Halo comic coming this summer

I’m probably the only person I know who cares about this, but Marvel has a listing for its new ongoing Halo comic, due out in July a few months ahead of Halo 3. Here’s the description:

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 disparate lives’ collision and shared fate, and the Convenant’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!

  1. HAH! They got Bendis to do it… crazy.

  2. Everytime I hear the name Brian Michael Bendis, I think the names Phillip Michael Thomas and Jan Michael Vincent. Advertising Michael as your middle name is the quickest way to establish cheesy Eighties street-cred.

  3. Stone left a comment on April 18, 2007 at 11:25 am

    I generally like Bendis, but since I’m actively refusing to give Marvel money, I’ll have to pass on this one.

  4. That’s pretty harsh, Stone. Marvel’s had some bad writing recently, but it’s not like they’re using sweatshops in Indonesia or rabbit hides for comic pages. I don’t think.

    Personally I go by the comic, not the company. If I don’t enjoy reading the comic (like All-Star Batman & Robin), I stop buying it. If Marvel creates a good product with this Halo comic, then I want to encourage them to create comics of such quality.

    That said, I’ll certainly reserve judgement until I read it. The Halo Graphic Novel was a very mixed bag (my favorite thing in it was a Lorraine McLees pin-up). Part of me does wish Dark Horse had picked up this license, but Bungie said Marvel presented the best portfolio.

  5. You say it like you have the option of reading All-Star Batman & Robin. Since Lee can’t get a book out the door to save his life, there is no ASBR.

    Well, I’m interested because I like Halo, but also because BMB is one of my favorite writers to read right now. In fact, I he probably is my favorite as I seem to look forward to his books more than any others.

    Oh, and I figured out why you love Halo so much… it is because The Flood are basically Zombies, right??? 😀

  6. As long as Bendis goes into the mystery behind what the X button does, I am sooooo there.

  7. Stone left a comment on April 20, 2007 at 10:18 am

    Yup. It’s pretty harsh.

    But frankly, Marvel hasn’t just had bad writing lately; it’s had bad editing. Joe Quesada, the EIC, has made it clear that he wants to see Marvel taken in a certain direction. I happen to not like that direction, nor am I particularly fond of Quesada. I don’t think he’s a good EIC.

    So I give my money to a company that puts out stuff I like.

    I buy a lot of comics; honestly, I buy too many comics. But everyone has their addictions, and that’s mine (ok, along with coffee, martial arts, and gaming. I’m an addictive sort.). I can either keep buying comics from a company that continues to produce products I don’t like, or I can give my money to a company whose work I enjoy.

    I’m making a choice about how to spend my money; it’s not that different from what you’re suggesting, just on a larger scale. I’m not calling for a boycott of Marvel, or saying that no one should buy their books. People should buy the things they enjoy. It’s as simple as that.

  8. So, if Marvel got Ronald D. Moore to write a DS9 comic with little to no overseeing by Paramount, you wouldn’t try it?

  9. Stone left a comment on April 20, 2007 at 12:36 pm

    Honestly? No, I might not. Certainly not at first blush. If I heard great things about it, I might check it out, but as a default, no.

    To expose my own hypocrisy; I do still buy Ultimate Spider-Man, because I like, and I’ve been buying it since Issue #1. I just won’t buy any new Marvel stuff.

    Again, not saying no one else should, just that I don’t.

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