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i thought that there was supposed to be one arc, or something, that would have tied all the single isue "cases" from the Setting Sun trade

 

 

Possible, I suppose - I just hadn't heard about it. Still, as it stands the later Ellis issues are definitely lacking in narrative drive...

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I put it down to the art at the time, but I found it really difficult get into Warren's run. It seemed like it had all the ingredients for great Hellblazer, but it didn't quite gel to me.

 

>QUOTE (andy):

>Honestly it was all the little things in "Haunted" that made the story for >me. The bits of the history of London, the scenes of random violence, the >backstories of the cannon fodder...the rest was just a basic revenge tale >that had been done before by Derek Raymond.

 

Summed up quite nicely.

 

I thought I would be glad when Az****llo took over, but c'est la vie.

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Really liked the ending of Haunted myself, suitably nasty and very Constantine.

 

same here... I think it's a shame Carey reused Josh Wright, cause I'd preferred him to spend the rest of his miserable life walking the streets shitting himself...

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I do wish Carey had done more with Wright...the way he wrote him, he really may as well just have been a new character with a general dislike of Constantine. It would have been interesting to see some more specific follow-up from 'Haunted' around his re-introduction. You know, incontinence pants, gibbering acid flashbacks, and the like ;). But seriously forks...

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Nah, it was a cute reference for those in the know and didn't get in the way of the story for those that had never read Haunted.

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Oh, I didn't object in any significant way to Carey's use of the character - as you say, it was a nice nod for long-term readers, and didn't get in the way of the story. I was glad to see him mentioned again at all, to be honest. I just reckon there's still a bit more that could have been done with the character. Carey's better than anyone on the title so far at using pre-established characters for my money (it's one of his major strengths as a HB scribe), so I wasn't actually having a go at him.

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actually, that guy's name is "No. 1" (as in #1)

 

 

and he's the leader of the world's greatest secret agewnt organisation, the T.N.T. Group

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that picture of Gary Oldman's character from Hannibal is rather like what Arseface should look like if Warner ever makes a Preacher adaptation (rated PG 13 for language, brief nudity, fantasy violence and one drug reference).

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I finally bought "Setting Sun." Lots of good 1 issue stories. I love Ellis' dialogue, it just feels right.

Thanks to all for the recommendation. You have not steared my wrong yet.

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I read 'Tainted Love' last night. I'm glad I'm reading these in order and that I read 'Original Sins' first. I want to keep going at least up to 'Rake at the Gates of Hell' and see how I feel about carrying on after that.

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Still liking it then Double?

 

Yes. For instance I liked the way that I couldn't at first see what the story in 'Finest Hour' had to do with what was happening to John, but once I worked out the connection I got that 'Oh, so that's what it is' feeling that I like when I read something that makes me think a bit.

 

I'm not sure if I can cope with many more stories involving sharp objects being stuck into orifices where they don't belong, though. I read a horror story once which involved a Bishop's crook and that gave me nightmares for weeks. :blink:

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uh-oh... there's a nice little story involving a peadophiliac priest, a razor and young John Constantine that would be right up your alley... ;)

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Heh, yes, that's the one. I managed most of the story OK, its the trick at the end with the pencils that really made me feel queasy.

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