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  1. Rassmguy

    Are you a Milligan or a Milligant?

    I recently re-read the entire pre-New 52 runs of Swamp Thing, Hellblazer, and Books of Magic as research (that was a LOT of comics), and I was reminded of just how poorly I feel Milligan handled Constantine as a character. Sure, he had some interesting plots--particularly "Suicide Bridge" and "India"--and the bit with John obsessed with cutting off his offending thumb was pretty damn funny. But his tenure was FILLED with inconsistencies with prior writers' runs (his use of Beano comes to mind, for instance), the artwork didn't work for me at all, and Epiphany remains my least favorite love from John's life. Zed, Marj, Angie, and especially Dani and Kit were all so much better characters, yet Milligan tried so hard to get readers to buy into the idea that this 23-year-old kid was somehow the love of 60-year-old John's life. Plus, to make things even creepier, he had Epiphany fall in love with him at age nine! It all made no sense and was, in my opinion, the second worst era of Hellblazer, after Mina's run. it's a shame, too, as it DID have some good stories and some solid moments from time to time. But it just didn't jibe with all that came before. John cleaned up his act at the end of Carey, rid himself of his Golden Boy and Ravenscar baggage during Diggle's run, and then... went right back to dressing like a homeless guy and spending all his time getting stoned for no good reason, despite all of his prior character evolution. And that ending? Ugh. That being said, re-reading all of Swamp Thing, Hellblazer, and Books of Magic in chronological order was a pretty damn amazing experience. I highly recommend it, as it allows you to get a much better picture of how things all fit together (or don't). --Rich
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    What Would You Put in a 30th Anniversary Collection?

    Thanks for the plug, Ade! --RIch
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    What Would You Put in a 30th Anniversary Collection?

    Thank you, John. I really appreciate your saying that. 🙂 --Rich
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    Constantine, New 52 to Present

    This is extremely helpful. THANK YOU!
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    Constantine, New 52 to Present

    John! Hey, how's it going? I'm still kicking around. :)
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    Constantine, New 52 to Present

    Thanks! I completely forgot about that site, which I used to find extremely useful. :)
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    Constantine, New 52 to Present

    Hi, folks, Some of you might remember me from years back. I used to post here regularly and also used to run a website called Roots of the Swamp Thing. I took that site down long ago and stopped reading Swamp Thing and John Constantine comics, but I've decided to get back into them again. Does anyone here have a complete list they could share with me of all Constantine-related appearances since the start of the New 52? If so, I'd very much appreciate it, as my reading these stories will also double as research for a book I'm writing. Thanks in advance. :) --Rich Handley (info@hassleinbooks.com)
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    Revisitations 5: The Brian Azzarello Affair (2000-2002)

    Azzarello's run started out so promising, with John in prison. I was immediately intrigued. However, as the storyline progressed, it quickly fell apart. After that opening story arc, it soon became apparent that Azzarello simply didn't understand the character or the series, as John was reduced to a grinning bastard who brought bad luck from town to town, and never seemed to give a crap about anyone. In every way, that was not John. The final several story arcs were very weak, and by the time John shagged a dog, I decided I wasn't even reading Hellblazer anymore. The series had nowhere to go but up after he left. I was so glad when Mike Carey arrived.
  9. Ellis' run did nothing for me, though he DID create some good characters that Carey used to much better effect. "Shoot" was his best story, in my opinion, but even that one was ill-conceived and had a message that, at best, made no sense and, at worst, was rather offensive. Each time I re-read Hellblazer, I find myself thinking "Meh" to his run. "Love Street," as well as the other Sandman/Constantine spinoff, "Marquee Moon," I quite enjoyed, but "Trenchcoat Brigade" was just AWFUL. Despite being a sequel to Gaiman's "Books of Magic" and Len Wein's "Swamp Thing" run, it was badly written, weakly drawn and boring--in every way inferior to both of its progenitors. Darko Macan's two-parter, on the other hand, was great, I thought--moody, thoughtful and not overplayed, which is just what the story needed.
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    Revisitations 5: The Brian Azzarello Affair (2000-2002)

    A sloth with herpes would do a better job than Milligan.
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    Constantine #1

    So apparently, sales on Constantine #1 tanked: http://www.bleedingcool.com/2013/03/28/comixology-all-over-the-world-hellblazing-a-trail/
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    Hellblazer #51

    Ade, I am very glad you exist.
  13. William Marshall... Hellblaxer. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_H._Marshall
  14. For only $250, you can get a digital collection of the entire Hellblazer run. http://www.bleedingcool.com/2013/03/22/dc-puts-all-three-hundred-copies-of-hellblazer-on-comixology-for-99-cents-each-first-issue-free/ The article incorrectly states that there were 300 issues of Hellblazer. As we all know, the series ended at #250.
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    So long, John Constantine, we'll miss you

    LOL I miss Constantine, too... but since it's been five years since the last issue of Hellblazer (#250), I've had time to get past the pain of separation.