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Halo, as she appeared in Batman and the Outsiders vol. 1, #1 (August 1983), art by Jim Aparo.
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceThe Brave and the Bold #200 (July 1983)
Created byMike W. Barr (writer)
Jim Aparo (artist)
In-story information
Alter egoGabrielle Doe
SpeciesHuman/Aurakle (Gestalt Entity)
Team affiliationsOutsiders
Strike Force Kobra
Batman Incorporated
Dead Heroes Club
Justice League
Notable aliasesGabrielle Doe
Marissa Baron
Violet Harper[1]
See list
    • Generates various colored auras which have different functions such as flight, energy blasts, force-fields, etc.
    • Healing factor
    • 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: Boom-tube generation
    • Blue: Duplicate herself and objects into several holographic copies.
    • Green: Holograms
    • Yellow: Concussive energy blasts that can also slice through objects if fired in a cutting motion.
    • Orange: Flight
    • Red: Create a strong energy shield, Levitation and produce destructive heat beams to melt or burn enemies.
    • Rainbow: All available powers plus anti-life equation healing.

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.[2]

Publication history

Halo first appeared in The Brave and the Bold #200 and was created by Mike W. Barr and Jim Aparo.[3]

Fictional character biography

Halo is a gestalt of a human woman named Violet Harper and an Aurakle, an ancient energy-being resembling a sphere of iridescent light.[4] 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.

The young Halo is initially the legal ward of her friend and Outsiders teammate Katana. During her stint in the Outsiders, she gains a friend in new member Windfall.[5]


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.

Further adventures

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.

Blackest Night

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.[6]

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.[7] Afterward, Halo is returned to Earth.[8]

Batman Incorporated

Halo is later selected as a member of a new team of Outsiders, led by Red Robin and funded by Batman Incorporated.[9] 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.[10]

In The New 52 reboot of DC's continuity, Halo and the Outsiders 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.[11]

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.[12]

Powers and abilities

Halo has the ability to fly and to create auras of the seven known rainbow colors around herself, called halos, which have different effects:

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.

Other versions

The Elseworlds series JLA: Another Nail contains an alternate Halo, as a black woman; her real name and background are unrevealed.

In other media



An alternate universe version of Halo called Aurora appears in the animated film Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths.[15] She is a member of the Crime Syndicate of America whose powers function similarly to a Green Lantern's.


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  2. ^ Wallace, Dan (2008). "Halo". In Dougall, Alastair (ed.). The DC Comics Encyclopedia. New York: Dorling Kindersley. p. 152. ISBN 0-7566-4119-5. OCLC 213309017.
  3. ^ Cowsill, Alan; Irvine, Alex; Korte, Steve; Manning, Matt; Wiacek, Win; Wilson, Sven (2016). The DC Comics Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to the Characters of the DC Universe. DK Publishing. p. 136. ISBN 978-1-4654-5357-0.
  4. ^ Greenberger, Robert (2008). The Essential Batman Encyclopedia. Del Rey. p. 174. ISBN 9780345501066.
  5. ^ Adventures of the Outsiders #34 (June 1986)
  6. ^ Outsiders vol. 4, #24 (November 2009)
  7. ^ Outsiders vol. 4, #25 (December 2009)
  8. ^ Outsiders vol. 4, #31 (July 2010)
  9. ^ Batman Inc. #6 (May 2011)
  10. ^ Batman Incorporated: Leviathan Strikes #1 (December 2011)
  11. ^ Batman Incorporated (vol. 2) #1 (May 2012)
  12. ^ Suicide Squad: Black Files #1 (2018)
  13. ^ "YOUNG JUSTICE: OUTSIDERS Creators Talk a Darker Season Full of Metahuman Trafficking". Nerdist. 26 July 2018.
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