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Hellblazer #218

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JohnMcMahon    562

Hellblazer #218

 

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(Published Cover)

 

(W) Denise Mina

(A) Leonardo Manco

(Cover) Greg Lauren (Solicited)

Lee Bermejo (Published)

 

Part 3 of the 7-part story "Empathy is the Enemy," written by acclaimed author Denise Mina. On the highway to Glasgow, John encounters a forgotten acquaintance from his troubled youth. Coincidence, or a set up engineered by a shadowy sect rooted in nine centuries of Scottish mysticism? Constantine senses that the end of this road may be too dark even for him.

 

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(Solicited Cover)

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Mick    12

Cannot wait to get this wont have it till friday, DAMN! But im itching for it!

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Apocsol    1

They don't sell Hellblazer anywhere near me, so I have to wait for the...the tbf to come out! *Sob* hold me........... in a macho kind of way that is :blink:

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andy    2

Curiouser and curiouser...Not a whole lot happens, just another piece of the puzzle...John's jewelry line gave me a laugh and briefly reminded me of the Keanu giving the pendant to Rachel scene in the film....the whole issue will probably read better in the trade though.

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Mick    12
They don't sell Hellblazer anywhere near me, so I have to wait for the...the tbf to come out!  *Sob*  hold me........... in a macho kind of way that is  :blink:

 

Get on ebay... Or if you have a paypal account i get my from a really great bloke who would be glad of more business he's also cheapest on ebay!

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Apocsol    1

Really? I've never actually collected anything in the proper format before.....And this way I could guilt my parents into paying for it............I LIKE IT!

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hagren    5

I dont know when this arrives here, the 216 issue came out two weeks later or something.

But after 216/17 im looking forward to it.

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Mick    12
Really?  I've never actually collected anything in the proper format before.....And this way I could guilt my parents into paying for it............I LIKE IT!

 

I have no idea want your rambling at?

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Christian    734

That's my reaction to 99% of the posts here anymore....

 

Nothing happened in this issue.

I liked the first two parts because they had an atmosphere to them, but this one was just there....middle of a story-arc blues....

I give Mina points for bringing back a character from Mike Carey's run instead of going with the old "Hey! It's my long lost friend from childhood who I've never talked about and haven't seen in years!".

The jewelry line was funny.

I'm giving it a 6. Like Andy said, it's probably not fair to try to rate this issue on its own merits, as this story-arc is obviously written for the Trades.

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Mick    12

Yeah they think there all posh just because they get there comics before us!

SNOBS!

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Dave    265

Well, i liked it. It gives more life to the already excellent one off that Carey wrote. I especially liked the 6th century bit. those crazy old monks are awesome. I don't get how you guys say nothing really happens. we learn more about Johns empathy and more about Steve (I want to say Holt, but that's Arrested Development).

 

 

Another thing i love about this site inparticular is the vocabular that you Euro's use. It's so different from the boring words i hear in the Deep South of the United States.

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Gordon    0

I have to say, I dropped Hellblazer for awhile towards the end of Carey’s Run (well, not really dropped. More like missed an issue and didn’t go back to it) and although I’ll be catching up with the ever-more-frequent trades, I’m absolutely loving Denise Mina’s run, what some people seem to think of a slow burn, I find portentous.

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A. Heathen    1,125
Curse you decadent Americans!

You who have comics on Wednesdays!

 

It's because it takes them longer to read.

I liked this issue a lot and the story is building very nicely.

The two story threads are converging nicely.

 

Meanwhile, although I have passed the baton of annotations to a young trainee, I am still on the ball and last week I found out about St Oran. http://www.scotshistoryonline.co.uk/oran.html

 

Not to be confused with St Orlan

http://www.channel4.com/culture/microsites...nvas/orlan.html

 

Or "Oron" as per uncorrected error in this issue.

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James    38
Meanwhile, although I have passed the baton of annotations to a young trainee

 

Who will get around to it one of these days, promise.

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Dave    265
Curse you decadent Americans!

You who have comics on Wednesdays!

 

It's because it takes them longer to read.

I liked this issue a lot and the story is building very nicely.

The two story threads are converging nicely.

 

Meanwhile, although I have passed the baton of annotations to a young trainee, I am still on the ball and last week I found out about St Oran. http://www.scotshistoryonline.co.uk/oran.html

 

Not to be confused with St Orlan

http://www.channel4.com/culture/microsites...nvas/orlan.html

 

Or "Oron" as per uncorrected error in this issue.

 

I tell you what. I thought all that was stuff that came from Mina's demented mind. It adds a whole other layer that it's based on a "true story".

