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The All Time Hellblazer writers' League Table

Who is best*  

43 members have voted

  1. 1. Delano V Carey

    • Delano
      23
    • Carey
      20
  2. 2. Ennis V Mina

    • Ennis
      43
    • Mina
      0
  3. 3. Delano V Ellis

    • Delano
      32
    • Ellis
      11
  4. 4. Ennis V Azzarello

    • Ennis
      36
    • Azzarello
      7
  5. 5. Ellis V Carey

    • Ellis
      11
    • Carey
      32
  6. 6. Jenkins V Azzarello

    • Jenkins
      34
    • Azzarello
      9
  7. 7. Ellis V Mina

    • Ellis
      39
    • Mina
      4
  8. 8. Jenkins V Carey

    • Jenkins
      12
    • Carey
      31
  9. 9. Delano V Azzarello

    • Delano
      36
    • Azzarello
      7
  10. 10. Jenkins V Mina

    • Jenkins
      39
    • Mina
      4
  11. 11. Ellis V Azzarello

    • Ellis
      35
    • Azzarello
      8
  12. 12. Ennis V Carey

    • Ennis
      18
    • Carey
      25
  13. 13. Delano V Mina

    • Delano
      41
    • Mina
      2
  14. 14. Azzarello V Carey

    • Azzarello
      3
    • Carey
      40
  15. 15. Ennis V Ellis

    • Ennis
      31
    • Ellis
      12
  16. 16. Delano V Jenkins

    • Delano
      31
    • Jenkins
      12
  17. 17. Ennis V Jenkins

    • Ennis
      29
    • Jenkins
      14
  18. 18. Carey V Mina

    • Carey
      43
    • Mina
      0
  19. 19. Jenkins V Ellis

    • Jenkins
      21
    • Ellis
      22
  20. 20. Delano V Ennis

    • Delano
      26
    • Ennis
      17


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And your write in vote (there's not enough poll spaces on the form):

 

Mina V Azzarello ?

 

*NB "best" means your "Favourite" don't pretend it means anything else.

This should be answered as for the whole package: consider the Constantine, the story, (not the art, obviously), the supporting cast etc

 

Qualifying stats:

Jamie Delano (37)

Garth Ennis (47)

Paul Jenkins (40)

Warren Ellis (10)

Brian Azzarello (29)

Mike Carey (42)

Denise Mina (13)

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I haven't read any of the final two, but since the upper poll wouldn't let me abstain on combos were I had no direct knowledge, I will put my forced vote in for Azzerellowazza

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Cant decide.

I absolutely hated what ive read from Azarello, but maybe there is some greatness spread over the arcs i hadnt got enough motivation to read.

And i dug Mina at first, but she disappointed me.

Its sure that they both come in last.

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My response is the same as Hagren's....except I've read all of Azzarello and Mina.

I'd go with Azzarello if forced to vote for one though. Azzarello at least kept me captivated by the stories (even if 9 times out of 10 they were going to end very poorly), except for "Ashes and Dust" which was just god-awful. I really liked Azzarello's one-off issues too, whereas Mina's one one-off issue was nearly unreadable.

 

I'm very disappointed in whoever voted for Azzarello and Mina over Delano.

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Haven't read any Jenkins, so I am paralyzed.

 

Well, actually, I've read the football story. That's it.

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And that story's not representative of Jenkins, in my opinion.

 

I voted for Jenkins over Carey, but besides that, so far I've voted with the majority on every option.

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Azzarello for the write-in.

 

My order (top to bottom/best to worst):

Delano

Carey

Ellis

Ennis

Azzarello

Jenkins

Mina

 

The bottom four are almost interchangable.

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Yup Azzarello the better of the two...

I always felt he wrote a cool story that just wasnt suited for 'Blazer...Nevertheless I still wasnt as unhappy with the run as most others are...

