Resident Evil: Fire and Ice #1 is an American comic written by WildStorm and published by Detective Comics. It is the sixth of nineteen comics by WildStorm, and the first of the four-part Fire and Ice miniseries. Released in December 2000, it was written by Ted Adams and Kris Oprisko, who formerly wrote stories for the Official Comic Magazine in 1998-99.
The newly assembled S.T.A.R.S. Charlie Team has been investigating a series of attacks across the United States, forming a line from Cristiana, Colorado on 22 October to Batavia, Nebraska on 31 October, which they learn is the result of a travelling band of Zombie circus performers. Whereas only Raquel Fields took part in the investigation in Cristiana, where it is implied she was attacked, the rest of the team has been deployed to Batavia, consisting of Falcon, Jesse Alcorn, Quan Williamson, Rosa Cardenas and Patrick Brady. S.T.A.R.S. HQ has estimated some thirty Zombies in the area to be eliminated. Along with human enemies there are also circus animals such as a zombified lion, which Patrick takes down with a spark-shot.
It is explained by flashback and narration Patrick, the communications expert, survived his experience at Raccoon City Zoo and received an emergency medical procedure to reverse the effects of the G-Virus, giving him a lasting sense of nearby G monsters which made him a perfect recruit for S.T.A.R.S. Falcon, the team leader, joined S.T.A.R.S. after being discharged from the Rangers over an international incident, and recently helped Raccoon City S.T.A.R.S. members Chris and Jill in their investigation of Umbrella in Europe. Rosa is a Mexican-Hopi who learnt tracking skills on the reservation; she joined S.T.A.R.S. after her mother was killed in a Raccoon City diner. Quan, the vehicle specialist, is a Thai-Australian who joined S.T.A.R.S after experiencing Leon Kennedy's attack on an Umbrella lab at Saguaro Wells. Jesse is the team's computer expert who's membership was the result of an ultimatum by the government after hacking into NORAD - join S.T.A.R.S. or serve a life in jail.
Back in the fight, the decision is made to simply incinerate the zombified circus folk and animals rather than shoot them - taking out a Zombie Elephant in the process. Rosa damages a zombie's arm; it reacts by pulling it out from its socket - Rosa proceeds to beat it to death with it. Patrick, meanwhile is captured by zombie acrobats, and Jesse has to shoot them from the ground. The entire circus goes up in flames after all four explosives carried by the team detonate.
A red haired man is recovered from near the circus tents. Falcon recognises him as an Umbrella employee. Held at knife-point, he explains his presence there as being to monitor a standard containment op, and to give S.T.A.R.S. Charlie team a "proper welcome". While Falcon is demanding of details as to how Umbrella knew they'd be in Nebraska, it is too late; the man has died from his wounds.
Back at Charlie Team headquarters, Falcon introduces Raquel Fields as the newest member of the team; she apologises for having been delayed by an "unplanned incident" (the outbreak in Colorado). Falcon briefs Raquel on their mission - to eliminate Umbrella and their bio-weapons in order to prevent another incident like Raccoon City. Raquel requests a bathroom break fifteen minutes before the team is to leave; her condition has been getting progressively worse since the incident in Colorado where she was bitten in the arm. She cannot remember the incident.
At the S.T.A.R.S. staging area, their mission is made clear. The Nebraska mission allowed the team to retrieve sensitive information regarding Umbrella's new bases, where they are working on new bio-weapons research. They will be split into two investigation teams. Rosa is to lead Quan and Patrick to an Umbrella facility in Alaska, while Falcon is to lead Jesse and Raquel to Mexico.
Arriving in an isolated Mexican town, the team spot zombies dressed ready for a Día de Muertos parade.
- 1) What is the status of the Resident Evil movie, or future game releases?
The answer is that we don't know - we just do the comics under a license from Capcom. We're not the people who bring you the games (much as we love to play them).
- 2) Where can I get back issues of the RECBM?
Again, the answer is, we don't know. We don't sell directly to consumers, and even if we did, this thing has been so popular that we can barely manage to keep a couple of copies in our offices for reference. Search the Internet, search the back issue sections of comic stores. There was a collection that reprinted many of the stories from the five issue of the RECBM, called "RESIDENT EVIL: Collection One," and your local comic shop can order this collection.
- Jesse Alcorn
- Patrick Brady
- Quan Williamson
- Rosa Cardenas
- Raquel Fields
- Chris Redfield (flashback)
- Jill Valentine (flashback)
- Umbrella operative
- Ted Adams - Co-writer
- Kris Oprisko - Co-writer
- Lee Bermejo - Penciller
- Shawn Crystal - Penciller
- John Nyberg - Inker
- Mike Heisler - Letterer
- Jeff Mariotte - Editor