Comic Book Review: Halo: Lone Wolf #2
Halo: Lone Wolf is exactly the kind of Halo book that we need at a time like this. One that continues to expand on the Halo lore, while at the same time proving that you can do so with a character who is not the Master Chief. As I said before, Spartan Linda-058 was the perfect choice as the star for this book when she is equal parts badass, engaging, and unique to most other Spartans in action. Giving us someone from Blue Team in general was the next best thing when this team of Spartans you don’t see nearly enough of.
Through the events of Halo: Lone Wolf #2 we come to understand a lot about the time that this story is taking place. Before it was easier to sum this up to being post-Covenant War, but now it is easier to see exactly where this takes place with the mention of names such as the Didact’s Hand. It’s those little things that matter during a time like this, even the continued hostility between the colonists and the UNSC. That also told us more than enough when those of us who also listened to HUNTtheTRUTH came to understand just how much mistrust was shared between regular people and the people who are supposed to protect them. This knowledge made the encounter between Spartan Linda-058 and these endangered humans rough. They were obviously not going to accept Linda with open arms, but it was how they received her help that grabs your attention more. Especially when Spartans aren’t entirely used to being treated as if they could also be the enemy.
In turn, their response to Linda brought out a side of her that was surprising. What I continue to enjoy about the Spartan IIs is that there really is only so far that they will go for the sake of a mission. For them, there is a clear distinction between saving people and fighting legit threats. Particularly when the target is only a scientist. It wasn’t until facing her target where you could see why it is exactly that Linda was wary of being tagged along by an AI instead of her team. No time is taken away by their conversation, and it is also just as important to follow the way that she acts when technically under a microscope. The very way that this AI tries to control Linda’s actions is precisely what we needed to see from one of these books to draw a line in the sand that separates AIs you can trust, and those you can’t.
As far as story progression goes, for this second issue it was good to get some clarity towards why it is that the Covenant are on this planet and coming after the humans settled there. Even better that we could begin piecing together why Chen is on this planet and still there. He’s up to something and challenges this mission for Linda since it takes a delicate approach to both save these people and protect them from someone who they trust more than herself.
Normally when I say that the artwork for a Halo book is quality, that might actually mean solid at best. Halo: Lone Wolf is probably the first book in a good bit where I am able to say quality work and actually mean that. I was impressed by the improvements that the interior work even had this issue. Big steps were taken to give us clear renderings of everyone. Before it was just the humans who were lacking because of some areas of perspective, but that was fixed and made a big difference in how this chapter engages us with Linda’s handling of these settlers. The characters were much more expressive, it was great to see the Sangheili in full detail, and Linda in armor again was commendable for every action scene that made her move like she was super woman.
What we got out of Halo: Lone Wolf #2 so far makes it easier to say that this is one of the best Halo books that Dark Horse has put out. There was an excellent story that is matched by quality artwork. Spartans with personality is never a bad thing and this story right now proves that.