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The Complete Ballad Of Halo Jones (The Ballad of Halo Jones Complete)

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  1,354 Ratings  ·  92 Reviews
Halo Jones is an ordinary, idealistic young woman living on The Hoop, a poverty-stricken housing project tethered off the point of Manhattan. Desperate for a better life, she escapes - and finds an extraordinary universe waiting for her as she goes from star-cruiser stewardess to frontline soldier.
Published January 2nd 2007 by Rebellion (first published 1991)
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Cara Marie
Nov 06, 2007 Cara Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read, comic, sci-fi
I was lent this in the form of old 2000AD issues, all printed on newsprint before I was born. It was quite a special reading experience.

The first story shows us Halo at eighteen, living in the slums of 'The Hoop', an artificial city in the middle of the Atlantic. It starts off quite light-heartedly, though Halo's world is quite dystopian, and it's hard to define where that sense of humour comes from. Life on the Hoop is going nowhere, but it's not until she loses two of her best friends - one mu
Feb 10, 2008 Belarius rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People Who Wish Tank Girl Wasn't Such A Bimbo
I'm very much torn over The Ballad of Halo Jones, and would give if 3.5 stars if I could. On the one hand, The Ballad has a choppy narrative, murky characterization, bipolar thematic shifts, and engages in more than a little borrowing from classic sci-fi without ever making clear whether it's parody or mere imitation. On the other hand, it is also deliriously inventive and constructively challenges many comic book conventions, most importantly with its strong sympathetic female lead (an especial ...more
Aug 11, 2008 Martin rated it it was amazing
When I first read Halo Jones in weekly instalments, as a ten year old boy it was somewhat over my head. The first serial in particular held very little interest at that time - true to type I was much more interested in Johnny Alpha, Slaine and their all-action ilk.

Revisiting it in my adulthood however I can appreciate the grown-up themes much more. The writing is extraordinary for a serial running in what was a comic aimed primarily at teenage boys, with a strong central female character and an
Oct 27, 2008 Bria rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Yes, in the future, people will have different slang and altogether talk differently. However, this far in the future, even if everyone speaks English, it will be an English that no one today could recognize. We can hardly understand the English of five hundred years ago, so imagine the difference between now and two thousand years in the future. How to display a language that reflects the radically different world in which your characters live is a delicate choice to make, but the rule of thumb ...more
Nov 06, 2010 Sophie rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
It took me a bit to get into this comic, but I'm glad I kept reading. Set in the future, it's the story of Halo Jones, who grows up in what's basically a slum, then leaves it all behind to go into space, but her life doesn't necessarily improve. The slang Alan Moore uses here can be a bit.. much, but I loved Halo Jones and the other female characters.
Apr 03, 2011 Julian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Halo Jones is early Alan Moore, and it shows a bit. There's a more episodic free-wheeling structure than in his later work, with some entire episodes seemingly thrown in simply for the purposes of making a joke. Albeit the jokes are usually pretty good. But then again, saying that, he shows already emerging mastery by planting time-bombs. One in particular, carefully planted half-way the second of the three parts is primed by a one-line reference to something that goes otherwise unexplained and ...more
Originally written while Moore was scripting for AD2000, The Ballad of Halo Jones follows the adventures of a young woman as she leaves the debt-ridden dead-end Earth for adventures in the stars. The beginning of the comic is a bit slow and seethes with too many made up terms (reminding me of the XKCD rule about SF neologisms), but once Jones gets off the "Hoop" and into the stars, the story picks up.

The comic doesn't have the density or the artistry you'd expect from a more recent Alan Moore co
Aug 21, 2011 Gareth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Halo Jones is an ordinary 50th century teenager living in The Hoop, a floating housing project for the unemployed and alien imigrants. This futuristic ghetto has got the usual problems of gangs, unreliable amenities and no prospects, but it is bearable because of her two flatmates and her kindly landlady. So when tragedy strikes, Halo is galvanised into taking charge of her life. She signs on as a stewardess aboard the luxury space liner “The Clara Pandy” and becomes involved with a series of ad ...more
Mar 05, 2012 Ian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had to delete the phrase "surprisingly good" from this review because it really shouldn't be surprising that a collection of supershort black and white sci-fi comics from the early 80's are actually quite good (this is Alan Moore we're talking about here). Reminiscent of Joe Haldeman's "Forever War" but with a stronger emphasis on gender politics, it's kitschy and dated, but in a sort of charming way.
Michael Emond
Sep 13, 2013 Michael Emond rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are already some great reviews on this book below and I am happy/sad to see the end of this graphic novel was only a third of the way through Moore's original vision. Happy, because I do feel the ending (while satisfying) was more of a beginning to more adventures. And also the name "The Ballad of Halo Jones" and the fact they study her life in classes thousands of years after her death, hints that she should have more far flung and historical adventures than the ones we see in the three p ...more
May 26, 2012 Macha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars. Halo Jones has no superpowers, she's just a girl. Lives in the 50th century, inwhich the rich are getting richer, while the poor are getting poorer (same old), and Halo's mired in the latter category. The centuries have not been kind; Earth is a backwater planet, humankind aren't such superior beings after all, life everywhere is dangerous. For Halo and her friends the last best option may yet come down to joining the mindless glombies (who 'nod, nod, nod, all the time, in unison').

