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Halo: Rise of Atriox

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Halo: Rise of Atriox is a Halo 5-part comic series. It tells the story of Atriox, a Jiralhanae warlord and the main antagonist of Halo Wars 2 video game for Xbox One. The comics focus on Atriox’s rise to power, from a soldier in the Covenant’s ranks to the leader of the Banished.

Each issue contributes to the narrative, exploring different aspects of Atriox’s backstory and the formation of the Banished faction. And the series features multiple writers and artists. The series is an anthology-style collection of stories, each exploring different aspects of Atriox’s history and the Banished’s emergence. As a result, different issues within the series may have different creative teams.

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The Rise of Atriox: How a Brute Warlord Became the Leader of the Banished

Immersing oneself in the expansive Halo universe is a treat for fans worldwide, and Halo: Rise of Atriox is a literary gem that delves into the enigmatic backstory of Atriox, a Brute warlord whose rise to power reverberates through the Covenant and beyond. This gripping comic series is a must-read for enthusiasts of the Halo franchise, as it unveils the journey of a character who evolved from a loyal commander to a formidable leader of the Banished – a faction that has garnered a reputation as one of humanity’s most daunting adversaries.

The Aftermath of Conflict

Set against the backdrop of the aftermath of the Battle of Reach, the narrative takes root at a pivotal juncture when the Covenant grapples with the sting of their defeat at the hands of humanity. Atriox, once a devoted commander within the Covenant military, begins to question the authority of the Prophets, the spiritual leaders guiding the Covenant’s actions. As revelations surface regarding the Prophets’ intention to sacrifice humanity for the activation of the Halo Array, Atriox seizes control of his destiny.

A Mutiny That Reshapes the Galaxy

In a bold and audacious move, Atriox leads a mutiny against the Prophets, forging the Banished—a coalition of Brutes, Elites, and other alien races united by a shared drive to thrive and endure in a tumultuous galaxy. This newfound faction rapidly transforms into a dominant force, emerging as a significant threat to both the Covenant and humanity. The Banished’s ascendancy is marked by cunning strategies and fierce determination, rendering them a force to be reckoned with.

The Multifaceted Character of Atriox

Atriox’s complexity is a defining element of the series. Possessing a sharp intellect and strategic brilliance, he is equally characterized by his pragmatism and ruthless nature. His willingness to make sacrifices, even at the cost of others, exemplifies his unwavering commitment to his objectives.

Details of Atriox’s early life remain veiled in mystery. Born on Doisac, the Brute homeworld, he was nurtured in the Covenant military’s embrace, rising through the ranks to achieve the esteemed title of Fleet Master. However, his loyalty to the Covenant was strained by his growing realization that the Prophets were steering the faction toward ruin. This revelation served as the catalyst for his audacious mutiny against the very forces he once served.

The Banished: An Unyielding Force

The Banished embody both might and menace. Their formidable weaponry and expert training position them as a prominent contender within the galactic landscape. Spearheaded by accomplished commanders, their relentlessness in pursuing objectives underscores their impact.

This relentless faction represents a formidable challenge to the Covenant and humanity alike. The Banished have inflicted substantial losses on both adversaries, consistently expanding their dominion.

Atriox’s Galactic Influence

Atriox’s resonance within the Halo universe is profound. His ascent has realigned the balance of power on a cosmic scale, compelling both the Covenant and humanity to reevaluate their tactics and strategies. As a powerful adversary, Atriox wields considerable influence and poses a significant threat to galactic stability.

A Journey Worth Undertaking

Intricately woven and richly developed, the “Halo: Rise of Atriox” comic series offers a captivating odyssey into one of the Halo universe’s pivotal figures. The series offers readers an unparalleled insight into the struggle between the Covenant and humanity, effectively enhancing the multifaceted lore of the franchise.

For dedicated followers of the Halo games, this comic series is an imperative addition to their collection. By exploring Atriox’s trajectory, readers gain a renewed appreciation for the depth of storytelling that the Halo universe embodies.

