Halo: Escalation - The Next 72 Hours
The next issue of Escalation is coming out 10 days from now (July 23rd), so here’s a recap of what to expect and the dates to look out for.
The Next 72 Hours - Part 1 (JULY 23)
After defeating the Didact, John-117 joined the crew of Infinity… but why did he leave? The mystery begins here.
The Next 72 Hours - Part 2 (AUGUST 27)
In the days following the events of Halo 4, the Master Chief faced one of his greatest challenges.
The Next 72 Hours - Part 3 (SEPTEMBER 24)
What happened to the Master Chief immediately following the events of Halo 4, and what do those events mean for the future of the crew on the UNSC Infinity?
The future issues of Escalation are being written by 343’s new lead writer Brian Reed, following the departure of Chris Schlerf a little while back.
The Next 72 Hours is all about the immediate aftermath of Halo 4. We know that John was debriefed following the Ur-Didact’s defeat and the destruction of the Composer, but what became of him after that is a mystery as he suddenly disappeared from the Infinity. This arc will be leading us right up to the doorstep of Halo 5: Guardians, and will likely tie in with the additional prologue and epilogue cutscenes in Halo: The Master Chief Collection which follows ONI Agent Locke who has sought out the Arbiter’s help in order to find out where the Master Chief went.
Ur-Didact note: On Waypoint, Catalog has directly inferred that the cover of Issue #9, featuring the Ur-Didact, is not an artistic interpretation of the battle at the end of Halo 4 (link). This means that it’s very likely that the Ur-Didact himself will appear.
Blue Team note: Likewise, it appears that John’s old squad, Blue Team, will be appearing as well, judging by the cover of Issue #10. Judging by what Catalog has told us (along with reference to the Halo 4: Essential Visual Guide), Blue Team are still around and running classified combat ops (link).
The Next 72 Hours arc is the beginning of the plunge into the next step of the Reclaimer Saga’s story, you do not want to miss out on this!