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The Ballad of Halo Jones

Hermetic Library fellow T Polyphilus reviews The Complete Ballad of Halo Jones by Alan Moore and Ian Gibson:

Alan Moore and Ian Gibson's The Complete Ballad of Halo Jones from 2000 AD

 

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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Sex Secrets of Ancient Atlantis

Hermetic Library fellow T Polyphilus reviews Sex Secrets of Ancient Atlantis by John Grant (Paul Barnett). And check out the groovy cover for the 1986 edition:

John Grant's Sex Secrets of Ancient Atlantis

 

Sex Secrets of Ancient Atlantis is a meticulously-argued presentation of entirely nonexistent research demonstrating conclusively to anyone of careless mental habits that the Atlantean civilization was destroyed due to intoxicated concupiscence. The book concludes with a rousing call to action in the light of the impending Atlantean reconquest, as they are to return (soon!) from the hollow earth, bearing Reichian super-science and the wrath of Pan.

The crux of the text is a translation of an alleged primary document: the Scented Garden of Atlantean antiquity, the antediluvian Ananga Ranga known as “The Enigma Stones.” This work includes an assortment of canonical sexual techniques (or bandramis) that can be put to practical use by any imprudent reader. In my estimation, however, the best parts of the book are those dealing with the vicissitudes faced by the intrepid researchers who brought to light the Atlantean legacy, and who reasoned out its alarming and possibly lucrative consequences. As exciting as an ancient apocalypse might be, it pales beside drunken faculty holiday parties and oversexed Tibetan exploratory expeditions.

Popularizing author John Grant shows every sign of having read the varied and highly dubious works that he lists among his sources, so that he does real justice to them when presenting and parodying their ideas. Sadly, Sex Secrets of Ancient Atlantis is no longer as topical as it was in the mid-1980s. Specialists in the field of eroto-crypto-archaeology and its affiliated conspiracy theories are aware that the Internet has succeeded in its real (Atlantean) purpose, which was to pervert our civilization “towards something more akin to the Atlantean ideal” (195). As a result, the secret Atlantean invasion is a fait accompli — to the point where the USA elected its first Atlantean president in 2008. [via]

 

 

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