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Halo: Uprising Issue 1

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Halo: Uprising Issue 1
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Attribution information


  • Brian Michael Bendis (writer)
  • Alex Maleev (pencils, inks)
  • Matt Hollingsworth, Jose Villarrubia, June Chung (colors)
  • Chris Eliopoulos (letters)
Publication information


Marvel Comics

Publication date:

August 22nd, 2007


Halo: Uprising Issue 1 was released on August 22, 2007 and is the first of four in the Halo: Uprising series of comics.

Official summary[edit]

The Eisner Award-winning team of superscribe Brian Michael Bendis and artist extraordinaire Alex Maleev unleash an epic story of mankind's struggle against the alien threat of the Covenant. Picking up from the conclusion of blockbuster video game Halo 2, the must-read issue reveals how the Master Chief, while onboard a hostile ship headed towards Earth, is battling against Covenant forces. Intertwined with Master Chief's interstellar one-man-war is the saga of a great American city's rebellion and downfall, two desperate lives' collision and shared fate, and the Covenant's hunt for an ancient relic of untold power and value. With hope dwindling and the fate of humanity hanging by a thread, is there any chance for a future? Read this debut issue to start the journey into the Halo universe!

Plot synopsis[edit]

The issue opens with John-117 on board the Forerunner Dreadnought, which is currently passing Jupiter. He is contacted by a UNSC facility on Io, but stays silent and moves on, killing a group of four Grunts, then a pair of Jackals, then another Grunt quartet.

As this happens, the scene cuts to an interrogation of Colonel James Ackerson, captured by the Covenant aboard the CCS-class Battlecruiser Triumphant Declaration. He is about to be killed in celebration of the defeat of Earth before he coaxingly states that if "The Covenant attack Earth...they will never find the key." The Brute Captain interrogating Ackerson is intrigued by this, and uses a large knife to lacerate Ackerson until he reveals more information. Ackerson states that this key, if not found, will force the Halos to malfunction "like they did before". He also said that it is hidden in the city of Cleveland, and that it is called the Key of Osanalan.

Before he can reveal more, he falls unconscious, leaving the Brutes confused and worried. A new, self-doubting character named Ruwan Ackerson is introduced who serves as a concierge for a high-line motel in Cleveland under attack by the Covenant. He meets Myras Tyla, a performer staying there who commandeers several weapons from a dead Marine and manages to escape with Ruwan. They try to flee in vehicles but find the road blocked, and are finally herded together with what seems to be most of the population of the area into Jacobs Field, a baseball stadium, where the Covenant declare that to live they must find and give to them the Key of Osanalan. Myras is confused, but Ruwan states with certainty that he "knows exactly what that is."

The Master Chief, in the meantime, finds himself faced by an extremely large force of Covenant troops, including at least three Hunter pairs, who fire on him simultaneously. He is hit by several beams and falls to the floor. A Brute Chieftain begins to crush him with his foot, saying that the Master Chief will tell them "where the Key is...after they remove enough parts of his body".


  • Some of the doors inside the Forerunner Dreadnought appear very similar to the sort found in the level, 343 Guilty Spark, and another scene has a room similar to the one which contains a Seraph in the Halo 2 level, The Arbiter.
  • In the comic, it shows the Master Chief being hit by fuel rod guns from Hunters. Seeing as how possibly six beams hit him, it is highly unlikely that he would have survived contrary to previous Halo games and novels. If all six beams hit the Chief, then it should have killed him despite the fact that he had shields, thus it is likely he evaded more than one shot per the panel.
  • On 27 August 2007, Marvel announced that Issue 1 would go back for a second printing sketch variant, for release alongside Issue 2.[1]



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