- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (22 Feb. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1845766504
- ISBN-13: 978-1845766504
- Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 25.7 x 1.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,488,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Hellblazer: Bloodlines Paperback – 22 Feb 2008
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"* "Superman, with his tights and pants, would look askance at this kind of superhero. Inspector Morse would clap him in irons. But hero he is." - The Sunday Times "John Constantine is the most human character in mainstream comics today... A journey you can't afford to miss." - Neil Gaiman, author of The Sandman"
About the Author
Garth Ennis is best known for his work on Preacher, Hitman and Hellblazer, but has also worked on titles like 2000 AD and Pride & Joy. Steve Dillon is the award-winning artist of Hellblazer, Punisher and Preacher. Will Simpson's transatlantic career includes Titan's Transformers, as well as Vertigo's Vamps and Dark Horse Comics' Aliens series.
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Although it isn't, it feels like a great interlude between "dangerous habbits" and "fear and loathing", not as much of an essential read aswell, but it really helps create so much more depth to ennis's brilliant run on the series, the art varies from substandard to great(but sloppy), back to substandard again.
in my opinion, it is a must buy, it really helps cement secondary characters, and in turn, makes sure you dont get the "here today, gone tomorrow" feeling you get with characters in other comics, and enhances the enjoyment of reading "tainted love" tenfold.
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#49 - A special Constantine Christmas
#52-55 - Royal Blood
#59-61 - Guys and Dolls
The Christmas story features a lost soul who is searching for the lost true meaning of Christmas which was usurped by the early Monks. It is a great stand-alone story and features classic Ennis' take on organized religion.
The next story is my favorite in the book. The story basically focuses on a member of the Royal Family engaging in preverse rituals and has been possessed by the demon Calibraxis. This story serves as Ennis' mouthpiece against Monarchy and features the dark humor in comics that Ennis has trademarked.
The final story features build-up to the show-down between Constantine and the First of the Fallen (which culminates in Constantine: Rakes at the Gates of Hell TPB).
I liked the stories. Now as for the art, Steve Dillon illustrates the Christmas story and Will Simpson illustrates the rest. The thing is that when these were colored, the coloring was not as advanced as it is now and as a result in certain instances the art suffers greatly. But if you have read the early Constatine stories, this should not be a problem for you.
It is overall a great collection and I am glad to see that DC finally decided to collect these stories. Now, all they need to do is reprint the out of print trades and Delano's run and you can have a complete Constatine library.
Many reviewers seem to have a problem with the artwork, but I think Simpson did a great job on the horrific landscapes of hell. It makes sense that Dillon became the regular artist as the story moved away from the fantastic and into the subtleties of relationships and deception, but Simpson's style fits well, especially in the over-the-top and shocking "Royal Blood" storyline.
All newcomers should definitely read this after Dangerous Habits, and those familiar with the Ennis run through the previous collections should still pick up Bloodlines. It's totally increased my appreciation for Garth's brilliant story arc!
Read anything of Ennis nowadays and you will not be disappointed as he is one of the best writers in comics.
My favorite Hellblazer still to date is Brian Azzarello's Hellblazer run.
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