One of the lesser-known yet highly influential works of the grumpy geek god Alan Moore (Watchmen, V for Vendetta, From Hell) is his intrepid, 50th-century galactic heroine, Halo Jones.
This rousing space opera saga, titled The Ballad of Halo Jones, was originally serialized in the mid-'80s with black-and-white chapters inside the UK's legendary 2000 AD magazine and featured the electrifying artwork of Ian Gibson (Robo-Hunter, Mister Miracle).
It encompassed a trio of episodic storylines chronicling 10 years of the progressive spacefaring adventurer's life. Moore left the series after the third book two years later due to creator rights conflicts with the publisher and left the ambitious teen's tale unfinished.
Previous attempts to reprint The Ballad of Halo Jones in color resulted in mishaps like Quality Comics' 1987 American adaptation, which used a distortion lens mounted on a Xerox machine to resize Gibson's original magazine-formatted art.
The popular strip's wildly imaginative tales and incredible world-building are still as absorbing today as they were three decades ago, and it's a shame Hollywood hasn't somehow figured out a way to adapt the epic into a feature film or TV series. Perhaps the recent box-office disappointment of another foreign comic adaptation, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, is acting as a severe roadblock to that ever occurring.
Annihilation director Alex Garland is sniffing around the cosmic property as a potential project, so Moore and Gibson's creation could still find a home on the silver screen someday.
Halo Jones made a splashy entrance via the iconic sci-fi magazine back on July 7, 1984, where she was introduced as a young working-class woman in the far future who ends up gallivanting across the galaxy to eventually become one of the most important figures in all human history.
2000 AD's newly minted colorized version of Moore and Gibson’s fantastic feminist classic lands on our planet this May, presented in a splashy, deluxe format for a new generation of dreamers.
Here's the official solicitation synopsis of the new deluxe edition:
“Where did she go? Out. What did she do? Everything…”
Bored and frustrated with her life in 50th-century leisure-ghetto housing estate ‘The Hoop’, 18-year-old everywoman Halo Jones yearns for the infinite sights and sounds of the universe. Pledging to escape on a fantastic voyage, she sets in motion events unimaginable; a spell on a luxury space-liner, a brush with an interstellar war – Halo Jones faces hardship and adventure in the name of freedom in the limitless cosmos.
A galaxy-spanning story, comics’ first bona fide feminist space opera, and the first true epic to grace the bibliography of arguably the greatest comic book writer the world has ever known.
The first in a brand-new prestige format series collecting the utterly compelling and groundbreakingly ambitious classic. Written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Ian Gibson, this edition contains expertly remastered artwork, colored for the very first time by Italian illustrator Barbara Nosenzo.
"From the beginning I put myself under a lot of pressure, because I knew that I was working on a masterpiece, and I wanted to do my very best work on it," Nosenzo told SYFY WIRE. "I'm particularly happy about it, because I had an active role in the creative process."
Check out our exclusive 7-page preview of the first volume of The Ballad of Halo Jones, touched up with vibrant colors and printed using the original artwork in the gallery below. 2000 AD's dangerous astro-doll arrives in comics shops and digital on May 16.