Comic Book Review: Halo: Collateral Damage #3
It’s a bit strange already being at the end of another Halo book already. Most recently have been miniseries, but those also give you a few more issues than this one did. Not a problem of course because Collateral Damage has been a worthwhile story to tell. There’s nothing to ignore about the opportunity to jump into another Halo mission from the early days. Especially when there are so many fans out there who love nothing more than to see more of Blue Team.
With that said, here we find ourselves at the climax of the issue where we get to see the fun of the Spartans being exposed to more of what they are capable of while also getting to play with some new UNSC toys along the way. While on the other hand you have this group of insurrectionists who are getting a true reality check that their war against their own might be misguided at the moment when there’s an enemy who would see to all of humanity wiped from the universe. Starting with Blue Team first, it was exciting to see how they handled themselves with their backs against the wall. As we all know, at the end of the day Spartans are still human. There’s only so much they can handle at once, and they still worry about seeing each other through to the end of the mission. They made the stakes real here. Whether you knew they would survive or not, that didn’t change the fact that this was capturing them at a time where they still had to learn that with this great power, they still were not invincible.
When you know that they would at least make it out in one piece, everything came down to how they would overcome their current obstacles. That was the point of interest since this group is very good at being able to think on their feet. A good reminder of what makes the Spartan IIs so formidable in contrast to the others to come. They process the situation around them, they think ahead, and they improvise within the boundaries of their goals.
By the end of this issue, it was fully understood why this series was called collateral damage for better or for worse. It stung a bit to me because it is easy to forget sometimes that not all of humanity has done what’s best for itself. It was the actions and reactions of everyone by the end that really created that difference between the Spartans and everyone else. In this moment you could say they figured out quickly the kind of soldiers they were expected to be versus the heroes that they wanted to be.
I remember with the first issue I was very skeptical about how I would like this art team for the book. When you invest in a series like this, you want solid interior art quality. That speaks to the effort they are putting into satisfying fans. I felt that with each passing issue they did just that. Once Dave Crossland got his footing with the characters and the world around them, that was when you could genuinely feel engaged by the visuals. The detail in the armor, the special tools they were given to use, and the ferocity of the Covenant army all stood out easily. Not to mention the work that went into setting up the battlefield and scenery of the caves that Blue Team was trapped in. For so much that was going on in this issue particularly, the art team as a whole did a great job of approaching this without sacrificing quality for quantity. Shots fired, actions flowed into the next scene, and everyone was seen doing something or reacting to something.
Halo: Collateral Damage #3 was another memorable addition to the Halo comic franchise for what it had to offer differently from the other stories. This was the first in a while that took a step back towards past events, but it was still a point in time worth journeying back to for more Blue Team in their prime.