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J.G. Phoenix

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Thumbnails Finished

The thumbnails for the Admiral Hipper, Cosmo Messer F2, and the KM-3s missile are finished. A bit rushed but they all look decent enough, especially the F2. Have a look. I also squished the frames a little to give the subjects more screen space. Once again, I think...

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Cosmo Messer F2 Progress

It's pretty much finished. Unfortunately there are still some workshop related things I need to do and I don't quite have enough time for all of that tonight. Hopefully I'll have it sorted by tomorrow or sometime in the middle of the week, but if not, next weekend at...

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Finished: Halo The Fall of Reach

by | Apr 27, 2022 | Books, Halo, Journal

It was a good read. I’ve always got my little nitpicks but that goes with everything, especially my own writing.

What stands out the most for me in Halo The Fall of Reach are the differences between the invasion of Reach in this book versus the game. Seeing how this book came out nine years before the game, Halo: Reach (the game) is the one making the retcons. What’s weird about that is that I actually kind of prefer the book’s version of events. A lot of things in the game feel like so much padding compared to other Covenant invasions.

Still, before I read Halo The Fall of Reach, I might have argued that the events established in the games should supersede the books. It’s the same argument I would use with the Star Wars movies superseding any contradicting elements in the books.

Quality is beholden to no medium, though. So how do I feel about it now? I’m not sure. I’m not just saying that because the new Star Wars movies are terrible, and it’s not even because some of the more recent Halo games have been less than the sum of their parts. I just genuinely wonder if books should be lower in the canon pecking order just because ‘the original’ thing was a movie or a game.

There are elements of the game I would keep over the book and vice versa. One example, Halsey in Halo: Reach isn’t as relatable and likeable as she is in the book. She’s not nearly as bad as she is in the tv show, but that’s a whole other can of fish bait. One thing I’d keep from the game over the book is the number of spartans.

It’s not as painful as I thought it would be for them to be missing, but the Spartan IIIs clearly didn’t exist in the lore back in 2001. Even if you crammed them into the book they would have a handful of hours to fight the Covenant vs the multiple weeks shown in the game. I’d prefer something in the middle, like a few days of fighting before everything just falls apart.

I guess that’s what headcanon’s for.

I’m not sure what the next read is going to be but since I mentioned Star Wars, Dark Force Rising doesn’t sound like a bad idea.


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