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Halo: Fall of Reach

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This article is about the comic series. For the original novel, see Halo: The Fall of Reach.
Halo: Fall of Reach
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Marvel Comics, 343 Industries

Publication date:

September 15, 2010 - February 23, 2011
Hardcover: April 27, 2011[1]

April 20, 2011 - October 19, 2011
Hardcover: December 14, 2011[2]

January 18, 2012 - April 18, 2012
Hardcover: July 4, 2012[3]

  • Complete Oversized Hardcover:

Hardcover: October 17, 2012[4]

  • Trade Paperback (Dark Horse):

TP: March 16, 2016[5]


12 issues




Halo: Fall of Reach is a series of three four-issue comic book adaptations of the first Halo novel, The Fall of Reach. It was published by Marvel Comics.[6]

The series consists of three story arcs: Boot Camp, covering John-117's childhood and Spartan training; Covenant, centering around the early days of the Human-Covenant War; and Invasion, adapting the final sections of the novel, including the eponymous battle.

Halo: Fall of Reach was collected in arcs - as three separate four-issue hardcovers, as well as a twelve-issue hardcover collected edition on October 17, 2012. A trade paperback version was released by Dark Horse Comics on March 16, 2016.[5]

Official summary[edit]

This September, Marvel and 343 Industries are proud to announce Halo: Fall of Reach “Boot Camp #1,” the graphic fiction event answering the question on the minds of gamers around the world—what’s the secret on the planet of Reach that led to the creation of the Master Chief? Fan-favorite writer Brian Reed and artist Felix Ruiz team-up to adapt the New York Times best-selling novel, Halo: Fall of Reach, and bring the world of Halo to life like you’ve never seen it before!

Differences from the novel[edit]

Main article: List of changes in Halo: The Fall of Reach rereleases

The series shows some of the first visuals for canon elements never seen outside of the Fall of Reach novel. As the series is adapted to the comic book medium, it differs from the original book in a variety of ways; some details are fleshed out more than in the novel, while others are left out or altered for storytelling purposes. For example, the series adds a subplot which expands upon the background of the character Robert Watts, a turncoat colonel and the leader of the Eridanus rebels. Additionally, the final segment of Invasion adds an embellished interpretation of Red Team's actions during the Fall of Reach as described in Halo: First Strike.

The series also takes a number of artistic liberties with the material; for instance, several ships (such as the Unrelenting) appear different than described in the novel, and the canonically pitch black slipspace is depicted as an expanse of blue streaks. Additionally, the space battles are portrayed as occurring over much shorter ranges than the described in the novels—often only several dozens or hundreds of meters at the most as opposed to the distances routinely ranging from several kilometers to hundreds or even thousands of kilometers in the novels.

Brian Reed worked with Frank O'Connor and Kevin Grace of 343 Industries to ensure the accuracy of the additional content, and the content updates in the 2010 version of The Fall of Reach have been taken into account in the comic series.



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Main article: Halo: Fall of Reach - Boot Camp

Official summary:

The legend of Master Chief begins! The United Nations Space Command is engaged in a brutal battle against a growing tide of insurrection. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and under the threat of a prolonged war the UNSC initiates the SPARTAN-II Project, a military program seeking to create a squad of super-soldiers.

And so a great adventure begins: Once, he was a 6-year-old boy named John. But his superior speed, intelligence and adaptability to the SPARTAN-II training allow him to rise above the rest, starting his journey to become the most legendary warrior the galaxy has ever known!

Halo: Fall of Reach - Bootcamp begins the adaptation of Eric Nylund's novel Halo: The Fall of Reach, based on the international videogame sensation Halo!


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Main article: Halo: Fall of Reach - Covenant

Official summary:

After creating more than 800 colonies, the United Nations Space Command has encountered the Covenant - an alien race bent on obliterating humanity. The burnt cinder that used to be the peaceful farming world Harvest and its millions of dead colonists serve as testimony to the Covenant's intentions. But if Dr. Catherine Halsey can equip the UNSC's super-soldiers, the Spartans, in her new MJOLNIR armor, humanity just might stand a fighting chance against the aliens' seemingly unstoppable campaign. Covenant continues the adaptation of Eric Nylund's novel Halo: The Fall of Reach, based on the international videogame sensation.


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Main article: Halo: Fall of Reach - Invasion

Official summary:

It's the deadliest game of "capture the flag" ever - but this time, the flag is a Covenant religious leader! The Prophets are a leadership caste, and the Covenant looks to them with awe and reverence. To kill a Prophet would only increase Covenant hostilities with humanity - but to capture one could lead to a truce. Enter Master Chief and the Spartans! But even with upgraded armor and new tech, can Master Chief stop a Covenant invasion armada 700 ships strong? And if the Spartans fall, will the Covenant's next target be Earth? Halo: Fall of Reach - Invasion continues the adaptation of Eric Nylund's novel Halo: The Fall of Reach, based on the international video game sensation Halo!