Halo: Collateral Damage #1

Posted June 8, 2018 by Cameron McFarland in Comic Books

Written By: Alex Irvine

Art By: David Crosland

Published By: Dark Horse

As a fan that personally feels Halo 3 was the peak of the series, I found Collateral Damage to scratch an itch that none of the followup games seemed to reach. Halo Reach, that is. The story takes place as a prequel to the games, shortly after the first recorded death of a Spartan in battle, John-117 is tasked with leading a dangerous mission with limited support against the growing threat of alien invasion across the galaxy.

The setting won’t feel especially new to any fan of the series, and many prequel stories have already been written, animated, even acted out in live action already. At first I wasn’t sure I needed to read another comic book staring the heroic, faceless champion Master Chief. Quickly I changed my tune as each page practically turned itself. Much like the Star Wars films of olde, we are dropped right into the action without an excess of exposition. The opening pages provide just enough framework to get you started, and John and his team tell the rest of the story through their actions.

It is a refreshingly engaging story that feels tense much like the first time you try a new level in the game. You aren’t quite sure what trouble Master Chief will get into this time, but deep down you know he’ll make it through. By capturing that sort of fun, I really am committed to seeing the rest of this series through to completion.

I would be remiss to not praise the artwork Crosland provides, with colors by Len O’Grady. There is an interesting roughness that comes from the hard edges and angry faces, but unlike some books that get too dark and messy with their inks I never found any panels difficult to parse. Rather, each flows from frame to frame like a good comic should, and that is something to be praised.

It can be a little hard to trust a large licensed property being turned into a comic book, and again we have seen a lot of Halo content over the years, but this one earns my seal of approval. If you are a Halo fan, I believe it will earn yours, too.

About the Author

Cameron McFarland

Cameron loves cartoons and bad movies almost as much as bad cartoon movies. He is also the world's best spaghetti-eater, so don't bring it up around him or he won't shut up about it. Author and Artist for world-reviled World of Warcraft fancomic, www.taurenitup.com