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Hellblazer, Volume 13: Haunted ❰PDF❯ ❤ Hellblazer, Volume 13: Haunted Author Warren Ellis – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk In this collection Constantine must investigate the horrific death of a former girlfriend dig into an urban legend about the Devil’s child exorcises a former torturer’s ghost and help a Bosnian re In this collection Constantine must investigate the horrific death of a former girlfriend dig into an urban legend about the Devil’s child exorcises a former torturer’s Hellblazer, Volume PDF or ghost and help a Bosnian refugee familyCollecting Hellblazer .


10 thoughts on “Hellblazer, Volume 13: Haunted

  1. Sam Quixote Sam Quixote says:

    Ugh be careful what you wish for eh? I thought a Warren Ellis scripted Hellblazer would be a chicken dinner but it proved to be much too bitter for my taste Ellis’ six part story Haunted sees John Constantine looking for an Aleister Crowley wannabe who murdered his ex in a bloody ritual John’s vengeful journey takes him through the dark underbelly of London The story is meandering at best and gratuitously miserable and dark The pages are full of sad people living in filth doing needle drugs violently hurting each other pointlessly – it’s too much And the finale is just depressing as fuck I’m usually fine with Ellis’ misanthropic writingworldview but I absolutely hated this one and could barely stand it The rest of the book is made up of short stories some by Ellis some by other writers and none are much better than Haunted A lunatic in a bedsit murders people until he turns the room evil; an elderly dying Japanese doctor confesses to atrocities he committed in WW2 and desires a painful exit from this life in atonement; Eastern European mystics bring the dead back to life – what a horrible collection So utterly morbid I enjoyed Ellis’ story Telling Tales where John puts the frighteners on a journalist by making up stories about the Royal Family being secretly reptiles and JFK being assassinated by aliens – it was imaginative amusing and entertaining Shoot about a kid who shoots another kid in high school was ok but I read it before in a collection of the same name And though Paul Jenkins’ Tell Me wasn’t that great I liked Paul Pope’s art tell the story of a music critic’s love beyond the grave I like Warren Ellis I sometimes like John Constantine but Hellblazer Haunted is a ghastly comic full of dark wretched unpleasantness for the sake of it The unrelenting woe gets very boring long before the end and I was glad when it over – not recommended to anyone except edgelords


  2. Sud666 Sud666 says:

    The original Hellblazer run was amazing It had some very talented writers working with the definite version of John Constantine Volume 13 written by Warren Ellis is a great addition to this superb seriesHaunted is the main story arc and it is spread over 6 parts An old girlfriend of JCs has been found horribly murdered Constantine finds a rogue magacian trying to recreate Crowley like rites Constantine runs the gamut of threats and solves it in his own uniue way Great story The art work is also uite goodLocked was a very cool story about a room that is a murder scene but ever officer who has entered has gone crazy JC shows up to figure it out This was a nice Warren Ellis one shot story about a mad man in a roomThe Crib is a strange story about a writer who may have found the crib that contains the aborted fetus of the anti christ Don't ask just read it It was not great but not badShoot is a very interesting story about the youth of today and why they are killing themselvesFinally Ashes and Honey is a interesting story about boots from the old world that can give gifts but at a terrible price Well done storyThis series is a great collection of dark twsited John Constantine tales Please do your best to forget that terrible tv show at least K Reeve's movie at least tried to get the JC character down and check out the true master mage and master asshole that is John Constantine


  3. Devann Devann says:

    I was hoping Ellis could like breathe some new life into this series which I feel has been stagnating for uite awhile but NOPE Also he does this thing where he tries to like call out the series for fridging all of John's girlfriends in horrible ways AND YET there are literally no women in this except for said dead girlfriends and like maybe two other women who are there for one or two scenes each You can't just mention it and not make any attempt to change it that's not how it worksAn excellent point now ADD FEMALE CHARACTERS jfcI guess I should have stipulated that they should be alive


  4. Derek Derek says:

    Overall rating 35Haunted 3Locked 35The Crib 2Setting Sun 45One Last Song 4Telling Tales 35Ashes and Honey 4A lot of people are not going to like this volume I can't say why it's just a gut feeling Not that it's bad I mean it's Warren Ellis writing but it's just a bit of a deviation from what we've come to expect of Constantine stories First off there's not that usual JC flair no manipulation and general nihilism Warren's JC is very political not in the sense that he's holding a placard and lamenting about the good ole Thatcher days but most of the issues here he has his feet firm in one belief or another It's not the usual ambivalent self the JC that can swing both ways or no ways just for the help of it Haunted the main story was a tad too long and a bit anticlimactic The other one shots were exciting for the most part but lacked a certain cohesiveness that moat JC one shots had


