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In the days following the events of Halo 4, the Master Chief faced one of his greatest challenges. Halo® lead writer Brian Reed (Amazing Spider-Man, Ms. Marvel) takes the Master Chief from the fires of Halo 4 to the pages of Escalation in “The Next 72 Hours” Part 2!
Blue Team exits a portal leading them away from Installation 03. They discover a Forerunner city and a mysterious light source. Frederic-104 comments that whatever may be there must have killed Black Team to which John-117 replies that it must be the Didact, even though he is believed to be eliminated. The team discovers numerous Composers by the city and then detect an enemy contact, none other than The Didact holding an Activation Index. The Didact reveals that this place is the Composer's Forge and Blue Team opens fire. The Didact stomps the ground, causing the Spartans to lose their balance and stumble.