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"Hellblazer " Fan Trailer [Sep. 8th, 2011|05:17 pm]
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a little trailer i made because i've been addicted to hellblazer for a while now and i think paul bettany wouldve been an awesome john constantine.
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Offering. [Jan. 3rd, 2011|01:56 am]

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Title: Offering
Rating: NC-17
Pairings: John Constantine/OMC
Warnings: Sex! Pagan ritual! The author is EVIL.
Summary: A young John Constantine learns a few new tricks.
A/N: Completely unbetaed. My first and probably only Hellblazer fic. I actually wrote this quite some time ago and just wasn't sure if I wanted to post it or not. Slash-fic.
Master fic list here.

John’s sitting at the bar with his mates. The mates he’s made in this town anyway. Eddy and Lou are good sorts. Stupid but good. They buy him pints down the pub and don’t ask too many questions. Blindly loyal to any they consider their own and brave to boot.

( Like he'd said - bloody stupid )

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Fic Battle. :) [Sep. 10th, 2010|08:12 pm]

[mood |calmcalm]

Annual Bday Fic Battle happening Here.

Anything from G-ratings to full-on smut wanted.

Pimp this at will, if ye please. :)

X-posted like it's hot.
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Alan Moore's "Twilight of the Superheroes" [Jun. 4th, 2010|03:52 pm]


You guys know that back around 1986, not long after Crisis on Infinite Earths, Alan Moore proposed another multiverse crossover featuring John Constantine? DC turned him down on it, obvs, but the 38-page-or-thereabouts proposal inevitably found its way to the web, where DC has been waging a holding action against it for a few years now.

Took me a while to find an extant copy of the proposal online, but victory is mine! It is indeed about as awesome as I've heard, and the the punchline is killer, quintessential Constantine.

Alan Moore's "Twilight of the Superheroes." Pity this never got told.
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Another take on Pandemonium [Jun. 1st, 2010|12:58 pm]


Originally I added this to the comments in hohaiyee's post, but then I figured, Ahhhh, heck, might as well post it out here.

Anyway, returning to this because I finally grabbed Pandemonium during my monthly pilgrimage to ye olde comic shop, and I find I agree with hohaiyee on some points but not on others.

I didn't feel that the writing lacked life. The narration felt very noir--cynical, spiritually battered, even cruel, but blackly vital, despite John's running commentary on his own "maturity." (Which is sort of funny because oh, John, you're so not. And you know it.)

The tremendous sense of deadness (IMO) came from the art, which I agree was just grueling. When he (spoilers), however...Collapse )

For that matter the plot had a similar effect, though it's Hellblazer so what should I expect there? Humanity is disempowered even from our own violence in this story, both by supernatural powers and by bureaucrats so aloof and autocratic that they come off almost as supernatural themselves. I'm left with a vision of your average person as a puppet or a game piece in the schemes of the mighty, not just the soldiers but John and the woman as well. I imagine this is the point; Delano makes it pretty clear that nothing really changes when it comes to power, and everything he was commenting on in his original run during the Thatcher years is still right there (including the cameras; the surveillance state began to become an issue under her administration), and still the same flavor of bleak.

But the art is still horrible and lifeless.

ETA: Oh, hey, I was going to end it there, but something just occurred to me. Until now I was thinking that Pandemonium really didn't bring anything to John's character other than "Hey, look at him getting old these days." But now that I think of it, seeing Delano on Hellblazer again made me realize that John's response to all this is significantly nastier than I think it would've been back in the early days. I've been rereading some favorite Hellblazer arcs since the finale of Supernatural put me in the mood (*cough*), and it hadn't struck me till now, with this chance to directly compare Delano's original interpretation of John with this older, more experienced version, how much John has hardened. I mean, he was never a nice guy, but back then he hesitated to put a gun to a serial killer's head and pull the trigger. Now, despite his enduring distaste for hands-on violence, I doubt he'd balk much at the same situation. Discuss?
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Fanart of John [May. 26th, 2010|04:02 pm]

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Dark Alley
by *Bluesrat on deviantART

Thought you guys might enjoy this.

