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  1. 4 points
    Yep! Lots more. The character first appeared in the pages of Swamp Thing, before he even had his own series. This web-site lists every known appearance of John Constantine. Enjoy. http://www.qusoor.com/hellblazer//jcindex.htm
  2. 3 points
    So, is it just this one-shot that deals with this Tim Hunter business? Because, that doesn't sound very intriguing. It also sounds more like a mini-series or a tie-in with the Books of Magic series. Yes, it does sound more like this is a revamp of that "Life During Wartime" book, rather than Hellblazer proper. It's funny that Si Spencer's name keeps coming up. Did DC editorial manage to confuse Si Spencer with Si Spurrier too? "Hey, Si? Remember that Tim Hunter alt-universe book you wrote about two decades back? How'd you like to write a new book based on that premise?". "Uh, this is Si Spurrier." "Right. Si. You wrote Life During Wartime. Right?". "Will there be a paycheck? Uh, yeah, I wrote War During Lifetime. I mean, Life During Wartime. Sure."
  3. 2 points
    Spurrier seems to remember this book needs its quiet moments - with panels of characters staring into space and letting things settle instead of that constant and annoying exposition (e.g. the panel after "tree full of fuckin' angels"). This issue was a little talky but the moments of silence felt like they were from another age. Loving it.
  4. 2 points
    Hi, folks! I'd like to announce a new book about John Constantine's history in comics and on the large and small screens, coming later this year. Special shout-out to group members Ade Brown, Draško Roganović and James Wilkinson, who are in the writing lineup. This is a project I'm quite proud of, and I hope to be able to release the gorgeous cover image soon. My apologies if anyone views this as spam! --Rich Handley * * * FROM BAYOU TO ABYSS: EXAMINING JOHN CONSTANTINE, HELLBLAZER Edited by Rich Handley and Lou Tambone Cover by Leah Mangue Coming this year from Sequart Research & Literacy Organization Essays by Ade Brown, John E Boylan, James Chambers, Julianne Clancy, Nancy Collins, Brian Cronin, Joseph Brandt Dilworth Jr., Sabrina F, Richard Gray, Robert Greenberger, Rich Handley, Robert Jeschonek, Ross Johnson, Matthew Levine, Martín A. Pérez, Draško Roganović, Frank Schildiner, Tony Simmons, Lou Tambone, Kaz B. Towner, John Trumbull, James Wilkinson, and Genevieve Williams In a universe populated by heroes and villains clad in colorful, tight-fitting outfits, you might not expect a chain-smoking ex-punk rocker wearing slacks, a tie, and a trenchcoat to stand out among the rest. Yet when British occultist John Constantine showed up in Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing run, that’s exactly what happened. Constantine’s arrival elevated Swamp Thing profoundly, and it wasn’t long before John had his own spinoff title, Hellblazer, which outlived its parent series and spawned several onscreen adaptations. Quick with a quip, hesitant to involve himself in others’ lives yet often compelled to do so, Constantine has a weakness for narcotics and alcohol binges, an unnatural obsession with the occult, and a long list of lovers he’s betrayed, hurt, and discarded. John has slain his twin brother, taunted Satan, outwitted demons and angels alike, been trapped in Hell, and even fathered an elemental. Through all of this, he has somehow managed to come out on top, though his loved ones have usually ended up caught in the crossfire. Edited by Rich Handley and Lou Tambone, the editors of Sequart’s Somewhere Beyond the Heavens: Exploring Battlestar Galactica, this volume examines the mage’s history from his earliest appearances to the present — not only in the pages of Swamp Thing and Hellblazer, but also on film and television. Essay contributors include Swamp Thing scribe Nancy A. Collins, Constantine TV series writing assistant Matthew Levine, former DC Comics editor Robert Greenberger, and a wonderful lineup of other talented comics historians. At times, John Constantine can be a complete bastard. He has questionable hygiene and a lack of ethics, and he’ll likely hurt anyone foolish enough to let him into their lives. But John is nonetheless a hero — well, a Byronic hero, in any case. As fans, we wouldn’t have him any other way. http://sequart.org/books/57/from-bayou-to-abyss-examining-john-constantine-hellblazer/
  5. 2 points
    John makes a snide comment or two about her eating habits too - after he tried to rape Phoebe mind so fairly far down on his list of offences under Milligan!
