[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
We join Spartan Linda-058 in a training session with her team, and she is called by UNC for a mission. A scientist by the name of Chen Bax was found to be stealing ONI program intel and went missing, along with the ship, after the Fall of Reach. The UNC has found the ship on a remote planet, and they’ve also detected Covenant signals from the planet. Linda is sent to kill Chen Bax and save as many survivors as she can before the Covenant get their hands on the scientist and his intelligence.
Halo: Lone Wolf #1 poses itself as being a story about UNC’s potential for cruelty. It’s somewhat subtle at first, with the mission being superficially humanitarian despite being given to a sole markswoman.
They don’t tell Linda why she is being sent on her own, but it becomes more clear as the story progresses. Linda sees that Bax has set up a community on the planet, and many of the survivors rely upon Bax.
Linda’s AI partner is a weird quality in all of this. He seems to urge her to be more helpful to the survivors despite knowing the mission. Also, he looks like a musketeer for some reason.
The comic is fairly action-packed, but it does keep that Halo tradition of keeping everything deadly serious. Consequently, don’t expect a lot of jokes or lighthearted moments.
Kieron McKeown’s artwork is quite good and suits the Halo universe well. It’s highly detailed and goes for a mostly realistic aesthetic, and the Spartan armor mostly looks quite good. Linda’s helmet is a little overdesigned, though you can blame that on some of the latter Halo Spartan armor concepts. Progression of action is something that gets a little muddled in some parts of the comic too. It becomes difficult to see how we get from one panel to the next. JL Straw’s inkwork is good. Dan Jackson’s color work is well-balanced and well-suited to Halo.
Halo: Lone Wolf #1 is a decent read. Linda is a dry character, but some of her actions imply an intriguing character. The deadpan and joyless tendency of the Halo universe do leave some parts of the comic a little dull. That said, if you like Halo, you’ll almost certainly dig this comic. Feel free to check it out.
Halo: Lone Wolf #1 comes to us from writer Anne Toole, artist Kieran McKeown, inker JL Straw, color artist Dan Jackson, letterer Simon Bowland, and cover artist Christian Ward.