Prometheus: Fire and Stone - Omega is a one-shot comic book that was first published by Dark Horse Comics in February 2015. It was written by Kelly Sue DeConnick, illustrated, inked and colored by Agustin Alessio, lettered by Nate Piekos and edited by Scott Allie and Shantel LaRocque, with cover art by David Palumbo. Valentine De Landro also provided a variant cover for the issue.
Serving as a finale to the franchise-crossing Fire and Stone event, it takes place months after the events of Predator: Fire and Stone and follows Angela, Galgo, Chris and Jill as they try to survive on LV-223. The comic was published on February 11, 2015 and received generally positive reviews from critics, with praise directed towards DeConnick's writing and Alessio's art, but some criticism directed towards the ending.
Angela and her fellow survivors are stranded on LV-223, but their mission is not over yet. The answer to their quest could be hidden deep underground, but the strangest nightmare of all stands in their way.
The comic starts on April 9, 2219, several months after the events of Prometheus: Fire and Stone Stranded on LV-223, with their supplies exhausted, the produce that sustained the survivors from Hadley's Hope unpalatable and Jill sick, the human survivors from the Geryon salvage mission are starving and need meat. Captain Angela Foster is trying to line up a shot on a four-legged creature with her bow, but is being annoyed by Galgo. He decides he is going to just shoot the creature with his Engineer weapon, but alerts more of the creatures. Galgo and Angela fire at the oncoming beasts, but they are pinned down and drop their weapons. However, the creatures are suddenly killed by Ahab, who hadn't been spotted in months and was believed dead by the humans.
Later in the night, back at the survivors' cave inside a large mountain, Angela, sitting just outside the cave, notes that Ahab left one of the "pigs" and a few weapons he'd fashioned from bones and that she has difficulty communicating with her crew. She is interrupted by Galgo's screams, who is having his wounds tended to by Chris. Angela calls for Chris and Galgo, spotting the Helios entering LV-223's atmosphere. Chris believes that Elden is piloting the ship, while Angela notes that it's coming in too fast. The ship crash lands on the surface and Angela attempts to put out the fire, hoping to recover food from the wreck, while argues. Suddenly, Elden, severely mutated by the "Accelerant", emerges from the wreckage. Galgo returns to the cave while Angela stays with Elden, who Angela thinks is dying from the Accelerant.
In the morning, Angela wakes to Elden standing over her with a dead Alien in his hands, startling her. While salvaging parts from the wreckage of the Helios, Elden asks Angela if he or she has a soul, but Angela says that he would have to ask God or a priest. Elden asks if she believes in God, but Angela doesn't respond. Elden tells her that he is building an bullhorn to signal for help, as it will take years for another ship to arrive. However, Angela says that they would need something that could produce a signal.
Returning to the cave, Angela gets "the professor's" notes, which states that there's a human beacon inside the mountain from a ship that crashed long ago — the Prometheus, Sir Peter Weyland's ship. Galgo doesn't want to go find the ship, but Jill doubts a rescue ship is coming at all. Chris and Jill stay in the cave with Galgo's gun while he and Angela leave to go to the Onager with a plan to get Ahab to clear the ship of Aliens for them by putting Galgo in danger. He approaches the Onager unarmed, attracting small Aliens. Instead of Ahab, Elden shows up to defend Galgo, who runs away. The Queen inside the ship begins attempting to break out, making Galgo want to leave Elden, but Angela refuses. Ahab arrives and kills many Aliens before also killing the Queen and splashing her acid blood on more Aliens, killing them as well; the rest of the Aliens flee.
Ahab gets up and Galgo and Angela believe he is going to kill Elden. However, he sees the mark on Elden's head given to him by a member of Ahab's clan. Inside the ship, Angela discovers the Queen had grown too large to exit the Onager and that it still functions. The group take the ship and head to the mountain. Using its mining capabilities, Angela tunnels through the mountain. As they are tunneling the mountain, however, acid begins eating through the ship. They initially assume it is coming from the Queen's corpse, but they discover they've tunneled into a massive vein; the "mountain" is alive.
They pilot the ship out of the vein and into a smaller tunnel. However, they find that the Prometheus's signal is coming from behind a "wall". Angela tries to dig through, but is stopped by Elden "because it's alive!" He figures that the "mountain" was a being on the Prometheus that the Accelerant caused to grow around the ship. The walls begin closing in around the group, but Elden begins merging with a wall. He explains that he sought out Francis as they seek Weyland, who sought out his God; they all "crave meaning", "thirst for understanding" and in their "arrogance", believe they were made for a higher purpose and the knowledge of the purpose will "free" them. If their Gods will not give it, then they will "steal" it, so that they can become gods themselves, but none of them are more than the creature who became the mountain, "broken toys...mundane miracles..." Their Gods created them because they could.
Now heavily merged with the wall, Elden manages to open a small tunnel, which allows Angela, Galgo and Ahab to escape. The three make it to the surface and are joined by Chris and Jill as they look out across the horizon.
On November 18, 2014 at 11:50 AM PST, the website Comic Book Resources published Dark Horse's February 2015 solicitations. Among them were the cover art and details for Omega, including the writer, artists, release date, number of pages, cost, type and publisher's summary. Also revealed in the solicitations was the trade paperback release of Prometheus: Fire and Stone.
On January 9, 2015, IGN published a trailer for the comic on their YouTube channel and website. The trailer features DeConnick and Allie talking about Omega. Dark Horse later published the trailer on January 12 on their YouTube channel, darkhorsecocmics.
On February 11, 2015 (release day), the website Bleeding Cool published an article with details and a picture of the ComicsPRO variant cover, as well as a Q&A with DeConnick.
In IGN's review, published on their website on February 11, Jesse Schedeen gave Omega an 8.5 out of 10 ("Great"), praising the way DeConnick wrote characters like Elden and Galgo and "solidifies the general themes of the project". Alexis's art was also praised, which Schedeen said gives the comic a cinematic feel and is reminiscent of H. R. Giger's work. He also praised the poignant ending and stated that the comic was more satisfying than many of the previous Fire and Stone issues. However, criticism was directed at Angela's heavy resemblance to Tomb Raider protagonist Lara Croft.
Prometheus: Fire and Stone - Omega was collected, along with the other Fire and Stone stories, in Prometheus: The Complete Fire and Stone in October 2015. As well as the comics, the trade paperback also included work-in-progress artwork and details of the crossover's original storyline, which was altered quite significantly during development.
Prometheus: Fire and Stone - Omega 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
Cover artist David Palumbo also provided cover artwork for the Aliens: Fire and Stone and Prometheus: Fire and Stone series. Not counting editing staff, he is the only person to work on the creative team on more than one of the series in the Fire and Stone event. He subsequently went on to provide artwork for the Life and Death crossover.
- On the cover, Angela, Ahab and Galgo all have different outfits than what they wear in the comic itself.
- Angela's appearance in the comic has been noted to bear a very strong resemblance to that of Lara Croft in the reboot Tomb Raider series, both having similar outfits and using bows (albeit briefly, in the case of Angela). In fact, assistant editor Shantel LaRocque has worked on some of the Tomb Raider comics based on the reboot.
- The small Aliens encountered by the survivors in the comic were apparently born from the monkey-like creatures seen in Prometheus: Fire and Stone.
- Prometheus is a Titan in Greek mythology, while omega is the final letter of the Greek alphabet. Thus the comic's title — Omega — is appropriate for the final entry in the Fire and Stone story.
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