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Bellis    0

I know it's a ridiculously trite sort of topic idea, but it's something I haven't seen since I started lurking here early last year and I really do want to know what you chaps consider to be the cream of the crop Hellblazer-wise. Be it big story-arcs, small two-parters or just a really well-crafted one shot, what do you find yourself returning to time and time again?

 

I've tried to narrow my picks down to five. Not in any order mind, because that'd just be far too much to ask!

 

#25-26: How I Learned to Love the Bomb

I'm a bit biased because I adore Grant Morrison, but this Wicker Man-esque tale hits all the right buttons for me. David Lloyd's artwork really enhances the sickly, grim atmosphere. And I found it genuinely creepy too, which Hellblazer isn't often.

 

#41-47: Dangerous Habits

I know, I know...it's an obvious choice. But for me it really is the quintessential Hellblazer story, full of iconic moments and a sense of fun that was mostly lacking from Delano's otherwise excellent run.

 

#99: Punkin' Up the Great Outdoors

I really wasn't sure about what to choose from the Jenkins era, but this ultimately won out thanks to its inclusion of the British mythology aspect of his run, a 70's Constantine flashback and a really sad, poignant story. There are other Jenkins' stories I'd say I like even more (Critical Mass, Sins of the Father, Difficult Beginnings), but this one has really stuck with me and refuses to let go.

 

#177-180: Red Sepulchre

I love The Game of Cat and Mouse, Black Flowers and The Gift almost as much, but this is my pick for best Carey story. It's action-packed, it brings back Warren Ellis's characters to great effect (almost as if Azzarello hadn't happened) and it's just bloody exciting.

 

#230-231: In at the Deep End

I probably rate this as high as I do because it was such a refreshing change after Denise Mina's mostly useless run, but it's a classic kind of Hellblazer story done in a way that doesn't make it feel stale. It's a terrific opening mission statement to Andy Diggle's run, and he's built on its promise beautifully.

 

And as I'm a sucker for honourable mentions: Aside from the other stories I referenced... Staring at the Wall, This is the Diary of Danny Drake, Counting to Ten, Extreme Prejudice, The Family Man, Football - It's a Funny Old Game, Son of Man, Freezes Over, All His Engines and Happy Families.

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Christian    805

Does The Horrorist count, or just within the actual Hellblazer series?

 

something, something....Jamie Delano....Jamie Delano....something, something.

#34-36 by Jamie Delano is my all-time favourite story in Hellblazer, putting it nearly atop my favourite comic stories ever.

It's hard to pick out another favourite from Delano's run, because I love almost everything, but I want non-Delano stories on my list.

It'll be a toss-up....

#31 by Jamie Delano (Mourning of the Magician)

#25-26 by Grant Morrison

#51 by John Smith

#98 by Paul Jenkins

 

Honourable mentions:

The Newcastle story by Jamie Delano

On The Beach by Jamie Delano

Sundays are Different by Jamie Delano

The Magus two-parter by Jamie Delano

The Diary of Danny Drake by Garth Ennis

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Bilirubin    38

The Horrorist counts in my book, as does All His Engines.

 

From Hellblazer I'd have to go with The Family Man, but if its any Constantine story I vote for American Gothic by Alan Moore.

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Kejoxen    0

What's that one where JC becomes sheriff in a white trash town and blows up the meat processing plant, that's my favourite story.

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Lou K    1,097

All His Engines

The Newcastle story

Dangerous Habits

The Memnoth story (HB 1 and 2)

Family Man

Red Sepulchre

 

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I'm still in Carey's run but my favorites so far are:

 

The Family Man

Dangerous Habits

Last Man Standing

Freezes Over

Lapdogs & Englishmen

Red Sepulchre

 

I also rather liked Locked and The Crib (140-141) even if they did make me want to throw up. And Highwater wasn't half bad, especially when taken out of context.

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Venkman    0

Hunger

Hold Me

End of the Line

Freezes Over (I have a soft spot)

Staring at the Wall

The Carey story Jock did the art for - a lot of fun!!

All his Engines

RSVP

In at the Deep End

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Red    467
Hunger

Hold Me

End of the Line

Freezes Over (I have a soft spot)

Staring at the Wall

The Carey story Jock did the art for - a lot of fun!!

All his Engines

RSVP

In at the Deep End

Good list. Not sure I'd include Freezes over, but otherwise good stuff.

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Venkman    0

 

Yeah, I just like that style of story from Freezes Over - essentially an anonymous drifter wonders in and starts some shit.

 

Ironically, it's also the only Azzarello tpb I don't own! : (

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Red    467

Oh I like Freezes over, don't get me wrong. It's my favorite Azzarello HB story. I just don't think it fits on a "best of " list.

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Mark    333
Oh I like Freezes over, don't get me wrong. It's my favorite Azzarello HB story. I just don't think it fits on a "best of " list.