Incidentally, I notice we don't have an art tag. Or a fic tag, for that matter.
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James Delano and Jock's Pandemonium left me depressed [May. 19th, 2010|07:45 pm]

[music |Stars - "Elevator Love Letter" - Heart]

The vitality that had made John Constantine so attractive to me, is gone. Delano's original run on Hellblazer was very political and dark, in the middle of Thatcher era, but there was still a hope for renewal, in remembering. Decades ago, there was a feeling in Delano's writings that though "starving -- the country ate out its own heart", it could pass. Today, well, will the cameras ever go away?

The storyline and John's thoughts and circumstances, was punctuated by Jock's nearly colourless art, I almost forgot that John's eyes were supposed to be blue. The scene of John Constantine, scurrying like an anxious old man on what was his London street, shoulders hunched beneath the glares of the street cams, just makes me sad and old (and I, unlike Delano who's the same age as John, am not old yet). In direct opposite to his swagger in Swamp Thing, John's posture throughout the entire book is closed in.

ETA: srs, it's in character, even the part which I wish weren't (when John lunched at someone...), and the universe fits together sensibly, but even when John puts out his own terms, there was no sense of rebellion, only old dude anger. The Chinese expression that won't leaves me is 行屍走肉, walking corpse moving meat. Look at the small scans in this article:
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Swamp Thing # 48: James Bondage featuring John Constantine [May. 17th, 2010|09:56 pm]

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The context is wholly unsexy, but context is for the weak...and I just realised that the dudes that are standing in the background, that are dudes...don't look like dudes at all, those legs in the background look like the legs of dancing girls in mini-skirts (meaning that the publishers really missed the boat by not demanding Totleben to draw a larger clearer version of this for the cover Now was the dirty rag used for reference the property of Moore or Totleben?

From Issue # 48, "A Murder of Crows"
Written by: Alan Moore
Art by: John Totleben

Crossposted at scans_daily
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Keanu Reeves would have made a good Gary Lester [May. 15th, 2010|01:41 pm]


Maybe someone high up mentioned it before 2005, but then there was a horrendous case of broken telephone...

I mean, look at this;

Hellblazer: KR should have been casted as Gary Lester
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Fanwork Rec Post [May. 14th, 2010|03:35 pm]

[music |Mister Monster - "Transylvania Mania"]

Rec something, the more hard to find the better

I'll start; Something hard would be the ones on the small sites out there, especially mixed with none Hellblazer fics, such as this site:
*Fonts of Wisdom

- Veritas by 'rith (kerithwyn)
Zatanna muses on her relationship with John Constantine.
-- double drabble, it's like...a taste of a feeling.

- May 10, 1976 by A. C. Chapin
John Constantine's 23rd birthday party presages much of his later checkered career...
-- I liked it lots, there are references to characters in another universe, but you don't have to know them for this short story to make sense, they are just there like easter eggs.

- Deck The Halls by Dex
John Constantine meets Santa Claus -- sorta.
-- This has a rather Garth Ennis feel to it; nasty bits of humanity ahead.

- Paying For It by Dex
A Christmas story, about magic, belief, tricks, dreams and John Constantine.
-- The format is an OC telling John about what she did, it reads like the comic, one of those arcs that is more reflection than action, a downtime between the battles. I like this line; "summoning demons for power is about as brill as dumping a radio in the bath for music. "

- Bad Craziness by David Hearne
In Las Vegas the Pyramid's fountain starts spouting blood, drawing both John Constantine and a familiar pair of FBI agents to investigate.
-- A crossover story where the mood of X-Files and Hellblazer matches, dark humour and curious, vulnerable humanity, told through the alternating narratives of John, Mulder, and Scully.

