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Hellblazer: Bloodlines [Paperback]

Garth Ennis , Steve Dillon , Will Simpson , Mike Hoffmann
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22 Feb 2008
Movie star...comic book icon...John Constantine, the legendary chain-smoking, hard-drinking man of the occult is back - and as usual, he's his own worst enemy! In this collection of John Constantine's earlier adventures, discover why he likes going to the pub so much; meet the Lord of the Dance, the spirit of drunken celebration; and look on in horror as John gets involved in a plan to bring Jesus back to the world - which doesn't make Herod a happy man at all! The multiple award-winning Preacher creative team of writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon - ably assisted by Will Simpson (Judge Dredd) - present more horrifying and often darkly humorous tales of the Hellblazer! It is intended for adults.

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  • 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: 1,103,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Garth Ennis is the award-winning writer of 'The Boys', 'Preacher', 'Hellblazer', 'Hitman' and 'Judge Dredd', much in demand for his hard-edged, wickedly humorous style.

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars What seems like a wonderful interlude 26 April 2008
The second in the ennis based graphic novels, and the sixth in total, a multitude of stand alone stories.

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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4.0 out of 5 stars The missing Ennis stories 5 April 2008
By Rayhan S - Published on Amazon.com
This book collects the missing Ennis stories from his run on Hellblazer. It features 3 stories:
#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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seeds of Greatness Planted 22 Nov 2008
By Mark Ambrose - Published on Amazon.com
What a welcome addition to the Hellblazer library! I read through all other trades a few years back and loved Ennis' landmark run, but some gaps in storytelling had me a bit confused. This thick collection clears up many of the questions I had, including the origin of the King of the Vampires, as well as Constantine's first meeting with the Lord of the Dance. Ellie's motives and her role in later volumes finally make sense, and the John/Kit relationship finally feels a lot more important. Jumping from their initial romance to the eventual breakup between Dangerous Habits and Fear and Loathing always felt a bit inconsequential, but rereading the complete Ennis run has me convinced Bloodlines is an essential part of appreciating his defining take on the character.
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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Missing Ennis Stories. 20 Jun 2009
By Christopher Geer - Published on Amazon.com
Firstly, everyone knows that Garth Ennis had one of the strongest runs writing this character. But for me personally, I would go so far as to say that his Hellblazer run is STRONGER than his run on Preacher. While there are a few over-the-top elements, there is a lot more thought put into the CHARACTERS in Hellblazer as opposed to an emphasis on sodomy and ridiculous gross out humor. Ennis' run on Hellblazer is dark, gritty, intense, and emotional, and of course, funny. This volume really brings his story arc together, and I also feel that this volume could also stand alone as his best, even moreso than Dangerous Habits, because here we see how Constantine helps others, and not just himself, along with his guilt, and sense of humor. Great volume.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Young Ennis 8 Mar 2008
By Sophea Uk - Published on Amazon.com
I agree with LEGEND's review. I do keep in mind that this is a young Ennis writing here. The coloring is a constant intrusion to the story as is the artwork. Steve Dillon's issue is a very thankful oasis. The other artists have improved since then, but it is hard to see their formidable growing pains become mine.
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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