The Ballad of Halo Jones was a sci-fi comic written by Alan Moore and drawn by Ian Gibson that fan in 2000AD from 1984. A female lead, unusual for the comic at the time, the comic was intended to tell her story from humble beginnings, across the universe, in five page weekly installments. The three “books” span more than ten years of her life, from shopper to soldier, from stewardess to seargent, and also serve as a tour of the futuristic universe which Moore and Gibson created. Originally, Halo Jones was planned to run to nine books, chronicling Halo’s life from adolescence through old age. However, the series was discontinued after three books due to a dispute between Moore and Fleetway, the magazine’s publishers, over the intellectual property rights of the characters Moore and Gibson had co-created. This has never been resolved, but the series was never continued by any other creators, and the three books are basically all you’re getting.
Well, now you’re getting them all over again. Recoloured, remastered and published in three prestige volumes from current 2000AD owners, Rebellion, as announced at the MCM London Comic Con this weekend.
The Ballad Of Halo Jones is considered one of the highlights of the comic book’s history, and new readers will be able to enjoy the series with the best look possible.
And then join the rest of us in mourning for what once was. But also enjoying what we have at the time.
Where did she go? Out. What did she do? Three books worth…
The first book will be published in April 2018.