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Halo: Initiation #2 Review

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We have made you better………We have made you Spartans
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Halo: Initiation #2(of 3)
Writer: Brian Reed
Artist: Marco Castiello
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: September 11th, 2013
Price: $3.99

Dark Horse Comics continues its freshman entry into the Halo Universe with a story driven middle chapter in Halo: Initiation #2. It picks up where the first issue ended and continues to tell Sarah Palmer’s story with the same fast pacing that makes this series feel so very Halo. With the first issue barely moving the story forward, chapter two, in this three part series, ends up doing most the heavy lifting plot wise. We get a much too brief Spartan 4 tutorial and transformation, before moving on to an insurrectionist plot to steal the UNSC’s top secret super-sized war ship, the Infinity.

Brian Reed is tasked with fitting a lot of story into a single issue. While he does a great job of moving the series forward, it comes at the expense of Sara Palmer. We learn very little about her character or about the Spartan 4 program she is part of. Unfortunately it’s becoming rather clear that this whole series is more of a prequel to the games (and possible future comics), than a legitimate origin story.

Marco Castiello’s artwork remains very impressive. The way he is able to capture the overall feel of Halo is one of the best parts of this series. Every panel pops with great visual storytelling. Most of the time, you feel like you don’t even need the words to understand what was going on in the story. I really hope Dark Horse keeps using him for their future Halo comics.

Halo: Initiation #2 continues to tell a good a Halo story. The story and the art do a great job a keeping me turning the pages, and have me looking forward to seeing how this whole story ends. I only wish that this series was more than three issues, it would be great to get a much deeper look into Sara Palmer and the Spartan 4 program. Overall, this second issue does a good job of setting the stage for what is sure to be an exciting, action packed finale.

I give Halo: Initiation #2 7.5/10 reasons Spartans are superior

You can buy a copy online at Dark Horse Digital, or just head down to your local comic book shop.

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