Prometheus: Life and Death - Final Conflict is a one-shot comic book published by Dark Horse Comics on April 26, 2017, as part of Alien Day. It was written by Dan Abnett, illustrated by Brian Albert Thies and colored by Rain Beredo, with cover art by David Palumbo. Sachin Teng also provided a variant cover for the issue.
The surviving Colonial Marines on the planet LV-223 face a final battle with an injured and enraged Engineer — and, somewhere out in space, three trapped humans seek to change the course of the Engineer's ship... and possibly the history of humanity!
Set directly after the events of Alien vs. Predator: Life and Death, LV-223 survivors Angela Foster, Singer and Humble are inside the interior of the Life and Death Engineer's Juggernaut that had recently taken off from the moon. They are investigating a mural on the wall depicting an Engineer consuming Chemical A0-3959X.91 – 15 from an urn. Singer concludes that the mural is a physical representation of how the Engineers use the liquid to alter ecosystems and create life, specifically humans. Foster concludes that LV-223 was a depot and that the entire moon was a failed experiment, which is why they later began purging all life from it after the Xenomorphs infested it. This leads Foster to worry about how many planets the Engineers are unsatisfied with and if they may purge Earth as part of their cleanup. Humble speaks up and is more concerned with the direction in which the derelict is taking them.
Back on the moon, Sergeant Roth and his squad are waiting for a freight bus from the Hasdrubal to arrive. Whilst the crew wait in the temple, Captain Paget approaches Jill, who was mourning the loss of her recently deceased wife Chris. Though Paget tries to comfort her, Jill is cold, believing that nothing matters anymore without her wife. The Second Engineer, who was thought to be dead, suddenly emerges and attacks the two. After a brief fight between the marines and Engineer, Melville confronts the being and tries to reason with it, wishing for needless violence. The second does not comply and grabs Melville and throws him onto the ground. As it prepares to deliver the finishing blow, Freebody saves him by gunning him down with her smartgun as the rest flee back into the depths of the temple, though the Engineer is unfazed. Jill suggests using the Engineer's black goo against it as she grabs an urn. The rest help her and they pour it over the hallway where they first entered. The Engineer arrives and steps on the liquid. The liquid reacts aggressively to it's bio-suit, giving Paget the opportunity to gun down the Engineer for good.
Meanwhile in the Juggernaut's cockpit, the group discover that the first Engineer went into cryostasis and that it had set the ship to a course to Earth. Foster wakes the Engineer up, only to immediately throw a belt of grenades at him and detonates them, killing him. After recovering from the explosion, Singer notices that the ship is slowing down and that the group have arrived at an unknown planet.
Paget is seen back on the Hasdrubal, sending a message to her set course, Ganymede station, informing it that her crew had evac'd from LV-223 and were sent to hypersleep. She also informs that she is unaware of the presence of Foster, Singer and Humble and can only assume that they are dead.
- Captain Paget
- Sergeant Roth
- Angela Foster
- Galgo Helder
- Engineer (Life and Death)
- Second Engineer
Prometheus: Life and Death - Final Conflict was collected as part of the Alien vs. Predator: Life and Death trade paperback, released on August 09, 2017. The collected edition reused David Palumbo's cover artwork from issue 2 of Alien vs. Predator: Life and Death.
The story will be collected again, along with the other Life and Death stories, in Aliens/Predator/Prometheus/AVP: The Complete Life and Death in September 2018.
Behind the Scenes
- The one-shot's official subtitle, Final Conflict, was not revealed until the release of Alien vs. Predator: Life and Death #4.
- Prometheus: Life and Death - Final Conflict was released on April 26, 2017, alongside Aliens: Dead Orbit #1 and Aliens: Defiance #11, as part of Alien Day.