Then there is
*Yuletide - Hellblazer (comic entries)

Now links to fics that most of you have probably read or heard of already:
- Hellblazer: Hogswarts by Camwyn
Sometimes, life bashes you upside the head with a brick in a sock. Hogwarts is about to get its latest Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, a man cast adrift from his native world- a man named John Constantine.
-- Warning: This is a wonderful, wonderful, unfinished fic with 10 chapters, and it's been unfinished since 2006. There wasn't any huge life and death cliffhanger, but well, stopping there is unsatisfying anyways. Written from John's view of the mad universe he's been dropped into.

- The Laughing Professor by captain_emily
-- stand-alone HB/HP crossover, HP universe's POV of John.

- Sailor Hellblazer
-- haven't read it yet, maybe I'm saving it up for a rainy day, but basically, Genma was supposed to be the new sailor soldier, but her Uncle Johnny took the fall for her.


- Prop me Up Beside The Jukebox If I Die by Tenshi-san, drabble, what it says on the tin.

- Santa's Little Helpers by Smitty, hosted at Firelord's DC Fanfiction...still reading this, found this via googling john constantine and tantric...

- Nothing Constant by sam_storyteller
Fandoms: Lovejoy (by Jonathan Gash), Hellblazer (featuring John Constantine), Lord Peter Wimsey (by Dorothy L Sayers)
Summary: Lovejoy has never met an antique human being before, but John Constantine has bigger worries on his mind than what one divvy thinks. Lord Death Bredon Wimsey has a book he wants, but that poor antique book is only the beginning of the trouble for the three men caught in its grip.
-- Warning: Incomplete and abandoned.
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Demon!Constantine [May. 13th, 2010|10:16 pm]

[music |Rod Stewart - "Rhythm of My Heart"]

Hey, anybody here got any fics (or links to), of Demon!Constantine?

I haven't read the arc where he lost his favoured status and then regained it, but Christ, why do I get the feeling that he's sorta like Lucifer's free-ranging pet?

...and um, is Hellblazer's First of the Fallen also Lucifer Morningstar? Like, Neil Gaiman wrote something on that, but featuring a blond Lucifer!
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No Future [May. 9th, 2010|09:59 am]

OK - so who else read "No Future" with no small amount of glee, since it perfectly perfectly reflects the way one might look at the election in the UK right now?

Let's have a show of hands.
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How is there no Nergal/John slash? + Violent!Cha [May. 8th, 2010|10:24 pm]

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Eh, haven't seen the movie, but that seem to be the thing responsible for a lot of LucyLucifer/John slash.

In #12: The Devil You Know, Nergal was chasing Constantine, angry, naked, and the whole scene was full of foeyay.

I'm reading the Hellblazer series in volumes I come across, therefore, out of order. I read "Down in the Ground Where the Dead Men Goes", the aftermath of the children and learnt that Chas had beaten his wife away.

I don't believe at all that everyone has those inhibitions in them, but some do. Many of the people in Thursdyke did ("Early Warnings"), because their was a hopeless dying town without jobs or future. Cha did, because of his mother. I just read "In Another Part of Hell", where Cha's grandchild is born, and John has a flashback to when they were younger and Cha had a crazy witch mother. Cha's mother, "Queenie", was really nasty, and John said he killed Queenie (by killing the monkey she was linked to), for Cha and everyone else, because if he hadn't done it, Cha would have 30 bodies in his yard.

...and well, what didya know? Even with Queenie dead, Cha didn't get much better eh? He's still surrounded with people that walk all over him, John and his wife.

ETA: Ya know, I read lots on how John and Chas does love each other, but it's too complicated for sex to happen due to the destruction potential...but speaking of destructive, what about when Chas was possessed? When Chas lost his inhibitions? What if instead of some prosititeen, Chas had John at his mercy?
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Hellblazer comics for sale [Feb. 26th, 2010|07:07 pm]

I've got some comics for sale, including Hellblazer TPBs and single issues. Full details are here on my LJ; please comment there if you're interested in buying something.
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#223–228 "The Red Right Hand", Written by Denise Mina; Art by Leonardo Manco [Nov. 11th, 2009|06:55 pm]

[music |Youssou N'Dour & Neneh Cherry - "7 Seconds"]

Okay, first thing by another writer that I've read after the Garth Ennis fest...kinda smooth, I can really recognize that it's the same writer, Mina Ennis and Gaiman. This is really ahead for me, so I'm a bit ??? over what happened to Cha and Genma (though I did read about it in the wiki, summaries).