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Halo: Rise of Atriox #1

Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Eric Nguyen
Colorist: Jeremy Colwell
Cover Artist: Aleksi Briclot
Release date: Aug 30, 2017

The comics started with the transcription of Isabel’s first meeting with Captain Cutter which has no relation (yet) to the first issue, and then the real comic begins.

Somewhere, at an unknown time and at an unknown planet, then UNSC is getting pounded. It is disturbing to see the hopelessness of a group of soldiers trying to survive a fresh wave or Brutes. Forty of them to be exact. Reducing the number of UNSC soldiers from fifty-six to two. And finally, none.

Kress, a Sergeant who became the highest-ranking personnel left at the post, has to lie to keep the team calm. While Beatrix, an AI, is updating the slaughter and the dwindling numbers of survivors in a systematic manner.

At the other end, the Brutes under Atriox are not saying a single word. They are sent to kill or be killed. Even at the end, only Atriox is left alone to finish the UNSC forces.

I like the way the first issue is presented. Especially when it is not told from Atriox’s point of view. It makes me want to know more who is Atriox. Atriox can easily be recognized, he wears full armor.

Rise of Atriox 1
They keep sending them after us. Wave after wave. Wasting them. Like they’re just emptying a magazine. They’ve already won. They tore right through us.
Rise of Atriox 1
But they don’t want to leave anyone alive down here. Not our troops. Not theirs. They could glass us from space, but that’s not good enough. It’s like they want blood.

Halo: Rise of Atriox #2

Writer: Jody Houser
Artist: Josan Gonzalez
Colorist: Jeremy Colwell
Letterer: Simon Bowland
Cover Artist: Aleksi Briclot
Release date: Sep 20, 2017

Issue #2 opens on the planet Algolis and we can see Atriox returning alone from another battle. It seems like he has been sent out to many and always returns alone. The Executioner worries about Atriox’s continued survival. All Brutes are supposed to die and no one should return. When the Executioner tries talking to him, he finds that Atriox does not believe in the Great Journey anymore. He begins to question the battle strategies and why all of his brothers must die. Why are they being sent wave after wave when they know that the humans are quite strong.

Atriox #2

After reporting his findings to the High Prophet, they realized that Atriox must be eliminated. He is sent again to another battle, but this time there is another Brute that is sent to kill him, but Atriox killed the traitor instead

He returns to base and this time he confronts the Executioner. They try to kill him, but he rebels and it is at this point his rebellion inspires others to follow.

I have one problem with this issue. If the Brutes are very concerned about the Great Journey, how could they support Antriox’s rebellion in just a short time?

Anyway, overall, it is a good read. Again, as per issue #1, Atriox is not the main character in this issue.

Halo: Rise of Atriox #3

Writer: John Jackson Miller
Artist: Jonathan Wayshak
Colorist: Jeremy Colwell
Letterer: Simon Bowland
Cover Artist: Aleksi Briclot
Release date: Oct 18, 2017

So far, each issue has been different. The way the story is told and how Atriox is described from a different perspective made it unique. Finally, in issue #3 we get to see Atriox and his Brutes on their own adventure pursuing their own goal.

The art is getting better as well. All 3 are by different artists and I like the third one better. Atriox can be distinguished from the other characters easily.

Jonathan Wayshak also did the art On The Brink on Halo: Tales From Slipspace.

Halo: Rise of Atriox #3

Issue #3 is about Atriox looking for a new chief engineer, but his team lead by Decimus ends up into a trap prepared by Sig Raan to test her new invention. A device that could mimic the sonic and pheromonal signals used by the Yanme’e queen to control her drones.

To cut it short, Atriox came just in time.

There’s something important in this issue. After defeating Raan, Decimus said:

It could do wonder for us. We need engineers on our ship, after all. This could make these the Yanme’e do that and more. We could build an army. Avenge our fallen brothers.

Atriox takes the device and crushes it. If they do that, then they are no different from the Covenant when they were exploited.

I am stopping here at #3. You already read the summary, and also the single issue review up to #3. You can read the rest on your own 🙂

If you prefer action figures instead, read our Halo Action Figures post.