  5. Rumi Bossche Rumi Bossche says:

    Hellblazer trade 13 has been one of the darkest bleakest reads in recent memory And its a pretty damn fine read but first  of all i like to adress the writer I am well aware of the controversy surrounding Warren Ellis and have been hearing all kinds of outcries to cancel his ass and still i am here reading a comic of his While i do think we need to talk and give attention to things like this i dont know if not reading a writers work is the answer I did decide to read this book because i am reading Hellblazer in order for the first time ever And i have not just read 134 issues to just skip this one i just cant I also have already bought it way before all this stuff came to light But still its shit to see  creators who's work you love are being tarnished by stupid shit they do But on to the story these tales are dark Very dark Ranging from school shootings tales about a japanese man who tortured people in World War ll a madman who has been killing people in his room for 20 years and the antichrist Did i already say these stories were dark? The main story is John Constantine looking for the killer of one of his ex girl friends who died horribly Ellis his prose fits Hellblazer very well but he and Vertigo split when Vertigo axed the school shooting story the Columbine shooting just happened and they replaced them with Darko Macan who has a couple very lackluster stories The artwork is very good with artists like John Higgins Phil Jimenez Paul Pope and Tim Bradsheet who's Punisher covers i have been enjoying since forever i think this is actually the first real comic work i have seen from him Hellblazer greats like Paul Jenkins and Garth Ennis have a story here aswell in this very mixed bag of great and mediocre and the trade ends with a prose story of Dave Gibbons making this collection a very weird but good mix indeed I would give this trade 4 stars but the Darko Macan stories are just a real snoozefest so 35 stars it is for me


  6. Thomas Bruso Thomas Bruso says:

    The darker the better


  7. Aaron Aaron says:

    Man what a loss it is that we didn't get Ellis writing Hellblazer They are perfect for each other For the first time since Jamie Delano or hell maybe even Alan Moore's Swamp Thing run John Constantine is dealing with genuine horrorYes Ennis dealt a lot with demons and devils and the odd ghost Paul Jenkins as well But those stories were never really about horror They were high concept con artist stories where Constantine and his cohorts never really feel frightened of anything going on and therefore neither do you the reader Ellis brought it back to its roots though and boy did he nail itEvery story Ellis wrote for this title was a visceral punch you in the gut story about a societal ill framed solidly around a genuine horror story It's the most prescient and readable Hellblazer I've come across yet and a lot of that is down to Ellis's typical ability to let the art do of the talking than the words These stories about ghosts and serial killers and fear of the unknown and the inherent violence of humanity and Ellis really lets them breathe on the page I read this entire volume in about an hour because I was just so taken with everything Ellis had to say in it I feel safe to say that if given the opportunity Ellis would've been the greatest Hellblazer writer of them allHowever this wasn't to be Around the time of Columbine Ellis wrote the smart affective story Shoot about school shootings in American and the unbelievable horror of children faced with living in a world that allows this kind of thing to happen It is by no means exploitative and is in fact one of the best stories in this collection At the time though Vertigo got cold feet and pulled the issue before publication fearing a public backlash despite some early good reviews This led to a fight with Ellis who was trying to say something about the issue with this comic and when they refused to publish he uit the title altogether That might seem kind of dramatic but I can understand it If you pour your heart and soul into trying to say something about a horrible thing beginning to rear its head in the world and the publisher won't let you because they're scared it really seems like being stabbed in the backSo with that Hellblazer lost Ellis He was replaced at first by Darko Macan whose story in this volume is lackluster to say the least Brian Azzarello came along next whose run I'm getting into soon but I think it's still a bummer to see just how great this series could've been with a writer like Ellis at the helm Oh well At least we got a ton of other great stuff out of the guy instead


