This trade volume collects the entire run of “The Ballad of Halo Jones” from the English comics weekly 2000 AD. This mid-1980s material was some of Alan Moore’s early work, and it shows him tackling class oppression, military imperialism, personal trauma, and cultural anomie, all in the context of a 50th-century dystopia-cum-space opera. Protagonist Halo is an underclass nobody whose discontent carries her across the galaxy. The real moral heft to these stories keeps them from being careless and speedy reads. At the end, the major plot elements have all been resolved, but Jones is on her way out to some new experiences, having survived nearly everyone with whom she has been involved during the three major parts of the story: her origins in the floating “Hoop” off the New York coast, her adventure off-planet as staff on a space liner, and her military service in the Tarantulan War. Moore clearly left room for more story, although he never filled that room.
Ian Gibson’s art is effective in the black-and-white panels, and the pages reproduce well enough at the full-page magazine size used for this volume. [via]
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