Well just like last time, I did a little liveblog of my reactions while I was reading through the latest issue of 'Halo: Escalation'. This issue continues off of what happened in #8; it offers a few explanations for some things (like who exactly killed Black Team and who the monitor we saw is), but also raises more questions, and has a lot of action as well as exposition.
(Needless to say there will be spoilers.)
I’ll be picking through this one over the next few days for material for edits - which hopefully will be ready over the weekend. If you’ve already read the issue yourself and want to discuss, feel free to send me a message. :)
Hello friends, followers, and blog visitors!
It’s been quite a while since I’ve made an announcement post, so I figured now was as good a time as any.
There’s been a flood of new followers here lately (Halo pun totally intended)…nearly 100+! And I’m super happy and nervous about that at the same time. Because while it’s so awesome to see so many people stopping by that share my love for my favorite Spartans, it also makes me a little anxious because I’m just a small-time blogger who is kind of a dork when it comes to social media. I just hope I can keep you all happy with my assortment of postings and reblogs!
So, for those that don’t know, I’m GreenleafCM - the admin of The Eagle and The Rabbit. My main goal with this side-blog is to spread a little more love for Halo’s best Blue-One and Blue-Two. If there’s ever anything you would like to discuss with me, or if you just want to drop in and say “hi”, the Ask Box is always open! There’s also the Canon Info and Mission Briefing pages you can check out if you’d like to know a little more about what this blog is all about.
…And now that that is out of the way, just wanted to give you guys a quick update as to what’s going to be happening around here for the next little while. Issue #9 of 'Halo: Escalation' comes out in a few days, and will be continuing the Master Chief’s post-‘Halo 4’ adventures with Blue Team. So I’ll probably be doing another liveblog of my reactions, as well as making some edits if there are any particularly good panels to work with. I am also on the hunt for a new blog theme; so if you ever go to the main blog page and things look really strange, don’t panic, it’s probably just me messing around with the formatting. And if I do end up switching to a new theme, I’ll make an official announcement. The last thing I feel I need to mention is that I’ll be returning to my studies at my University tomorrow, so things might slow down a little around here as I start dedicating more of my free time to that. But I’ll still be doing my best to provide you with the best art/fanfiction/edits of John-117 and Kelly-087, as well as other quality Halo-related news and content I can find around the web as often as possible. :)
Anyway, that’s about it for now. There’s lots of good Halo stuff that will be coming out over the course of these last few moths of the year, so I guess we’ll all be anxiously awaiting what’s to come together.
Until next time!
Getting very close now…honestly, I think I might already be done…
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Halo: Escalation #9 Preview | Blue Team vs. Ur-Didact
oh god i really love john and kelly together you have no idea
Sooo…when you say “together”, do you mean as friends? Teammates? A couple? All three perhaps? Feel free to elaborate!
…Either way though, I would say that you’ve come to the right place my friend. ;)
I think one of my favorite things about John-117 and Kelly-087’s relationship is how it shows just how human the Spartan-IIs still are. Words like “sociopath”, “machine”, and “broken” have been lobbed at them since the ominous prologue of 'Halo 4' - but I think anyone who knows Halo canon beyond just the games knows that those terms are not wholly accurate to their nature.
My favorite moment in Halo canon that shows just how important Kelly is to John is this scene from ‘First Strike’…out of all the things that the Master Chief could be giving priority to at that moment after the Hunters fire, his first and most pressing objective is to get his best friend to safety - not what you would expect from someone a large portion of the fanbase (inaccurately and unfortunately) believes was trained to be devoid of anything beyond being a soldier. John may try to keep his feelings under the surface in order to help himself be a better leader, but he still cares more than anything for the people he calls his friends and family; we’ve seen him express this through both his thoughts and actions many times, and Kelly is clearly at the top of the list when it comes to people for whom he’s willing to set aside his persona as the detached, unbiased leader of the Spartans. For her part, Kelly’s ability to be John’s support both in and out of combat through all the years of the Human-Covenant War is testament to the strength of the bond that was forged from the first days of their Spartan-II training. She is shown to be unshakable in her ability to be her friend’s right-hand in any given situation. It is also noted a few times that Kelly often takes the initiative when it comes to being the one who keeps up the morale of the team for John, with both her wit and ability to be understanding of others. The fact that Kelly cares for John more than probably anyone else is also something that is evidenced by some very interesting moments in Halo canon - including the special Spartan-smile we’ve seen her only give to him, as well as how during the times they were separated since the fall of Reach she openly expressed her worry over his well-being several times.
All these things paint a picture of two people that, in spite of the extraordinary and difficult circumstances that have defined their lives, are still very much human; due in large part, I think, to the fact that they have each other. John and Kelly are partners in nearly every sense of the word. And no matter what particular way you interpret that partnership, it’s something that adds a lot of depth to both their characters.
…Anyway, sorry for rambling a little. Anytime you want to talk about John-117 and Kelly-087 though, or any other Halo-related stuff, feel free to send me an ask!
Thanks for the message, and I hope you continue to enjoy the blog. :)
2492: Preston Cole and Inna Volkov are married.
2517: Dr. Catherine Halsey and Lieutenant Jacob Keyes meet 6-year-old John, candidate #117, on Eridanus II. John passes a test conducted by Halsey and is unknowingly accepted into the SPARTAN-II Program.