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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (23 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845761057
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845761059
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 25.6 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 881,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in 1954, Jamie Delano has been writing comics professionally since the early 1980s and admits responsibility for contributing to the development, among others, of such titles as:

CAPTAIN BRITAIN - Marvel Comics
NIGHT RAVEN - Marvel Comics
HELLBLAZER - DC Comics
ANIMAL MAN - DC Comics
CROSSED - Avatar Press

His original comics work includes:

WORLD WITHOUT END - DC Comics
2020 VISIONS - DC Comics Vertigo
THE TERRITORY - Dark Horse Comics
GHOSTDANCING - DC Comics Vertigo
CRUEL AND UNUSUAL (co-written with Tom Peyer) - DC Comics Vertigo
OUTLAW NATION - DC Comics Vertigo

A. William James is Delano's prose-writing incarnation. His novel, "BOOK THIRTEEN" is recently published under his Lepus Books imprint and is available as a KINDLE edition.

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"Astonishing." - Empire Praise for Hellblazer: "The best thing on the UK comics scene since Alan Moore." - SFX Magazine "Constantine's brand of South London suss, arcane knowledge and somewhat dubious morality proved an instant hit with readers." - Melody Maker "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. Will Simpson's transatlantic career includes Titan's Transformers, as well as Vertigo's Vamps and Dark Horse Comics' Aliens series. Mark Pennington has worked on a host of titles including Shade: The Changing Man. Malcolm Jones III is one of the acclaimed artists of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Rigby on 4 Oct 2007
Format: Paperback
If you want to get into the scary and desperate world of John Constantine this is the perfect introduction. Dangerous Habits is a brilliant story set around an intrinsic aspect of this iconic punk warlock. The theme is habits that kill and John Constantine has a number of them.

A working class magician with a taste in razor edged sarcasm whether it be demon or cockney thug he is up against. This is early doors Garth Ennis establishing that he had what it takes to write Hellblazer. Delano's British new wave horror is still there but Ennis has an empathy for Constantine. This isn't any superhero, this is a scouser in a foreign city getting by on his wits.

Ennis would play the cruelest of tricks with Constantine during the run that these episodes began. But that is still to come.

A perfect introduction to one of the reasons to read comics, John Constantine.
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This volume collects issues #34 to #46 (the first six issues are written by Jamie Delano and mark the end of his run on Hellblazer and the remaining six are penned by Garth Ennis).
I had build a considerable degre of expectation regarding this volume solely fueled by Ennis` "Dangerous Habits" arc, as I had heard very mixed opinions regarding the Jamie Delano penned issues included in this collection. As it turned out, the Delano issues were mostly excellent and stand proudly against Ennis' arc.

Issues #34 to #36 ("The Boogeyman", "Dead-Boy's Heart" and "The Undiscovered Country") are all part of the same sequencial story which finds Constantine drowned in booze and self-pity. His self-loathing and search for hope and meaning leads him straight to his friends Marj and Mercury (who first appear in "The Fear Machine", a story arc I have not yet read). A deep, meaningfull and touching voyage to Constantine's subconscious and fears ensues. The first two issues are pretty good and even if the third part is less stellar, I would still give the whole story a solid 7. The artwork on all three issues is assured by Sean Phillips who adds great visual gravitas to Delano's story.

Issues #37 to #38 ("Man's Work" and "Boy's Games"), also by Delano, relate a rather shocking and horrific story that dwelves deep into the cruely of the human heart. Constantine is barely present on this story, focusing more on Mercury. This rather good story is brilliantly complemented by Steve Pugh's art. I'll rate it 8.0.

Issues #39 and #40 ("The Hanged Man" and "The Magus"), the last two issues in Jamie Delano's run on Hellblazer, are excellent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Saggers on 11 May 2011
Format: Paperback
I had never read any Hellblazer before but was interested in getting in to it. It seems this book was the perfect place to start, you immediately get a sense of the character without being bogged down in having to know past stories. This book had me gripped with some excellent writing from start to finish. It is clear to see why they used a lot of the story elements in the Constantine film.

A great addition to my graphic novel / trades collection, I'll be buying more Hellblazer and can only hope the rest are this good!
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By JASON FISHLOCK on 5 Aug 2013
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I have been following John Constantine since book one. Both art and stories are top notch and great value for the price. I can't wait for volume six. Awesome!
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