories on how they obtained their scars. Galgo pulls down his neck bandanna, revealing an old scar and recalls how he saved two families from a group of pirates on a cruise ship.
Then he told Ahab he had shared a story and that it was his turn, "don't be shy" he said, then pointed to a large scar on Ahab's left thigh, and asked how he acquired that "beauty", Ahab showed a hologram depicting a large bipedal beast, Galgo replied "Ha, good story".
Whilst further exploring the jungle, Galgo and Ahab eventually, rather accidentally, meet the Engineer face to face. Galgo suddenly flees the scene, much to Ahab's surprise and after a brief battle, the Engineer quickly overpowers him, breaking an arm and a leg. Ahab retreats back into the Perses, the Engineer in hot pursuit. Ahab in a last ditch effort, manages to impale a harpoon into the Engineer's chest. The Engineer, however, is able to tear it out and prepares to finish Ahab off. Just before the Engineer kills the weakened Predator, Galgo returns and shoots him in his chest wound with the Engineer rifle that Galgo had previously found. Ahab finishes the job by setting a Self-Destruct Device, escaping the Perses and blowing up the ship.
After the two witnessed the the Perses explode, Ahab returned to the wreckage and began searching through it as Galgo, confused, tried to tell him that the Engineer was dead. The Yautja then grabbed the Engineer's skull and spinal column, holding it up in victory as he roared. Galgo, now alongside Foster, Chris and Jill, who came to investigate the explosion, said that he was beginning to like Ahab. Foster replied "Yeah, until he kills us next.", but Galgo told her they were too "minor league" for him. As the Yautja walked away, Galgo commented that Ahab "finally got his whale".
Predator: Fire and Stone was collected and released as a trade paperback in July 2015, reusing Lucas Graciano's cover for issue 2 as the cover artwork.
This series will be collected again, along with the other Fire and Stone stories, in a trade paperback titled Aliens Predator Prometheus AVP: Fire and Stone, to be released in April 2018.
Behind the Scenes
- In issue 1, a typo in the foreword states that the events within take place after Prometheus: Fire and Stone #4 and Predator: Fire and Stone #1.
- Although the events of Predator: Fire and Stone, in regard to Galgo and Ahab, pick up where Alien vs. Predator: Fire and Stone #1 left off, all four issues of Alien vs. Predator: Fire and Stone are noted to be taking place on January 22, 2219, without any mention of a change in the date, while the events of Predator: Fire and Stone are taking place on and after January 23, 2219 meaning, chronologically, the Predator: FIre and Stone series take place one day after the events of the entire Alien vs. Predator: Fire and Stone series.