Halo: Fall of Reach comic adaptation inbound

Marvel and 343 Industries teaming to tell Master Chief origin story; first issue due out in September.

Before he was Master Chief, the Halo protagonist was John 117, an adolescent stolen from his parents and placed in the fledgling and unproven SPARTAN II program. John's transformation from boy to defender of the galaxy was explained in Eric Nylund's novel Halo: The Fall of Reach, but the franchise doesn't plan to stop there.
John 177, sans MJOLNIR armor.

Comic book publisher Marvel and Halo label handler 343 Industries have announced a partnership that will bring a comic book adaptation of Halo: The Fall of Reach to shelves this September. Its narrative will follow the novel's storyline and will relate the events leading up to Xbox launch title Halo: Combat Evolved. Those same events will be recounted in the forthcoming game Halo: Reach, due out in September.

The comic will be penned by Brian Reed, who has written for both games and comics, and drawn by Felix Ruiz, who illustrated the Marvel comic Marvel Boy: The Uranian. The first installment in the four-part series, Boot Camp #1, arrives this September for $3.99, alongside the new game in the franchise.

Halo: Reach will be the last title series creator Bungie will develop for the foreseeable future, given its 10-year exclusivity deal with Activision for an all-new, unknown property.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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ascalon94
ascalon94

guys its him as a child wiptee doo... in the games he is like 46 or so i remember, sorry been a while since reading the novels

Darkmoone1
Darkmoone1

Wow sombody seriously reported me for joking around. Seems people can't take a joke these days.

Nc23Nick
Nc23Nick

................ I just saw his face. HOLY ****!

o0MrCheesy0o
o0MrCheesy0o

Great. Now that Bungies almost out of the picture Microsoft is seeing how much money they can get off Halo -_-

DarthEthong467
DarthEthong467

Honestly, I thought Chief was much more bad@$$ when you didn't know what was under the helmet. Leave it up to the player. But I guess Halo is going the way of Star Wars and most every Sci-Fi saga. Too many extra stories and information from different sources that contradict each other and not enough canon.

DarthEthong467
DarthEthong467

Hmmm, must be a lot of angry Sony Fanboys here giving thumbs down on everything. I thought you kids grew up and got real lives, guess not. Yes its Master Chief, he's the most iconic Xbox character, get the **** over it.

twistedmalice
twistedmalice

This is awesome! I loved reading the novels. Now more stories hurray.

ShroudedEagle
ShroudedEagle

This is great news. I love the stories told in the Halo universe. Sometimes it's better to sit down and read a comic book/story book than play a game for me.

ShadeHunter1840
ShadeHunter1840

@ thorughfire Apparently a lot of people, considering that Halo: The Fall of Reach has sold over 1 million copies and it and The Flood were Publishers Weekly bestsellers and the next three books were on the New York Times bestsellers list.

TheTrueMagusX1
TheTrueMagusX1

@TheTHCGamer I donot think we have to worry too much about 343 Industries messing up Halo. One of the biggest things about them is that they do have former Bungie Employees with them so that works out for me personally. We will see what happens though, I am not worried about it, but it does not mean things can go wrong, or things can go great.

73X
73X

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TheTHCGamer
TheTHCGamer

IMO you fu**** up microsoft when you let bungie get away because there arent many game developers that are as dedicated as bungie are.

TheTHCGamer
TheTHCGamer

if you want to succede in team deathmatch in halo you have to act as a team. after a while you realize that the gameplay in MW2 is terrible and theres no point in playing it. MW2 isnt rewarding at all to play which is why i prefer halo. everyone always praises IW but imo they arent that great of developers. they didnt do much to make MW2 a different experience compared to MW and in fact some people prefer MW over MW2. hell they even used some of the same maps as DLC and to me the games graphics look about the same as MW. hey the kids love it though since you dont have to do well at a game that takes no skill. long live halo. i will say one thing i do like how MW2 does its matchmaking where if someone quits someone gets put in there place so teams arent lop sided. the game however is garbage.

TheTHCGamer
TheTHCGamer

i love the halo franchise a lot of people talk **** about it but i personally love the franchise. its a helluva lot better than the COD games which centers its gameplay around camping (care packages). anyone who gets more than 5 kills in a row in CODMW2 is a camper sorry but its true. not only that but how do you release a FPS without a ranking system. in MW2 you rank up even if you play poorly and dont get me started with all the BS that happens during a match. how many times have i shot someone with a shotgun point blank only to get stabbed once then die. ill watch the kill cam and notice the person i shot has a red screen but ill be dead hmmm makes no sense to me. i doubt one little swipe with a knife is stronger than a shotgun blast but thats the COD world for you. also do people even act as a team in team deatmatch or does everyone run around just trying to rack up kills?

mxero
mxero

Whats a spartan?

alfredooo
alfredooo

john 177? who the hell is that?

deathwish026
deathwish026

ps3 fanboys trolling this page already lol. go put playstation move where it shouldent move to

deathwish026
deathwish026

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richioso
richioso

@wavelength121 How could you even make a decision after one chapter? I haven't read the book coz I'm not really a Halo fan (except the first one) but you can't judge any book on the first chapter.

dstv
dstv

who the hell is giving everyone thumbs down?

