By Christopher Sebela & Ariel Olivetti

Being the penultimate issue of Alien vs Predator: Fire and Stone, the battle between the two vicious alien species reaches its apex. Elden and a Predator are now infected with the genetic accelerant. The altered synthetic battles the Xenomorphs as the remaining human survivor, Francis Lane, struggles for survival at any cost…

To be perfectly honest, it feels as if there was no real plot progression in this issue. The book ends with how it opens: all-out conflict among all the species aboard the now derelict ship. The cat and mouse game between Elden and Francis, which is the frame for this entire storyline, is becoming very tedious at this point. Also, Christopher Sebela tries to throw red herrings into the mix this late in the game that just confuse the reader and continue to hinder the development of the story.

One would think that since their little in terms of plot, there is a lot of action, but sadly Ariel Olivetti can’t seem to capture the intensity and powerful imagery that can be invoked from the two most dangerous species (even with two genetically altered beings in the mix). He does depict the struggles in the combat sequences well, but there’s something missing that delivers that “wow” factor. Olivetti has a very clean, crisp visual style that perhaps doesn’t lend itself well to the material.

Sadly, this latest installment in the mini-series fails to invoke the drama and horror one would expect from aliens and predators locked in their primal clash. Considering this is the next-to-last issue, most readers are already pot-committed. Let’s hope this creative team can end on a high note with the finale.

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About The Author Erik Gonzalez

I was exposed to comics early on, one of my earliest vivid memories was picking up the entire run of Dark Horse’s Aliens vs. Predator(1990). Odd and perhaps morbid choice for a kid, I know...At the same time, I was immersed in the pop culture of the time which included, but not limited to: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ghostbusters, Jurassic Park, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and of course, Batman: The Animated Series. Upon reflection, it’s fairly evident why I’m such a zealous geek. My day job is in television operations, so basically I’m exposed to media at every turn, which is where I want to be! Writing comic book reviews is another outlet to convey my respect and fanaticism for the this graphic medium. I hope what I have to say will resonate with others and also spark heart-felt discussion. Simon Pegg said it best, “Being a geek is extremely liberating.”