Hellblazer, Volume 5: Dangerous Habits

Hellblazer, Volume 5: Dangerous Habits

Jamie Delano Garth Ennis William Simpson Sean Phillips Steve Pugh Dave McKean / Mar 31, 2020

Hellblazer Volume Dangerous Habits 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

  • Title: Hellblazer, Volume 5: Dangerous Habits
  • Author: Jamie Delano Garth Ennis William Simpson Sean Phillips Steve Pugh Dave McKean
  • ISBN: 9781401238025
  • Page: 434
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 beThis 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.Collecting Hellblazer 34 46

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      • Jamie Delano Garth Ennis William Simpson Sean Phillips Steve Pugh Dave McKean

        Jamie Delano aka A William James began writing comics professionally in the early 1980s Latterly he has been writing prose fiction with BOOK THIRTEEN published by his own LEPUS BOOKS imprint lepusbooks in 2012, Leepus DIZZY in April 2014, and Leepus THE RIVER in 2017.Jamie lives in semi rural Northamptonshire with his partner, Sue They have three adult children and a considerable distraction of grandchildren.


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    1. "Walking away is what I do best. Walking away without a glance over my shoulder at the misery and bloodshed I've left behind me. I escaped when I shouldn't have. I cheated. I laughed in the face of the Devil when all the other people can do is succumb. Because that's what it is to be me. To be John Constantine."There are a lot of reasons to read and recommend Hellblazer. If your desire is to read a compelling serialized paranormal comic book series then this will more than satisfy such cravin [...]



    2. The first half and more is bad. Now, I know John Constantine will never be all sunshine and roses - far from it actually - but the amount of ugliness here is not good, to put it mildly. Horrendous illustrations don't help either. The eponymous last part of this volume saves the day as far as the story and illustration go, so there's that. Smart placement.


    3. This volume contains one of the best Hellblazer stories ever. I read the original version years ago, and it just had the Garth Ennis storyline. This one contains both the end of Delano's run as well as the Garth Ennis story.Now, to me this was almost like two separate books, so I'll show how I arrived at the combined rating.Delano Stories: 3 StarsThe Delano stories were just "out there." Even though Hellblazer is a pretty weird comic, these stories took it to another level. I don't know if Delan [...]


    4. me on an average day: I would fistfight Garth Ennis in a Wal-Mart parking lot at 3 AMme after reading Dangerous Habits: Wow! I cannot believe Garth Ennis single-handedly made Hellblazer interesting!!In all seriousness, I do generally enjoy Ennis' work at least on some level but I also think that as he goes along he often gets lost in what he perceives to be his own genius, but this is very early days so I have high hopes continuing forward. BUT, before we get to all that I guess I should wrap up [...]


    5. I've literally been waiting to get to read the end of Delano's run of Hellblazer for almost 20 years, so it's great to finally see them in this new edition of Dangerous Habits.Dead Boy's Heart (34-36). It's great to see Delano's story come full circle, as we get the return of Marj and Merc, who have been long-missing (and missed!) from the comic. Beyond that, John at his lowest looking for new hope is wonderfully depicted. The center issue of this trio, about John's childhood, is absolutely supe [...]


    6. Alright folks, this is it. We have made it to THE NUMBER ONE Hellblazer writer/story. This is what is most often referenced, adapted, and enjoyed. And I must say, IT IS AWESOME. If I were to refer Hellblazer to a friend I would say to start here. It's that good.


    7. This volume collects issues #34 to #46 (the first six issues are written by Jamie Delano and mark the end of his run on Hellblazer and the remaining six are penned by Garth Ennis).I had build a considerable degre of expectation regarding this volume solely fueled by Ennis` "Dangerous Habits" arc, as I had heard very mixed opinions regarding the Jamie Delano penned issues included in this collection. As it turned out, the Delano issues were mostly excellent and stand proudly against Ennis' arc. I [...]


    8. As Jamie Delano winded up his run in this collection, Garth Ennis began his own lengthy run on Hellblazer with an arc that soon became on of the iconic Constantine stories as it was the main inspiration for the Keanu Reeves movie.This is easily merits a five-star rating from me.


    9. This a 4.5 for me.I waffled between the two, but I opted to give it a 5 due to the sheer audacity and electricity Ennis brings to the title.And it ends (for the most part) Delanos run on Hellbalzer, which I really didn't care for overall.



    10. Now THAT is what I'm TALKING about!Finally, finally, FINALLY. I was really getting tired of poor John Constantine, professional wallower and dabbler in no arts. The Family Man plot was good, but I was really starting to wonder if Constantine did magic at all. All he seems to do is moan and groan. And drink. And smoke. And ride in vans.But THIS. Now, THIS is great stuff. (view spoiler)[His mortality catches up to him and (after the required wallowing and moaning) he pulls the biggest con possible [...]


    11. An eclectic end to Jamie Delano's run opens this Hellblazer trade, opting for short, sharp storylines instead of extended ones like The Fear Machine or The Family Man. These also vary in quality, but are overall enjoyable, with The Magus being the outstanding one.Garth Ennis then takes over with his Dangerous Habits storyline in the latter half of the trade, which is Constantine at his best, especially as the story winds into its conclusion. I've not read any other Ennis Hellblazer, but if it is [...]


