The Halo franchise is the latest to jump from another publisher over to Dark Horse Comics.
Like Dragon Age before it, which had a previously published mini-series at IDW Publishing before moving to Dark Horse, and Tomb Raider, which previously existed in comics thanks to Top Cow and is now at Dark Horse, the Halo comic book franchise started in a different home with Marvel Comics. After a hardcover anthology and several mini-series by writers like Brian Michael Bendis, Peter David, and Fred Van Lente, however, the story continues at Dark Horse - albeit with a familiar name at the helm.
Brian Reed, writer of Halo 4 the game and the last of the aforementioned Marvel Halo series, will take his talents to Dark Horse, with artist Marco Castiello (who he also worked with at Marvel, though on Marvel Universe stories) to launch a new miniseries in August 2013, Halo: Initiation.
The new series will feature Sarah Palmer, a female Spartan-IV Commander, in her past as an ODST. The character first appeared in the game Halo 4, released in late 2012. The 2009 five-part mini-series Halo: Helljumper also centered on ODST troops.
“It’s really exciting to work with Dark Horse in continuing the Halo story in comics. After Halo 4 and Spartan Ops, fans wanted to know more about the origins of the Spartan-IV program and Sarah Palmer in particular. So it’s great fun to be able to grant those wishes with a partner like Dark Horse,” said writer Brian Reed in a press release.More on Halo: Initiation from C2E2 this weekend.