Halo: Escalation will hit shelves on December 11. Chris Schlerf, lead writer on the Halo 4 videogame, will write the new series. The art for the first three issues will be handled by Omar Francia, known for his work on the comic adaptations of the Mass Effect and Star Wars: Legacy series. Dragon Age comic artist Anthony Palumbo will be illustrating Escalation’s covers seen below.
Writer Schlerf calls Escalation a part of a bigger effort from Halo developer 343 Industries to develop and improve the story aspects of the series. “Halo in general has always had some great characters,” Schlerf says, “more, I think, than it’s been given credit for.” The first issue of the new series will begin, Schlerf says, in the midst of a violent assault from forces determined to stop diplomatic talks between the Arbiter and the Brutes, powerful enemies from Halo lore.
Halo: Escalation‘s plot will cover “how the events of Halo 4 have helped define the destiny not only of the Chief but of the galaxy as a whole,” Schlerf told Wired in an email. The plot of Halo 4, which Microsoft released for Xbox 360 last year, focused primarily on the relationship between the Master Chief and Cortana characters. The comics will flesh out the wider context of the game’s world, Schlerf said.