This week I decided to try and understand my brothers and sister and little more by digging into the world of Halo. Granted, this was a comic versus the game they play, but I still feel like it would give me a chance to know the characters and worlds, etc. However, this issue took me by surprise because in many ways it analyzed the aspects of a person, philosophically.
The first page caught me completely off guard! It was full of deep thought that connected directly to the art of philosophy and the deep thoughts of life. It stated that even when we aren’t by ourselves, we are alone. It furthers the idea that people will always stab you in the back and therefore you can trust no one. This can be a huge issue in people lives where they aren’t able to physically trust anyone they interact with. I am surprised, yet delighted that this issue dives so deep into a large discussion that is often dealt with.
When the story initially began, it was a conversation between men of who was capable of doing more/being tougher, Spartans or trained marines. Naturally, as a Spartan student (though I know it’s not that kind of Spartan), I sided with the Spartans! I knew that they possess armor and major weapons. However, after reading the entire conversation, I looked deeper into the argument. The discussion showed that you can be whoever you want to be if you put your mind to it. You can reach any goals you set if you strive for it and do whatever it takes. I think this is a good subtle influence that this issue portrays.
Another image that is shown in this issue is the masculinity and brutality of males. All the males in this comic have huge muscles and seem to always be arguing with each other. They also are continuously drinking. This enforces the male stereotype of men be rugged and alcoholics. One statement said, “Apologies mean you’re uncertain and in our line of work that’ll get you killed. So we don’t apologize.” Statements like this completely show that the male stereotype is ok to follow because otherwise you are viewed as weak and targetable.
Along with this stereotype of men, the issue continues along a stereotypical line in that since it seems like a male type of comic, there is more violence with blood than all of the other comics I have read so far.