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Halo: Initiation #1 Review

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Do you know what a Spartan is…do you want to become one?

Halo: Initiation #1 (of 3)

Writer: Brian Reed
Artist: Marco Castiello
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: August 14, 2013
Price: $3.99

Dark Horse Comics has become the new home for Halo comics. With their first miniseries Halo: Initiation, Dark Horse looks to expand the Halo universe with a little history lesson of how the Spartan 4 program came to be. You may remember Spartan 4’s were first introduced in the Halo 4 video game. Halo: Initiation, explores not only the Spartan 4 program, but also its leader, Sara Palmer. This comic also serves as a direct tie in to the latest Halo game, Halo: Spartan Assault. With their first entry, Dark Horse looks primed and ready to move the Halo comics into an exciting new direction.

The war against the Covenant has been won. The cost was paid by earth’s guardians, the Spartans. With the Master Chief presumed dead and all the other Spartans missing, the earth needs a new batch of heroes. Sarah Palmer wasn’t always a Spartan, she started off as an ODST, a Orbital Drop Shock Trooper. Helljumpers. These special ops soldiers fearlessly drop feet first into any dangerous situation. We meet Sarah Palmer doing exactly that, dropping into a Top Secret rescue mission. This will be her last as a ODST, soon she will get the chance to become something greater, a Spartan.

Halo: Initiation #1 is a good Halo comic. This should come as no surprise considering the story is written by Halo veteran Brian Reed. His story cruises from start to finish with the pace one comes to expect from anything with Halo in the title. Marco Castiello also does a great job with the pencils. His panels especially shine when showcasing the action that this comic has an abundance of. If there is a problem with Halo: Initiation, it’s that most of the first issue is one big action sequence. Being that this is an origin story, I would’ve expected a little more time spent on developing the various plot lines and characters involved. Considering, this is only a 3 issue miniseries, the first chapter left a lot of story to cover in the final 2 issues. That being said, Halo: Initiation feels distinctly Halo, and it easily fits right into the ever expanding Halo universe. Dark Horse Comics looks like its going to be a great home for Halo.

I give Halo: Initiation #1 8/10 reasons to believe Halo is in good hands.

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