  6. 2 points
    Campbell and Bellaire's art by the way...crikey..there's the making of an iconic Constantine duo there - hopefully they can manage the pace of a monthly title. Proper Hellblazer this.
  7. 2 points
    It's kind of funny. Throughout most of the original Hellblazer, Gemma was typically just the kid niece of John who got into incredibly sticky situations that John rescued her from; from Jamie Delano's story of a Damnation Army fanatic strangling underage girls to Garth Ennis' story of her being pressured by this bully to do a blood ritual. Gemma as a child I didn't find really interesting (she still had her good moments in the comics as a kid), and it wasn't until Mike Carey's run on Hellblazer that the character became interesting in my eyes. One of the reasons why Mike Carey's Hellblazer is my favorite run of John Constantine other than how Carey could balance the magician and the conman sides of John was the work Carey put into making adult Gemma into a compelling character. No longer was she the little girl that had to be rescued by her uncle. She was an adult who could stand on her own two feet and who was someone who didn't tolerate the bullshit of her uncle. Hell, under Carey, she became a competent magician in her own right. The adult version of Gemma is my second favorite character of the Hellblazer mythos (you know who's first). I would totally read a Hellblazer mini-series with her as the star. Probably my favorite moment of adult Gemma had to be in the Reasons to be Cheerful story when she went clubbing with this dude who was being forced to serve one of Constantine's demonic children; who used the guy's lust for Gemma to make him his servant. The guy was going to rufie her, but she discovered his scheme and switched their drinks at the club. The best part of it was when Gemma said to the guy that she was going to have sex with him until she found the drugs he planned to use on her. The irony of it just made me laugh. But enough about that. One of the key concepts that is driving Spurrier's Hellblazer is that John is in a very unfamiliar world. And as weird as it was to how Spurrier dealt with the continuity of Hellblazer in The Sandman Universe Presents: Hellblazer #1, I really hope that an older and wiser Gemma eventually appears in the series. Perhaps she has her own family now. What we know about Gemma's age by the time the original Hellblazer series came to an end was that she was 34 years old and if we account for the years that have passed since then, she would be 40 or 41 years old. Maybe it will happen or maybe it won't happen. I think I really just miss Gemma.
  8. 2 points
    I am pleasantly surprised. This was quite good. I could have done without all the Books of Magic continuity, but I knew that was what this reintroduction was going to be based around, so fair enough. Outside of that, this was the first time that John Constantine has read like John Constantine in a long time, maybe Milligan's "The Scab" two-parter. I'd say that Spurrier definitely has the Vertigo John done well, and it seems like DC is actually interested in letting Hellblazer be Hellblazer again after all these years. If Spurrier keeps this up and has some interesting plots for John going forward, this is absolutely going to be a Hellblazer comic book worth reading again. The plot that Spurrier was setting up for future stories was of interest to me. I look forward to seeing where Spurrier is going with it. I am cautiously optimistic, because I've been burnt many times before, but none of the reboots started off as strongly as this issue from Spurrier, which is hampered by the Books of Magic tie-in remit besides. So, I'm going to keep picking up this Hellblazer relaunch. I'll give this a 7. Story-wise, it didn't do a lot for me, because I don't care about the Books of Magic anymore. Writing wise, it's quite good and shows a lot of promise. So, I'm rating it more for what it seems that this could be, rather than this issue in and of itself. With a better plot, one not so steeped in Tim Hunter lore, this could've been an easy 9. EDIT:Wow. I just figured out that Hellblazer, proper, ended over six years ago. My, how time flies.
