- For the Halo series comics by Marvel Comics, see Halo Graphic Novel and Halo: Uprising. For the Halo video game series by Microsoft, see Halo (franchise) and Halo: Combat Evolved.
Halo is a fictional superheroine that appears in comic books published by DC Comics. She first appeared in a special insert in The Brave and the Bold #200 (July 1983), and was created by Mike W. Barr and Jim Aparo.
Halo on the cover to Batman and the Outsiders #16.
Art by Jim Aparo.
|First appearance||The Brave and the Bold #200 (July 1983)|
|Created by||Mike W. Barr (writer)|
Jim Aparo (artist)
|Alter ego||Gabrielle Doe|
|Species||Human/Aurakle (Gestalt Entity)|
Strike Force Kobra
Dead Heroes Club
|Notable aliases||Violet Harper|
|Abilities||Generates various colored auras which have different functions such as flight, energy blasts, force-fields, etc.|
Fictional character biographyEdit
Halo is a gestalt of a human woman named Violet Harper and an Aurakle, an ancient energy-being resembling a sphere of iridescent light. The Aurakle species emerged from the Source billions of years ago at the dawn of time. When sociopath Violet Harper was murdered by Syonide, an operative of the 100 and Tobias Whale, the Aurakle, who had been observing her out of curiosity, was sucked into the newly vacant body, reanimating the deceased body. The shock of the death and resurrection induced a profound loss of memory in the new combined entity. She was subsequently found and recruited by Batman to serve as a member of the Outsiders. In one early incident, Halo gains access to the memories of the long-lived Aurakle and becomes emotional over the tendency of human beings to kill each other. Halo later has to deal with the consequences of her body's previous actions, which required the assistance of the Outsiders team to resolve.
Halo did die, in a manner of speaking, in a much later incident. After the team was framed for the murder of Markovia's queen, which was caused by Roderick and his vampire forces, they were forced to flee. Technocrat's evil ex-wife, Marissa Barron, hires an old associate named Ryer who believes Technocrat had abandoned him in Markovia. As the cyborg Sanction, he nearly kills the Outsiders in Switzerland. Later, in Gotham City, he attacks again, slaying both Marissa and Halo. As with Violet Harper, Halo's essence is sucked into Marissa's body, reanimating it.
During an attempt by the Outsiders to create a new headquarters, other Aurakles would return to reclaim Halo. Halo would later strike up a relationship with Sebastian Faust, a fellow Outsider that not many on the team trusted. The entire team is eventually cleared of wrongdoing. Halo later returns to Markovia. There she assists in combating a portal to Hell that had opened as part of the Day of Judgment incident.
Halo later appears back in the body of its original host, Violet Harper, through unexplained means.
During the Infinite Crisis, supervillain prisons around the world are opened as their respective wardens are targeted and blackmailed. Halo is part of a makeshift team of heroes battling a breakout at the Alcatraz prison in San Francisco. She later joins the Battle of Metropolis, which takes place in issue #7, helping other heroes protect the city from an army of super-villains bent on its destruction.
Soon after the events of the crisis, she assists a team of astronauts in a space station searching for heroes missing in action. She detects traces of Zeta radiation, a sign of Adam Strange, one of the many missing.
She is part of another multi-hero battle, this time against the murderous Black Adam. This takes place on Chinese soil, during the limited series World War III.
She makes another brief appearance in Action Comics #843. She is part of dozens of super-powered beings fighting to free themselves from the prison ships of the "Auctioneer".
In Batman and the Outsiders Special (Feb. 2009), Halo is one of the heroes approached by Alfred to form a new team of Outsiders. She accepts in Outsiders vol. 4, #15 and reforms the team with original members Katana, Geo-Force, Black Lightning, and Metamorpho, along with new members Owlman and the Creeper.
During a recovery mission with the Outsiders, Halo, along with the Creeper and Katana, are confronted by Katana's recently resurrected family. Under the control of their Black Lantern rings, they attack Katana and Halo, with Creeper easily dispatched; he retreats into the woods to get help from their prisoner, Killer Croc. While Katana battles her husband, Halo is forced to fight Katana's children. Although her light-based powers prove ineffective at first, Violet unleashes more power than ever before in order to save her teammates, whose abilities have no long-term effect on the Lanterns. Finally, she manages to destroy the Black Lantern rings and goes to aid the rest of her team who are also under attack.
Back in their headquarters, the rest of the Outsiders are faced with a recently risen Terra and are hopelessly outmatched until Halo intervenes. With great effort, she manages to separate Terra from her ring and to destroy it while Geo-Force turns Terra's body to stone in order to keep her from coming back again. Violet, however, seems to disperse into light, her last words being that the (light) is calling her. Afterward, Halo is returned to Earth.
