Halo Jones

Comic Heroes - - Feature -

Comics have never been short of women ready to peel on the skin-tight span­dex and pose provoca­tively – and lit­er­ary sci-fi, too, has of­ten been crit­i­cised for a lack of real­is­tic, com­pelling fe­male char­ac­ters. All of which sees Halo Jones – who be­gins as a bored, naïve mall rat but escapes into space, fi­nally earn­ing her­self some free­dom – as a real breath of fresh air.

What made Halo work is that she never pre­tended to be any­thing but a reg­u­lar woman – it’s just that she wanted more out of life than her friends did, and wasn’t afraid to take risks to achieve it. Halo Jones ran for but three short se­ries in 1980s 2000 AD, but Alan Moore and Ian Gibson’s baby still en­chants all who come across her.

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