I'm a fan of Hellblazer and have been reading my way through the volumes.
I'm giving Vol 8 four stars but I'd really prefer to give it 3.5.
For a majority of the novel John is coming to terms with his past year and what it means to go on living. I get that. we get that. Readers get that. Hellblazer fans get that. But I don't think you need to drag that out eternily for readers to get a sense of. A couple of clever panels and we know it.
The storyline seemed to get hijacked by by all these other, rather uncessairy characters and their lives and the cultural environment of the time and honestly, it didnt engage me. If I wanted to see everyday people talking everyday s***, I'd walk outside and look around my own town. That's not why I buy and read Hellblazer.
The story did pick up however when John gets reunited with The first fallen one. That was some damn clever writing and it had me hooked completly, so much so, i didnt want it to end becuause I'd been forced to read through so much crap prior to this story taking place.
There were a few stand out panels that totally sucked me in too when I came across them, two pages, that without words, said Volumes!
I'm annoyed i waited so desperately long for 80% of it to be unintruiging and brain drainingly boring.So this Hellblazer was somewhat of a mixed bag.