Dark Horse Comics have been the most restless publisher of licensed comics based on video game franchises over the past two years. They’ve brought tentpole franchises such as Call of Duty, Tomb Raider, and the often times over looked Mirror’s Edge to comics. Among the biggest in their library has been the mega dollar printing machine called Halo. Now, Dark Horse is set to bring even more stores from the Halo universe to comics in the Halo: Tales from Slipspace anthology.
Halo: Tales from Slipspace will feature all-new stories from some of the comic industry’s best—including Jonathan Wayshak, Eric Nguyen, Alex Irvine, Kody Chamberlain, Dave Crosland, John Jackson Miller, Jonathan Goff, Simon Roy, and Halo: Escalation writer Duffy Boudreau—as well as 343 Industries’ own Franchise Creative Director Frank O’Connor and Franchise Producer Tyler Jeffers.
This is the latest series to come from the partnership between Dark Horse Comics and current Halo development studio 343 Industries. Both Halo: Initiation and Halo: Escalation were critical and commercial successes for the publisher. Over the past few years, Dark Horse have found a way to make licensed property books work by following the model Hollywood only recently adopted with film/ TV ventures; include the people who created or in this case work on the IP to create stories which add weight to the cannon. There’s an obvious language barrier between comics and video games. Often this makes for rocky starts to comics such as Mirror’s Edge: Exordium (though its later issues greatly improved), however when you find the right mix of interactive story teller and comic book creator to translate their respective world’s readers can end up with a gem such as Neil Druckmann and Faith Erin Hicks series The Last of Us: American Dreams.
Halo’s creative line up is shaping up to be a solid mix of talented comic book folks who’ve probably been playing these games since the first Halo released on the original bulky plutonium rod of an Xbox. Be honest, that’s really who you want telling these stories. This month will also see the graphic novel release of Halo: Fall of Reach.
Halo: Tales from Slipspace is in stores October 12, 2016 and is available for preorder at your local comic retailer or various online booksellers.