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Mick    12

Tut! Still got about 12 hours to go before the postman pops it through my door, do you know i dont think i'll sleep tonight!

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Mark    332

Good issue - not much happened, but I'm enjoying the 6th Century stuff (partly because I've spent a fair bit of time on Iona in the past, and actually knew a bit about the history already), and I'm curious as to how it's going to play into the modern-day story - the apparent hint towards that in the speaking-to-the-dead scene were intriguing. It'll be impossible to really judge this (or indeed any of Mina's issues so far) until the arc's finished, because it's pretty much all been set-up which'll be reliant on a good punchline, but it's got me wanting to find out more, so I can't really complain. Manco's art is solid, and a lot more consistent than it was towards the end of Mike's run - nice to see the scar on John's cheek is still there, too. Mina's grasp of character and dialogue is every bit as ace as I'd have expected from her novels (the "jewelry" exchange was classic Constantine, and elicited an out-loud snigger from me on the tram this afternoon), and while the Captain Exposition relation of Anita's backstory was slightly awkward (especially for those of us who've been reading the title monthly - it'd be less intrusive to a reader who's just jumped on for Mina's run, or who'll be reading this in trade form), it was a good use of a previously-established character. The arc is moving slowly, but not irritatingly so - there've been plenty of hints as to the overall plot to keep things interesting, and the slow-burning, ominous atmosphere (I loved the panel with the demon kids from last issue looking across at the car, for example) is keeping things nice and tense.

 

Haven't decided on a mark out of 10 yet, but that's not really too important. I had very high hopes for Mina's run, and while it's still early days, I've not been disappointed so far.

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wolfram    1

9.

 

Some nice moments here with the woman from his past, the jewelry laugh, more monk-related deliciousness---and, overall, far more solid this issue. There wasn't a single moment of confusion or odd scripting, which I'm sure shows that she's already gotten the flow of this format.

 

I'm very happy with Mina's run so far. Though I've been getting the singles for a while now, I think I'll get the trade of this also.

 

Any news on sales figures so far?

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Hellboy    0

I think Mark has summed the issue pretty much and i gave it a seven. Great cover and fantastic art plus the story is going on very nicely. Good job. :biggrin:

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Trace    0

I gave it an 8, same as the previous issues.

I'm still waiting to get a clearer picture of the overall story. It feels like it would read much better in trade.

I really like Bermejo, but that cover was even worse in person. It appeared even more rushed than when I viewed it online. And why would John step out into gale-force winds to light a cig when the car he came in is right there?

Anyway, cover-bashing aside, the story is developing and it's fun so far. I dig the monks (no pun intended) and like that Mina brought the cyclops back. I think she's also getting a good feel for John's inner and outer dialogue and Manco rarely disappoints me. I hope Bermejo or Jock succeed him.......

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I have just picked it up and have begun reading it. I shall put forth my opine in the onion here shortly. I will say right off, the EW review (while the kiss of death for most media) is rather impressive adorning our little oul' title, like that. I hope Ms. Mina is VERY proud because I feel like she deserves the nice words.

 

Now, to 218! Ta! :cool:

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Guest spiderlegs   
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I'm totally digging the story within a story vehicle. The monks and what befall them in the past are the perfect sort of "smack" to your head that compliments the character-driven expository of the present. You're hanging at the bar with Anita talking to John and then "Oh, fuck! Old man has a heart attack, falls out of the boat and drowns! Well, gawd dayumn!"

 

I'm also digging the the yin and yang of John swearing off magic while at the same time bearing this heightened supernatural perception of everyone around him. It's really working for me because it's growing with each issue a little more than the last. The crescendo of his "empapthy" collinding with whatever Evans has in store--and now, must we worry about Kenny, too? Or was he just a bit part of a vomit seance? I perceive the build, if ever so slightly, and I anticipate the payoff might be epic.

 

Of course, Archbishop Evans came from out of nowhere, didn't it? I was like..."uh, wow, what just...happened..?" So, I'm really looking forward to the next issue as much as I have in the last 6 or so months. I'm not letting my awareness of forshadowy-type elements loose, either--just taking it frame by frame, and issue by issue.

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JohnMcMahon    562

All coming together quite nicely I reckon, I'd still grumble with John's opening "I'm off magic" spiel given that he used a bit of the old hocus-pocus to wipe what'shisnames memory but otherwise I'm enjoying the ride - bet Manco loved drawing that fucked up eye!

 

Gave it a 7 but the arc as a whole has the making of a 9.

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