Author : Garth Ennis Artist : Will Simpson This paperback collects issues 41 - 46 at the start of Ennis' run on the Hellblazer comic , and remains some of his best writing to date . This book has been reprinted under the Vertigo imprint - DC's adult comic line . Constatine has to fight against his greatest enemy to date , and this book chronicles everything that happens during that fight . This is played less for laughs , and has a distinct nasty edge to it , as does most of Ennis' work on this series . Characters are well fleshed out , and John Constantine's character is given further twists to keep us guessing as to his true power within the world of the occult . Simpson's art is suitably dark , although may not appeal to everyone's taste . Definitely a book to re-read , and once picked up , very hard to put down .
In the course of Constantine's life he has had to battle against many nefarious creatures, turn to the dark powers and spit in their faces more than once. Well now it's payback time, dying of lung cancer the pit fiends gather to drag his soul to the eternal damnation that awaits him. Constantine battles the dark forces whilst seeking a cure all the while knowledge of what awaits driving him on. Not a normal superhero plot, but not a normal super hero. Relying on wits alone, how does he get out of this one?
An interesting look at the loss of friends, facing inevitable death, and the rules by which heaven and hell play in order to maintain balance and keep fighting. Constantine doesn't lose that quick wit and arrogant smirk not even whilst staring the devil in the face. Literally.
This is the storyline that springs to mind first when I think of Hellblazer and John Constantine, Garth Ennis produced a vivid landmark in the series.