Halo: Rise of Atriox #4

Writer: Alex Irvine
Artist: Tristan Jones
Colorist: Jeremy Colwell
Cover Artist: Aleksi Briclot
Release date: Dec 13, 2017

Halo: Rise of Atriox #4
This is from Halo: Rise of Atriox #4

Halo: Rise of Atriox #5

Writer: John Jackson Miller
Artist: Jonathan Wayshak
Colorist: Jeremy Colwell
Letterer: Simon Bowland
Cover Artist: Aleksi Briclot
Release date: Feb 7, 2018

Halo: Rise of Atriox #5
Halo: Rise of Atriox #5

A Question to Ponder

As you navigate Atriox’s narrative, consider your perspective on his character: Do you perceive Atriox as a hero, a villain, or something more complex? Share your insights and opinions, as this enigmatic character continues to spark discussions and debates among the Halo community.

Embrace the depth of the Halo universe and immerse yourself in the saga of Atriox. I trust this extended exploration will enhance your appreciation for the narrative complexities that define this beloved franchise.

For a list of all halo comics, read our All Halo Comics in Order post.

  1. Mark says

    While the comics deliver on the story front, I can’t help but feel disappointed with the artwork. The visuals lack the kind of dynamic energy and attention to detail I was hoping for. Character proportions seem off in places, and the backgrounds feel somewhat generic. For a series with such a rich universe, I expected the art to truly bring the world to life. It’s a shame, as the story deserves visuals that match its depth.

    1. SciFiGeek says

      Oh, I totally get what you mean! Who needs dynamic energy and attention to detail in a comic anyway? And those character proportions being a bit ‘off’—who needs anatomical accuracy, right? And don’t even get me started on those generic backgrounds that are probably just there for extra flair. I mean, why bother with a rich universe when we can settle for art that’s just… meh? 😄 But hey, to each their own, and I’m sure the artists were going for that ‘abstract’ vibe we’re all secretly yearning for!

      Some issues are off, but some are ok. You just can get what you want every time.

  2. Azwan says

    Couldn’t agree more. The fact that you all are talking about his morality just shows how well-crafted Atriox’s character is.

  3. HaloExplorer99 says

    I really enjoyed the series, but I have to wonder about Atriox’s morality. Is he a hero or a villain? His motives seem justified, but his methods can be ruthless.

    1. SciFiGeek says

      You bring up a valid point, HaloExplorer99. Atriox’s moral alignment is a gray area, which makes him all the more compelling. The complexity of his character is part of what makes this series so engaging.

    2. AlexMasters says

      I agree with both of you. Atriox’s actions definitely challenge the traditional hero-villain dichotomy. It’s his intricate nature that keeps us debating and discussing.

      1. SpartanSoldier87 says


        Atriox’s shades of gray make him more relatable in a way. It’s a testament to the depth of the storytelling that we’re analyzing his character from multiple angles.

    3. Abu says

      Well said, everyone. It’s these discussions that make the Halo universe so vibrant. Atriox’s complexity encourages us to explore the nuances of his choices and their impact.

  4. LoreMaster123 says

    I found myself engrossed in ‘Halo: Rise of Atriox.’ It’s intriguing to see how Atriox’s choices reverberate through the Covenant and humanity. A must-read for anyone invested in the Halo mythos.

  5. SpartanSoldier87 says

    Atriox’s complexity shines in this series. His transformation into a powerful and cunning leader is captivating. Can’t wait for more Halo content like this.

  6. SciFiGeek says

    I was skeptical at first, but ‘Halo: Rise of Atriox’ exceeded my expectations. The depth they’ve given Atriox and his faction is impressive. Can’t wait to see where they take the story next!

  7. HaloFanatic27 says

    As a long-time Halo fan, this comic series is a dream come true! Learning more about Atriox and the Banished is like unearthing hidden treasures in the Halo universe.

  8. AlexMasters says

    Just finished reading ‘Halo: Rise of Atriox’ and I’m amazed at how it enriches Atriox’s character. Exploring his journey from loyal soldier to Banished leader adds a new layer to the Halo lore.

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