In some ways, it reminds me of "Son of Man", John has a lot of miserable bastard and apathetic bastard moments, though it feels a little...less emotional? In Son of Man, it brought him back to his younger days, and when he's just been dragged out of an asylum...ah, I have it, in "Son of Man", John has a rather vulnerable quality to him, and in the end, it seem he won because he didn't care to be scared. John in "Red Right Hand", seem to be seen more from the eyes of others, and even though the Empathy plague is on, he still seem more mysterious and untouchable. Right after reading "Bloodlines", where John was living with a girlfriend, this John is a bit of a whiplash. Especially in the scene that starts with a Buzzcocks reference, "Every fallen in love with someone you shouldn't have fallen in love with", which has John looking very content, surrounded by a carpet of cigarette packs.
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Son of Man (2004) Iss 129–133, Gareth Ennis, John Higgins (on teh gays) [Nov. 8th, 2009|09:33 pm]

Okay, I read this right after I've read The Fear Machine (1989 ISS#14-22)...and once again, John is the third wheel of a lesbian couple (although this time, one of them punches him in the face), and we have One Gay, who's the villain, and died via...well, the 'fuck pig' that John and his buddies summoned years ago. Freud could have a field day.

Statistical Unfortunate Implications aside (especially glaring since I read this, right after The Fear Machine, which was written 15 years prior), I do like the execution of the storyline and the portrayal of the characters, even if the Resolution was reaaaaally anti-climatic (for one, it surprise me that the baby was so tiny, considering how huge the...mother...has gotten), the final ending did not ring hollow, and now I want to feed John some soup.

What I do like about the gay villain, was that his gayness and his villainy was very separated, and the trope of the always sexually predatory gay was avoided in that he didn't even hit on John (who is canonly bisexual(?), and very attractive). His villainy was borne of his family, and driven by fear and greed.

In terms of portrayal of Gays and the (Heterosexual) Male Gaze, The Fear Machine definitely did better, in that it has four-to-five queer characters, the writer that John rescued (and spent the night holding his hand in comfort because he almost died), the two keepers of Hotel Oscar Wilde, and Zed...along with the mother of the girl who was kidnapped (oh god,I remember faces and mannerism but I suddenly forgot the names). I liked both the older art styles of The Fear Machine (brings back memories) and the grittier Son of Man. In The Fear Machine though, there was much more nudity of John himself, while the ones of the women are less explicit. In Son of Man, the ratio is flipped, but not too much.
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n00b, in via Books of Magic and The Fear Machine [Nov. 2nd, 2009|12:43 am]

[music |The Clash - I Fought The Law]

Hello, I read Neil Gaiman's Books of Magic and loved it, and then I tracked down Hellblazer because John Constantine sounds like such an awesome character. I've just read The Fear Machine (#14-21).

I remember seeing trailers of the movie several years back, and wow, he's so much different than the moodier glimpse of him I got from the movie trailer.

I love how John Constantine is at once, irrepressible and vulnerable, always rakish yet well-intentional.
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review of Hellblazer #250 [Dec. 17th, 2008|06:41 pm]

Hellblazer #250 came out today in the U.S.; it's a special anniversary issue with five separate stories. I've written a spoiler-free review of all five here on my journal.
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Hellblazer fandom help [May. 1st, 2008|11:41 am]

Can anyone help improve the Hellblazer article on Fan History? The details are pretty sparse. It looks like there are a lot of fansites out there, a few mailing lists and that the community isn't really on LiveJournal or InsaneJournal... but the article doesn't really give an idea of where members of the Hellblazer fandom are instead. Thanks!
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Hyello [Mar. 24th, 2008|12:32 am]

When did you start reading Hellblazer? Oooo, ages ago. I was lurking in a bookshop to get out of the rain, I picked up a copy of, I think, Dangerous Habits and BAM - I was hooked.

