Halo Comics Now At Dark Horse

Marvel may eventually take Star Wars from Dark Horse, but Dark Horse are now taking Halo from Marvel.

A NEW ERA OF HALO® COMICS BEGINS AT

DARK HORSE!

One of the most iconic video game franchises in history comes to the number-one publisher of licensed comics! 

Dark Horse continues in the tradition of bringing only the biggest and best characters and story lines to comics with the announcement of the Halo: Initiation miniseries, launching in August! This exciting new miniseries will be written by Halo 4 writer and comics veteran Brian Reed, with art by Marco Castiello (Secret Invasion: Front Line,Star Wars: Purge)!

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! See how she became the first Spartan-IV commander in this must-read series for fans of Halo 4 and the Halo franchise!

“A rich science fiction universe driven by compelling characters, Halo has all the makings for show-stopping comics, ” said Dave Marshall, Dark Horse Editor. “In Initiation, Brian and Marco are delivering an action-packed thrill-ride with a beating heart of authentic human drama.”

“It’s really exciting to work with Dark Horse in continuing the Halo story in comics. After Halo 4 and Spartan Ops, fans wanted to know more about the origins of the Spartan-IV program and Sarah Palmer in particular. So it’s great fun to be able to grant those wishes with a partner like Dark Horse,” said writer Brian Reed.

For an exclusive look at an interior page, check out Wired

Look for Halo: Initiation #1 on sale in comic shops everywhere on August 14!

HALOIN #1 FC FNL

Eight New Halo Legends Pics

February is a big month for Warner Bros., as both their Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths and Halo Legends animated films are released. Below the press release for the latter are 8 brand new pics from the anthology film, which is released on Feb 16.

Produced by 343 Industries, a part of Microsoft Game Studios, the exciting tales-beyond-the-games explore the origin and historical events of the Halo universe and its intriguing characters. Halo Legends has been created in the same breakthrough format as The Animatrix and Batman Gotham Knight with each individual episode imagined by a cutting-edge, renowned Japanese anime director/animator, including Shinji Aramaki, Mamoru Oshii, Hideki Futamura, Tomoki Kyoda and Yasushi Muraki. The stories are inspired and produced by the creative minds of 343 Industries, including Halo franchise development director Frank O’Connor and managing editor Kevin Grace.

The individual episodes fall within Halo’s 26th Century mythology as the battle between humanity and aliens rages on in an attempt to protect Earth and mankind’s expansive number of space colonies. The dramatic, action-packed stories feature characters and locales familiar to Halo fans, and episodes range in length between 10 and 17 minutes –  resulting in nearly two hours of animated adventures.

The episodes are animated by some of the world’s most respected studios and directors in anime today. The studios range from Production I.G. (Ghost in the Shell, Batman Gotham Knight), Bones (Cowboy Bebop, Fell Metal Alchemist) and Toei Animation (Dragonball Z, Digimon) to Studio 4oC (The Animatrix, Batman Gotham Knight) and Casio Entertainment. The stellar roster of animation talent on Halo Legends is highlighted by creative supervisors Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed) and Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell); directors Shinji Aramaki
(Appleseed), Hideki Futamura (The Animatrix), Daisuke Nishio (Dragonball Z), Hiroshi Yamazaki (Karas), Toshiyuki Kanno (Black Lagoon), Koichi Mashimo (Blade of the Immortal) and Koji Sawai (Patlabor); directors/action designers Tomoki Kyoda (Eureka Seven, Evangelion 1.0) and Yasushi Muraki (Macross Plus, Vampire Hunter D); and writer Dai Sato (Cowboy Bebop).

Halo is a centerpiece in the world of video games, selling more than 27 million units to a devoted legion of fans – including the latest hit Halo 3:ODST. The Halo franchise has driven more than $1 billion in revenue from its award winning Xbox games, New York Times best-selling novels and comics and a wide variety of other merchandise.

New JLA: Crisis And Halo Legends Pics

Courtesy of Warner Bros. comes a nice Christmas present; brand new pictures from the latest DC animated film adaptation and the Halo anthology movie.

Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths features on our must-have list in next month’s debut Arcana magazine and is released on February 23. Halo Legends based on the hugely popular game franchise consists of 7 short films created by different Japanese animation studios, and arrives on February 12.

Four core members of the Justice League’s parallel world entity, the Crime Syndicate: (from left) Johnny Quick, Ultraman, Superwoman and Owlman.

The Flash … in a free fall (no, he can’t fly)

Superman wrestles with the parallel Earth’s bulked up Jimmy Olsen.

The Jester, a member of the parallel Earth’s Justice League, helps Lex Luthor break free from the Crime Syndicate.

The villain ultimately responsible for the core issues within The Duel.

The battle rages.

A prime example of the detail within the CG anime of The Package episode.

Halo 3: ODST Trailer

Remember when Halo 3 came out and they had those awesome live action trailers? Well, Bungie are doing it again, and this time there’s actual fighting, Brutes, and cool helmets. This should convince anyone how great a Halo film could be. Halo 3: ODST (Orbital Drop Shock Troopers) is a stand-alone FPS and is released for the XBOX 360 on September 22. You won’t play the Master Chief, but that’s no biggie. Shooting baddies will still be fun.

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