Halo: Escalation Issue 1

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  Halo: Escalation Issue 1  


Dark Horse Comics

Publication date:

December 11, 2013


Christopher Schlerf


  • Sergio Ariño (penciller)
  • Juan Castro (inker)
  • Michael Atiyeh (colorist)
  • Anthony Palumbo (cover artist)
  • Kenneth Scott (variant cover artist)

Number of pages:

32 pages


Halo: Escalation Issue 1 was released on December 11, 2013 and is the first comic in the Halo: Escalation series.[1]

Official summary[edit]

Halo®, the most celebrated video game series of all time, joins forces with Dark Horse for a thrilling new ongoing series! The UNSC flagship Infinity is assigned escort duty for a diplomatic mission between the Arbiter and a powerful chieftain of the Brute tribes—but when a rogue Covenant group attacks, it’s going to take all the firepower the Spartans have to keep the delegates alive!
  • First issue of an all-new ongoing Halo series from Dark Horse!
  • An essential addition to the Halo canon!
  • The Halo franchise has sales eclipsing $3 billion over its lifetime!
  • From Christopher Schlerf, lead writer of Halo 4!

Plot synopsis[edit]

Issue #1 opens with Commander Sarah Palmer and Fireteam Jackknife inside the UNSC Infinity's training simulation deck. Their War Games session is interrupted by Captain Thomas Lasky who asks to speak with Commander Palmer. Lasky informs her that they have been requested to appear before the UNSC Security Council at HIGHCOM Facility Bravo-6. At the hearing, the council expresses misgiving about Lasky's handling of the Requiem Campaign. Admiral Serin Osman berates Lasky over the complete destruction of Requiem and the failed assassination of Dr. Catherine Halsey. Osman then asks Palmer if Lasky had sent Fireteam Majestic to stop her from eliminating Halsey. Wanting to protect Lasky from any ramifications, Palmer lies and tells Osman that Majestic was there as backup.

Shortly after, Admiral Hood arrives onboard Infinity to speak with Lasky. He tells Lasky that the UNSC Vociferous is assigned to pursue Jul 'Mdama as he needs Infinity to aid in peace talks between the Sangheili and the Jiralhanae. Two days later, Infinity arrives at Ealen IV. Lord Hood meets with the Arbiter, Thel 'Vadam, and the Brute Chieftain Lydus. Lasky, Palmer and Jackknife join the delegates inside the plasma center as Paul DeMarco of Majestic and Fireteam Bailey act as overwatch. The delegation is caught off guard when Covenant mercenaries blast into the conference chamber. The Spartan IVs defend the delegation and escort them to a nearby parts depot when their evacuation shuttle is destroyed. With communications with their orbiting fleets blocked, the delegation are left without reinforcements.


  • Requiem's parent star Epoloch is depicted as disproportionately small, only slightly larger than the shield world.
  • Kig-Yar are seen with four fingers instead of three in various panels.



Preceded by
Halo: Escalation comic series
Issue 1
Succeeded by
Issue 2

See also[edit]