Today I went into the comic store to check out a few things and I thought about getting a few Hellblazer Trade Paperbacks.
I've heard Ellis and Ennis wrote the best story arcs that Hellblazer has had to offer, but I decided to put off buying them so I could ask you folk about it first.
I was going to buy "Fear and Loathing" and "Son of Man".
Can I buy these trades without having ever read any other Hellblazer in the past?
Is there anything else I should keep an eye out for in regards to this series?
After that it's kinda eh, and before that it was good.
Also, I've heard that Azzarello's part of Hellblazer was awesome. I love 100 Bullets, so I might have to give that a go.
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Yeah that's the one, it was my favorite out of the ones I've read. Also I remember Fear and Loathing sucking, like a lot.
I'd stick to the first four trades at first.
dangerous habits is probably the best
original sins is the first one though (i actually just got it myself, half-price style)
Ennis, yes, but Ellis wasn't on the book very long at all (he left the book over DC refusing to publish a story about a school shooting that had been written a couple months before Columbine) and what there was wasn't particularly memorable.
The best Hellblazer writer, for my money, was its first, Jamie Delano. He's been unfairly overshadowed since Ennis's star took off, but he did more than anyone but Moore himself to define and flesh out Constantine. At first glance his issues may not have aged as well as Ennis's; he got decent artists but the splotchy inking and muddy early-90s coloring characteristic of the first Vertigo books means they don't look nearly as smooth as Dillon's art, and the stories were overwhelmingly bleak satires of then-current trends like yuppies and Thatcherism rather than Ennis's earthier, more universal humor.
Still, they make for absolutely cracking reads. Too bad only two trades of his 40 issues are out yet.
Everyone loves a bit of prison anal.
And isn't the Vertigo universe also the DC universe? Constantine made several appearances there if I remember.
I keep expecting Etrigan, Beelzebub or even Neron to tell the smug fucker he's a delusional twit repeatedly undone by a Scouse sorcerer almost as pathetic as he is (and I mean that in the nicest possible way).
Always the ones you least suspect...
Actually, after getting used to the comics version of Lucifer that was one of my bigger dissapointments.
I mean, this is a guy who made a demon leave by telling it that it was one of the wussiest demons he'd ever seen. Oh well, I guess I should stop bitching over the movie and try to contribute with the comic discussion instead.
Peter Stormare is definitely not the one I least suspect. Especially after making a Volkswagen commercial that I actually enjoyed...
Garth Ennis and Mike Carey had the best runs on Hellblazer imho.