» 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.
Spartan-117 & Spartan-087
"John frowned as he noted the scratch on her cheek. She’d likely gotten it from the rocks that had bounced up under the cargo truck. The same rocks that had cut his ear when they’d been hanging from the undercarriage. He ran his hand down her arm until it reached one of her hands. He pulled the hand toward him so that he could see it better - there was a small cut on it, which would explain why she’d almost dropped her mirror when the guard had been doing the sweep under the vehicle.
"I wish you wouldn’t take such risks." John’s attention was snapped from Kelly’s hand when the woman spoke. "Why did you insist on being the one to set off the trap with the Tango Company soldiers at the pelican?"
"Because I’m the squad leader." John hugged her a little tighter. "It’s my job to take on the danger. I couldn’t ask you to do that."
"You wouldn’t have to ask. If you would just give me the option to volunteer, I’d do it." Kelly turned in his arms, resting her forehead against John’s shoulder. "John, you’re my best friend. I don’t like seeing you hurt."
John moved one of his hands to the back of Kelly’s head and, with the hand on her back, cradled her against him. “You mean too much to me, Kelly, to let you do that. I could never live with myself if you were injured or killed because I let you volunteer for something in my place…”
2523: SPARTAN-IIs train on Reach, where they successfully capture a Marine base flag.