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5.0 out of 5 stars A very human story of reflection in the mystical world of Constatine, 11 Feb 2014
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This review is from: John Constantine, Hellblazer Volume 7: Tainted Love (Hellblazer (Graphic Novels)) (Paperback)
The Hellblazer series is very much in the ethos of the Vertigo brand, it's intended for mature readers and is targeted squarely at mature readers.

This volume of Hellblazer sees the streetwise sorcerer John Constantine go to pieces after breaking up with his partner. After the consequences of his previous adventures and confrontations come back to bite, Johns long term partner is attacked by thugs looking for him and decides enough is enough and leaves.

What follows is one mans journey through despair, the bottle and eventually homelessness with Constantine hitting an all time low after seeing yet another person close to him leave or be hurt by his actions. There is some mystical involvement here, the king of the vampires comes seeking for revenge, but the core of the story here is very much grounded in reality.

This is not a Hollywood style superhero book, it's very thoughtful and reflects strongly the politics of Thatcher era Britain. What we see here is our protagonist at his lowest, will he recover?

I would recommend reading some of the previous volumes before this one to have a better feels for the impact of what happens here and why these events occur. These new number trade paperback printings of Hellblazer are a great time to get onboard with the stories as they are collecting the issues in print order for the 1st time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Comic Series Ever, 8 April 2014
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Before reading Tainted Love, i read the previous 6 volumes of Hellblazer and i thoroughly reccommend you do the same as it's well worth it.

I think Hellblazer is the first time i have gotten so emotionally attached to characters in a comic. When Kit leaves John i had to put the comic down and come to terms with the move. John has been through nothing but misery his whole life, some of it his fault, some of it not, and to see the brilliantly written Kit Ryan (Miss Ireland indeed!) leave John was something that shocked me.

Garth Ennis has the amazing ability to avoid the traps in his dialogue. The break up feels real as does the Belfast pub conversation towards the end. It flows beautifully, like he sat in the pub and just wrote down what was said and published that. Kit hasn't got any dark past or mysterious powers or fantastic stuff. She's just an ordinary brilliant stupid clever human being. Thank you Garth Ennis for writing your characters with such honesty. I cannot wait to see how Kit's story ends in Volume 8.

As for Constantine himself, he remains consistently great, never remaining in one place or with the same people bar Chas. I reckon there'll be about 30 TBP's worth of Hellblazer if they keep reprinting them the way they are through to the end. So long as the writing stays this sharp and stories remain this human, i'll be in for a treat.

If you give Hellblazer a miss, you will be missing one of the greatest comics ever written. It's even better than Snadman. It's that good. Roll on Volume 8.
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