Dark Horse bringing Halo comics back this summer

halo4banner-2After a long absence from the pages of comic books, Halo is about to make a return.  343 Industries has teamed with Dark Horse comics to bring the series back to the two dimensional realm, and they’ve got a surprising story to tell.  Read on for the details.

For years, Bungie and Marvel produced a long line of popular Halo comics.  From the original graphic novel, to limited series like Uprising, Helljumper, and Blood Line, comics were used to expand the Halo universe, and tell the kinds of stories that the games never could.  After Bungie released their last Halo title, however, the steady release of comics stopped.  With the successful release of Halo 4 last November, Dark Horse is bringing Halo comics back.

Starting this August, they will launch a new Halo miniseries titled Halo: Initiation.  Written by Halo writer Brian Reed, with art by Marco Castiello, Initiation stars Sarah Palmer, before she was a Spartan IV serving aboard the UNSC Destiny.  Initiation tells the story of Palmer’s time as an ODST (Orbital Drop Shock Trooper, duh) carrying out dangerous missions behind enemy lines.  Brian Reed has this to say about the project.

“It’s really exciting to work with Dark Horse in continuing the Halo story in comics. After Halo 4 and Spartan Ops, fans wanted to know more about the origins of the Spartan-IV program and Sarah Palmer in particular. So it’s great fun to be able to grant those wishes with a partner like Dark Horse.”

Sarah Palmer seems like she’s got an interesting story to tell, and Dark Horse has enjoyed a fair amount of success with its run of Mass Effect and Dragon Age comics, so I’ve got high hopes for Initiation.  Check out the first official artwork below, and visit Wired for an exclusive look at an interior page.  Halo: Initiation will go on sale this August 14th.


About the Author: (@Joe_of_the_Dead) Lead Editor, Writer

Joe was born in a time of war. A console war. Two electronic titans were locked in a heated battle for the living rooms of America. Which titans, you ask? Well, the Fairchild Channel F and the Atari 2600 of course. You see, Joe is old. So many of his favorite games tend to be on the older side as well. But that hasn’t stopped him from developing unhealthy obsessions with such modern franchises as Halo and Mass Effect. Just don’t tell him how long it’s been since the original Metroid was released. His aging heart can’t take the shock.

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