Fans of Prometheus – all 12 of them – will still have to wait a while before they can get a proper movie sequel to the Aliens “prequel,” but that doesn’t mean nothing new is coming out of that universe. A new Dark Horse comic is set to come out next month that will further explore the world of Prometheus and Aliens, and it will even bring in the beloved Predator franchise for more flavor.
On Wednesday, Dark Horse Comics released a trailer for Fire and Stone, a series of comics that will tie together the Predator, Prometheus, and Aliens mythologies. As The Hollywood Reporter notes, Fire and Stone will consist of four different comic book series with five different creative teams.
It kicks off with Prometheus: Fire and Stone, the first issue of which will hit comic book store shelves and digital stores on September 10. Two weeks later, Aliens: Fire and Stone will see its release, followed by AVP [Aliens vs. Predator]: Fire and Stone, and finally Predator: Fire and Stone.
Each series will have its own main arc, and they will be published on an eight-week cycle, with a new issue from one of the four series seeing release every two weeks. After the series have completed their runs, a final special issue will resolve the overall arc of the Fire and Stone collection.
Prometheus is a prequel of sorts to the Alien franchise, of course, and the Alien franchise has already intersected with the Predator universe in Aliens vs. Predator, so it makes sense to bring all three together. The creative team behind Fire and Stone says that they’ve laid a good deal of groundwork to ensure that the stories both link together and stand on their own.
“We’ve done a lot of things to link these things together,” one writer said in the promotional trailer for the series. “Watching each of the five writers overall deal with them as part of their growth, that’s been an amazing thing for me to be a part of.”
There will even be some thematic callbacks to the foundational material from each series. The Aliens installment will center heavily on Angela Foster, whom one writer describes as a “Ripley figure” for the series, hearkening back to Sigourney Weaver’s seminal female lead from the Aliens trilogy.
Foster is said to be “an extraordinary woman, but she is flawed by a kind of evangelism for the corporation.”
If you’re more interested in when a proper sequel to Prometheus, we’ve got to wonder what is wrong with you. Just kidding: Prometheus 2 is reportedly set for a 2016 debut, and it will likely bring back whichever stars survived the first film. Ridley Scott says the sequel is still happening, and at last report it had landed Jack Paglen, the writer behind this year’s Christopher Nolan flick, Transcendence.