2000 AD Prog Slog

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Prog 453

Halo Jones is back (yay!) although it’s Book Three and, as all old school readers of 2000 AD should know, this is her last story (boo!). We’re only up to episode two (three if you count the prologue) and already ten years has passed since the events in Book Two and Halo has joined the army. She had spent the last decade drifting from job to job and she started this book as a directionless, unemployed drunk in a bar. She only really joined the military because her tall friend Toy was amongst the recruitment people that visited the town she was hung over in. It doesn’t seem a good enough motive to me but people in real life have joined the army for less sensible reasons than that so who am I to judge?

In the Nerve Centre, a letter from Earthlet Robert Stanier explains how a friend of his is saving his collection of the first one hundred progs to give to his three year old daughter on her twenty first birthday. Now that it is 2008 and she must be well into her twenties by now I find myself wondering how did she like her birthday present, how much did she got for it all on eBay and has she appeared on The Jeremy Kyle Show yet.

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  • Halo Jones book 3 is one of my favorite 2000 AD stories ever. I love the bit about the trees which have genetically evolved to cry like babies when they're chopped down.

    I have strong suspicions that a) this was inspired by the Japanese crabs that have evolved to resemble samurai faces, (and are thus thrown back into the sea for superstitious reasons, where they've prospered!) and b) Moore learnt about that from the same place as me, which was Carl Sagan's Cosmos TV show which was showing at about that time and remains the coolest science documentary ever...

    By Blogger Tam, at 5:21 pm  

  • Tam, Cosmos was pretty wicked. That must be showing on one of the satalie channels somewhere.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 6:39 pm  

  • I hate to be a science nerd, but it impossible for those trees to evolve like that over 'centuries' as the story says. Such evolution would take hundreds of thousands of years. So the Japanese crabs story must be false too, although maybe its possible on a time scale of a couple thousand years.

    Talking about the Nerve Centre, notice how sarky Tharg is at the moment in his replies to letters? In 451 he told an Aussie complaining about how long it takes for progs to arrive that he should commute to the UK each week to get them! Maybe there was a new editor at this time.

    By Blogger Simon C, at 5:51 am  

  • Was Halo Jones book 3 the last thing Alan Moore wrote for 2000AD? Just asking...

    By Blogger dmstarz, at 4:39 pm  

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