Dec 05, 2012 Mel rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this. It was a bit silly in places but seemed to mature as it went along. Three different stories about a young woman in the future. The first story sees her in a crowded furturistic slum, parts of which were quite silly, parts were quite good. Eventually she succeeds in leaving the place far behind to become a hostess on a cruise ship. Part 2 is on the cruise ship, and possibly the weakest of the 3. There isn't much going on in the middle section except Halo being rather bored ...more
There are three "books" of Halo Jones contained here, though apparently there were supposed to be nine total before conflicts with 2000 A.D. led to Moore pulling the plug on the whole thing a third of the way through. As is, it's a story that's leading somewhere and is dramatically cut off before we get too far. It also has some pretty dramatic tonal shifts, which as is seem like a result of Moore figuring out as he went what he wanted to do with the series, though this may have in fact been an ...more
Jun 20, 2013 Seagoat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best comics I've ever read. (Created as a series for 200ad makes it more comic than graphic novel0. A strong story, featuring a female protagonist, in a comic aimed at young male readers, had to be awesome to get the cudos it got at the time, and still does. It follows Halo Jones journey and growth from a dead end town into an adventure that leads her to confront her choices and morality. The dead end town start definitely evokes Britain under Thatcher, with life as a dole bludger, ju ...more
Murillo Felix
Dec 07, 2013 Murillo Felix rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Um livro interessante sobre previsões em diversos campos.Como a estória é basicamente pessimista e se passa no futuro,acho que pode ser caracterizado como uma distopia.Política,guerra,segregação e decadência social;O ser humano levado aos confins do espaço para tratá-lo como o faz com a terra,o que não resulta em boa coisa.Halo só quer ir para longe,fugir da prisão conhecida como lar,infelizmente se depara com o infortúnio do conhecimento:Não adianta tentar escapar,a existência em s
[4.5] This is so cool!
The idea I'd always had of Halo Jones was a female Arthur Dent but very competent and more serious. Not quite... She comes not from cosy middle England but from a working class / underclass dystopia with language as inventive as A Clockwork Orange. The writing is very witty but in a different way from Douglas Adams. I was completely surprised by part 1 about Halo and her housemates and their dog, great fun but never squealy, brilliant combination of budget flatshare scenar
Keith Davis
The Ballad of Halo Jones is a science fiction graphic novel series Alan Moore wrote back in the mid 1980's. Set 3000 years in the future, it tells the story of a young woman driven to escape her dead-end life. Her story begins in a giant welfare housing complex filled with gang violence. Halo manages to find a job as a hostess on a luxury space cruiser and later ends up in the military. All along the way she loses friends and encounters all sorts of tragedy and misfortune.