  9. 2 points
    You remain an inspiration, Lou!
  10. 2 points
    It sounds like the events of this issue will be continued in the ongoing Books Of Magic series - BOOKS OF MAGIC #14 written by KAT HOWARD and SI SPURRIER art by TOM FOWLER cover by KAI CARPENTER In the wake of October’s The Sandman Universe Presents: Hellblazer #1, John Constantine is loose in our world again— and unfortunately for Tim Hunter, he’s convinced the only way for the human race to survive is if Tim is taken off the board. But from where Tim’s standing, he’s the only one with the power to save us all. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? And is there room in London for the both of them? The scribes of Books of Magic and John Constantine, Hellblazer square off to tell both sides of the tale in a unique, innovative issue! ON SALE 11.27.19 $3.99 US | 32 PAGES FC | DC BLACK LABEL
  11. 2 points
    An excellent man for the job, let's hope that Sandman Universe thing can save the day again. (it would totally amuse me to have all the different Constantines turn out to be bad dreams caused by Milligan's Bullet.)
  12. 2 points
    Almost all of Vampirella is outside of her outfit.
  13. 2 points
    Well I updated the map and I just had to read some of my repressed Hellblazer comics THAT NEVER HAPPENED Simon Bisley was wasted. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1kInaZlvQ6LUaM8LmgxMc-ywJZlU&usp=sharing
  14. 1 point
    JOHN CONSTANTINE: HELLBLAZER #2 written by SIMON SPURRIER art by AARON CAMPBELL cover by JOHN PAUL LEON John’s return to London isn’t going as smoothly as he’d hoped...though it’s already been just as bloody as he could have expected! Enormous angels straight from the mind of William Blake are tearing people to ribbons in Peckham Rye Common, and the gang lord who’s pressed John into service is getting increasingly impatient about John’s inability to deal with them. ON SALE 12.18.19 $3.99 US | 32 PAGES FC | DC BLACK LABEL
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  16. 1 point
    Thanks, Lou. I'll have to keep an eye out for that.
  17. 1 point
    Re-read Jamie Dleano and Richard Case's Ghostdancing from the old Vertigo days. It was fun. A bit much of the trippy hippy stuff but I loved Coyote Old Man's character. Really liked the ending too, which sets up for future tales, but I doubt that will ever happen.
  18. 1 point
    I couldn't manage 5 either. I miss the days when lots of new comics were being discussed and recommended here.
  19. 1 point
    Most of the comic companies have gone to using the cheaper paper stock for their covers that they use on the interior pages, and they didn't bother to lower the costs. There is one smaller comic company (Alterna Comics) which is using the really cheap paper stock and only charging $1.99 per book. So, it's definitely possible. However, you have to wonder how that may effect sales. No one except the most diehard comic fan is buying that companies' books. Some readers may be turned off by a comic which looks to be the same paper stock as a newspaper. I mean, I'm pretty sure the paper stock was higher in the mid-1990s, when mainstream comics were printed on that glossy paper. They are charging a bit above the inflation rate, as a Marvel Comic was $2 in 1996, and checking the inflation rate, it should be roughly $3.25 in 2019 after inflation. I'm wondering if comic companies have raised their prices a bit above inflation due to losing readers though. Sometimes if a business is doing worse, it will raise the prices, to gouge the loyal customers it does have in order to make an up extra profit from lost overall sales.
  20. 1 point
    Let's see....Mourning of the Magician was in 1990. It's not as if John looks that young at the end of Hellblazer either. It was just the stupid reboots that made John look so young while pretending that his age was still the same as Vertigo John. That was just an easter egg for long-term readers though. There's no way that John was really meant to be in his 60s during those three reboots. He was written and looked in his 30s or 20s, depending on which series. Those stories just need to be ignored.
  21. 1 point
  22. 1 point
    He's done well enough out of the zombies that he can afford to take some time off before looking for another gig, I'd have thought.
