2552: Sword Base, an ONI research facility on the planet Reach, comes under attack by an SDV-class heavy Corvette. The UNSC Army, with the help of Noble Team, successfully repel the Covenant assault and the Corvette is destroyed by orbital support.
- After arriving to Gamma Halo, Blue Team find the bodies of the deceased science team and Spartan-II Black Team. While looking for the assailants responsible, the Spartans are ambushed by Promethean Knights. After a short firefight, Blue Team destroys the Knights and follow a trail of Crawler tracks to the former location of the Composer.
- Upon entering the structure and following an underground passage, the Spartans discover the Composer’s Abyss, a facility used to store victims digitized by the Composer. At the end of the tunnel, Blue Team then finds an open slipspace portal.
- On an unknown planet, a monitor flies through a Forerunner city and speaks to the Didact - who survived his previous confrontation with the Master Chief. The A.I. informs him that humans have located the Composer’s Abyss and the portal. However, the Didact is unfazed by this news, and claims that he looks forward to “welcoming” the Spartans to his world.
- Battle of Earth: As the Didact plans to wipe out humanity using the Composer, John-117 follows him in close pursuit. When the Forerunner reaches Earth, the Infinity and the UNSC Home Fleet engage his ship immediately. Armed with a nuclear device, John-117 makes his way into the ship and confronts the Didact - but not before the Composer is used to digitize the population of New Phoenix, URNA. With the aid of a rampant Cortana, the Master Chief is eventually able to defeat the Didact and destroy his ship. Cortana sacrifices herself to save John-117 from the ensuing explosion and the Spartan is recovered from the debris field soon after.
- John-117 is debriefed by the UNSC Security Council about the Didact and the loss of Cortana. The Council decided to hide the incident from the general public using the cover-story that the attack was made by the Covenant and was stopped by Master Chief.
- Lord Terrence Hood informs John-117 that one hour previous the UNSC lost contact with a science team that was being escorted by Spartan-II Black Team at Installation 03. Hood also informs him that the attackers may have been Prometheans. John reunites with Kelly-087, Fred-104, and Linda-058 of Spartan-II Blue Team and deploys immediately to Gamma Halo.
"If you hadn’t, I would have ordered you to come along myself," Fred said with a slight smile on his face.
John couldn’t help but smile just a little himself. After having been alone so long, spending so much time not knowing how much of his family was still alive, here stood the three Spartans he’d missed the most. The three people whose presence he’d wished for more than anything in the closing days of the war, and his conflict with the Didact. He would have swiped his fingers across his faceplate, but they were in a crowded hangar and a part of him wanted to keep the gesture strictly between himself and his team. It was, after all, one of the few things that was purely Spartan-II.
» SPARTAN-II BLUE TEAM: Reunited
Your liveblogging was amusing to read. The overall plot is good (except for some disappointments i.e., the bland reunion & Black team's deaths), but the art kinda hurts me! There are so many panels that seem to be lackluster in detail, and Kelly's & Linda's role, Fred's name, the sexualization... I miss the style that we saw in FoR. It was gritty, but at least it's better for the military theme, imo. Did you notice the symbol on Kelly's armor? I wonder what it is.
Haha, thanks…I was just writing down whatever came to mind as I went through it - with the occasional ALL CAPS moments. XD
As happy as I am to have Blue Team back together, you’re right in that their reunion was lackluster indeed and the story felt pretty rushed. Also the mistakes like Kelly and Linda’s role reversal and Fred’s name (glad I’m not the only one who noticed) irk me as well. Blue Team deserve better than that. And in all honesty I think something as epic as Blue Team getting back together and going on what looks like is going to become a pretty critical mission is something that might have been better in a full novel, or at least a bigger comic book. But oh well; I’ll just be keeping my fingers crossed that the remaining two issues in this arc are good, and that Blue Team survives (and stays with the Chief).
Oh yes, I do agree with you about the art from the 'Fall of Reach' comic adaptation as well. The look was a bit messy and gritty, but the more angular lines worked for Halo’s aesthetic, I think. And the figures always looked solid in that comic - in this one they tend to often look formless and “blobby” when not in close-up.
As for that symbol on Kelly’s armor, it appears in some panels and not in others, as well as on Fred and Linda…and I’ve looked at it and it simply just seems to be a blue triangle (perhaps one of the more nondescript Halo 4 armor emblems). I don’t think it holds any special significance.
I much would’ve preferred they’d given Kelly a “rabbit” symbol myself. ;)
Want to see me make an even bigger dork of myself than usual? Well last night I liveblogged my reactions while I was reading through the latest issue of 'Halo: Escalation'. This particular issue finally answers the question of what has John-117 been doing since the events of Halo 4…and it brings in a few other familiar characters as well. ;)
(Needless to say there will be spoilers.)
I’m already working on using content from the comic to make some edits for you guys on here - which hopefully will be ready in a day or two. If you’ve already read the issue yourself and want to discuss, feel free to send me a message. :)
2517: Dr. Catherine Halsey initiates the screening process for the SPARTAN-II candidates. Vice Admiral Michael Stanforth provides her with the diplomatic shuttle Han and Lieutenant Jacob Keyes as a requisite pilot and attaché. Halsey goes on to survey candidates in Sector 4 while her team does the same elsewhere in the colonies.
2557: Having tried in vain for three years, Jul ‘Mdama’s Covenant faction finally gain access to the shield world Requiem. ‘Mdama orders his forces to board UNSC Forward Unto Dawn to keep the ship from landing. Aboard the Forward Unto Dawn, the A.I. Cortana wakes John-117 from his cryotube and warns him of the intruders. Once off the frigate, they are forcibly pulled into Requiem.