Halo: Initiation Issue 1

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Halo: Initiation Issue 1


  • Brian Reed (writer)
  • Marco Castiello (artist)
  • Michael Atiyeh (colorist)
  • John Liberto (cover artist)
  • Terry Dodson, Rachael Dodson (variant cover artists)


Dark Horse Comics

Publication date:

August 14, 2013


Halo: Initiation Issue 1 was released on August 14, 2013 and is the first of three in the Halo: Initiation series of comics.[1]

Official summary[edit]

Halo - one of the largest video game franchises - comes to Dark Horse! Before she was a supersoldier defending humanity as part of the Spartan IV program, Sarah Palmer was an ODST carrying out the most dangerous missions behind enemy lines! Join her on her dramatic journey from the ranks of humanity’s toughest leathernecks to the highest echelon of elite warriors in the galaxy.
  • The origin of Sarah Palmer and the Spartan IV program!
  • The Halo franchise has sales eclipsing $3 billion over its lifetime.
  • From one of the writers of Halo 4 - comics veteran Brian Reed!

Plot synopsis[edit]

In January 2553, Commander Musa-096, a former SPARTAN-II, has arranged an audience with several admirals in HIGHCOM Facility Bravo-6. Despite reprehending the morality of the SPARTAN-II Program, Musa stresses the importance of the Spartans in the Covenant War and argues that they are still necessary, revealing that he has created a new generation of the supersoldiers. Three months earlier, in October 2552, a group of ODSTs, including Sarah Palmer, are deployed on a planet under Covenant attack. On the surface, Admiral Kovalic, protecting an important AI, is heading to an extraction point, but his Warthog is attacked by a Jiralhanae Chieftain. Palmer's drop pod lands nearby and she defends Kovalic from the Chieftain and other Covenant forces converging on their position. Even though she is wounded by a Needler shard, Palmer eventually kills the Chieftain and saves the admiral. Three months later, while still recovering in a UNSC medical facility, Palmer is visited by Jun-A266, who invites her to join the SPARTAN-IV Program.



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

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