  8. Keith Keith says:

    I've been working through an era of Hellblazer I hadn't explored before starting with Mike Carey and then working backwards through Ennis' Son of Man and this volume which collectively form the narrative foundation of Carey's run More specifically the main attraction here the 6 part Haunted provides much of the background cast that Carey pulls from way down in Vol 16 But because these are the overstuffed reprint editions this new collection contains not only Haunted but a scattering of short stories from Ellis and other authorsEllis' stories are spiritually connected in that while they do contain magic they are mostly about very real terrible people whose magic is usually second fiddle to their loathesomeness as human beings In this Ellis' run is air suckingly bleak He uses Constantine as a mouthpiece for his own bitterness and London is basically Spider Jerusalem's City with specific geography These stories might as well be cast off Transmetropolitan plots as they are all about a misanthropic hero yelling at the audience and giving comeuppances to horrible people Ellis' style is a little one note but his ability to portray nihilism is not and the one and done stories in particular are impressively bracing Less impressive is the fill in work from Darko Macan whose off balance two parter doesn't really make a lot of sense as well as a trio of Xmas themed stories from past writers Since the reprint editions of Hellblazer are meant to be in chronological order I'm not really sure why all these holiday stories are here especially since they're so short that that probably could have fit pretty easily in the collections where they should have been seuenced I think it's interesting that Carey chose to mine so heavily from Ellis' Haunted storyline as there's a full two year arc from Brian Azzarello that separates Carey and Ellis But I do think Ellis is worth reading both for backstory and because the stories collected here are so intensely grim even for Hellblazer


  9. Kirsten Kirsten says:

    This is a pretty solid Hellblazer collection The first story Haunted by Warren Ellis is pretty classic John finds out that an ex has been grotesuely murdered and her ghost is hanging around so he figures she needs him to get to the bottom of it Or is that just what he needs? I love this for the introduction of Map a magus who in some strange way embodies London There are a number of really good one offs and short stories in this volume as well Frank Teran's art for Locked is fantastic and Darko Macau's story Ashes and Honey showcases Constantine in a rare helpful mood This collection also includes Ellis's controversial Shoot one off which explores school shootings


