Halo: Initiation #1
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Halo: Initiation #1

Writer: Brian Reed Artist: Marco Castiello Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: August 14, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12
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Halo - one of the largest video game franchises - comes to Dark Horse! Before she was a supersoldier defending humanity as part of the Spartan IV program, Sarah Palmer was an ODST-Orbital Drop Shock Trooper-carrying out the most dangerous missions behind enemy lines!

  • 7.5
    Den Of Geek! - John Saavedra Aug 7, 2013

    That's what I feel Halo: Initiation will be about at its best (of course, this might never be if this new series is pure promotional fodder for new Halo games heading our way; smarten up, Microsoft, and realize that there is so much good you can do with this series): showing us the scars, placing the demons on the frontlines, and finally asking the moral questions. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Front Towards Gamer - PNeafsey Aug 14, 2013

    Sarah Palmer's character a rescues Halo: Initiation from the potential background-laden opening and makes this a must-read for any level of fan. Those familiar with the lore will recognize Sarah Palmer, and given the chance to delve further into her story is the true potential of this series. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Florida Geek Scene - Randall Austin Aug 14, 2013

    My fellow Ungrownups and Geeks, Halo Initiation #1 is a real treat. While I can't say the artwork was superior, the story is solid. It is engaging to the story and flows fast enough. It even creates a desire in the reader to read again. The dialogue is a perfect compliment to the story. Add this series to my pull list!—Randall Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell Aug 14, 2013

    Halo: Initiation #1 is a great introduction to a story a lot of fans have been waiting to see. The story about the Spartan-IV program leading up to Halo 4 is a fantastic story for Dark Horse to tell in their first Halo comic book installment. If you're a hardcore fan or just an average gamer, you'll love Initiation. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Culture Mass - Wayne Strickland Aug 20, 2013

    The future might hold great things for Initiation, but for now all we have is a dull story with a $3.99 price tag. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    We The Nerdy - Mario Miranda Aug 23, 2013

    However if you are a hardcore fan, this mini should help answer some questions that may have come up during Halo 4 regarding the Spartan IV's and Sarah Palmer. The reveal at the end ties together with a very unexpected character and definitely surprised me. For hardcore fans, I would highly recommend this title but for someone who has had very minimal exposure to the Halo series, I would probably have a hard time doing so. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nerds On The Rocks - Earl Aug 5, 2013

    This is a solid read. It helps build the character of Sarah Palmer, but this is completely an introductory comic. It spends a lot of time on exposition than one long fight sequence before ending on a whimper of a cliffhanger. I recommend reading it because the series does show potential. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman Aug 14, 2013

    If you've been itching to dive back into the Halo universe (and that should pretty much be anyone and everyone who enjoys the games), then you'll be pleased to know HALO: INITIATION #1 is a serviceable return to the sci-fi franchise. It does the basics building up the narrative and showing us who Palmer is, all the while throwing some alright action our way. Now that everyone knows who she is and why the UNSC is interested in here, it's time to get things rolling! Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Therapy - MrComicBook Aug 15, 2013

    Not the worst start for a video game comic, but this could have been a lot better. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    AIPT - Sam Roche Aug 14, 2013

    The art by Marco Castiello is decent and some of the panels stand out well. Even better are the beautiful backgrounds that evoke a watercolor feel. Some of the characters look pretty stiff at times, but that's forgivable. 5.0 Pretty good art.Unsatisfactory dialogue.Most of the issue is a bland action scene. Read Full Review

  • 4.6
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Aug 14, 2013

    And the problem with focusing so much of this issue on Palmer's battlefield exploits is that the art doesn't do them justice. Marco Castiello's work is decent enough in the dialogue-heavy scenes that bookend the story. But his storytelling is completely inadequate when the action heats up. Characters don't seem to run so much as stumble in place. A shot of a Brute throwing a gravity hammer has absolutely zero sense of motion. At times the art zooms in so close that it's not even clear what Palmer is doing as she battles Covenant troops. It's not a good sign for a series where the action is only likely to get bigger and more superhuman. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Multiversity Comics - Zach Wilkerson Aug 16, 2013

    As the first part of a three issue miniseries, this surprisingly slight debut bodes ill for coming issues. With a no-frills, formulaic approach, “Halo: Initiation” #1 is little more than a quick franchise cash-in, one that doesn't capture the full attention or craft of the creators involved. Read Full Review

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