 

Depends how long the list is, for me - it wouldn't make my top five, but would probably sneak into my top ten. What actually would make your list, anyway?

 

Just off the top of my head, here's mine (I could probably narrow these fifteen down to ten if I tried, but that'd take a bit more time than I care to devote to the task right now)...

 

Hold Me (Gaiman/McKean)

Mourning Of The Magician (Delano/Phillips)

The Dead Boy's Heart (Delano/Phillips)

The Diary of Danny Drake (Ennis/Lloyd)

End Of The Line (Ennis/Dillon)

...And The Crowd Goes Wild (Ennis/Snejberg)

Desperately Seeking Something (Jenkins/Phillips)

Telling Tales (Ellis/Frusin)

Freezes Over (Azzarello/Frusin)

Lapdogs & Englishmen (Azzarello/Davis)

The Game of Cat and Mouse (Carey/Jock)

Ward 24/Out Of Season (Carey/Manco/Brunner)

Cross Purpose (Carey/Camuncoli)

The Gift (Carey/Irving)

The Smoke (Diggle/Zezelj)

 

 

Outside of the main title, I'd also give nods to Delano's The Horrorist, Ennis' 'All Those Little Girls & Boys', and Carey's All His Engines. All three of those stories rank above anything the authors in question did during their runs on Hellblazer proper, for my money.

 

As I suspected would be the case a while ago, almost all my favourites are single-issue stories.

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Red    467
Oh I like Freezes over, don't get me wrong. It's my favorite Azzarello HB story. I just don't think it fits on a "best of " list.

 

Depends how long the list is, for me - it wouldn't make my top five, but would probably sneak into my top ten. What actually would make your list, anyway?

Like I said, I agree a lot with Venkman's list, although I don't have a complete list, since I don't have all the HB stories at hand.

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Oooh, I'd forgotten about Hold Me. That story was pretty excellent and one of my favorite early ones. I'm not an enormous fan of Delano's stories--I like his version of John, but the other characters and the stories themselves I found unappealing. To each his own.

 

Hard Time is the first one to come to mind. I HATED the art, but the story was so cold blooded awesome.

 

I feel exactly the same way. The art was horrible, but both the concept and the execution of the story were amazing.

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sethos    5

Only just found this thread, my favourites:

 

Hold Me

Newcastle

Dangerous Habits

The Diary of Danny Drake

Critical Mass

Telling Tales

The Game of Cat and Mouse

Ward 24/Out Of Season

Confessional (Hellblazer Special)

Red Sepulchre

How I learned to love the bomb

Desperately Seeking Something

 

All His Engines

The Horrorist

Tell Me (from Winter's Edge)

American Gothic

 

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Hellblazer:

Desperetly seeking something,

40

the Christmas story wit hLord of the Dance

 

Some more, but not sure what the title is.. and so far my favorite story with John in it, would have to be the third issue of Sandman.

 

Trav

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Vagabond    154

The Golden Boy/34-36,38-40 and the Family Man, the Dublin story in Ennis, laundry, Carey's first and last, the first few Diggle ones.

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St. Apathy    141

Dangerous Habbits

Newcastle

Hold Me

The Diary of Danny Drake

Critical Mass

The one with the dog porn, in a Boondock Saints kind of way

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Mark    333

I don't know how I forgot about the laundry issue when I made my list, but somehow I did. Replace Carey's 'Cross Purpose' (a fine issue, but I don't like it quite as much as I apparently thought I did when I made my last post in this thread) with that one, and I think I can still get behind what I said then.

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dogpoet    497

I'd go along with most of those named already and add:

RSVP

On The Beach

Sundays Are Different

Finest Hour

Dead Boy's Heart (or did Mark mention that already?)

That Grauniad two parter everybody else hated

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Mark    333
Dead Boy's Heart (or did Mark mention that already?)

 

I most certainly did. As I recall drunkenly ranting at Pål last Friday night, that one, Mourning Of The Magician and The Gift would probably round out my Top 3.

 

Which Grauniad two-parter?

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My favouriter:

 

Hellblazer# 1

 

 

Hellblazer#9

 

 

Hellblazer# 34-36

 

 

Hellblazer# 40

 

 

hellblazer# 41-48

 

 

Hellblazer#49

 

 

not to mention Jenkins´s run, Ellis run, Carey´s and Mina´s run.

 

 

 

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dogpoet    497
Dead Boy's Heart (or did Mark mention that already?)

 

I most certainly did. As I recall drunkenly ranting at Pål last Friday night, that one, Mourning Of The Magician and The Gift would probably round out my Top 3.

 

Which Grauniad two-parter?

One of Carey's. Gemma goes oop North to deal with the weird freak offspring of two weirdos, and nobbles Ghant in the process. Very nice story for an obvious fill in.

(And yes, the Mourning Of The Magician is great as well. That The Golden Boy/The Magus was good note for Delano to bow out on as well.)

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