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John Constantine, Hellblazer Volume 5: Dangerous Habits (New Edition)
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John Constantine, Hellblazer Volume 5: Dangerous Habits (New Edition)

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by Jamie Delano, Garth Ennis, Various (Illustrator)
 

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This new HELLBLAZER collection features several tales never before collected, including a look at John Constantine's rough and tumble childhood and the beginnings of his unique skills. Then, in some of the earliest stories from PREACHER writer Garth Ennis, John Constantine is dying. As a sorcerer literally haunted by the demons of his past, John is no

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This new HELLBLAZER collection features several tales never before collected, including a look at John Constantine's rough and tumble childhood and the beginnings of his unique skills. Then, in some of the earliest stories from PREACHER writer Garth Ennis, John Constantine is dying. As a sorcerer literally haunted by the demons of his past, John is no stranger to mystic bedevilment or supernatural horror. But it's his chain smoking that ultimately brings death to Constantine's front door. John Constantine has lung cancer. Though condemned to hell, Constantine continues to laugh in the face of this all-too-serious world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401238025
Publisher:
DC Comics
Publication date:
05/14/2013
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
123,469
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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Meet the Author

Born in 1954, Jamie Delano has made a diverse, cross-genre contribution to the comic book medium, scripting — over some 25 years — both original works (World Without End, Tainted, Ghostdancing, Hell Eternal, Cruel and Unusual, Territory, Outlaw Nation) and publisher-owned properties (Captain Britain, Dr. Who, Night Raven, Hellblazer, Animal Man, Batman, Shadowman). He is currently practicing for retirement, living in semi-rural England with his partner, Sue.

Irish-born writer Garth Ennis is the acclaimed author of the PREACHER graphic novel series, and also has written numerous JOHN CONSTANTINE: HELLBLAZER graphic novels, as well as THE AUTHORITY, THE BOYS, WAR STORIES, PRIDE AND JOY and other titles.

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John Constantine, Hellblazer Volume 5: Dangerous Habits (New Edition) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
nina_chan01 More than 1 year ago
I was somewhat disappointed in this volume. I’m a huge Constantine fan but had somehow avoided reading either Delano’s or Ennis’ run. I now know why. Garth Ennis writes in the introduction that his goal was to “plumb the depth of evil and explore the dark underbelly of human life” and did he ever. And he wasn’t even the one that took it too far. Hellblazer has always been a dark story, but Delano took it to a level that was so heavy that I constantly had to put the book down and walk away for a breather.  What this volume consists of is two wildly diverging storylines by two very different authors. I don’t thinks it’s even possible to judge it as a whole. So… The first half is all Delano and it’s full of poetically expressed, bizarre juxtapositions with the horror of humanity on full display and John constantly on the sidelines or just being an awful person with almost no redeeming qualities. It starts out crazy and goes downhill from there.  The art is as crazy as the storylines, but all the artists managed to some great work with their use of panels, so I at least had that to distract me from the story. The last half of the book is the one that actually contains the eponymous story arc by Ennis and would have been a pretty decent read if it hadn’t come after the horrors that preceded it. Ennis is a very different writer than Delano so, even though John starts out depressing, the overall arc is a lot lighter and easy to enjoy. John Constantine facing death at the hands of lung cancer and an eternity of torture at the hands of the Ruler of Hell is an incredibly appealing read. We get to follow John as he befriends another cancer sufferer and goes around trying to make things right with the few people still in his life before deciding to take matters into his own hands. The last 72 pages are full of the John Constantine that made me a fan in the first place.  Overall, the book was way more miss than hit and, if I weren’t already such a fan and knew there’s much better stuff out there, it would probably be the nail in the coffin for this series when it comes to my following it.