Halo: Initiation and Escalation Compendium announced by Dark Horse Comics

If you want to grasp the full scope of the Halo cross-media universe, you need to read Dark Horse’s Halo comics. Thankfully, that task just got a whole lot easier thanks to the release of a softcover omnibus collection called Halo: Initiation and Escalation Compendium.

This massive graphic novel contains the entirety of Halo: Initiation and Halo: Escalation, totaling 27 issues and 650 pages. Both series significantly expand on the story of Spartan-IV Sarah Palmer, with Initiation serving as a prequel to 2012’s Halo 4 and Escalation picking up where the game left off.

Check out the Halo: Initiation and Escalation Compendium cover below:

Art by Paul Richards & Kenneth Scott. (Image credit: Dark Horse)

Art by Paul Richards & Kenneth Scott. (Image credit: Dark Horse)

Here is the official description for the compendium:

In the dark years following the war with the Alliance, the Spartans of UNSC Infinity represent humanity’s best hope against a mounting tide of enemies that threaten everything they have worked tirelessly to restore. Led by Commander Palmer, these super-soldiers are unrivaled warriors, but it will take more than raw combat skills and tenacious courage to protect humanity from the danger that approaches from all sides.

Halo: Initiation originally debuted in 2013, making it the first Halo comic to be published after Dark Horse acquired the Halo license from Marvel Comics. An escalation followed shortly thereafter, eventually spanning 24 issues. Dark Horse hasn’t announced any sequel books yet, although they recently released The Art of Halo Infinite.

Halo: Initiation and Escalation Compendium is priced at $39.99 and will be released on June 29, 2022.

Paramount+ recently unveiled the long-awaited live-action Halo series. While the series doesn’t take place in the same continuity as the rest of the Halo franchise, we think this has worked to the show’s advantage so far.

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