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Double Kill Review: Halo Journal and Poster Collection

February 24, 2015 / 10:53 PM

By: David Jones

Hello Tribuners! Today we’re looking at a pair of awesome Halo items that go hand in hand with each other: the Halo Hardcover Ruled Journal and Halo: The Poster Collection.

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Halo Hardcover Ruled Journal – $15 – Buy on Amazon

Being both an artist and a writer, I have filled up quite a few journals, notebooks, and sketchpads with all manner of work. When I have a really awesome journal to write in, I feel inspired to make what I use it for count.

Measuring in at roughly eight and a quarter inches tall by five and a half inches wide, this 192 page ruled journal features the UNSC ONI logo stamped into its front cover, a simplified UNSC text logo on its back cover, and a simple-but-Halo appropriate border that runs near the edges of both its front and back covers. When you open the journal, there’s a haunting two-page image of a destroyed Halo with the Halo Nightfall logo in the bottom right corner of the right page. The last two pages of the book feature one of the Halo 2 posters from The Poster Collection, and the very last page features a storage pocket. There’s a built-in stretchy black band you can use to hold the book closed, and a light blue ribbon to save your page.

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One of the most useful features of the Halo journal is that the hard cover allows you to comfortably hold the book open and write (or draw) while standing. If you’re on the go and need to take notes quickly, this is something the journal does well. Also, I love the size of the book. It’s small enough to be portable, but opens large enough to write on comfortably. I tested several types of writing implements on the journal’s pages and did not encounter any smearing. However, highlighters and Sharpies do bleed through the paper, so either use them sparingly or not at all. Also, the journal lies flat when it’s closed, even without securing it with the band.

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The Halo Journal is a durable companion for work, projects, private thoughts, and plotting to take down the Covenant. This is what Marines would receive if the UNSC had standard issue journals.

Halo: The Poster Collection – $20 – Buy on Amazon

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Bungie and 343 Industries have given us a lot of incredible Halo art over the years, so it’s great to see a compilation book befitting of the Master Chief’s legacy. Sporting the same cover art as Halo: The Master Chief Collection, the Halo: The Poster Collection is an impressive sixteen inches tall by twelve inches wide book.

There are a total of forty posters contained in the pages of the Poster Collection, and they cover the four main Halo games in reverse order, starting with Halo 4 and working backwards until arriving at Halo: Combat Evolved. I was really happy that the book included posters of the cover art for Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Halo 4, Halo 3, Halo 2 Anniversary, Halo: Combat Evolved, and Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary. Each poster is double-sided, with the only downsides being that the Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Halo 4 cover art is on the same print, and the chance that you may find other instances where you have to pick one side to hang over the other.

As for the posters themselves, they look great. At 16” x 12” they’re large enough to frame and admire, but small enough that you can hang several up and still have space on your walls. They’re printed on a durable semi-gloss stock and easy to remove from the book. And because you get so many, I think it’s likely you’ll want to share with friends.

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The Poster Collection primarily focuses on the Master Chief’s journey. You will not find anything from Halo Wars, Halo: Reach, or Halo 3: ODST in its pages, but there’s an eclectic mix of concept, stage, and atmospheric art in the book. Master Chief, the Arbiter, and Cortana are the only characters prominently featured throughout the book. The Didact, Sergeant Johnson, and Gravemind appear in one of the posters each, but the book is mostly Chief-centric.

Similar to the Master Chief Collection, Halo: The Poster Collection is a great way to play catch-up with the series, as well as revisit fond memories.

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Insight Editions has created a pair of excellent Halo items fans will love. I can’t wait to chronicle my own journey in the Halo journal, and I think I’m just about set on Halo posters for life.

About the author /


David is a California native and has been a gamer all of his life. He is a graphic designer and the author of The Rainblade and Onyx The Half Hero Dragon.

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