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Dark Horse: Prometheus - Life and Death #1

Written by Chad Tucker on Wednesday, June 08 2016 and posted in Reviews

Dark Horse: Prometheus - Life and Death #1

"Big things have small beginnings. " – Magneto , Prometheus (2012)


Source: Dark Horse

Writer: Dan Abnett

Artist: Andrea Mutti

Colorist: Dan Abnett

Letterer: Michael Heisler

Cover Artist: David Palumbo

 

From Dark Horse Comics: "Ridley Scott's monster gods! Colonial Marines have commandeered a mysterious alien ship—wresting it from the savage Predators who also wanted it. But now the owner of the vessel has awakened, and the marines find themselves trapped in space with an angry god!"

Sweet! Even though the movie was terrible, the concept was absolutely brilliant. I can't think of anything I'd rather do than pick up the first issue of a Prometheus miniseries and see what these new writers do with that idea. I'll just finish reading this solicit and...

"Chapter two of four of the Life and Death story cycle!"

Crap. It's a crossover. I can't even find the earlier issues. Oh well, two of four doesn't sound too bad. I use context to figure this story out. I'm certain if I open this comic I won't see anything that contradicts that.

"Part 5 of 17 of Life and Death"

Mother Fucker. "Life and Death" is a seventeen book crossover event that seems to somehow grow in size exponentially between the time it takes to write a preview on the website and to send the book to the printer! Clearly this is going to be a well-written event that changes the face of Aliens/Predator/Prometheus/Barbwire comics as we know them. Nothing will ever be the same! Aliens and Predators living under the same roofs? Going to the same schools? Using the same drinking fountains? Reefer Madness!

So what did they do with that brilliant and poorly executed idea of Prometheus? Jack Squat. This book is a very slow read, especially for a first issue. The writing was fairly mediocre and way too heavy with exposition, and not about searching for the creator or man's relationship with God. The crew of the Hasdrubal basically just narrate what is happening in the book, and that is not much narration in terms of quantity since very little happens in term of action. So since they left out all the alien creator drama stuff, apart from a single panel where Singer calls the Engineer a god because he sees his codpiece, surely they will raise the bar on the human stupidity present in the movie? No, they didn't even do that; there is nary an alien abortion, drug addled archaeologist wrestling with an alien snake, or comically long running-from-a-ship-that-would-be-easier-if-ElizabethShaw-jumped-to-the-right scene that Prometheus is famous for. Take some risks.

That art wasn't legendary by any stretch of the imagination, but it filled me with a sense of nostalgia. The pencil work reminded me very much of the classic Dark Horse style. The coloring was like adding a new coat of paint to a familiar work of art, and it worked nicely. There was a time where Dark Horse's Aliens books was one of the more interesting reads out there, and it is good that the art reminds me of that time.

There were a few scenes that stood out, particularly the last page reveal where the Engineer shouts "Hail Hydra!" felt a little forced, and contradicted 675 years of history with the character. All in all, it was a mediocre book where literally more things happened in the recap at the beginning of the book, then the book itself. If I was reading this event, and I'm not after this review, I would skip part Five of Seventy (At the time of this writing it has likely changed again) as literally nothing happens at all in this issue save for a single marine dying. Oh noes, not a colonial marine! Not Corporal Hicks! NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!







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About the Author - Chad Tucker


Also known as NoctourneM, Chad is from down south in the magical land of Texas where the cattle roam free, the barbecue is delicious, and everything is bigger. After failing to be bitten by a radioactive spider after numerous attempts, he settled for his secondary choice of powers: Being a complete smart ass much to the chagrin of both open-carry nuts and the local police. Chad possesses a profound love of comics, art, history, violent cartoons, movies, video games and the horror genre. After the violent murder of his two favorite superheroes, he took up the task of vigilante reviewing, swearing to do all that he could to make sure no comic fan would have to live through Superior Spider-man or Final Crisis again. Never Again.
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