Dark Horse Comics sent out a press release today loudly boasting that they've acquired the license to produce comics based on Halo, the first person shooter video game from Microsoft which has been produced by Marvel until now. Halo is, presumably, meant to fill the gaping hole in Dark Horse's hearts when Disney moves the Star Wars license to Marvel in 2015. According to reports, Dark Horse is putting up a strong front.
"Star Wars? What's that?" Dark Horse Editor in Chief Scott Allie allegedly asked. "Oh yeah, that's that comic with the space ninjas and the laser swords, right? I forgot we even published that."
"I mean, given a choice between Halo and Star Wars," he continued, discussing the Star Wars license the way a man talks about his ex-girlfriend to his new girlfriend," I'm gonna choose Star Wars every time. It's a no-brainer."
"Star Wars was nice," Allie went on, his knuckles white as he squeezed hard on the bottle of Pepsi he was holding (Coke was unavailable), "but it's not the kind of license you settle down with. Halo, on the other hand, is the whole package."
"Did we put in a lot of years building our relationship?" he asked, without any sort of prompting. "Sure. How long was it? I dunno. It's not really important."
"Twelve years and five months, as of May," he added immediately, now visibly upset. "That's nothing! A drop in the bucket!"
He began pacing around the room. "Twelve years. Over a decade. But does that even count? What was it all for? Can you just take twelve years of hard work and flush it right down the toilet? Like it didn't mean anything?!"
"But who cares about Star Wars?!" asked a crazed Allie, his eyes bulging out of his face. "Not me! I don't care! I've got Halo now!"
"Oooooh, Halo," he mocked, waving his hands around in front of him. "That's sooooo much better than Star Wars. Who needs Staar Waaaars when you've got Haaaaalllooooooooo?!?!"
It's probably best if we give Scott Allie some time to himself, but you can expect the first Halo book from Dark Horse, Halo: Initiation #1, to hit comic shops on August 14.
Here's the press release:
A NEW ERA OF HALO® COMICS BEGINS AT DARK HORSE!
One of the most iconic video game franchises in history comes to the number-one publisher of licensed comics!
CHICAGO, IL, APRIL 26–Dark Horse continues in the tradition of bringing only the biggest and best characters and story lines to comics with the announcement of the Halo: Initiation miniseries, launching in August! This exciting new miniseries will be written by Halo 4 writer and comics veteran Brian Reed, with art by Marco Castiello (Secret Invasion: Front Line, Star Wars: Purge)!
Before she was a supersoldier defending humanity as part of the Spartan-IV program, Sarah Palmer was an ODST—Orbital Drop Shock Trooper—carrying out the most dangerous missions behind enemy lines! See how she became the first Spartan-IV commander in this must-read series for fans of Halo 4 and the Halo franchise!
"A rich science fiction universe driven by compelling characters, Halo has all the makings for show-stopping comics, " said Dave Marshall, Dark Horse Editor. "In Initiation, Brian and Marco are delivering an action-packed thrill-ride with a beating heart of authentic human drama."
“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.
For an exclusive look at an interior page, check out Wired.
Look for Halo: Initiation #1 on sale in comic shops everywhere on August 14!
The “Halo” franchise is an award-winning collection of properties that has grown into a global entertainment phenomenon. Beginning with the original “Halo: Combat Evolved” (2001), the critically acclaimed and record-shattering series of games has since inspired multiple New York Times bestselling novels, comic books, action figures, apparel and more.
Published by Microsoft Studios, the “Halo” franchise of games is exclusive to the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system and the Xbox LIVE online entertainment network. To date, more than 50 million copies of “Halo” games have been sold worldwide, driving more than 5 billion hours of gameplay by people connected to Xbox LIVE.
About 343 Industries
343 Industries is the publisher and developer of the blockbuster “Halo” series of videogames and, as part of Microsoft Studios, oversees the “Halo” franchise, including novels, comics, licensed collectibles, apparel and more. 343 Industries is home to world-class developers working on the Reclaimer Saga, which launched with the arrival of “Halo 4” on Nov. 6, 2012, exclusively on Xbox 360.
About Dark Horse
Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, including The Mask, Ghost, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Mass Effect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Halo, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.