 

Wonder what happens when it comes to Eddie Campbell vs Darko Macan ( The Honey and Ashes two parter ). Personally I feel both of those writers were the worst to touch the title...

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I'd be interested to hear which writers and which stories in particular people thought constituted Hellblazer's "gold standard" as it were?

 

I take it it's safe to presume that Alan Moore's initial depiction of John in Swamp Thing counts as the basis of this, but it would be intriguing to know the assumptions underlying our voting in this poll.

 

To kick off, it would be Garth Ennis' run which formed John's character and Hellblazer's story style for me, and Mike Carey who has best continued and developed this. I expect, however, I may be alone in these opinions.

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And that story's not representative of Jenkins, in my opinion.

 

I voted for Jenkins over Carey, but besides that, so far I've voted with the majority on every option.

Likewise, just barely.

 

I know Ade said that the artwok doesn't count, but I find it hard to divorce the two.

Comics are meant to be a fusion or I just have the inability to do both.

Carey's earliar experiments with Hellblazer narrative and his artist's (Atleast in comparison to Sean Phillips that is, and Manco god bless him wasn't always on form) let him down slightly.

 

It's still

1).Jamie Delano (With the Horrorist, Family Man, that incredible Annual (And yes I loved the Fear Machine) theres no doubt at all in my mind)

 

2-3).Jenkins/Carey

 

4).John Smith (I know I'm cheating but I'm convinced he would have tore Hellblazer a new one)

5).Garth Ennis (Really hit+miss but he really defined aswell as calcified the title)

 

6).Brian Azzarello

7).Denise Mina

8).Warren Ellis (Far too much posturing and deliberately nasty, and besides some nice observations in Haunted his run was personally underwhelming and the worst "run".

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Nice poll Mister Brown, almost good enough to have me forgiving you for messing with my Bauer post earlier. Almost.

 

Anyway, going by how I voted in your poll, here's how I ranked the Hellblazer writers (from fav to least) :

 

Ennis

Jenkins

Delano

Ellis

Carey

Mina

Azzarello

 

On another day, Jenkins might just push out Ennis for the top slot. While my mind is lingering on the subject, my current fav Hellblazer stories -

 

Dangerous Habits

Critical Mas

All His Engines

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CURRENT LEAGUE STANDINGS

(after 20 have voted, or rather 17, plus three special flowers who cannot follow instructions - only Hagren admitting his specialness)

 

 

Delano - Maximum 12 Points for six wins, 100 votes in his favour.

 

Ennis - 9 pts, 86 votes

Carey - 9 pts, 85 votes (these two have the only tie so far, and also have the only whitewash scores, which is odd)

 

Ellis - 6 pts, 61 votes

Jenkins - 4 pts, 59 votes (decided by the match between them - Ellis won)

 

Azzarello 2 pts, 26 votes

Mina 0 pts, 7 votes

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Going back to the last page, I really enjoyed the Darko Macan two-parter. I think Macan is a wonderful writer. I love just about everything I've read by him.

 

I dislike Eddie Campbell's story very much (even though I have a lot of respect for him as a comic writer, he just didn't click with John), but it still beats out Mina by a few points.

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I really liked Darko Macan's story, too. Have we had this conversation before?

 

Eddie Campbell's story was some of his best work, IMHO. It fell down in the final issue, but up till then I thought it was great stuff. What didn't you like about it, Christian? Just the way he wrote Constantine?

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Ah, you're biased because an Aussie was writing the book! heh

 

Isn't Hellblazer, Bacchus, and the Alec stories the whole of Campbell's comic writing output?

Campbell's Hellblazer story-arc was nowhere near the level of Bacchus! Bacchus is one of my very favourite comic series.

Alec is very hit and miss. Some of it is genius, some of it is just a bother.

 

Yeah, the way Campbell wrote Constantine, and the plot was too light-hearted for my tastes with Hellblazer.

I do have a soft-spot for the fact that Campbell used Sir Francis Dashwood as a character in the story though.

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