Halo: Fall of Reach - Covenant
|Halo: Fall of Reach - Covenant|
Brian Reed (author)
Halo: Fall of Reach - Covenant is the second story arc in Halo: Fall of Reach, a series of comic book adaptations of the novel Halo: The Fall of Reach. This series was published by Marvel Comics in conjunction with 343 Industries, and written by Brian Reed with art by Felix Ruiz.
 Official summary
|“|| In 2517, the United Nations Space Command initiated a project through their Office of Naval Intelligence, code name: SPARTAN-II. Seventy-five children were taken from their families and conscripted, trained and surgically altered to become the greatest warriors ever... and not a moment too soon. The latest threat to the UNSC may well be the last: an alien alliance known as the Covenant now intends to wipe out the human race. They've already obliterated Harvest, a peaceful farming colony and home to 3 million people... and that's just the beginning.
Based on the bestselling novel by Eric Nylund and brought to life by comics heavyweight Brian Reed (New Avengers: Illuminati, Siege: Frontline) and breakout artist Felix Ruiz (Uranian), Halo: Fall of Reach visualizes for the first time the foundational epic of the Halo universe, telling the story of a young boy who is plucked out of obscurity and transformed into legend.
 Plot synopsis
The series follows the plot of the novel, though some events have been omitted.
 Issue #1
The first issue begins with Captain Wallace, Dr. Halsey, and the Spartans IIs on board the UNSC Commonwealth en route to the Damascus Testing Facility on Chi Ceti IV in 2525. The frigate is immediately attacked by a Covenant vessel. Dr. Halsey and the Spartans escape to the surface of the planet. Upon arriving at the facility, the Spartans are introduced and fitted with the MJOLNIR Mk. IV armor. As the Covenant ship prepares to attack again, John recommends that they take MJOLNIR for a field test. John, Kelly, and Sam board a Pelican and plan to attack the ship by detonating an ANVIL-II Missile inside the vessel. The issue ends as John, Kelly, and Sam leap out of their Pelican prepared to assault the Covenant vessel.
 Issue #2
The second issue follows John, Kelly, and Sam as they infiltrate the Covenant vessel. As they explore the ship, Sam is struck by an overcharged bolt from a plasma pistol wielded by a Jackal while trying to protect John. They manage to make it to the ship's reactor room and plant the ANVIL-II missile. As they prepare to leave the ship, Sam must remain behind as the vacuum seal in his armor has been compromised. Rather than die in the vacuum of space, Sam volunteers to hold off Covenant forces and allow the missile to explode, destroying the entire ship. The narrative then jumps twenty seven years forward, as the Covenant lay siege to the city of Côte d'Azur on Sigma Octanus IV in 2552.
 Issue #3
Issue #3 begins with Corporal Harland's squad arriving at the destroyed Alpha HQ. He assumes tactical command but is quickly relieved by a team of Spartan-IIs led by John, now a Master Chief Petty Officer. John splits the Spartans into separate teams and plans to wipe out nearby Covenant forces by detonating a HAVOK tactical nuclear weapon in the city. Meanwhile, as the Battle of Sigma Octanus IV continues in orbit. The UNSC Iroquois led by Commander Jacob Keyes rams a Covenant corvette, stopping ground forces from transmitting data. The narrative then returns to Blue Team as they investigate Covenant activity at the Côte d'Azur Museum of Natural History. They discover that the Covenant are scanning a granite artifact, and sending the information to a ship in orbit. The issue ends with Blue Team suddenly coming into contact with a pair of Hunters.
 Issue #4
The fourth issue opens with the crew of the UNSC Iroquois intercepting the Covenant transmission from the Museum of Natural History in Côte d'Azur. Meanwhile inside the Museum, Blue Team engages in a massive firefight with the two Hunters. The Spartans are victorious and manage to retrieve the artifact. With the artifact secured and remaining civilians rescued from the city, everyone at Alpha HQ is evacuated. Once in orbit, the HAVOK nuke is detonated underneath the city streets. With the Covenant wiped out and defeated, all remaining UNSC ships plot a course back to Reach. The story arc ends with the UNSC Iroquois entering slipspace, unwittingly bringing a Covenant spy probe along with it that will inevitably lead the Covenant to Reach.
 Differences from the novel
- During the Battle of Chi Ceti IV, the Spartans board Unrelenting with nuclear missiles, perhaps Shivas. In the book, they use ANVIL-II Air-to-Surface Missiles, which have conventional warheads. As seen in this image, the missiles used in the comic are far too large to be ANVIL-IIs.
- Inside the Côte d'Azur Museum of Natural History, the Spartans kill the Hunter pair by toppling a stone pillar with grenades, crushing the Hunters. In the novel, the Spartans dispatch the Hunters by creating an opening on the floor below them with grenades, causing them to fall into the basement. In the adaptation, the Spartans are pursued inside the by a large group of Grunts, who are killed by a falling elephant skeleton; in the novel, the Spartans remain undetected during their escape.
 Differences from other media
- During the Battle of Sigma Octanus IV, the SPARTAN-IIs are depicted wearing the Mark IV MJOLNIR armor even though the Mark V had already been issued in November 2551. Furthermore, the Spartans wear second-generation Mark IV armor, (the version seen in Halo Wars), which had been replaced by at least one subsequent version before the introduction of the Mark V. This is because, according to the novel, the Mark V was not issued until August 29, 2552; later media have retconned the Mark V's date of issue to November 24, 2551.
- ^ Marvel.com: Halo: Fall of Reach - Covenant (2010) #1
- ^ Marvel.com: Halo: Fall of Reach - Covenant (2010) #2
- ^ Marvel.com: Halo: Fall of Reach - Covenant (2010) #3
- ^ Marvel.com: Halo: Fall of Reach - Covenant (2010) #4
- ^ Amazon.com: Halo: Fall of Reach: Covenant (Hardcover)
- ^ IGN: Halo: Master Chief's Boot Camp
- ^ IGN: Halo: Orchestrating the Fall of Reach
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