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Comic Book: Halo Graphic Novel

The Halo Graphic Novel is a graphic novel published by Marvel Comics in partnership with Bungie Studios. Totaling 128 pages the graphic novel covers four supplementary stories set in the Halo universe, with art by Simon Bisley, W. Andrew Robinson, Tsutomu Nihei (creator of Blame!), and even the retired Moebius, who contributed because of his son's fondness of the game. It also contains an extensive array of artwork, with contributions from the staff of Bungie, Marvel, and elsewhere.

The first story The Last Voyage of the Infinite Succor (set just after the sixth mission in the original Halo) Elite Special Operations Commander Rtas 'Vadumee and his team respond to a distress call and board the crippled supply craft Infinite Succor, which the Covenant believe has been attacked by humans. The only crew member still alive, a Covenant Prophet, tells 'Vadumee that the Succor has been infested by the Flood. Stuck on the ship, the Flood intend to activate the Succor's slipspace drive to escape the star system and find new planets to infect. Fighting waves of Flood, including the reanimated remains of his fallen soldiers, 'Vadumee plots a slipspace course that will destroy both the Succor and the Flood, then escapes via a Covenant shuttle.

The second story Armor Testing (set shortly prior to the events of Halo 2) involves UNSC field-testing new versions of the SPARTAN's armor in a series of exercises which prove challenging. A lone SPARTAN puts the armor through its paces by dropping from Earth's atmosphere and engaging in a mock battle against UNSC special forces. This SPARTAN is revealed to be a woman, Maria-062, who has come out of retirement as a special favor to test the new equipment before it is sent to the Master Chief.

The third story Breaking Quarantine (also set shortly before the beginning of Halo 2) follows Sgt. Johnson in his escape from the Flood infestation on Halo. No dialogue is included in this sections, building atmosphere, the only words sound effects and the like.

The final story of the supplementary compilation is Second Sunrise over New Mombasa a story explaining the ordeal of the attack on New Mombasa (Kenya) previous to the player character having encounter the deserted area in Halo 2. The plot follows a reporter who creates propaganda for the UNSC. When the Covenant invade the city, the reporter and fellow citizens take to its defense, until they are forced to flee as the city faces ruin.

Tropes associated with this work:

  • All There in the Manual: The graphic novel taking the place of the manual.
    • Among other things, it's the first source to reveal the "Half-Jaw" Elite commander's actual name, and page 122 is notable for being the first canonical indication that Sergeant Johnson is actually a Spartan-I.
  • Continuity Porn: The graphic novel in general.
    • It's particularly notable for being the first source to actually reference I Love Bees.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: A Leeroy Jenkins Expy L. Jenkins charges the enemy while screaming.
  • Raising the Steaks: The Last Voyage of the Infinite Succor
  • Samus Is a Girl: Maria-062
Guardians of the GalaxyMarvel Comics SeriesHeroes for Hire
Halo Mortal DictataFranchise/HaloHalo: Escalation

alternative title(s): The Halo Graphic Novel
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