There are a lot of vis
Rob Charpentier
Jun 14, 2016 Rob Charpentier rated it really liked it
This is simply amazing! Literally! It takes an absolutely ordinary character with no real talents or powers and writes her story in such a way that it becomes larger than life. It’s what comic books/graphic novels are really all about, at least from this reader’s point of view. For, at heart, I feel that one of the main reasons why anyone cracks one of these open is to transfer their ordinary life onto the pages of these fantastical illustrations that somehow briefly becomes their own, if but fo ...more
Anthony Ryan
Oct 23, 2014 Anthony Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Many would put 'Watchmen' or 'V for Vendetta' at the top of Alan Moore's list of achievements, but, for me, it’s this 2000AD strip from the 1980s that stands as his most seminal work. Beautifully illustrated in black and white by Ian Gibson, Moore's sci-fi epic eschews the grand heroic narrative to focus on the life of a single character in a far from ideal space-age future. Halo Jones is neither hero nor villain, neither genius nor idiot, she's just a woman seeking escape from a constricting ex ...more
Sydney Bennett
The Ballad of Halo Jones is written in a style which is unlike any of Moore's other works. To begin with, Halo Jones features a lead female character and it is a sci-fi story. While most of Halo Jones begins as a teenage girl who is tired of living in a world known as the Hoop. The Hoop is where everyone who is unemployed lives, and the only money they receive is on a Mamcard given to them by the government. Halo Jones grows extremely tired of living life this way, and she decides to leave the ...more
Gemma Thomson
The Ballad of Halo Jones is quite a rollercoaster, and despite planning otherwise I ended up riding it over the course of a single afternoon. I was initially very attracted to its cover, but disappointed by the content.. until I read on, and became attached to the characters. The art style too really grew on me, illustrating some wonderful worlds, attractive characters and desirable fashions.

The story is strangely depressing, given that it features a fairly mundane protagonist, some ambitious bu
Jun 14, 2015 Jani rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Ballad of Halo Jones was recommended to me for many reasons, amongst them, feminist undertones, an interesting robot dog, and (some else’s) childhood memories. While the last one was slightly harder to experience, the first two were certainly present as well as many other positive feels. On the other hand, it was quite easy to see that this was a story from the time before (or in the early phase) the rise of graphic novels.

Halo is a slightly hapless figure tumbling through a fantastic future
Jul 03, 2015 Jaq rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is the Ballad of the Every Woman - Halo Jones is not your typical hero/ine - she personifies all of us who hold no special powers, or any special equipment. Jones is one of my favourite main characters. I loved that she felt she wasn't special, that at times her life was filled with despair and loss, and still she kept on going.

This is one of the best graphic novels I've read. Halo isn't one of those squeaky clean heroines who fill the comics of today, she's just an ordinary woman thrust in
Aug 20, 2015 B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: westend, borrowed
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Aug 21, 2016 Zedsdead rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Future spacewoman Halo Jones, sick of life in her space-trailer park, sets off into the galaxy seeking excitement and space-adventure. I DNF'd after 17 busy, cramped pages.

The thick-lined black and white art is overdone, every page annoyingly crowded with ink. Take a step back and it looks like a book of those magic-eye hidden-image posters that were ubiquitous 20 years ago. Terry Moore this is not.

Halo Jones practices a certain dialogue convention in comics that drives me nuts. Two or three ran
Roberto Diaz
Jan 11, 2016 Roberto Diaz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A space opera that tells the story of a woman confined to a life in the prison of her own everyday, untill she decides to go out to the stars. Not an all around happy-go-lucky adventure, but a glimpse into different periods of the life of a woman that did everything she could, because she decided to take the risk to get out.
Jun 15, 2016 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
"Classic feminist space opera"? You've got my attention. Well, really, I was watching FutureShock, the documentary on 2000AD and remember Neil Gaiman gushing about Halo Jones. And now here we are.

Halo Jones is an ordinary girl in the 50th century, bored with life on the Hoop. No jobs or excitement there. So she goes out. Just all very good.
Aug 05, 2016 Jac rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i love halo jones so much.
Orbi Alter
Aug 30, 2016 Orbi Alter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Moj prvi Alan Moore, pa odmah divnota!
Odusevila me Jones. Ona sanjari, melankolicna je, nema super moci, ne skida se na svakoj drugoj tabli, ne sluzi kao potpora nekom drugom liku i ne prica pricu "vecu od zivota." U kljucnom trenutku svake epizode izgovori poezijuu svega par rijeci i natjera te da razmislis.
U prvom dijelu od tri, ona je jos tinejderka na Krugu, sto je obruc na pucini na kojem je smjestena sva ljudska nezaposlena bijeda, kako ne bi bili ruzan prizor na ulicama. Nakon smrti jedne
Matt Hunt
That was ace, really fun and interesting.
The art was a bit difficult to start with, dark and dense, but it either improved or I got used to it and then it was brill all the way through.
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Alan Moore is an English writer most famous for his influential work in comics, including the acclaimed graphic novels Watchmen, V for Vendetta and From Hell. He has also written a novel, Voice of the Fire, and performs "workings" (one-off performance art/spoken word pieces) with The Moon and Serpent Grand Egyptian Theatre of Marvels, some of which have been released on CD.

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