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Armor Testing is the second story in the Halo Graphic Novel, written and illustrated by Ed Lee, Jay Faerber, and Andrew Robinson.
Maria-062 stands in a Pelican Dropship in a low orbit around Earth, awaiting for permission to commence an orbital drop from an unnamed UNSC senior officer. On the Captain's mark, Spartan-062 leaps from the craft and plummets towards the Earth.
Spartan-062's energy shields flare and she reacts instantly. Grabbing the wrist of the ODST wielding the Humbler, Spartan-062 uses him as a human shield, simultaneously delivering a powerful kick to the ODST with the SMG. The other ODSTs open fire, but are absorbed by the hostage ODST's suit.
The Spartan ditches the ODST as the rounds strike her body and rolls for cover behind some rocks. As the ODST with the Humbler struggles to scramble back to his feet, Spartan-062 hurls a Fragmentation Grenade into the middle of the ODSTs, neutralizing Echo One through Five.
The sole survivor of the blast, Echo Six, makes a run for it and he's quickly "gunned" down by Maria, but not before initiating the "Bulgoki Gambit".
Maria runs past his "body" and leaps into a building, designated structure Alpha-Two, through an open window, kicking aside the ODST gunner positioned there as she swings inside. An ODST just outside the door thumbs a detonator and the room Maria is in bursts into flames.
Maria, unscathed by the flames that are deflected by her shields, follows him in pursuit and into a group of waiting ODSTs who apparently subdue her.
Back at the Special Warfare Center, Spartan-062 walks in minus helmet followed by ODSTs during the combat exercise. Maria and the unnamed senior officer exchange salutes and discuss the performance of the armor, which is to be shipped to Master Chief Petty Officer John-117 upon receiving her seal of approval. She is very happy at hearing this. The senior officer also tries to persuade her into re-enlisting, but she politely turns down the offer, stating that she wants to start a family.
- Two ODST Teams from the 340th Orbital Drop Shock Trooper Combat Training Unit
- SPARTAN Maria-062
- ONI Personnel
- Unnamed UNSC Navy Captain
- A trailer was made by HBO user "Major.Dump" using pictures from the comic as well as CGI clips, eventually gaining a mention on Bungie.net