Halo is later selected as a member of a new team of Outsiders, led by Red Robin and funded by Batman Incorporated. Halo and her teammates infiltrate a satellite said to be run by the villainous Leviathan organization, but this is revealed to be a trap set by Lord Death Man and Talia al Ghul. The satellite is destroyed in a massive explosion, making it unclear whether Halo and the others survived.
In September 2011, The New 52 rebooted DC's continuity. In this new timeline, it is revealed that Halo and the Outsiders had survived the explosion but were assumed dead. They now work as part of the Dead Heroes Club, a group of heroes who take advantage of their legally-deceased status to perform covert missions for Batman.
In a later series, Halo is once again shown as very naive, freshly rescued from an incident in Markovia. She is under the care of Katana. The government believes Halo simply to be a young girl, unaware of her alien origin and powers.
Powers and abilitiesEdit
Halo has the ability to fly and to create auras of the seven known rainbow colors around herself, called halos, which have different effects:
- Violet: Self-healing abilities and resurrection, and can produce empowering mental effects that can give her previous body's consciousness control of their shared body.
- Indigo: Tractor beam
- Blue: Duplicate herself and objects into several holographic copies.
- Green: Produce halting stasis beams to stop and manipulate enemies.
- Yellow: Rays of yellow light from hands that can stun or blind enemies.
- Orange: Concussive blasts
- Red: Create a strong energy shield, Levitation and produce destructive heat beams to melt or burn enemies.
- White: Emit a blinding white light that is strong enough to overcome shadows and dark energies.
The halos provide a measure of defense against similar effects directed against her. For instance, her green stasis halo protected her from being immobilized by the Cryonic Man's freezing gas, and her orange concussive halo can repel physical attacks.
Halo can alternate between her costume and civilian clothes instantly. This transition is accompanied by an aura of primarily black color with white blotches of light.
The negation of the color spectrum will negate Halo's powers; the DC universe has many villains with just such abilities.
In the 1990s, it was shown that should her human body be destroyed, the Aurakle can merge with another recently deceased human.
During the Blackest Night, Violet's powers proved highly effective, allowing her to destroy Black Lanterns and their rings, a feat usually reserved only for the wielders of the various Lantern Corps and the users of the Dove power.
In other mediaEdit
- Halo appears in the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "Requiem for a Scarlet Speedster!" as part of the Outsiders. Here she helps battle the forces of terrorist organization of Kobra.
- Halo appears in the third season of Young Justice, voiced by Zehra Fazal. This incarnation of the character is the product of the spirit from a Mother Box reviving the body of Gabrielle Daou, a dead Quraci refugee who'd been used as a test subject to stimulating a person's "meta-gene" (even if a person has a meta-gene, there's a chance that the procedure to awaken it would kill that person), and seeing herself as a new individual, names themself Violet Harper. Her previous incarnation, Gabrielle Daou, was kidnapped and killed by metahuman traffickers in Markovia, and her body thrown in a shallow grave. Simultaneously, the traffickers colleagues' dissected a Mother Box (killing it in the process), causing it to explode in a bright flash of light; its spirit then inhabited and reanimated Daou's corpse (it had been sensing her pain and was trying to reach out to her to help, when Simon Ecks' attempts at dissection took their toll). Violet woke up in a "blank slate" with minor traces of Daou's personality, memories, and fondness for the hijab (as wearing it makes her feel more comfortable), as well as fleeting access to the Mother Box's knowledge and some of its powers. She was then rescued by Tigress, who gave her the nickname "Halo", and went on to live with her afterward before joining Nightwing's team. During their time with the group, she discovers a vast range of powerful abilities and develop a romantic relationship with the exiled Prince Brion of Markovia. She and the other three members later joined the Team. It is also revealed that Halo doesn't see herself as either female or male, instead as the combination of mother box and human combining to make something new, which Halo describes as "just me." However, she still prefers female pronouns. In "Leverage", as a result of the Team's run-in with the Suicide Squad, Daou's residual memories flash through Halo's mind, revealing that before kidnapping her, the Markovia metahuman traffickers had Daou abet their assassination of Brion's parents.
Her known-abilities are:
- Violet: Healing, which can be used on both herself and others, and passive self-resurrection;
- Indigo: Boom-tube generation;
- Blue: A blindingly bright flash;
- Green: Holograms;
- Yellow: Concussive energy blasts that can also slice through objects if fired in a cutting motion;
- Orange: Flight; and
- Red: Force field generation.
An evil version of Halo, known as Aurora, appears as a member of the Crime Syndicate of America in the animated film Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths. Aurora appears in the first fight with the Justice League and she is defeated by Green Lantern. Her powers were similar to a Green Lantern's, except that she does not wield a ring and her energy is pink.
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