A NEW Halo Comic Book is on the horizon!

Halo Collateral Damage will be available in June!

The following is a copy/paste from Halo Waypoint’s article:

BY GRIMBROTHER ONE
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Some of my favorite days are the days we get to announce new lore, and if you share such a mindset, then it’s time to get hyped because today is another one of those days. We’re excited announce a new three-part mini-series that focuses on the Master Chief during some of his exploits in the Covenant War.

Halo: Collateral Damage follows the Master Chief and Blue Team as they are deployed by the UNSC to an unstable colony world. Their mission: to terminate the Covenant’s efforts to uncover something ancient and powerful beneath the planet’s surface. However, as the mission takes a turn for the unexpected, the Spartan-II strike team realizes that the stakes of their mission are higher than they imagined, and they’ll have to rely on each other and a small group of human rebels to survive.

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Alex Irvine (Halo: Rise of Atriox #4, Iron Man: The Rapture, Dark Sun) returns to the Halo universe to pen this new series and is joined by artist Dave Crosland, colorist Leonard O’Grady, letterer Simon Bowland, and cover artist Zak Hartong.

Halo: Collateral Damage #1 (of 3) goes on sale June 06, 2018 and is available for preorder at your local comic shop.

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I for one am VERY happy with this! Anytime we get more stories of Chief and now especially Blue Team, is a good…no wait, GREAT thing!

No preview yet on Darkhorse’s website. You can bet when they do post it up, I’ll have it here for your enjoyment as well!!

Link to original posting posting on Waypoint.

-Sal

Halo Library Edition Volume 1 Hard Cover

Halo Library Edition

Below is the paraphrased description of the book.

Published by Darkhorse and having been released on May 11, 2016, this 368 page hard cover book has within reprints of Halo Initiation #1-3 and Halo Escalation #1-12.

As well, there are notes in the margins that are exclusive to the book. Included also is a cover gallery of the issues and some ‘never before seen’ extras.

HFFL: I have all of these issues, however, I really enjoy having hard cover books. For one, it makes the chance of damage far less. (Comics can be a bit weak in this area…) I’m especially looking forward to the extras and notations.

The full price is $49.99, however, you can get it for $44.99 from tfaw.com. OR, if you can wait just a little longer, you can get it from Amazon for the much lower price of $32.61!

Are you or have you gotten this? I’ll be waiting for the lower price from Amazon.

Halo Fall of Reach Trade Paperback

Dark horse will be releasing the TPB of Fall of Reach in just a few days. Take a look at the cover and the first few pages provided by Darkhorse as a preview: 

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Following paragraph via Darkhorse website.

In the year 2517, humanity’s last hope is with Dr. Catherine Halsey, the SPARTAN-II program, and one six-year-old boy: John-117. Kidnapped and ruthlessly trained, John endures and rises as the leader of the Spartans: he becomes the Master Chief! These legendary heroes are entrusted with stopping the Covenant at all costs…but will their harrowing biological augmentation and unparalleled MJOLNIR armor be enough to rise to victory? Continue reading

Dark Horse Announces All New Halo Anthology!

This is a reblog from Darkhorse’s website: 

Collection of new stories based on the epic Halo universe coming this fall! 

343 Industries and Dark Horse Comics are set to release a brand-new Halo® graphic novel anthology based on the massive video game franchise later this year.

Halo: Tales from Slipspace will feature all-new stories from some of the comic industry’s best—including Jonathan Wayshak, Eric Nguyen, Alex Irvine, Kody Chamberlain, Dave Crosland, John Jackson Miller, Jonathan Goff, Simon Roy, and Halo: Escalation writer Duffy Boudreau—as well as 343 Industries’ own Franchise Creative Director Frank O’Connor and Franchise Producer Tyler Jeffers. This action-packed anthology is essential reading for all Halo fans!

HFFL: I had the pleasure of meeting Tyler Jeffers back in 2012 at New York Comicon. Previous to working at 343, he was on the team at McFarlane Toys working with the Halo line. He definitely has a passion for Halo! Continue reading

Microsoft May Make Life-Sized Cortana In Person For HoloLens

This is a reblog from TechTimes:

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By Fritz Gleyo

Microsoft may soon developed a life-sized Cortana for HoloLens.

With HoloLens running on Windows 10, it wasn’t hard for people to propose a life-sized hologram of the digital assistant Cortana. A couple of Microsoft Studios community members thought of it and shared their ideas through Microsoft’s recently launched Share-Your-Idea initiative for its augmented reality headset HoloLens.

“Hologram of Cortana from Halo who you can talk to and interact with. Works in the same way as cortana on Desktop / Phone. Get answers to questions etc,” proposes LookItsKris. “Maybe ask a question on HoloLens and answers come through on phone? Possibilities are endless.”

“Whenever you invoke Cortana, she will be displayed as a holographic object, like a real AI in the Halo Universe,” writes jigerdoodles117. “Each word she says can be mapped to facial animation. When she is thinking/processing queries, she could display a classic chin-rub thinking animation.”

A lot of people find both ideas feasible. This is seen in the number of upvotes for each post: 402 upvotes for LookItsKris’ post and 173 for jigerdoodles117’s. In fact, some think it may already be in the works.

“Good idea, but this probably already exists,” says Stompplantes, another Microsoft Studios community member.