Who wrote your favourite interpretation of John Constantine and why do you like that one? Denise Mina. For such shallow reasons: not only is the arc set in my home city, a fairly important plot point in it is my favourite football game ever (England going out to Portugal in the quarter-finals. It wasn't quite the Hand of God, but DAMN it was entertaining)

Favorite artistic interpretations? Who did the art that made it work for you? Not sure...probably All His Engines, although I couldn't say why.

What attracted you to the character in the first place? Oh, come on! This is John Constantine - possibly the most awesome character in any fandom, ever. He just seems so real, unlike most comic characters. You feel like this guy could really be out there somewhere.
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Introductions [Feb. 15th, 2008|12:28 pm]
I used to be patrickbenj. Now I've dropped the j to become patrickben. This is the intro bit I posted before, with my old LJ. It's still (mostly relevant).

When did you start reading Hellblazer?
A couple months ago. I can't believe I lived through the nineties and half of the 00s without reading it!

Who wrote your favourite interpretation of John Constantine and why do you like that one?
So far I'm only on Dangerous Habits, so I haven't read enough to judge. However, I do think I like Garth Ennis' writing somewhat more than Jamie Delano's.

Favorite artistic interpretations? Who did the art that made it work for you?
Again, too early to tell. Dangerous Habits has cleaner lines and colors than Original Sins, but there's something to be said for the rough look as well.

What attracted you to the character in the first place?
I read about Hellblazer a couple years ago on Bookslut and a few other places, and it always seemed cool. When the movie came out, it was obvious that it was but a shallow reflection of something much deeper. (I didn't dislike the movie, but it's important to be clear that it's really only distantly inspired by, not "based on," Hellblazer.)
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Hellblazer: Bloodlines [Jul. 10th, 2007|12:17 pm]

Still looks to be the hottest Ennis blog page around here, doesn`t it?

Anyways, it looks to be that Vertigo`s going to be releasing the rest of Ennis` run on Hellblazer, following the Dangerous Habits storyline. Can`t seem to find a post at the official website, but it`s listed as Hellblazer: About Bloody Time under collected trades(nah, it`s called Bloodlines) in the Hellblazer Wikipedia entry, as well as on Amazon for pre-orders.

December, he comes a-blazin` in December children.

EDIT: A wee bit more info, taken from here and there:

Writer: Garth Ennis
Artists: Will Simpson, Steve Dillon, Mike Hoffman, Mike Barreiro, Kim DeMulder and Stan Woch
Collects: HELLBLAZER #47-50, #52-55 and #59-61
$19.99 U.S., 296 pages

From the Voices from Beyond forum:

Hellblazer #47 (November 1991): "The Pub Where I Was Born"
Hellblazer #48 (December 1991): "Love Kills"
Hellblazer #49 (January 1992): "Lord of the Dance"
Hellblazer #50 (February 1992): "Remarkable Lives"
Hellblazer #52 (April 1992): "Royal Blood, Part 1: The Players"
Hellblazer #53 (May 1992): "Royal Blood, Part 2: Revelations"
Hellblazer #54 (June 1992): "Royal Blood, Part 3: The Good Old Days"
Hellblazer #55 (July 1992): "Royal Blood, Part 4: Dog Eat Dog"
Hellblazer #59 (November 1992): "Guys and Dolls, Part 1: Fallen Women"
Hellblazer #60 (December 1992): "Guys and Dolls, Part 2: Nativity Infernal"
Hellblazer #61 (January 1993): "Guys and Dolls, Part 3: She's Buying a Stairway to Heaven"
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Question about #95 (oh & intro. why not) [Apr. 14th, 2007|09:44 pm]

[mood |coldcold]
[music |Sanctuary - Hikaru Utada]

I've been writing a Hellblazer/Constantine genfic, and I wanted to reference me some Aleister Crowley. I remembered that he featured quite importantly in issues #95-#100 (I think?). Unfortunately, I don't have these issues, and haven't read them. Basically; I'd just like to know a little about Crowley's characterisation in those issues. I know about the demon!Constantine combination, but did Crowley willingly consent to the fusion or what?

