Halo Lone Wolf is a packaged collection of four issues that shine a spotlight on the Spartan Linda. This is a separate mission that builds into the general lore taking place around Halo 5: Guardians. She’s set on her own mission and while this is a standalone setup, it does feel like a minor addition to the general overall universe.
Linda is a rather interesting Spartan, and it’s neat to see more content focus around what she does. During this particular mission you get a look into her personal beliefs, and style. Being a sniper, you get to see some stealth and visceral hidden combat. That’s not to say there’s no action involved as there certainly is, but it does actually care to present her talents in the proper way during her mission. This book has her paired up with an interesting AI, with a specific task that does involve some innocent civilians in the mix.
This presents a unique situation as she has to deal with a populous while completing her goal. It’s a fair length and the story does seem to wrap up after this point. That being said, I would have liked a deeper dive into her history, as this might be harder to get into for those that don’t have enough context into who she is. A newcomer may just think that she’s a regular sniper.
With this being a series of comics, there’s a focus on detailed imagery and then text in speech bubbles to accompany it. The artwork here is solid, detailed and it feels like its part of the Halo universe which is important for fans. It’s a fair length, with many pages and finely spaced panels.
They have many characters to showcase, and provide enough context without getting too involved with secondary individuals that you probably won’t see again. The case is a nice hard cover for what I have and the pages are a good thickness for more durability. There’s also a little bit of sketch work towards the end, not a whole lot however. I’m impressed with the use of color here, the quality of the hard book and story contained with it.
The Halo Lone Wolf comic collection brings four issues in one solid package that presents itself as a standalone narrative. Linda is a fascinating character that’s really undeveloped in the main story of the franchise, so it’s nice to see her in the spotlight. I would have liked a deeper look into who she is as this felt like a tease, but its right to the point. There’s a core, intimate and separate tale to tell that they delivered on.
You get to see the ruthless efficiency she deploys in the field, while getting a glance at the morals she holds onto as a Spartan. The story was solid, I liked the characters involved and felt that the artwork was excellent. It felt natural to the overall Halo universe and this was an easy read. A fair amount of pages, and a story that felt like it closed off fine.
Halo Lone Wolf Book Review
Author: Anne Toole
Review Copy Provided by Penguin Random House Canada