Review: Halo Helljumpers #1

Published on August 12th, 2009

If you’ve been following my writings on ComicImpact in the short while I’ve been here, and listened to the Trade Tuesday I did a few weeks ago, then you’ll be aware that I have a real love for the Halo franchise, be it the video games, the novels, the comics, the list goes on, I’ve got Halo figures as well, that’s how much I love it!

So a few months ago, when I found that Marvel were going to be releasing a second Halo limited series, I was over the moon with joy! All I knew was that it would be called ‘Halo: Helljumpers’ and that it would be written by Peter David, and have artwork by the brilliant Eric Nguyen.

So while I was in Europe the past 2 weeks, it turns out that the first issue of this new limited series hit the shelves, and I had no idea it had been released! Luckily when I got back, I went to my local comic shop and saw a few copies left, and swiftly leapt on them before anyone else picked them up (even though I was only one of a few people in the store at the time!).

halohelljumpers1As always, I will give you readers a little backgound info on what this limited series is all about, and what the point of this series is. ‘Halo: Helljumpers’ is a 5 issue series, which focuses the human elite ODST (Orbital Drop Shock Troopers). Now why do you think that Marvel are wanting to put out a series about the ODSTs specifically at this moment in time? You guessed it, because there is a new Halo video game coming out VERY soon, entitled ‘Halo 3: ODST’ . This video game is going to be set about 2 weeks before the events of Halo 3, in the city of New Mombasa, which is one of my favourite playable levels on Halo 2 (just incase you wanted to know). There is no doubt in my mind that I will most definatly be buying this video game when it comes out! But thats a completely different matter!

So it makes sense that Marvel want to release a series before the games release, about the ODSTs. If anything, for us Halo fans, it’s a great little story to fit into the continuity of the video games, but for those of you who don’t know much about the Halo mythos, then it could just be a cool action/sci-fi series for you to enjoy.

So this first issue of ‘Halo: Helljumpers’, was a decent start to say the least, but nothing more. Which was naturally dissapointing in a way for myself being a fan of the Halo stuff, but I do also understand and appreciate that this is only the first issue.

The plot  is about a group of highly trained ODSTs, who have been told to investiage one of Earth’s ‘outer-colony planets’, that has thought to have been attacked by the Covenant. The area on the planet they have been told to investiage, is an archaeological dig site specifically. So this series is just going to be focusing on this group of ODSTs dealing with their mission on this planet. This is all we know so far, but if you read it, you can tell that things are most definatly going to get twisted and that this will turn into one thrill-ride of a comic to read!

The actual story was a little slow to get here, but all in all, for a first issue it did its job well, and I can safely say, that the following issues are going to be a lot better, because this issue ends by getting you into the thick of the story. The characters this series is going to be focusing on, were layed out very well for us and explained and given backstory, which worked well. It also explained what is going on, and what their mission is.

The artwork is outstanding from start to finish, no doubt about it, you will love the artwork, no questions asked.

Basically, this was an ‘OK’ first issue. It certainly wasn’t bad, but on the other hand, it wasn’t anything special. At least not yet it isnt anything special anyway, as I believe that this is going to turn out very nicely! I think Peter David has this one in the bag, I hope he does anyway! So, why not pick up this first issue folks? It wasn’t bad, it has my seal of approval as a Halo fan. But I’d say definatly hang in their for future issues, as I have a feeling this series is going to get a lot better!

Also, word on the street is that Fred Van Lente is going to be writing his own Halo series under Marvel sometime this year! Stick around for more on this at ComicImpact!

Rob Andrews
Rob@comicimpact.com