Dude, i just stayed up like 2 hours after i wanted to just to read that. Halo comics are all pretty bad in general but this one was really captivating. The characters from reach are perfect story characters, especially for a comic. There were moments like when Jin jumped off the cliff to save Halsey that really made me feel what he was doing as a spartan. You kept it cannon even with the equipment and scope views and the ships and everything. Well made as hell. Its even better art then most halo comics (especially the abominations 343 makes)
that was pretty awesome, though its been a long time since I've read first strike, ... and actually don't have it anymore.
when john got back in the spirit, there where other spartan's guarding the entrance, I've completely forgotten how they got there, or who they where... even though this page says they where spartan 2's that walked there.