In " Warped Notions," written by Eddie Campbell, Constantine is drawn into a web of time travel and terror when he's accosted by the ghost of Sir Francis Dashwood, the founder of the Hellfire Club. Dashwood needs Constantine's help to avert a disaster that could threaten the very fabric of reality. Then, Paul Jenkins begins his HELLBLAZER run with "Dreamtime"! John Constantine plunges deep into an arcane landscape where a powerful entity known as the Rainbow Serpent intends to punish man's treatment of the environment by clearing the earth of all animal life. Collects HELLBLAZER #84-96.
The very first Hellblazer collection ORIGINAL SINS is available in a new edition that includes John ConstantineÍs appearances in SWAMP THING. This is the first of a series of new HELLBLAZER editions starring VertigoÍs longest running antihero, John Constantine, EnglandÍs chain-smoking, low-rent magus. This first collection is a loosely connected series of tales of JohnÍs early years where Constantine was at his best and at his worst, all at the same time.
Written by JAMIE DELANO Art by RICHARD PIERS RAYNER, BRYAN TALBOT, DAVID LLOYD and others Cover by JOHN CASSADAY In these tales from issue #10-13, THE HORRORIST #1-2 and ANNUAL #1, Constantine wins his first victory in the war with Nergal and encounters a woman who is the embodiment of the world's horrors.
After spending a year and a half wandering through the darkest corners of America, John Constantine has returned home! His port of entry is Liverpool, where the decaying landscape and gentle undercurrent of despair match his frame of mind. Of course, no sooner does he set foot upon his native land than he stumbles into a small-time necromancy-and-murder ring centered on his own sisterÕs apartment building. More worrying than this sordid little power trip is the disappearance of his niece, Gemma, whoÕs turning out to be a bit too much like her uncle for anybodyÕs good. In her eagerness to learn the family trade, Gemma has gone to London and fallen in with a bad crowd, and pulling her out means that Constantine will have to join the search for a distinctly nasty magical artifact-one that shouldnÕt fall into anyoneÕs hands, least of all those of the man determined to find it. Critically acclaimed author Mike Carey kicks off his acclaimed run on EnglandÕs legendary magus with JOHN CONSTANTINE, HELLBLAZER VOL. 16: THE WILD CARD, collecting issues #175-188 of the signature Vertigo series and featuring the fan-favorite artistic talents of Marcelo Frusin, Steve Dillon, Lee Bermejo, Doug Alexander Gregory and Jock.
An epic horror story written by Mike Carey with stunningly visceral art by Leonardo Manco is all here in JOHN CONSTANTINE, HELLBLAZER VOL. 20: SYSTEMS OF CONTROL! When a mysterious worldwide plague starts putting millions of people into deadly comas, Earth's foremost expert on the bizarre, John Constantine, steps in with the "cure," After traveling from the dreary alleys of London to the glittering boulevards of L.A., Constantine realizes that a cadre of wicked demons and hellish monsters is behind the outbreak, and he'll have to sacrifice more than himself to put an end to the nightmare. Includes an amazing softcover edition of the epic horror story written by Mike Carey (THE UNWRITTEN) and Andy Diggle (GREEN ARROW: YEAR ONE). Collects JOHN CONSTANTINE, HELLBLAZER #230-238 and the HELLBLAZER: ALL HIS ENGINES original graphic novel.
In these stories from HELLBLAZER #239-249, when the war-mage Mako carves a bloody swath through London’s occult underworld, John Constantine tries to rally his former allies, despite all the bridges he’s burned... Plus, when something goes horribly wrong in a secret room in the Vatican, a priest is forced to turn to Constantine for help. And in a story from HELLBLAZER SPECIAL: LADY CONSTANTINE #1-4, Johanna Constantine, 18th-century ancestor of Hellblazer, lands a job that promises a future of wealth and entitlement-and almost certain death and damnation in the frozen North Sea!
