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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (16 Oct. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852869941
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852869946
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 1.2 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 878,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 May 1999
Format: Paperback
Those people who are already familiar with the down trodden, self distructive, scouse mage John Constantine will be surprised to see how low even he has sunk in this latest story arc. Spurned by his girlfriend and hated by his mates he becomes a beggar, casting away the worlds of magic and pain that so often go hand in hand in his life. However there is a dark someone watching John from the edge of the most ancient human fear and it has dark desires involving this wreck of a man. So good you'll read it until your eyes bleed!. Not for the faint hearted. Mature readers only.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Garth's Stand-Alones are the Best 3 Jan. 2003
By Sean Whitmore - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm not sure why everyone's so disappointed with this collection. I think it ranks right up there with DANGEROUS HABITS, Ennis' first collection. The mutli-part epic Hellblazer stories are always good, but you cannot beat Garth Ennis for small, personal stories, which TAINTED LOVE has in spades.
"Down all the Days" and "Rough Trade" are from issues #68 and #69 and feature the King of the Vampires (first introduced in #50). Forget Buffy for a second, Garth's take on vampires is fantastic and truly original (as fans of PREACHER already know). The King is as great a vampiric character as any ever created.
"Tainted Love" was a short story from VERTIGO JAM #1. A great little horror story from John's past featuring a demonic adversary familiar to Constantine fans.
"Heartland" is from #70, and focuses on Kit's return to Ireland. It's a testament to Garth's writing that a story about the main character's girlfriend is every bit as good as any regular issue. I don't know about you, but I wouldn't read a comic about Spider-Man's wife.
"Finest Hour", from #71, is another all-time favorite story of mine. And again, John is barely in it (only a coincidence, it's not like I don't like him or something). John falls asleep near the grave of a fighter pilot and relives the last few moments of his life.
"Confessional" is from the one-shot HELLBLAZER SPECIAL. It features a teenage John, an insane pederast preacher, and the First of the Fallen, and leads into the story arc "Rake at the Gates of Hell" from #78-83 (never collected, unfortunately).
So yeah, John is drunk and homeless the entire time, there are no big demons or magic tricks, and no cons pulled. But these are still some damn good stories for fans of horror, drama, comedy and...well, just entertainment in general.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A constant state of being for Constaintine 10 Nov. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was eagerly awaiting the arrival of this book and while I can't say I was dissappointed, I was certainly not impressed. The events in the previous trade paperback, " Fear and Loathing" , lead directly into this one and showed the charecter of John Constantine at his best, in terms of viability, as he struggled to maintain a pesonal life outside of his lurid "professional" one. Naturally, he fails. However in "tainted Love", we get only small glimpses of what make Constaintine the man he is. The supporting cast is far more interesting to read than the tiltle charecter, who is portrayed as ( in words similar to his own) " a sad bastard" who has no longer has the will to even complain about his fate. Which is probably what Garth Ennis (author) intended him to be... When read along with the rest of the series, " Tainted Love" excells at it attention to charecter development and, as with most Vertigo titles, it's sense of realism. However, on it's own the compilation will most likely find new readers not really caring about the self-styled "rake at the gates of hell", John Constantine. Well....at least not until the last chapter anyway... ; )
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The best of "Hellblazer," served in all temperatures. 10 Feb. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
These stories are a revelation, both into the startling talents of Ennis and Dillon and for pointing the way towards a more emotionally mature mainstream comic industry.
Sure, there's plenty of "Preacher"-style over the top stuff here: If Constantine isn't bleeding, he's vomitting or urinating, often on a humiliated enemy. But we also get emotional depths DC/Vertigo books are all alleged to have, but rarely do.
In particular, the absolute finest "Hellblazer" story ever, "Heartland," doesn't ever feature John in the story directly, but his absence haunts Kit, his ex-girlfriend, as she flees home to Dublin. It's a story that conveys the bittersweet feeling of loving someone not good for you, and making that wise move of staying away from them, even through the pain.
This is smart, funny, touching, scary and, yes, horrific stuff. Absolutely brilliant fiction.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Sure it's depressing, but... 18 April 2001
By Fabio Rossi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
...but that's the whole point of it. And if you actually read it, instead of just looking for the most Preacheresque or horrific panel, there's a really touching story about the difficulties of fitting personal demons (not necessarily of the hoofed kind) and a sensible love story in the same life. Oh, and reading this book does make any subsequent cocky exploit of mr. Constantine even more exhilarating to read. Really.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
It was very well done. I just didn't enjoy being there. 3 Oct. 2004
By M. Glenn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The fact is, one of Hellblazer's real writing strengths is avoiding the easy out of escapism. John ----s up, John pays for it. John doesn't take care of himself, John pays for it. Usually other people pay for it too.

This volume is a meditation on that payback, the flip side of John's quicksilver "I can win anything" coin. It's grimly realistic about John's alcoholism, the reality of homelessness, the terror of being human and mortal and fallible. I found it deeply affecting, and very well-written.

On the other hand, I didn't really feel like being affected like that; I didn't really want to go there. If you dig homelessness and desperation more than I do, this is probably just your thing. It's brilliantly done. I'll just stay over here where it's slightly safer and warmer and less covered in vomit.
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