Halo: Initiation #1 is a comic by Dark Horse Comics published on August 14, 2013. It was later re-released as part of Halo: Initiation's hardcover edition on January 21, 2014 and in Halo: Library Edition Volume 1 on May 24, 2016, alongside the first 12 issues of Halo: Escalation.
In January 2553, at HIGHCOM Facility Bravo-6, HIGHCOM holds a meeting. While acknowledging the immorality of the SPARTAN-II Program, Musa-096 contends that, given the imminent threats of Covenant remnants and the Insurrection, SPARTANS are still necessary. He reveals he already has replacement Spartans.
Three months earlier, ODSTs are deployed to reinforce Marine ground forces on a planet. A convoy of Warthogs escorts Admiral Kovalic, carrying an AI, towards an extraction point. As the ODSTs land, the convoy is attacked by a Jiralhanae Chieftain, and the Admiral's Warthog is overturned. Lance Corporal Palmer's HEV lands nearby, and she defends Kovalic from the Chieftain and other Covenant. Palmer successfully escapes with Kovalic and the AI, but is injured while doing so.
- Musa-096 (First appearance)
- Catherine Elizabeth Halsey (Mentioned only)
- Sarah Palmer
- Kovalic (First appearance)