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Halo: Escalation #1 Review

Posted on Tuesday, December 10 @ 08:19:46 PST by Keri_Honea
If you haven't finished the Spartain Ops co-op campaign in Halo 4, then stop reading now. I have to post some spoilers as the first issue of Halo: Escalation picks up immediately after the conclusion of Spartan Ops.

Now that ye have been warned, let's continue.

As I said from the first paragraph, Dark Horse's new Halo comic series, Halo: Escalation, starts almost immediately after the end of Spartan Ops, after Palmer's failed assassination attempt on Dr. Halsey thanks to Lasky sending in a team Spartans to thwart her. As a result, Halsey has escaped with Jul 'Mdama, the Sangheili who fled to the shield world of Requiem and now leads the Didact's Promethean troops against both the Arbiter and all humans. Lasky and Palmer are both interrogated by the Board of Admirals as to what went wrong, and then they are assigned a brand new task. As a side note, those who have been reading the Kilo Five novels will be far more excited about this comic series than those who have not.

Since the Covenant has disbanded, not every species has been able to pick up where they left off thousands of years ago. The Jiralhanae (brutes) have no idea how to fend for themselves, and they're a little miffed about it. So they've decided to do what they do best, and that's attack and steal. Their current target is the home world of the Sangheili, so the Arbiter has reached out for help. Halsey and 'Mdama have to wait for now.

This tension between the races has been building since the end of Halo 3, so it's hardly surprising that it has escalated (hahaha, yes, that was on purpose) to this point between the Sangheili and the Jiralhanae. I don't know how long this comic series will run, but it seems to be a lovely precursor to what we can expect from Halo 5, if not the second season of Spartan Ops from Halo 4.

I am frothing for the next issue of Escalation, as it ended on an incredible cliffhanger with Spartans having to protect Sangheili and Jiralhanae from an unknown opposition. Maybe they all will have to get along after all. (Just please don't kill the Arbiter...)

Halo: Escalation #1 will release in retail and for digital download on December 11th.
A digital copy was provided from the publisher.
Related Games:   Halo 4
Tags:   Halo

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