Darthnaevus
Darthnaevus

who cares? bad series.... bad comic....simple as that where is half-life 2: episode three?

fox_fury
fox_fury

Sooo... they will finally show the face of John?

Astynax15
Astynax15

I have been unimpressed by what 343 has put out about halo... if it isn't from bungie it isn't the truth... hell they got the forerunners completely wrong in halo legends. guilty spark tells master chief strait up that he is a forerunner, so they were obviously humans hence the ark was on earth, not another alien species. So until i see John's face from bungie, it doesn't count in my opinion. and the halo encyclopedia has some of the same issues. not to mention we already saw his face as a child in the first halo 3 tv spot...

IndianaPwns39
IndianaPwns39

Sweet, get to follow a new SPARTAN around. Wait, they meant 117. Damn it. I guess this is a cool idea for people that can't imagine things while reading words... Otherwise I have no interest in re-reading the same story.

MacenKrace
MacenKrace

Felix Ruiz is not that good, and I believe he's not suited for Halo. They should've picked someone better, but damn.... those greedy bastards...

punkpunker
punkpunker

ah... that typo reminds me when I first play halo, calling the chief 177. other then that at least we get a visual image of the chief looks like!

cerberus1058
cerberus1058

Bungie is like Apple. They are very good at creating new ideas in which to line their pockets with your good money. Think whatever you want. It's no longer an opinion. It's fact.

thorughfire
thorughfire

This is aimed for people who can not read, They had to boost sales some how lmfao. Seriously, Who buys comics anymore? No way I would buy a Book turned into a Comic, Chances are the Comic will snuff out info that was in the book and only focus on major points. I would rather buy the book...Wait who wants a Halo comic or book? Seriously...

k2theswiss
k2theswiss

@armedvigilante well in the book it describes him so therefor it won't be big deal in the comic

armedvigilante
armedvigilante

hmm...i think showing master chiefs face will...idk kinda kill his character i thought the whole point was that you never see his face and he is a pure breed soldier...idk and he will be stupid looking if they are guna show his face the Least they can do is show it in a game as an easter egg

Csalbertcs
Csalbertcs

John 177 is not the Master Chief. The Master Chief is John 117.

wavelength121
wavelength121

This is great! I couldn't stand the novel and gave up after one chapter. Maybe the comic will do a better job of holding my attention.

Zombie07
Zombie07

I love it how people think this is something thats new, do people know already that there has been 3 halo stories out in comic book form already? How about Gears of War which the newest issue comes out sometime this weekend, or Army of Two, Resistance, Prototype, Perfect Dark, Dragon Age and Dantes Inferno... why the big fuss for this Halo one thats been already done in a novel..? The news makes my brain hurt.

Gigas_Yuu
Gigas_Yuu

I just noticed in the linked video that the question of "Do your teammates get knocked out or do they take care of themselves?" was largely avoided by the bungie staffmember. I think he was kind of embarrassed that your AI Spartan teammates are invincible, which would, I suppose take away from the drama or immersion a campaign experience is supposed to offer. I remember hating that Sergeant Johnson could take an entire needler clip. Really sucked me out of the game.

Tripleseed
Tripleseed

I think after Reach we aren't going to see a Halo game for a while. Microsoft knows that Bungie is great at making Halo games, and they also know that they (or 343 Industries, rather) are going to have to follow up on Reach with something spectacular. Here's hoping they contract another awesome studio to make more great Halo games.

monson21502
monson21502

cant wait till bungie-less halo comes out. after playing reach beta i think its due for a change

mkdoomfan2
mkdoomfan2

i never knew he had such a fatass head when he was little...

green_dominator
green_dominator

I'll have to keep my eyes open for this. Marvel and Halo sounds like a good partnership. The book is good, it explains much the games don't, It's because of the book I now understand who Master Chief really is......

willauqs
willauqs

to all the people who are talking about being able to see the MC's face in this comic: The picture comment says "John 177, sans MJOLNIR armor". sans means without. thats him. you don't have to wait. lol

amagama14
amagama14

finally in comic form those books were annoying + they are probably gonna show Master Chief's face:):):):):):):):):):):)

JPH85
JPH85

this is great.

ih8soup
ih8soup

they still make comic books?

Gothic-360
Gothic-360

@DarthEthong467 what? a woman.. where did you get that from?

aubstud
aubstud

I wonder if through this partnership marvel could make the Halo Movie in the future.