A habitat called the hoop was supposed to solve housing problems in a futuristic city. Something doesn't work and the hoop becomes a dumping ground for undesirables. There is a curfew for hoopers to be back in hab and out of city proper. A goth like cult called thumpers get brain implants that thumps in their head and they all silently bang heads in sequence. Not great but unique and I can't find any evidence it ever existed.

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    Hi, welcome to SF&F! Can you describe the art style or any distinct elements of the visuals or the cover?
    – DavidW
    Jun 7, 2022 at 22:24
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    What do you mean "not great"? It's one of the best strips 2000AD ever ran.
    – Pete
    Jun 8, 2022 at 20:48

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This is the first part of Alan Moore's "The Ballad of Halo Jones" which was originally published as a comic strip in 2000AD. It was later printed separately as a graphic novel.

We first meet the eponymous heroine when she lives in a floating city called, as you say, "The Hoop". It is very much a ghetto with lots of cults. Some of them do indeed have a hypnotic beat implanted in their heads (but they are called "Different Drummers" not "Thumpers").

Halo eventually leaves the hoop and starts to travel. But although she keeps hoping to find somewhere better, she finds she has to keep moving on.

Tragically the story is unfinished.


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