    12. Apparently in this new edition they've put together Garth Ennis's legendary Dangerous Habits story arc with Jamie Delano's closing of his arc on Hellblazer. The two just don't go together. Ennis does a much better job of pacing a story and portraying John Constantine as a man in charge of his destiny. Something that Jamie Delano's ark, with John (continuously at the mercy of ghosts of old friends, demons, hippies, lay-lines, and even twelve year old girls) being blown about from place to place b [...]



    13. This volume marks the end of Jamie Delano's classic run and the beginning of Garth Ennis'. Delano really goes out on a high note, with a handful of genuinely creepy and disturbing stories that cut right to the heart of John Constantine as a character. We learn a lot about our grubby anti-hero in this one, we see him as a confused and vengeful little boy, we see him as a bitter old man, we even see him in the goddamn womb.Like my other reviews of these collections, some spoilers follow.Constantin [...]


    14. This is the storyline that the Hollywood film Constantine was trying to replicate. Not so much success there but the comic is wondrous in comparison. John Constantine has faced every sort of evil and horror that exists and now he's facing the ultimate horror. First that he's dying of terminal lung cancer and second, and most terrifying, is that he is heading straight to Hell when it does happen. John moves through every stage of grief and reaction to the news as possible for a guy like him but e [...]


    15. Jamie Delano has left the building, enter Garth Ennis.This volume has the final issues that Jamie Delano wrote for Hellblazer, his last issue is particularly creepy and surreal (Dave McKean art helps) and I had to read it a couple of times to understand what had happened. But it's an appropriate end to a great run.I have to say this, of all the writers that Hellblazer had, Garth Ennis is my favourite. Dangerous Habits is simply one of the best story arcs of Hellblazer.


    16. Definitely a graphic collation of two parts, this felt partially intriguing, and partially empty. The inconstancy of Constantine may empathy challenging, and the hollow plot-links forced a lot of connective pressure onto the art, which it only just sustained. I'll be reading more, but with more constrained enthusiasm then when I began this one.


    17. This is one of the weirder volumes of Hellblazer because of how it is divided. The front half is the conclusion of Delano's run while the back half is the start of Ennis's. Both of these runs are wildly different in tone, so it's kind of weird to see them paired up with each other, even though it is the same series. The last few issues of Delano's run are something of a mixed bag, which actually describes the entirety of Delano's Hellblazer work perfectly. It starts with a strange story about Jo [...]


    18. This issue collects the final stories of Delano's fabled run and the first story of Ennis for Hellblazer. These are probably Delano's darkest work as he delves into Constantine's past and shows us how miserable he has really been. And Delano does all that in his typically surreal and horrific style. While Ennis' story is more straight forward that sees Constantine battling lung cancer and trying to manipulate his way out of it. Ennis focuses more on friendship than loneliness and despair but sti [...]


    19. Esta es mi etapa favorita de Constantine, aunque es la más pátetica/vulnerable hasta ahora (probablemente por eso me ha gustado tanto). El issue #35 y el #36 tienen un buen estilo en algunos cuadros. Merc en el #38 es genial. 💜El primer arco argumental es un tanto flojito, exceptuando el #36, #39 y el #40, que son increíblemente buenos. Lo rescatable fue conocer más del pasado/infancia de John. Y respecto al segundo arco (que da nombre al volumen), me fascinó, resultó tan bueno como esp [...]


    20. This trade paperback collects the first few issues from writer Jamie Delano who brought John Constantine into kinda like a Sandman mode. Memories of childhood & family abound but it was a little too verbose for me. The next few issues collected writer Garth Ennis (who went on to write Preacher) whose writing was more economical & precise but still containing all that is quintessentially JC. The final resolution with the demons from hell ending with a cure for cancer is the stuff of enter [...]


    21. Aaaa, yes! This was fine Hellblazer reading! Depression and misery, mortality and the will to live life to the fullest, dark pages, dark humour, dark thoughts. I loved how this volume kept on digging deeper and deeper into the weaknesses of Constantine. How it made him so real. I was looking forward to reading Ennis' take on Constantine and he did not disappoint. (keep words for myself if I want a re-read: depression, cancer, fighting one's inner duality, and even a story about a vegetarian!)


    22. I love everything Ennis does and the Dangerous Habits arc is no exception. However I really can't stand the Delano run and because of that, my opinion of this printing is dragged down. It got to the point where I just skipped more than half of this trade so I could get to the start of the Ennis run.


    23. A bittersweet volume, we see Delano pass the torch to Ennis, presenting the least supernatural conflict John Constantine has faced up to this point: lung cancer. This makes for one of the most memorable, fleshed out story arcs so far. I can't wait to tear into the next volume, and I have a feeling Mr. Ennis will not disappoint.


    24. Making a slight foray into graphic novels but this one definitely was not for me. I did like the illustrations by David McKean for one of the stories but that was it.I like dark things but this was unredemptively nasty and a bit self-indulgent. Probably I am just too old and not the target audience.


    25. It seems that the "Hellblazer" pattern continues. This volume begins with a couple stories which I didn't enjoy. They felt too abstract to me. But then Dangerous Habits storyline kicks in and I couldn't let the book go until I was at the end.



    26. Got a bit manpain-y there in the end but altogether probably my favorite Hellblazer storyline I've read so far.


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