  23. 1 point
    Only if you think comics are good. I guess nothing's that good. Maybe it's just the expectation gap between mainstream 2019 superhero comic and the masterclass Al Ewing is giving, backed up by meticulous horror artwork that reminds me of Bissette and Wrightson on Swamp Thing. Ewing has also proudly built the story on the foundations of Hulk history, but it doesn't feel like continuity mining — it feels like what's on the page is just the tip of an iceberg, with a bigger story underneath. Come to think of it, if you look at it as an homage to Hulk in the form of a horror comic, it's amazing.
  24. 1 point
    Was there more Morrison Batman after Batman Inc ? I wouldn't hazard to guess at the reasons but I agree with you that his Grayson Batman was more interesting than his Wayne, Christian. I feel like as much as Morrison's X-Men run was blighted by some real inconsistent art, his Batman was blessed in that department.
  25. 1 point
    As almost every writer who takes over JC basically says the same thing...."We want to take John back to his core roots. This is what I find to be the core motivations for John. etc.", and then we got what we've gotten for over a decade now....I can't say I give a lot of credence to writers saying this exact same song and dance. Yes, I want to believe Spurrier, because I like him as a writer, but I've wanted to believe other writers too.
  26. 1 point
    No, I'm sorry. You must explain why it was not a mistake, not just point out the mistake. Example: Why is Neil Gaiman's pen costing so much not an error, but actually a justifiable decision. How can the value be maintained, even with heavy usage? Most explanations will require some variant of time travel or fifth dimensional quantum entanglement in order to qualify for a No Prize. Sorry, pal. Excelsior!
  27. 1 point
    Strayed #1-This was really good. I was surprised to find out that Carlos Giffoni had never had a comic published before. This came across as very polished writing. It had a great love for cats being shown, which I like, and best of all, the cat was an astral traveling cat. The plot is sort of like Silver Surfer, if Silver Surfer were an astral projecting cat, and if Galactus were an intergalactic military dictatorship interested in discovering new worlds that could be stripped of their resources and colonized by humanity. It's really very much worth a look.
  28. 1 point
    A direct continuation from the OG series like that would be aces.
  29. 1 point
    Yeah, that's why you don't let writers like the LOT writers anywhere near stories like the Newcastle story. Matt deserves better. WE deserve better. Still salty about him not appearing at all in that first (well, only) season of Swamp Thing.
  30. 1 point
    Sinestro: Year of the Villains #1 (by Mark Russell)-It's another winner from Mark Russell! Man, a Hickman X-Men comic, a Grant Morrison comic, and a good Mark Russell comic all in the same week? This is a good comic book week, to be sure. Let's face it, this was a filler tie-in issue with some sort of DC cross-over. It'd be easy to just phone it in. Why bother putting any effort in to this story? Throw some action at the page, call it a day, and collect the paycheck. Simple. Instead, Mark Russell turns in another great comic story, if you dig his politics, and I do. What starts out as a simple Sinestro versus "space gods" plot quickly turns in to a not-so-hidden commentary on religion and freedom. Impressive.
  31. 1 point
    Si Spurrier is set to write a new Constantine book starting this October, with a one-shot drawn by Marcio Takara that will transition to an ongoing in November with Aaron Campbell on art. Well it was only a matter of time before DC took John's corpse of their cancelled closet and shocked him back to life. The good news is that at least DC's put a promising writer (and one off my wishlist at that!) behind the wheels though obviously as history of this character shows, a talented writer may not always translate to a good Hellblazer story. https://www.dccomics.com/blog/2019/07/09/hellblazer-enters-the-sandman-universe-this-october-from-dc
  32. 1 point
    I think you might end up changing your mind on Jenkins, especially being older when you read it. I remember being really bored by Jenkins' run when I initially read it too, while also thinking it was completely out of place in Hellblazer. Now, it's easily my second favourite run, after Delano, and really his and Delano's are the only Hellblazer writers I have any interest in re-reading at this point.