Acclaimed author Mike Carey concludes his groundbreaking run on London’s working-class magus with JOHN CONSTANTINE, HELLBLAZER VOL. 18: THE GIFT. To restore his mind and save his life, John Constantine was forced to give a day of his life to a she-demon named Rosacarnis. It was a bad bargain, and one that he knew he’d regret—but he had no idea how quickly everything would go straight to hell in its aftermath. Over the course of that single day, England’s savviest street sorcerer lived several lifetimes—and sired three infernal offspring, whose incandescent hatred of him was carefully nurtured by their mother. Luckily for Constantine, the blood he shares with his sulfurous brood makes it impossible for them to kill him outright. Unluckily, his dwindling roster of friends and loved ones enjoy no such protection. And now that war has been declared on all that John holds dear, the lives and souls of his best friend, his ex-flame, his niece and his sister are all fair game for the non-existent mercies of Rosacarnis and her family. Can Constantine defeat his progeny, their mother and their all-powerful grandfather? Or will the so-called gift of fatherhood finally be the death of him? Collects issues #202-215 of the signature VERTIGO series and featuring the artistic talents of Leonardo Manco, Frazer Irving, Giuseppe Camuncoli and Lorenzo Ruggiero.
Features the wrenching finale of Paul JenkinsÕs never-before-collected run on the title, as well as Garth Ennis and John HigginsÕs brutal five-issue coda, ÒSon of Man.Ó For a man as cynical and jaded as John Constantine, thereÕs only one kind of torment for which he is unprepared: contentment. But the fact is (even though he recently cut off a piece of his soul and marooned it in Hell to suffer for his sins), things are actually going pretty well. HeÕs got a new girlfriend that he hasnÕt yet killed or damned or driven insane; his surviving friends and family are, by all accounts, still alive and healthy; and his enemies, for the most part, are either dead or trapped in some form of eternal torment. Not a bad score, overall. Naturally, this means that itÕs time for everything to go up in flames. Because when youÕre as prolific at making enemies as John Constantine is, thereÕs always going to be a few that you donÕt know about, as well as one or two heavyweights who can afford to bide their time. When the two meet, itÕs best to get as far away as possibleÑthe collateral damage alone promises to be as deadly as it is indiscriminate. Collects HELLBLAZER #121-133.
Covering genres from action/adventure and fantasy to horror, science fiction, and superheroes, this guide maps the vast and expanding terrain of graphic novels, describing and organizing titles as well as providing information that will help librarians to build and balance their graphic novel collections and direct patrons to read-alikes. • Introduces users to approximately 1,000 currently popular graphic novels and manga • Organizes titles by genre, subgenre, and theme to facilitate finding read-alikes • Helps librarians build and balance their graphic novel collections
John Constantine knows the secrets of his native England like the back of his nicotine-stained hand. Unfortunately for him, he’s now a world away from that green and pleasant land. Constantine has returned to America, and this time he’s landed in the worst place imaginable: a cell in a maximum-security prison, with a 35-year sentence for murder. Adapting to his new environs will require a steep learning curve, but the world’s greatest magician is nothing if not flexible. In fact, the question that his fellow inmates should be asking is not how this strange-talking newcomer will endure being locked up with society’s worst offenders, but rather how they are going to survive the experience. That’s because Constantine has a few more stops to make on his stateside tour, and, unlike his cellmates, his journey begins in the joint rather than ending there. But when he arrives in the rural town of Doglick, West Virginia, to make personal amends for his crime, what he finds going on behind its closed doors shocks the famously world-weary sorcerer to his hardened, cynical core. Acclaimed writer Brian Azzarello is joined by legendary artists Richard Corben, Marcelo Frusin and Steve Dillon for a terrifying expedition into the darkest corners of the Land of the Free in JOHN CONSTANTINE, HELLBLAZER VOL. 14: GOOD INTENTIONS, collecting issues 146-161 of the signature VERTIGO series together with the nostalgic tale “The First Time” from VERTIGO SECRET FILES: HELLBLAZER.
Jump into the opening chapter of this wickedly funny and racy modern reintroduction of John Constantine! The dead can’t die again—even within the supernatural circles that surround John Constantine, some things are impossible. But when the ghosts that haunt the occult detective start being murdered, it becomes clear the rules have changed. Far worse than ordinary death, this second death means oblivion—no afterlife, no way back. To stop it, Constantine must explore the barriers between the mundane and the extraordinary: the thin places. The investigation takes the Hellblazer from New York City back home to London, where he joins up with an old rival, now an exorcist in Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Their dark, tangled history together is filled with music and magic, failed friendships and disastrous romance. But even if Constantine somehow survives the supernatural serial killer, the price involved could leave whatever’s left of his soul beaten and broken. CONSTANTINE: THE HELLBLAZER: GOING DOWN collects the first six issues of the groundbreaking series by celebrated writers Ming Doyle (THE KITCHEN) and James Tynion IV (BATMAN ETERNAL) and acclaimed artists Riley Rossmo (Proof) and Vanessa Del Rey (Hit).
