Dark Horse Announces A HALO Ongoing Series

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haloHalo, one of the most successful video games of all time as if you didn’t know, has had forays into the world of comics. Most have been miniseries or graphics novels, but Dark Horse recently announced a new ongoing series at this year’s Comic-Con spinning out of the events of Halo 4.

The comic book publisher has a miniseries called Halo: Initiation that ties into the Spartan Assault video game coming up, but the new ongoing series called Halo: Escalation will take place after the events of the fourth video game. The series will focus on the UNSC Infinity as it is assigned to escort a diplomatic mission between the Arbiter and the Brutes. As you could probably guess, things don’t go smoothly and quickly spin out of control. The new comic will have characters like Captain Lasky, Spartan Palmer, and a few more surprise guests as well. No word if Master Chief himself will grace the comic with his presence. The ongoing series will kick off this December by Halo 4 lead writer Chris Schlerf with Omar Francia handling art for the first three issues. You can read the full press release below. What do you think about Halo getting an ongoing comic? Are you glad it takes place after Halo 4?

                                                                                                                   

DARK HORSE ANNOUNCES ALL-NEW

HALO® ONGOING SERIES: ESCALATION!

 

SAN DIEGO, CA, JULY 22—Announced at Comic-Con International, 343 Studios’ Frank O’Connor announced that Dark Horse Comics would publish an all-new ongoing series later this year based on the massive video game franchise Halo.

This news comes prior to next month’s release of the first issue of the highly anticipated miniseries Halo: Initiation.

While the first miniseries ties directly into Microsoft’s Halo: Spartan Assault video game, Halo: Escalation will spin directly out of the events of Halo 4. The series begins when the UNSC Infinity is assigned escort duty for a diplomatic mission between the Arbiter and the Brutes, but has to fend off an attack meant to thwart the negotiations. Featuring Captain Lasky, Spartan Palmer, and a cast of recognizable characters, this ongoing series is poised to be essential reading for fans in search of new story lines set within the canon of the Halo universe!

Much like other Dark Horse video game tie-in titles that are written by the games’ writers, Halo will be written by Halo 4 lead writer Chris Schlerf, with Omar Francia (Mass Effect, Star Wars: Legacy) handling art for the first three issues, and with covers by Anthony Palumbo (Dragon Age).

“There are many, many more stories we want to tell in the Halo universe than we’d ever be able to explore solely through the games,” said writer Chris Schlerf. “Having the chance to see those adventures come to life on a monthly basis feels like the ultimate realization of an awful lot of dreaming on our part.”

The first issue of Halo: Escalation arrives in stores on December 11, 2013!

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