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on 15 September 2011
I'll be honest and say that I didn't really excpet this to be good. I know, it's just going to be the same great book, but with pictures showing you what's happening. but the thing about comic books, is that they have to simplify things. just like the alex rider novels.
But after reading this I must admit I do like it!
The Novel is based of of the book, Halo: the fall of reach, which is a prequel to halo combat evolved that gives out information about how the chief was trained as child to become a super soldier. The story is still very well written despite the fact some parts of the book have been simplified. So if you really wanted to just get the jist of how the chief become an ultimate badass, this is for you.
the main villian of the book was only given a brief apperence in the fall of reach, is actually given a slight look into his backstory. It's not great but it does help to flesh the character out.
the art is diffrent from most halo books, because of the fact it looks a lot darker than previous halo graphic novels. this is mainly because of the fact that the covenant don't appear until the very end of the graphic novel and when they do appear it's only for a brief few pages, so the mood is pretty realistic.
Now there isn't really that much action until the end when the master chief goes on his first mission and if you wanted to see john decked out if full spartan armour, your going to have to wait until the sequel. finally you do get to see the chiefs face, but it's only when he's a small child. the moment he becomes a teenager, his face is hidden away from the naked eye.
Now this is the first entry into the fall of reach comic series. two more parts will followed which details the first fight with the covenant and a 3rd part which details the battle of reach. I personally can't wait to read them.

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on 11 August 2011
As a hardcore Halo fanatic, this graphic novel is a welcome addition to my collection. There are mixed reviews about the artwork, many think the dark, grittiness doesn't reflect the Halo 'feel', but I personally think it adds a different perspective. If you've read 'The Fall of Reach' novel by Eric Nylund then there's nothing new for you here, and if you haven't read it then you MUST read it, it is an immense novel and once you read it you'll read them all! This novel is part 1 and covers the story from John's induction into the SPARTAN-II program to the discovery of the covenant.
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on 3 November 2013
This is a graphic novel based on a book based on a video game. It's a mishmash of storytelling and style which doesn't work.

First of all, the story: The graphic novel outlines the spartan II's induction into their training program as children. It's a great story, in fact out of all the multi-media publications outside of the games it's the best, with a lot of action but also a very human element and a real sense of character. In the graphic novel a lot of the characterisation is largely unexplored and I didn't find myself feeling the characters plight in the same way as I did in the book.

The style: There's no two ways about it, the artwork in this is ugly. The beauty and marvel of the haloverse is totally lost in the unpleasantness of the artwork. Characters don't look the same from one page to the next and they are just damned disgusting to look at. I didn't like the use of Frank Miller's 300 design, it was annoying and dragged me out of the story. I hated hated hated the way John was drawn as an adult, with stupid bandages or weird lighting obscuring his face.

All in all, a huge disappointment. I loved the original book and would highly recommend reading it, but skip the graphic novel.
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on 2 June 2011
This is a great read fills in the space of what happened to John117 before he was inducted in the the Spartan program and how his training went a must read for any Halo fan
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on 13 February 2013
This book was a must read for me and I couldn't put it down. Being a complete halo maniac like me it was brilliant to see some of the history and origins of the Master Cheif and was a generelly enjoyable graphic novel.
The only problem I had with it was it was a little too short however still great!
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on 21 November 2011
This graphic novel is a must read for all halo fans, really enjoyed it. Highly recomended! :D I can't wait for the follow up graphic novel to be released in December.
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on 3 June 2014
For those who have completed all the games and are in love with the rich lore of the Halo games.
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on 20 June 2016
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