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But what do other people think of #300

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Not really a review of the issue, but a nice tribute, and I like this quote:

 

"Hellblazer was a series that didn’t change that much over its run. Many of its stories are just variations on the basic “Constantine runs into a demon and has to outsmart him” formula, but it was a formula that allowed writers to put their own stamp on the character and was consistently enjoyable."

 

Even if it encapsulates some of the limitations of the book at times.

 

http://www.geeksofdoom.com/2013/02/20/hellblazer-300-marks-the-end-of-dcvertigos-long-running-series

 

I am quite happy to rip apart reviews and spit out their errors of judgement (or errors of fact) as you know. If someone writes a decent review about why they like something that I disliked, then hurrah for that person.

 

 

http://bloody-disgusting.com/news/3219675/review-hellblazer-300-the-final-issue/

This one almost pulls it off, except for that opening paragraph "Never meant to fade away, the “Hellblazer” series heads to some interesting new places before its final pages".

 

http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/02/21/hellblazer-300-review

This one really does the business, although nothing persuades me, since this person is looking for something different to me in a long-running comic (see the comments about Punisher).

But well said, here

"Issue #300 is very much the conclusion of Peter Milligan's long creative run first and a general series finale second, so lapsed readers may find these pages a bit impenetrable."

 

And then there's the people who do not know any better

http://www.comicvine.com/hellblazer-death-and-cigarettes-finale-ash/37-387227/hellblazer-300/92-752080/

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http://comicsbeat.com/review-down-at-the-pub-with-john-constantine-hellblazer-300/

 

"The choice he makes is telling: it seems like a sacrificial act, one that expresses at least a desire for redemption. This makes a final statement about Constantine’s humanity and alters the way he’ll be remembered by others."

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More reading things into the story I think, perhaps.

What I'm considering now is that maybe what we saw was a con gone wrong for John.

Rather than switching the "magic bullet", John expected that giving the option would be enough. John never expected her to doit. That'll do for an ending now, and I'm letting it go now.

Not many harsh reviews, eh? See now, this site serves a good purpose. Hellblazer's conscience.

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This is more like a review than any of the above.

http://www.crisisoninfinitemidlives.com/2013/02/21/elegy-for-a-bastard-review-of-hellblazer-300/

 

"What happens next is somewhat open to interpretation. The panel in which the gun goes off has the actual gun off panel. It’s hard to say if she fired it at Constantine or herself, as she’d threatened to do earlier in the issue. When the aftermath of the dart’s impact settles, Constantine is gone and Gemma is alone in the street."

 

 

You know, I really like that idea of Christian's that the magic bullet was aimed at the reader.

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The dart was, essentially, a straight retread of the jar of Hell-soil in Azzarello's 'Ashes & Dust' (from the only good bit of that godforsaken mess, the Rashomon-style club segments). We know that someone used it on someone, but we never find out exactly who, and we never know what it actually did.

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Word on the street is that many don't understand the ending at all. The ones who liked it say,"I don't understand it but that's ok."

 

The ones who don't like it say something like, "I don't understand it and I can't be bothered to figure it out. Fuck you, DC!" or something to that effect.

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Milligan's reasoning? "Vertigo used to be about all these deep ideas that sometimes didn't translate well on the page. The Vertigo readers are used to and expecting pretentious writing. Now, I don't have anything like that. In fact, I can't think of an ending at all. I know! I'll just throw something out there that I really don't even know what it means, and everyone will just think it's Vertigo being deep and philosophical again. Plus, I'll use that crazy teen chick...what's her name? Emma? Delma? Gwenny? The editors will know who I mean and fix it for me."

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The first Drunk Commentary of 2013 has arrived. In honor of the final issue of Vertigo’s Hellblazer, Tim and Greg team up and attempt to consume enough alcohol to endure 2005’s Constantine.

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dumb but they hate the movie, too.

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