  33. 1 point
    Renewed for a second season.
  34. 1 point
    The Azzarello run although weird, I interpreted his run like John wrote a really bad fanfiction about himself. John while writing, "So, I went to prison, escaped, went on a journey across America, I might had or not had sex with a dog, killed all the skinheads, and got into some really kinky stuff with SW Manor." The stories I enjoyed the most out of the Azzarello era were Freezes Over along with Lapdogs and Englishmen. After Ashes and Dust, I really needed Mike Carey's High on Life where Cheryl gives John the smackdown about giving everyone the scare about being officially dead on paper. .
  35. 1 point
    Spurrier is a better writer, overall, than Oliver. However, Oliver was coming off of the best work of his career, Last Gang in Town from Vertigo, when he took over HB. If he could have channeled even half of his rage over the current economic situation in our world in to his JC story, it would have been much more fondly remembered. Instead, writing Constantine seemed to sap all of the creative energy out of him. So, I'll believe it when I see it, I say.
  36. 1 point
    This shit gets me hot, angry John stomping around a Brexit Britan in the shadow of Trump's America has so much potential. Constantine sat slumped over a filthy bar, snarling at a party political broadcast on behalf of Boris Johnson's Conservative party while a gang of Gammons sat next to him, bleating on about the good old days and the problems with foreigners, wear down the very last of his frayed nerves... Just think of all the new friends he's going to make and how they're all going to die horribly!
  37. 1 point
    Si Spurrier is a good choice. I can't see him being anything worse than what we saw on HB comics since the beginning of the Milligan run. That's not really a high bar though.
  38. 1 point
    I also trust him not to/hope he will not spend an entire year on the thrilling conspiracies and adventures of the djinn as well.
  39. 1 point
    Yeah, not enough mutants for my taste. I only read a comic if it starts with X and has mutants. I know those are the best comics, and everything else is junk. I don't even need to read anything else to know it sucks. Who do I blame for this? Women and minorities! It's flashback week. This is what you would've read on an internet comic forum, circa 1993.
  40. 1 point
    John Catstantine, courtesy of Twitter's Cat Cosplay:
  41. 1 point
    I believe his contributing a story to that DC Retrospective project, where DC looked back over the best creative teams for the past few decades, before the New 52 relaunch, was the last time we saw Grant writing for DC. He contributed to the Batman in the 1980s issue. So, at least DC acknowledged that Alan Grant was pretty much the best writer on the Bat-books during the 1980s back then.
  42. 1 point
    In case you missed it on Rassmguy's "From Bayou to Abyss: Examining John Constantine, Hellblazer" Facebook group, this was shared on Facebook by the artist, Scorpio Steele: Original post: https://www.facebook.com/groups/theparliamentoftrees/permalink/2298535240364855/
  43. 1 point
    Oh I'm in for some of that. Into the second Slaine trade, Pat Mills must feel blessed to have worked with so many great artists - his writing, of course, is fantastic with that familiar anger and grim humour towards social injustice that his name is synonymous with.
  44. 1 point
    Ook! I foresee me buying more than 1 copy
  45. 1 point
    "Lawks, he'll have a right old ding dong from us. Give im the old bamboo, Mary Poppins!"
  46. 1 point
  47. 1 point
    Mark has confirmed that he and the artist have gotten the rights back from DC and are looking for a new publisher at the moment: I wonder if DC cancelled their publication of the issues because of those angry Right Wingers who saw the Fox News report on the comic and decided to launch a petition to cancel it, it wouldn't surprise me if the higher-ups were looking to avoid more controversy after the whole Batawang business from Batman: Damned. Overall shame since it was the only NuVertigo book I was interested in!
  48. 1 point
    Batman: Damned # 2 is out today. I read it. I saw the night club scene and the "brilliant re-imagining" of the character that's found there. Go home, Brian Azzarello, you're drunk and you need to lay down.
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