Any info would be fab. <3

Blahblahintro.Collapse )
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Andy Diggle interview [Mar. 26th, 2007|09:59 pm]

The website Comic Book Resources has an interview here with Andy Diggle, the new Hellblazer writer. There's some discussion of where Diggle plans to take the comic (but there are no specific spoilers).

Personally, I don't think Diggle's plans sound as new and exciting as he seems to think they are. (John's going to be alone and isolated? Gosh, no one's ever done that.) But the article's worth a read in any case.
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(no subject) [Jan. 15th, 2007|05:36 pm]

[mood |pleasedpleased]
[music |"Smells Like Teen Spirt"-Nirvana]

Ganked from DC's solicitations for April, which were released today:

Written by Jamie Delano
Cover by Glenn Fabry
Art by Mark Buckingham, David Lloyd and others
This volume features some of Constantine’s earliest adventures bywriter Jamie Delano, including his first victory in the long war withthe demon Nergal and an encounter with a strange woman who is theembodiment of the world’s horrors, painted by V FOR VENDETTA co-creatorDavid Lloyd.
Advance-solicited; on sale May 9 • 264 pg, FC, $19.99 US

It's about time they started releasing more of Delano's run.
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Hellblazer #13-22, 51 [Jun. 23rd, 2006|04:18 pm]

At my journal, I've got summaries of and some thoughts on Hellblazer #13-22 and #51. These issues, which include the "Fear Machine" arc, aren't collected in TPBs, but there's some good stuff.

If you're interested, this link will take you to the discussion on my journal.
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possible reference [Jun. 10th, 2006|09:30 pm]

[mood |geeky]
[music |the Pouges]

This is pretty apropos of nothing but I was rereading a Discworld novel in which the 'traditional gesture for the dismissal of demons' is flipping the bird. Possibly not a Hellblazer reference, but I figure it probably is. That or I'm simply the world's biggest geek.
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(no subject) [May. 12th, 2006|12:09 pm]

By the by, does anyone know of a good place that has an achive of Garth Ennis Hellblazer related interviews(or just plain Garth Ennis)?
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Son of Man [May. 12th, 2006|10:43 am]

So I just read Ennis` "Son of Man" trade last night, what a treat! I was very surprised to see Brendan, Rick and the much beloved Header again, but considering that Ennis only had five issues, it seemed wise to revisit all these rich elements that he had previously introduced. And really, no one tells a story the way Ennis can.

When I read Ennis` run on Hellblazer a few years ago(probably the only reason why I picked it up in the first place), I remember constantly feeling uncomfortable with Constantine`s anti-hero, right bastard stance, sawing off angel wings and tripping his own friends. But probably for those same reasons I almost always feel strangely relaxed after reading his(Ennis`) stuff - maybe it`s just the dialogue, or just how at ease Constantine is with who he is.

Still waiting for the rest of the issues immediately following "Dangerous Habits" to be collected, but christ I wish that they would just hurry up.
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Introductions [Apr. 6th, 2006|03:16 pm]
[music |Blur]

When did you start reading Hellblazer?
A couple months ago. I can't believe I lived through the nineties and half of the 00s without reading it!

Who wrote your favourite interpretation of John Constantine and why do you like that one?
So far I'm only on Dangerous Habits, so I haven't read enough to judge. However, I do think I like Garth Ennis' writing somewhat more than Jamie Delano's.

Favorite artistic interpretations? Who did the art that made it work for you?
Again, too early to tell. Dangerous Habits has cleaner lines and colors than Original Sins, but there's something to be said for the rough look as well.

What attracted you to the character in the first place?
I read about Hellblazer a couple years ago on Bookslut and a few other places, and it always seemed cool. When the movie came out, it was obvious that it was but a shallow reflection of something much deeper. (I didn't dislike the movie, but it's important to be clear that it's really only distantly inspired by, not "based on," Hellblazer.)
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