Here’s a very funny photo sent in to us by a Good Bat-Blog Citizen named Kevin. He was recently at a charity event held at the Ronald McDonald House ( a totally GREAT Children’s Charity by the way ) and took this photo of BATMAN, The Dark Knight, chilling out with Ronald… ha ha! Thanks Kevin, You ROCK, Sir! In fact, I hope this picture inspires a few people to actually make a donation. This organization is completely wonderful & really helps children. So, if you can, please click here: DONATE!
Shown here, for your viewing pleasure, are 3 cool foreign Batman Comic Books. The 1st one is Arabic, the 2nd is Italian, & the 3rd is English ( but from the UK ). All of these are vintage comics & not modern-day. So, I’m curious. Does anyone out there live outside the USA where there are “foreign language” bat-books currently being published? If so, then please let us know. Also, if you have some photos of what they look like then that would be great too, thanks!
What is the Fall of Reach novel plot?
Here’s a summary. In short, the humans and the Master Chief fight against the alien Covenant forces until they eventually end up at the Halo as found in Combat Evolved.
Or a longer version!
The Fall of Reach novel, written by Eric Nylund, opens with the civilian Dr. Catherine Halsey and Lieutenant Jacob Keyes traveling to meet John, a six-year-old boy. Dr. Halsey reveals to Keyes that John is one of 150 children who possess rare genetic markers making them suitable for conscription into the SPARTAN-II program, a secret experiment with the aim of creating super soldiers for the UNSC to quell rebellions.
Seventy-five of the children are kidnapped by agents of the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) and replaced by clones engineered to die of natural causes shortly after so no one around the children are suspicious in the future. From this point on, the recruits are known only by their first name and a three digit number. John-117 and the rest of the children are drilled and trained by Franklin Mendez and John demonstrates leadership of his fellow Spartans leading to his promotion to squad leader.
In 2525, the Spartans undergo a series of surgical enhancements which turn them into highly efficient super soldiers at the cost of crippling or killing more than half of the original seventy-five. The Spartans are also equipped with powerful MJOLNIR battle armor, designed to respond as quickly as the soldier’s thoughts. John-117 is given the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer.
The Spartans are highly successful, but they experience a mission priority shift after a collective of alien races known as the Covenant begin obliterating human colonies, declaring humanity’s destruction as the “Will of the Gods”. Mendez leaves the group to train the next generation of Spartans as John and his comrades first face the Covenant.
By 2552, the war against the Covenant is going dreadfully. The technological superiority of the Covenant means that space battles heavily favor the Covenant, and the UNSC can only win engagements by suffering tremendous losses. To prevent the discovery of Earth or other human colonies, Vice Admiral Cole creates the “Cole Protocol“, which forbids direct slipspace jumps to planet Earth or any other large population location and mandates the destruction of a ship before it can be captured by the Covenant.
Jacob Keyes, now commander of the destroyer Iroquois, discovers four Covenant ships arriving at the Sigma Octanus System, and single-handedly destroys three of them; his heroics earn Keyes the rank of Captain. The Covenant conspire to overrun Sigma Octanus IV, searching for a mysterious ancient artifact. Despite an expensive and exhausting fight, the human forces manage to repel the Covenant, and Keyes intercepts a coded Covenant transmission from the surface before the Covenant retreat. The Iroquois heads to Reach, unwittingly bringing a Covenant tracking device with it.
Soon after, Keyes is given the command of the UNSC cruiser Pillar of Autumn for a secret mission; the Spartans are to capture one of the Covenant’s religious leaders, a Prophet, and barter a truce. Dr. Halsey also introduces John to the artificial intelligence Cortana, who would assist the Spartans by residing in their MJOLNIR armor. Before the mission can begin, however, Reach is attacked by a massive Covenant fleet.
John 117 and Cortana reach the Pillar of Autumn, but most of the other Spartans are presumed killed as the Covenant vitrify the surface of Reach, turning the landmasses into glass.
Cortana initiates a slipspace course based on the ancient glyphs intercepted by the Covenant at Sigma Octanus, the course takes them to a massive ringworld known as Halo, setting the stage for the events of the Xbox game, Halo: Combat Evolved
Source: Amended from Wikipedia
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Update: Latest Reach Release Date Rumour
What does 1 Up know about the release date of Halo: Reach? Bungie has said that it’s due to “Fall of 2010” yet 1 Up’s website says “9/14/10″. What gives? Is this the actual release date for Halo: Reach?
Here’s the screen shot:
What do you think? Inside knowledge from Lukems passed on to 1 Up, a mistake or is this simply when 1 Up thinks Fall kicks in?
Want this Halo Reach wallpaper for your computer’s desktop?
If you want the picture of the Halo spartans in glorious 1140 x 900 size – here’s how you grab it:
With the mouse, click on the image so it enlarges. Then right click on the wallpaper image and ‘save as’. Once the file is saved to your computer, open it up Window’s Control Panel and select change desktop background (or some variant) select the saved file and the wallpaper will be up on your desktop faster than you can say “Jump In!”.
Some programs might offer the short cut that when you do the ‘right click’ you get the option to make the halo picture the desk top bachground straight away.
Halo: Reach: Falls 2010
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So if the Master Chief is not going to be a huge factor in the Halo: Reach Xbox game (not what the link thinks!), what becomes of him in terms of people continuing to play his character?
I’m a betting man so consider the farm on the table that Mr Chief will appear in more Halo games. Especially when Frankie from 343 Industries clears it up succinctly:
“As for Master Chief, odds are he will be seen again. “I think that (his) fate, Cortana’s fate and the identity of that giant, dark planet at the ending (on the game’s hardest skill level) – that’s a spoiler – are probably big mysteries that would be irritating if they were just cliffhangers,”
“We do have a plan that goes out at least six years,” he says. “Eventually, it will become very apparent that there is a plan for the way the canon all ties together and the way the comic books and the novels all tie together.”
A six year plan for Halo which includes saving the Master Chief from permanent hibernation on half a space ship? Okay Frankie, wake me when you need me….
Any one taking bets on what the first Micosoft produced game will be?
Why does the Halo section of Xbox.com’s website run by 343 Industries have in it’s link section a link to the brilliant Ascendant Justice website?
I say this because the site is now officially deserted as its authors, Vociferous & Cocopjojo have jumped ship to work at 343 Industries….
Sure, I can appreciate that it is a marvellous resource but it seems a little odd sending someone to a site that it no longer being up dated.
Hey, I have an idea! Halo Reach Game News is updated many times per week. How about a link Mr Frankie, kind Sir, oh noble priest of Halo Heaven?
Seriously, check out Ascendant Justice if you want some serious analysis of the Halo games franchise. The discussion of The Terminals found scattered in Halo 3 and the stories they told is possibly the best piece of analysis of anything Halo related. It was written so well, that as I read it I felt I was actually there as an observer in the ultimate game of chess where the pawns represented the lives of millions… sorry, I love hyberbole!
Ascendant Justice’s loss is actually Halo’s gain. They were the fans that got Halo. Now they are part of it, and are perhaps serving as part of Halo’s beating heart, defending against the might of a corporate that the very creators of Halo, Bungie Studios extracted themselves from legally just over a year ago…
Check out the rest of the links, there’s some sites that have been faithful to Halo for years listed there. Must be doing wonders for their traffic! 😉
I actually think the best site for Halo related news is Halo.Bungie.Org, which is also listed – do try it!
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