Taking a critical look at the politics of American culture in the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks, contributors offer a multi-disciplinary approach in their examination of how our existing cultural patterns, have shaped our response to it.
ÒJohn Constantine is getting back to basicsÉ the strong characterization makes it an enjoyable read.Ó ÑIGN A wave of demonic possession is about to hit London, and its first victim is someone near and dear to John Constantine: Detective Chief Inspector Margaret Ames, whose recent involvement with the Hellblazer has left her (as such interactions often do) both furious and vulnerable. Tricked by an unscrupulous priest into playing host to one of HellÕs more enterprising inmates, DCI Ames is about to become the catalyst for an infernal plan to unleash a flood of unquiet spirits onto the mortal planeÑunless Constantine can find her first. HeÕs not the only one stalking the inspector, however. The Vatican has sent its own agent, Helena Bertinelli (a.k.a. the Huntress), to nip this potential apocalypse in the budÑand sheÕs not overly concerned with avoiding casualties, civilian or police. Can Constantine keep the Huntress at bay while still managing to save MargaretÕs soulÑnot to mention the rest of the world? Writer Tim Seeley and artists Davide Fabbri and Christian Dalla Vecchia bring this acclaimed chapter in the saga of John Constantine to its phenomenal finish in The Hellblazer Vol. 4: The Good Old Days, collecting issues #19-24 of the celebrated series.
SOMETHING’S ROTTEN IN THE BIG APPLE… Ever since English occultist John Constantine moved to Manhattan, the city has grown more magical by the day—in a BAD way. The Swamp Thing is out of his element when Central Park itself begins eating the city’s young lovers alive. A demonic infestation has taken over the city’s magical hotspots, forcing the powerful sorcerer Papa Midnite out of his supernatural nightclub and onto the street. And one of hell’s most lethal lords, Neron himself, joins forces with Constantine’s infernal ex to make New York a deadly offer it cannot refuse. Now Constantine must blaze a path through the most perilous places in this world and beyond, from the alleys of New York City to the bright lights of Los Angeles, from the mystical realm of Faerie to the bloody highways of Hell itself. To save his city’s soul—and what’s left of his own—he’ll need to work alongside enemies and allies, magical mistresses and a certain dead man. But how can John defeat evil when even he can’t deny the devil’s dark allure? Co-writers Ming Doyle and James Tynion IV and artists Riley Rossmo, Travel Foreman and Eryk Donovan proudly present CONSTANTINE: THE HELLBLAZER VOL. 2: THE ART OF THE DEAL. Collects issues #7-13.
The star of JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK and HELLBLAZER--the longest-running Vertigo series--John Constantine has suffered a major loss at the hands of a former protégé. With his vault of mystical weapons now in the hands of his greatest enemies, John Constantine must battle with Sargon and the Cult of the Cold Flame with all he has left -- his wits!
Death doesn’t just become John Constantine—it shadows the poor bastard’s every step, from his home turf of London to the streets of San Francisco. What’s more, it has a nasty habit of striking where the DC Universe’s street-level sorcerer least expects it—like his dreams. After waking from a vengeful drunken nightmare, Constantine finds that a real-life murder has been committed. Could he have done the deed himself in a blacked-out rage? Or is some sinister force turning his subconscious mind into the ultimate untraceable weapon? Until he discovers the truth, no one is safe. But the Hellblazer knows better than anyone how inconstant and malleable the truth can be—particularly when it’s in the hands of a magus with his talent and experience. Faced with the possibility of fulfilling his heart’s most secret desires, will he be able to resist their siren song? Or will he end up rewriting all of reality to suit his ego? Mystical mysteries flow thicker than the San Francisco fog in The Hellblazer Vol. 3: The Inspiration Game, straight from the collective unconscious of writers Tim Seeley and Richard Kadrey and artists Jesús Merino, Davide Fabbri and José Marzán Jr.! Collects issues #13-18 of the ongoing series.
This anthology hosts a collection of essays examining the role of comics as portals for historical and academic content, while keeping the approach on an international market versus the American one.