Hellblazer, Volume 6: Bloodlines (Hellblazer #6)

A very solid issue. A couple of great longer storylines with long term consequences (Guys & Dolls was great) and a few shorter one offs (Lord of the Dance in particular I enjoyed). Could have been longer, but there’s still potentially more story to be told there. I’m enjoying seeing Constantine and Kit’s relationship evolve. It gives a nice human element to contrast the horror. I only hope that doesn’t go too badly for her in the long run…

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Hellblazer, Vol. 5: Dangerous Habits (Hellblazer #5)

Weird, slow, and dark at first but then we get the Deadly Habits storyline. That’s one of the core Constantine storylines so far as I know and for good reason. The Bogeyman Oh Constantine. What is going on with you. Dark and depressing and little happening. Sets up a story I suppose. Dead-Boy’s Heart That’s a great issue. Took me a bit to realize it was typing Constantine. So he’s always been … a little different.

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Hellblazer, Vol. 4: The Family Man (Hellblazer #4)

Better than Volume 3 by a long shot. Starts weird but interesting and gets better from there. I’ll reiterate though that I can’t really imagine buying these by issue, especially in real time. A volume has enough meat to it to sustain a storyline.

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Hellblazer, Vol. 3: The Fear Machine (Hellblazer #3)

Not terrible, but also not great. It starts very slowly with a hippie commune and takes a few issues to get going and gets downright weird at a few points. But enjoyable enough after that. Onward! Issue specific reviews, spoilers: Touching the Earth Oh boy. And then it goes all weird hippy commune. Sure? I don’t really get it. Imagine paying for this as a single issue… Shepherd’s Warning Well, it’s more of the same story, but there’s potential at least!

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Hellblazer, Vol. 2: The Devil You Know (Hellblazer #2)

Well that’s a ride. The continuation of the Swamp Thing sexy times storyline, some more backstory on how Constantine got to be how he is, Constantine all Arthurian (for some reason), and a straight up horror story. Weaker than volume 1 but worth continuing to volume 3! Sex and Death Starts where we left off, with Constantine out of body and the Swamp Thing doing his mating thing… That is not a plot line I care at all about.

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Hellblazer, Vol. 1: Original Sins (Hellblazer #1)

I really do have a thing for urban fantasy specifically dealing with demons and angels, good and evil, especially if it twists it all around. Constantine does that in spades.

I watched the 2005 film well before I knew it was based on a comic (so sue me), so Keanu Reeves is forever going to be stuck in my head as the true Constantine, but I’ve also watched just about all of the new wave of DC shows, including the 2014 version of Constantine plus his appearances on Legends of Tomorrow. Not quite the same, but I still loved the character.

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