Yesterday, Dark Horse announced that a new comic book series based on the Halo video game franchise would be heading to shop shelves starting August 14. Called Halo: Initiation, the new miniseries is written by Brian Reed, the writer of the Halo: Fall of the Reach comic book adaptation of the same-named novel. So, like, he’s written Halo comics before, is what I’m saying. The artist is Marco Castiello, who—as you can see based on the cover above and sample below—has the goods to make the universe come to life via panels. Though, I will note I’m not sure if Castiello is the cover artist as well as the interiors artist. Either way, it looks pretty solid to me.
According to a post on Wired about the comic, Initiation will tell the story of Halo 4’s Sarah Palmer. Origin stories told in comic books can sometimes be a great addition to the expanding lore of a video game franchise, so here’s hoping it’s got what it takes to please the legions of Halo fans out there.
The post offers up a quote from Reed about the project:
“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.”
Take a look at the sample. Your thoughts? I know that Halo’s one of those properties that has a pretty solid bunch of fans of its expanded universe, so I’m not surprised to see that there’s a new comic book coming on the horizon. Are you stoked? Or just kinda “meh”?