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What would you like from Hellblazer?

Thinking of the last year's issues, what would you like to change?  

14 members have voted

  1. 1. Horror

    • More
      13
    • About the same
      1
    • Less
      0
  2. 2. Gore / graphic violence

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      3
    • About the same
      9
    • Less
      2
  3. 3. Mystery / suspense

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      11
    • About the same
      2
    • Less
      1
  4. 4. Magic (of the supernatural kind)

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      7
    • About the same
      4
    • Less
      3
  5. 5. Ghosts / spirits

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      8
    • About the same
      3
    • Less
      3
  6. 6. Demons / hell (blazing or otherwise) / Angels

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      5
    • About the same
      4
    • Less
      5
  7. 7. Sex

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      1
    • About the same
      12
    • Less
      1
  8. 8. Druggy sex magic

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      4
    • About the same
      5
    • Less
      5
  9. 9. Two become one (JLD + HBZ = the same character)

    • No
      9
    • Yes
      5
  10. 10. Crossovers with DCU

    • No
      10
    • Yes
      4
  11. 11. Crossovers with Vertigo

    • No
      8
    • Yes
      6
  12. 12. Constantine's family life

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      0
    • About the same
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    • Less
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  13. 13. Constantine in Hell

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      1
    • About the same
      4
    • Less
      9
  14. 14. Constantian Internal monologues

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      6
    • About the same
      4
    • Less (especially by coats)
      4
  15. 15. Constantine getting it on with chicks, dudes, cats, dogs etc

    • I am Blackmann XXX back from wherever
      2
    • Is The Hellblazer a gay???
      2
    • Whatever
      10
  16. 16. Constantine being a bad-assed mofo BASTARD

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      6
    • About the same
      3
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  17. 17. Constantine with a social conscience

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    • About the same
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    • Less
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  18. 18. Moping about everyone around him dying, mewl mewl mewl

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    • About the same
      5
    • Less
      8
  19. 19. London

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      6
    • About the same
      5
    • Less
      3
  20. 20. Returning characters from past issues

    • Often
      0
    • Occasionally
      8
    • Seldom
      6


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Any other styles, genres, aspects of the story you'd like to see?

This maybe intellectual fan fiction, but you know what happens if we avoid discussing this stuff in depth:

 

1) "Hellblazer fans hate Constantine because of Keanu Reeves"

2) "Jason Aaron's Hellblazer fill in was bad because of Sean Murphy's leather overcoat"

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1.)More horror! This is a horror book, so why is horror usually absent?

2.)Less gore. Yeah, I'm a fan of psychological horror, not gross-out schlock horror. It's disturbing, but not actually scary. I like more imagination, less relying on things that humans (should) obviously recoil from instinctively.

3.)I want a journey into mystery and tales of suspense, dammit!

4.)Magic-I said about the same. If it was relying on Hermetic traditions, it's fine. The less believable, "Magic can do anything the writer needs for the plot at this moment" stuff is dumb.

5.)More ghosts! Bring in M.R. James for consultancy!

6.)Less demons. It just gets old. Once John beat the Devil for the first time, there wasn't much farther for him to go.

7.)Sex-About the same. This is a porn!

8.)More druggy-sex-magic though. That stuff's just plain trippy, man.

9.)Keep JLD away from HB...even though the tone of the two is merging anyway...John's not as Hulk-ish in HB yet.

10.)No cross-overs with DC.

11.)"Hell, yes!" to cross-overs with Vertigo. I want my damn JC/Bigby Wolf team-up, dammit!

12.)Less of Constantine's family life. I like him as an alienated loner going through an existential world.

13.)Less of Constantine in Hell. Soon, the entire setting of the book will have to take place there, because he's morphing into Shadowman before our eyes (Delano's run on Shadowman was really good, by the way).

14.)More internal monologues. More of the Logos.

15.)More bestiality, because I'm into that sort of porn...just not the human on human kind.

16.)See my comments about JLD, with macho Constantine.

17.)More of Socialist John. He should conjure up money and give it to charities. No...I like the social commentary in HB.

18.)Less moping. If John cries again for no reason during Milligan's run, amidst his being a cold, unfeeling bastard...I don't know what I'll do, but it's getting annoying. It's like watching a Lifetime movie, or something.

19.)I said about the same for London. The book still takes place there, when it's not in Hell. I guess I'd like more of London, rather than the vacations in Hell, but whatever...About the same.

20.)Less returning of past characters. Yawn.

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Constantine not looking like he's thinking "Holy shit" at everything (as per current artist) and everyone else not one-note plot advancers.

With his eyes occasionally closed he enjoys:

-introspection

-reminiscence

-humor

-other things I can't spell when drunk.

Not just London, but people, actual human lives around him, there to do more than show that the hospital with the bad-blood-thing in it is not abandoned, there to do more than show the city is not abandoned when he performs a little necromancy in a public boneyard.

Just get somebody who cares about the character and has him interact with other characters in interesting ways be they in or out of the DCU, Vertigo... it doesn't matter. Swampy, Phantom Stranger; anyone with some plot potential.

And yes, I would like to see more magic. He's a magician, I read somewhere.

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