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JohnMcMahon    561

HELLBLAZER VOL. 9: CRITICAL MASS TP

Written by EDDIE CAMPBELL and PAUL JENKINS

Art by SEAN PHILLIPS and PAT McEOWN

Cover by TOMMY LEE EDWARDS

OCTOBER 15 • 328 pg, FC, $19.99 US • MATURE READERS

In these stories from HELLBLAZER #84-96, collected here for the first time, Constantine is drawn into a web of time travel and terror when he meets the ghost of Sir Francis Dashwood, founder of the Hellfire Club. Then, Constantine plunges into an arcane landscape where an entity known as the Rainbow Serpent intends to punish man’s treatment of the environment by clearing the earth of all animal life.

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JasonT    433

Nice.

 

What with 'Critical Mass' being one of the classics, it's puzzling why this chunk took so long to be collected.

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Mark    332

Hooray!

 

When/if Jenkins is done we'll finally have all 300 250 issues collected in trade, won't we?

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Demon Chas08    295

And In The Line of Fire's coming out next year, too.

 

A 20 odd year wrong has been put to right. Now if we can get the monthy to continue off from 300 (or start a Vol. 2) and make Milligan's run the new continuity bastard step child....

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Christian    728

It's a bigger book too, collecting 12 issues.

 

We always figured that Vertigo never bothered to collect the Jenkins run due to poor sales on the book in monthly format.

Obviously, DC has an ingenious plan to increase the sales of their TPBs in place, seeing as how they're going back and finding actually good series to collect (Ostrander's Spectre, Martian Manhunter, Delano's Animal Man). The plan all along has been to make it so that fans no longer care about any of the characters DC is publishing in their monthly titles, so they'll gladly buy these TPBs to remember when the DC characters were actually well-written.

See? Constantine is awful. Fans are unhappy. Well, they'll be more than happy to get the forgotten issues of Hellblazer. Problem solved for DC.

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Lou K    1,051

Nice.

 

What with 'Critical Mass' being one of the classics, it's puzzling why this chunk took so long to be collected.

 

Even more puzzling why one of the best HB stories ever written isn't even mentioned in the solit. :laugh:

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JohnMcMahon    561

I now have a copy of Critical Mass that I can stick on my book shelf, fair play DC!

 

As an aside, the comic shop was half-full of young folk which is obviously a good sign for that particular outlet and probably the industry as a whole but it left me feeling really old.

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seventhcircle    572

I now have a copy of Critical Mass that I can stick on my book shelf, fair play DC!

 

As an aside, the comic shop was half-full of young folk which is obviously a good sign for that particular outlet and probably the industry as a whole but it left me feeling really old.

i never go to comic shops much, because it is so fucking expensive a hobby and i always want to buy more then my monthly budget could handle. once i stood there for like 15min in front of the complete sandman saga just making a list of pros and cons in my head. so maybe normally young people don't visit comic shops cause they need the money for safe sex, drugs and rocknroll dubstep concerts.

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Christian    728

Yeah. It's mainly factory workers who visit the comic shop I go to each week. Around my age or older, mostly.

Of course, I do live in Flint. It's probably not representative of the demographics who visit comic shops in places where every one with prospects for a future haven't left to find hope in better places.

There is another comic store across town that seems to cater more to younger comic fans, probably because the owners are early 30s or younger, rather than retired GM employees, like at the store I visit. That other shop doesn't stock much in the way of back issues though.

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Red    467

My local comics shop is flowing over with teens. I would guess I'm twice the median age for their customers. That's a very good thing, in my book, means that comics are going strong.

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Rogan    176

Man, so will we ever find out who died/left DC so that the moratorium on Paul Jenkins finally got lifted?

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Dave    265

They must not have wanted to make the move to California and took the buyout.

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slinker    893

I'd forgotten how much Campbell set Jenkins up w/Warped Notions bleeding into Dreamtime/Dangerous Ground. Like Jenkins had to finish up Campbell's bit before going down his own road.

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Shawn    297

 

DAMN! That's awesome*. The more I see of Phillips' Constantine the more I feel like that is the definitive version, for me anyway. With a neck and neck near tie with Bradstreet.

 

 

 

 

*so good in fact it's now my profile pic

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dogpoet    431

Jenkins an fuck off: I feel Milligan wrote the definitive Constantine.

(Not really I don't: winky.)

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Rogan    176

Wonderful to see a brand new J.C. by Sean Phillips, whose immense talent only grew during the past two decades. Would love to see how he'd handle the interiors now.

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seventhcircle    572

Jenkins an fuck off: I feel Milligan wrote the definitive Constantine.

(Not really I don't: winky.)

 

for a heartbeat you successfully trolled me :shrug: i obviously need soemthing to chill the fuck out.

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Maritimus    16

Couldn't resist buying that beautiful Critical Mass myself, such a great package of stories, great new cover and Sean Phillips' art very, very close to being the defining look for John, or at least the mood of Hellblazer. I love that wacky Delano story. Never read the Campbell stuff, and it turned out to be really enjouable (again, Sean Phillips never hurts). It seems like the death of the real John gave us the resurrection of Hellblazer in a sense, with all those trades available now.

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The Jenkins run, particularly "Critical Mass", has always been my high-standard for Constantine stories. But wow, a lot of fans were *really* down on Jenkins when the issues were being released, what with him following behind Ennis and the fans wanting Hellblazer to "Preacher" that shit back up. Still, "Critical Mass" is just about a perfect story-arc, and Sean Phillips draws John like nobody else. Great, great stuff.

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Gwilym    330

I'd forgotten how much Campbell set Jenkins up w/Warped Notions bleeding into Dreamtime/Dangerous Ground. Like Jenkins had to finish up Campbell's bit before going down his own road.

 

This really surprised me! I kind of powered my way through the first half of the collection, having already read the Slag story (lots) and wanting to get through Campbell's four-parter so I could see the fabled Jenkins episodes. It was almost an anticlimax when it was such a direct continuation of the Campbell story. This must be the only time a new HB writer's done this - every other one has treated their tenure almost like a reboot, and started with a clear statement of intent.

 

As a result I decided I'd given short shrift to the first half of the collection, and kind of squandered it, so I re-read the whole Warped Notions story more slowly. I enjoyed it a lot more this way. I really love the ambiguity about how righteous the ending is or isn't, and I think the overall plot could/should be loosely adapted to the TV show (probably with someone other than Dashwood).

 

So now I've got Dreamtime and Dangerous Ground to re-read, before finally getting onto Critical Mass.

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Just finished reading the Critical Mass TPB, having never read any of Jenkins stuff before. It's fantastic and a it's mystery* why DC left it so long to republish the story considering how it compares to some of what preceded and succeeded it.

 

* Yes, yes, as Someone upthread mentioned, sales figures of the monthly trades were probably poor.

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