HoloLens was formally announced together with Windows 10 in January. The headset’s next major appearance was during E3 2015 when it was used to generate an interactive virtual Minecraft world on top of a table. Microsoft also demoed the HoloLens for 3D modelling using various third-party software and first-person shooter games and as an interactive teaching medium.

Microsoft is set to release the mixed reality headset’s developer kit in the first half of 2016. Virtual reality headsets such as the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift are also set for a first-quarter launch next year.

Redmond is yet to comment whether or not a life-sized Cortana for HoloLens will be available.

HFFL: Okay…SIGN ME UP FOR THIS! Seriously though, who wouldn’t want a life-sized Cortana hologram?

Halo: Escalation #23 by Darkhorse is available!

In all the excitement over Halo 5 Guardians being released, I nearly forgot there was another issue of Escalation that came out too.

Halo Escalation #23 takes place just prior to the events of Halo 5. So this is a MUST, in my opinion, to own. It helps explain some of the campaign of Halo 5 from a viewpoint we only glimpse otherwise.

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“The Absolute Record: Part 5”—The penultimate chapter of the battle for the Absolute Record . . . and the future of mankind! The epic six-part sequel to Spartan Ops continues here in this must-read issue byDuffy Boudreau (BlackAcre) and Douglas Franchin (Person of Interest). Continue reading

Can the Woman Behind Halo 5 Save the Xbox?

This is a reblog from Bloomberg.com: 

Bonnie Ross is in charge of Microsoft’s biggest video game ever.
By Joshua Brustein | October 22, 2015
Photographer: Michael Friberg for Bloomberg Businessweek

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The women’s volleyball locker room at the University of Southern California’s 10,000-seat Galen Center isn’t the most glamorous green room, but Bonnie Ross couldn’t care less. It’s June 15, and in 30 minutes, Ross, who’s in charge of Microsoft’s most valuable gaming franchise, will take center stage at the industry’s most important conference, E3. It’s the pitch of her career—a preview of Halo 5: Guardians, set to go on sale on Oct. 27. Continue reading

Halo Escalation #22 preview with covers for #23/24!

As per usual, we get a nice little preview of the upcoming issues of Escalation. Today we have issue 22’s preview. Before I get to that, let’s see what Darkhorse is saying about it:

“The Absolute Record” Part 4—On a hidden world, Spartan Commander Palmer and the fugitive Dr. Catherine Halsey go head to head for control over the ultimate trove of Forerunner secrets. The six-part sequel to Spartan Ops ratchets up to its explosive conclusion in this thrilling issue by Duffy Boudreau (BlackAcre) and Douglas Franchin (Person of Interest).

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Halo Escalation #20 comic book review

“The Absolute Record” part 2—Operation: ATHENA is underway and there is no turning back. Will Commander Palmer’s team survive the treacherous journey into an ancient vault of Forerunner secrets?

Here’s the cover, follow by the first SIX pages of the comic book, courtesy of Darkhorse:

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Halo Escalation 19 in now available!

The next issue of Halo Escalation hit comic book stores today.

Here is the official text from Darkhorse:

An unexpected ally joins a team of Spartans for a dangerous operation—a secret mission into a hidden Forerunner world where the mysterious site known as the Absolute Record awaits!

Now check out the cover and the first 5 pages of the book, previews courtesy of DarkHorse. That last preview page tho!!

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Revealing the story of Halo 5 Guardians’ Campaign

This is a reblog from gameinformer: 

Over the last fourteen years, countless stories have been told within the Halo universe. We’ve followed humanity’s struggle against the alien Covenant, the god-like Forerunners, and the parasitic Flood through the eyes of a wide roster of characters. Much of it has been told in a variety of media, but whenever there’s a new game it moves everything forward in a major way. Halo 5: Guardians promises to do just that.

Franchise development director Frank O’Connor and writer Brian Reed sat down with us and explained the inner struggles and backstories of our heroes and villains and the overall big picture of the upcoming chapter in the Halo saga.

The Halo 5: Guardians Cover Story

This is a reblog from gameinformer:

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The Reclamation Is At Hand

Nearly three years have passed since 343 Industries released Halo 4, its first game in the Halo series after taking over for original developer Bungie. It was quite a debut. Halo 4 garnered the biggest day-one launch sales of any Halo game to date with $220 million in total. Later, Microsoft confirmed it as the best-selling Microsoft Studios title of all time in the United States. Critical reception was positive, with a Metacritic score of 87 calculated from nearly 90 outlets. However, the multiplayer population dwindled quickly, with traditional fans lamenting class loadouts and Ordnance drops. Continue reading

Halo: Hunters in the Dark: A free preview of some of the book!

Want to read some of Hunters in the Dark right now? Well you can, courtesy of Simon and Shuster’s preview. You can read the Prologue as well as the first 19 pages of the book, to whet your appetite. The book will be available on June 16. Since thats right around the corner, why not start with this free preview?
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HFFL: Below is the official blurb about the story. Followed by the link to the preview pages.

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July Gameinformer cover is Halo 5 Guardians!

Be on the lookout for the next issue of Gameinformer! It features Halo 5 Guardians on a wrap around cover!,

imageHFFL: This id definitely one issue I’ll be picking up!!

The following is a reblog from gameinformer:

You’ve played the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta. Now it’s time to uncover the mysteries behind the story. Continue reading