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Review: The Halo Graphic Novel

July 19, 2006

By Victor Godinez / The Dallas Morning News

The Halo Graphic Novel
B+ $24.99

PRETTY ON PAPER: Master Chief, the Covenant and the rest of the denizens of the Halo video games make the transition to comic book form nicely. But don't expect any spoilers for Halo 3.

BLOOD AND GUTS: "The Last Voyage of the Infinite Succor" follows a squad of Covenant troopers, for example, as they encounter a ship filled with the Flood, a bizarre alien zombie-parasite. Much gory hacking and slashing ensues. The subsequent stories deal with the development of the fancy armor the Chief wears, how the irascible Sergeant Johnson stayed alive on the first Halo ring, and how the Earth city of New Mombasa went from a thriving metropolis to a scarred battlefield.

BOTTOM LINE: The book isn't a must-have for Halo fans, but it's enjoyable. Almost as fun as the main stories are the individual Halo paintings and sketches at the back of the book that never ended up getting turned into full-fledged stories. Now where's Halo 3?