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#1 JohnMcMahon

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 08:59 AM

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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Posted 17 June 2014 - 09:37 AM

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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Posted 17 June 2014 - 12:23 PM

Hooray!

When/if Jenkins is done we'll finally have all 300 250 issues collected in trade, won't we?
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Posted 17 June 2014 - 07:36 PM

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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Posted 17 June 2014 - 08:29 PM

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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Posted 26 June 2014 - 03:19 PM

View PostJasonT, on 17 June 2014 - 09:37 AM, said:

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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Posted 16 October 2014 - 12:31 PM

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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Posted 16 October 2014 - 03:18 PM

View PostJohnMcMahon, on 16 October 2014 - 12:31 PM, said:

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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Posted 16 October 2014 - 09:53 PM

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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Posted 17 October 2014 - 11:01 AM

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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Posted 28 October 2014 - 11:36 PM

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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Posted 29 October 2014 - 12:33 AM

They must not have wanted to make the move to California and took the buyout.
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Posted 29 October 2014 - 11:27 AM

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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Posted 31 October 2014 - 11:45 AM

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Posted 31 October 2014 - 01:52 PM

View PostA. Heathen, on 31 October 2014 - 11:45 AM, said:


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.




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Posted 02 November 2014 - 07:25 PM

Jenkins an fuck off: I feel Milligan wrote the definitive Constantine.
(Not really I don't: winky.)

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Posted 02 November 2014 - 07:33 PM

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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Posted 02 November 2014 - 07:34 PM

View Postdogpoet, on 02 November 2014 - 07:25 PM, said:

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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Posted 11 November 2014 - 02:51 AM

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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Posted 16 November 2014 - 01:47 AM

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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