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Halo: Initiation #1 Review

Posted on Tuesday, August 13 @ 12:19:17 Eastern by Keri_Honea
On August 14th, Dark Horse comics will release its first comic in the Halo universe, Halo: Initiation. Writer Brian Reed (one of the writers from Halo 4) and artist Marco Castiello delve into the development of the Spartan IV program and how Sarah Palmer became the first of these new Spartans. The first comic is visually stunning, albeit some of the drawings look a bit awkward at times, and readers find out that Palmer has always been a bit of a jerk (bitch, whatever).

For Halo fans who may be unaware of the history of the Spartan program, Initiation #1 lightly touches on how horrific the Spartan IIs—the program that created beloved Master Chief, John-117—were created, yet the call is made to create new Spartans. As far as the UNSC knows at this point, considering this comic takes place before Halo 4 and the Kilo Five trilogy, the Spartan IIs and the Spartan IIIs are all dead. Most likely, they never thought about resurrecting the program, as Dr. Halsey's methods for cultivating the Spartan IIs definitely would not be implemented again and everyone who was behind the Spartan III program is either dead or assumed dead. But now one man, most likely a Spartan II who survived the Spartan surgeries but not successfully, has proposed a new Spartan program, and one that will not recruit children unlike the first two programs.

Enter Lance Corporal Sarah Palmer, an Orbital Drop Shock Trooper who has no problems taking the lead and taking risks to get the job done. Seems to be a perfect fit for the next round of Spartans.

Those who have played the Spartan Ops episodes of Halo 4 know that Palmer has a bit of a mouth and a bit of disrespect for scientist types. She was a little too eager to go after Halsey in the end, not to mention, she annoyingly referred to all scientists in each mission as "eggheads." From what this comic revealed, Palmer has issues with anyone who may have gone to school a bit longer than she has. Instead of making me understand her character a little better, it actuallly made me like her less. Maybe I will never care for Palmer, but it will still be interesting to see how she goes from ODST to Spartan, and how the Spartan IV program develops in comparison to II and III. I'm looking forward to the next issue in the series as I have most of the other books in the Halo universe; I can't learn about the Spartan backstories enough.

Halo: Initiation #1 releases on August 14th in both print and digital copies.

Review based on advanced review copy received from publisher.
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