How Do We Revitalize Halo HUNTtheTRUTH?
For those who weren’t keeping up with the ad campaign for Halo 5, Halo HUNTtheTRUTH was a marketing campaign made by Ayzenberg Group for the release of Halo 5: Guardians. This was mostly for the sake of stirring up hype for the clash between Master Chief and Spartan Locke. While at the time stirring some theories about what we were in store for. What impressed me about this series was the fact that we actually got two seasons of this audio series. The first of it’s kind and got enough of a warm reception to come back for more.
Season 1 of Halo HUNTtheTRUTH was pretty much Benjamin Giraud going above and beyond to accomplish the task given to him in creating an in-depth profile about the Master Chief. A story that started out so straightforward, and then dove headfirst into challenging everything that was clearly covered up about the Spartan involvement in the war. No one has ever been this bold to unfold the crazy creation of the Spartans or the things that they have had a hand in, so it made sense where Ben would inevitably find himself by the end of the season. Season 2 was a big transition from Ben’s story, the journalist turned ONI scapegoat. The story of FERO marketed itself as a different kind of story, and from a very different perspective than both Ben and Petra. FERO is the rebel leader who helped Giraud unravel his hunt. If you were looking for a credible source to follow, this was your character right in the thick of it.
Where I’m going with this is the fact that we got the chance to experience a Halo story with just our ears. But wouldn’t it be that much more exciting to also have some comic art to accompany this? I would never undercut the amazing work done by the voice actors and actresses, but it goes without saying that this series is underrated as something we should have in our physical collections. At some point I want to have a picture to put to Ben’s face, Petra, and even FERO. It may or may not work with the style of conversation to this series, but it is worth the try to take things from a different approach. Not every conversation has to play out word for word, but at the same time there is no problem with a comic that can get wordy. We have no shortage of Halo books with action that we can’t have one with regular people interacting and getting into more unique situations than Spartans or the UNSC. Who knows really. If this worked, whose to say that we couldn’t get that third season in the form of a book instead? That is the magic of transitioning a story from one medium into the next.
Even if a comic doesn’t work, why not even a novel? At the end of the day it just kills me a bit that we have o many things from the Halo Universe that can be collected into something physical, but what about HUNTtheTRUTH? I remember some time ago when they even came out with the complete video collection, and I couldn’t help but initially be disappointed that this was not included. If it won’t fit there, then where? At this point it wouldn’t even hurt ti simply release a disc because there’s no telling how long either site which has these episode will remain up. If not a comic, then a novel would have to be the next best thing. Some of the fans are owed that much after all of this time.
If not a novel, then I wouldn’t even argue that a motion comic is out of the question. This might actually work better than both options. One on hand you can add this to the video collection. On the other hand there is a smoother transition where you are simply layering the audio over top of moving stills.
It might seem like three years is quite the time to get into this again, but this is a series that I hope that fans haven’t too soon forgotten again. More could have been done with this series to give it lasting power. Books are easy to preserve, audio series take a bit more care and effort to make memorable. If moving Halo HUNTtheTRUTH into a different medium revitalizes the series? Why not take the chance? Especially when we haven’t had much to look forward to yet in terms of the next Halo installment unless you are reading the yearly released comics.