Reviews: Halo Graphic Novel

Published on July 7th, 2009

Hey Comic Impact readers! So this is it, my first ever Trade Tuesday, thus adding me to the line of writers here who participate in one of the sites most popular features! I’m really excited to get things under way and talk about the book I’ve chosen. So because this is my first ever Trade Tuesday, I wanted to throw in a review of my favourite collected comics ever- to really get things started off on a high note!

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So I chose the Halo Graphic Novel, as published by Marvel Comics back in 2006. I love this book with all my heart, as it was one of the first ever comic related books I ever got my hands on, only enhancing my love for the Halo franchise! I’m a huge fan of the games, I’ve read the books, I’ve got the action figures- you name it, I’ve probably got it or had it at some point! So this was a no-brainer for me to pick up as I’d been a fan of the video game series way before I started my obsession with comic books.

What you get in this book is really geared towards fans of the games who have played through Halo Combat Evolved and Halo 2 (not Halo 3, as Halo 3 came out after this graphic novel), and know the stories well enough to understand the continuity between these two awesome games. If you’ve never played those games or you don’t get the story, then sadly this graphic novel will go be a miss for you and will probably make very little sense. You need to have a good understanding of the game to fully appreciate the content here.

This graphic novel consists of 4 stories, each written and drawn by different creators. You get a real selection of different art styles in each story, each matching the theme of the tale being told very well. I say with confidence that each writer assigned to the stories within this book has certainly honored the legacy of the game, and done its name proud! There isn’t a bad story in here! You get real variety in the stories too, as some explain essential links between the first two Halo games that fans will be craving to know (such as how Srgt. Johnson escaped The Flood), and some are just fun little stories that are easy going and generally just all round ‘cool’ to read.

Not to mention, at the end of this gloriously presented book, you get a fine selection of Halo fan art submitted by other professional artists. There are some highly detailed, dramatic, epic and amazing painted pieces in here, with a real action-packed, mid-battle atmosphere, along with some more cartoony and fun pieces (such as a double page spread showcasing every human weapon in the game).

You get your money’s worth when you purchase this amazing book, but heed my warning Comic Impact readers, this is a book much better appreciated for fans of the Halo games- so be warned incase you buy this and end up thinking “what the heck just happened here…”! Also, it is worth mentioning that this trade does have a bold age warning on the back cover (17 and up) and to be honest, rightly so (coming from someone who doesn’t agree with censorship to a certain degree) because some of the pieces of fan art, and one story in here specifically are intense viewing… REAL intense. So get a sick bucket ready! Well… it’s not that bad, but it’s still pretty darn graphic in an awesome way!

So there we go Comic Impacters, I’m Rob and this has been me doing my first ever Trade Tuesday! Let there be many more to come!

Rob Andrews
Rob@comicimpact.com

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