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Hellblazer Phantom Pains TP Paperback – 17 Feb 2012

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Peter Milligan has written a dazzling variety of comics, including Shade, The Changing Man, Enigma and The Extremist. He is the current writer of Marvels X-Force. He lives in the UK. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's worth the dime, and Constantine in always worth the time 27 May 2013
By Cosmic Nerd - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
While this is not the best Constantine book I've read the art by Simon Bisley (Lobo, Bad Boy, Constantine) is nice because he so rarely does work on a run and is primarily a cover artist. Milligan is a great writer (Human Target). He takes Constantine into new Territory with India, that gives you the idea no matter where you put him Constantine will thrive. He is like the old grifter Constantine who is playing Old Gods and Demons against each other. Though this one has his new young lover who is a half crazed alchemist she wants to help John, but Constantine tries to run her off though as per usual it does not take. The story is one of Gemma (his niece) who is fed up with him and tempted to take a little revenge. John (still missing a thumb and short part of his family) is more alone than ever. Spoiler Alert: Gemma gets it in her head to take a bit of revenge upon John but him being who he is It does not go to well. After, Mike Carey's run there were some very big shoes left to fill and Milligan's doing a decent job with a character so complex and the wrap to a few great tales are left hanging from Carey's Seminole run. If you follow Constantine it's enjoyable but the gap's between Carey's run and Denise Mina's Empathy is the Enemy and All his Engines it is a bit maddening. While a new reader just coming into the title would have a great time getting to know the characters a new. In this regard Milligan has done well in creating new character's and new games for the Laughing Magician. Where some of his friends see that Constantine is not the problem it's just heaven and hell having been nipping at the heels of the Constantine Family for generations. Now, with epiphany in the picture and Gemma going off the deep end it feels like the book is a fresh start, which is not necessarily a bad thing. A fan of the continuity of Carey's run may take issue with some things. With a new writer taking the reigns Milligan has done good by the title, it is solid Constantine.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nicely tells its own stories while advancing the larger plots 6 April 2012
By Shroud Magazine's Book Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Phantom Pains is the fifth collection of comics in writer Peter Milligan's run on Hellblazer, and it nicely tells its own stories while advancing the larger plots that have been running through the title for the last few years.

Phantom Pains, the five part story that takes up the bulk of the book, deals with the fallout of Constantine's recent little crazy spell in which he ripped off his own thumb and a doppelgänger was giving him trouble (all covered in previous books). As the little stub really freaks out his wife and (completely ruining a rather intimate moment that the two are trying to share), John realizes that he needs to get this sorted out quickly. Worse, Gemma Masters has a few big problems with her Uncle John Constantine due to a misunderstanding regarding the aforementioned doppelgänger, enlisting the services of some creepy tatooed women who subsequently summon a demonic harpy.

In the first Milligan/ Bisley tale, a certain number-cruncher named Marcus has gotten exceptionally good at trading and investing his money. His company has grown pretty large, but he doesn't know there is a very old debt to be paid by those who use the algorithms he's been using. Constantine is around when a demon who hasn't been seen since the time of the ancient druids comes back to settle the score.

Inside sends Constantine to jail, where he takes care of a demon that has been causing some problems with the prisoners. It gives Bisley a chance to draw some demented characters and serves as a nice closing chapter for the latest book in the Hellblazer series.

Not enough writers get to really take their time in relating the adventures of John Constantine, and it's nice to see what Peter Milligan has been building throughout more than thirty issues of Hellblazer. His Constantine is pitch perfect, always stumbling into his next predicament, always saying the wrong thing at the wrong time, and always making it by on about ten percent skill and ninety percent luck. While you could just crack open Phantom Pains and be solidly entertained for an hour or two it would certainly be worth it to read Milligan's work on the series in its entirety.

There are no slouches in the art department: Giuseppe Camuncoli and Stephano Landini handle the majority of the chores in Phantom Pains and their crisp linework tells the story nicely. Whenever Simon Bisley is involved he does tend to take the spotlight though, and it's a real joy to see his art on the two "bookends" of this collection of comics, High Frequency Man and Inside.

Review by Christopher Larochelle
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 21 Mar. 2013
By Juan Carlos - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Thanks I finally received the 5 comic books of John Constantine: STATION OF THE CROSS, PHNATOM PAINS, THE FEAR MACHINE, THE DEVIL YOU KNOW and ORIGINAL SINS, earlier than I expected here in Mexico! Excellent service to amazon! I will def. recommend Amazon!
0 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful art 14 May 2012
By Coq_sportif - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Giuseppe Camuncoli, again. The very sight of his filthy drawings makes me sick. When will someone tell him that he has soiled a wonderful character for too long? He does not know how to draw, that's it. I regret bitterly the golden age of the older runs with Diggle, Carey and Manco etc.
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