Full disclosure: I'm a huge Halo fan. Though I've only recently begun to fully enjoy the FPS experience, Halo's story was enough to pull me in from the beginning. The Halo story is epic, covering a huge volume of time and space. Spread over thousands of years and dozens of parsecs? As Jayne would say, "I'm in."
The Halo Uprising comic series represents Marvel's comic closing of the small story gap between Halo 2 and Halo 3. Written by Brian Michael Bendis -- who's responsible for an incredible volume of work from Ultimate Spiderman to Alias -- Uprising will consist of four issues chronicling the covenant's invasion of Earth and temporary capture of John 117, the Master Chief.
In this first issue we meet a yet-unnamed hotel concierge from Cleveland and Myras Tyle (a musician) who represent the human element of the story. Of course, we also get to see the 'Chief brrrrrt and fshammm his way through a pile of Covenant forces -- brilliant, artful interpretations of a situation any Halo player will instantly recognize.
And while issue one just barely scratches the surface of the Uprising story, focusing primarily on exposition, the art is indeed amazing. One frame stands out: the 'Chief standing tall and small in a full-page vertical frame facing a hoard of Covenant in the foreground. This page is worth the price of the comic alone.
It's also interesting that Covenant dialoge is represented in two fashions. Sometimes -- especially when they're speaking to each other among humans -- their words appear in Covenant hieroglyphs. When they're all alone (or with the 'Chief), we see their words in English.
I'd wholeheartedly recommend the series to anyone who wants to fill the story gap. Issue one is now available in a black-and-white sketch-style cover second (read: 1A) printing which is easy to find at your local shop. And for collectors, the full-color first printing is easy to find via eBay or Amazon. Issue #2 is currently scheduled for an October 17th release, with #3 hitting streets around holiday season.