  10. Heath Lowrance Heath Lowrance says:

    It really is a shame Warren Ellis didn't stick around longer as the writer of Hellblazer He only did one multi part story and a handful of one offs but I think you'll find most fans agree they are some of the very best Hellblazer stories anyone ever did and his agenda as a writer was uniue and worthwhile But circumstances I'll get into later led to him leaving the gig much earlier than planned This volume Haunted contains the entirely of Ellis' work with John ConstantineSpoilers follow as per usualIt starts with the title story Haunted in which Constantine learns of the brutal murder of a former girlfriend Isabelle and is driven to investigate what happened to her With the help of a bent cop called Watford Constantine learns that Isabelle had become the scarlet woman of an up and coming mage named Joshua Wright Wright had abused and defiled Isabelle horrendously in the name of sex magick a la Aleister Crowley and when she was no longer of any use to him slaughtered herLearning that Constantine is on him Wright sends out a couple thugs to work Constantine over brutally but even laid up our man John has means to get things done and mess with Wright's head Upon recovering sometime later Constantine sets in motion his plan for revenge he and Watford snatch Wright up pump him full of blotter acid and leave him in the morgue drawer with Isabelle's bloated corpse NastyLast we see Wright he's stumbling through the streets of London naked and covered in shit babbling out of his head And Isabelle's ghost whom Constantine keeps seeing in a playground the last place she was happy before she met Wright OR Constantine is led off by the hand into a peaceful deathThe art in this one is by John Higgins who continues from the Garth Ennis story in the previous volume and the serious nature of Haunted fits his style considerably betterThis really is a great story outlining the very dark world Constantine inhabits and it shows us how truly vengeful and nasty he can be when pushed Also Ellis throughout gives us very insightful meditations on the nature of London its history its ghosts both real and metaphorical and makes us really feel like London is an actual character in the story He also introduced a handful of very memorable characters in the above mentioned bent cop Watford the aging magician out of another era Clarice and the mystical Map who surveys his magik kingdom from the vast tunnels of the Underground Many years later Mike Carey would bring these characters back in his excellent runHaunted is a hard act to follow but Ellis doesn't miss a step after that with the set of one offs Locked with creepy grimy art by Frank Teran finds Constantine confronting a madman who has been murdering people in his room for twenty years leaving the room psychically scarred so that anyone who enters is driven to murderous impulses Constantine figures out the madman's death wish and drags him out to face justiceThe Crib with pseudo realistic art by Tim Bradstreet normally Bradstreet does only covers and this is the first interior work I can remember him doing since geez I'm not sure I feel like he did some interior work before? I could be wrong Anyway the story is simple this crazed writer has what he believes is a box containing the fetus of the anti Christ in it embedded in his chest where the malignant little fetus pisses into his veins and grants him evil power The writer has been on a murder spree Constantine shows up and corrects him; it's an empty box of corn flakes with a rat inside it taped to his chest and the homicidal writer seemingly drops dead when Constantine rips it from his chestSetting Sun with very manga inspired art by Javier Pulido has Constantine confronting the ghost of a Japanese man who committed atrocities during WWII and needs the same evil things done to him before he can move onIt just occurred to me that those three stories form a kind of trilogy with Constantine engaging in a one on one for the entire issue before getting it sorted There's a very brief meditation on Constantine's former relationships then drawn by James Romberger and then Telling Tales pencilled by the very dynamic Marcelo Frusin who would later during Brian Azzarello's run become the regular artist for a very decent stretch This one is basically just Constantine telling bullshit stories about London's secret occult history to a paranoid journo and it's a lot of fun And then we come to Shoot the story that prematurely ended Ellis' run Not because it was a bad story on the contrary it's goddamn great but because of unfortunate circumstances In the States a federal investigator is trying to get to the bottom of a rash of school shootings and she notices Constantine seems to be present at all of them He shows up in her office urging her to look at the tapes deeper and reveals to her a deeper darker sadder story than anyone could have imagined Excellent art by comics legend Phil Jimenez lends it a lot of weight too It's a very powerful tale made even stronger by the coincidental shootings at Columbine that happened shortly before the issue went to press The powers that be at DCVertigo opted out of publishing the issue feeling it would be insensitive Right or wrong and I can kinda see both sides Warren Ellis uit over itLeft in a lurch Vertigo nabbed a guy named Darko Macan to write the next two issues a tale called Ashes and Honey with art by Gary Erskine and I'm sorry to say it's not very good Then there's a very short tale from Winter's Edge written by good ole' Paul Jenkins with art by Paul Pope whom I really like that takes place sorta between the scenes of when Constantine was visiting Dani's family in New York Up the Down Staircase I think that story was called? From the next volume of Winter's Edge comes a Garth Ennis story with art by Glyn Dillon in which Constantine sits in a bar and contemplates some people he knew who are now dead which is something Ennis likes to have Constantine do Don't get sentimental Constantine our hero says to himself It really doesn't suit you No it doesn't but Garth Ennis still does sentimental every single time And finally the volume wraps up with a Christmas themed prose piece by Dave Gibbons who is a better artist than a writerBut anyway Despite the things tacked on at the end this volume belongs to Warren Ellis Over all his Hellblazer feels like the beginning of I dunno the modern era of the character? He started and ended on the cusp of the 21st century and there's something about these stories that feel like a new dark beginning for Constantine You definitely don't need to have read any previous Hellblazer stories to appreciate this stuff as it makes no references I can recall to anything that happened before it I would really love to have seen what Ellis had in store for Constantine but alas I reckon we'll never know


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10 thoughts on “Hellblazer, Volume 13: Haunted

  1. Sam Quixote Sam Quixote says:

    Ugh be careful what you wish for eh? I thought a Warren Ellis scripted Hellblazer would be a chicken dinner but it proved to be much too bitter for my taste Ellis’ six part story Haunted sees John Constantine looking for an Aleister Crowley wannabe who murdered his ex in a bloody ritual John’s vengeful journey takes him through the dark underbelly of London The story is meandering at best and gratuitously miserable and dark The pages are full of sad people living in filth doing needle drugs violently hurting each other pointlessly – it’s too much And the finale is just depressing as fuck I’m usually fine with Ellis’ misanthropic writingworldview but I absolutely hated this one and could barely stand it The rest of the book is made up of short stories some by Ellis some by other writers and none are much better than Haunted A lunatic in a bedsit murders people until he turns the room evil; an elderly dying Japanese doctor confesses to atrocities he committed in WW2 and desires a painful exit from this life in atonement; Eastern European mystics bring the dead back to life – what a horrible collection So utterly morbid I enjoyed Ellis’ story Telling Tales where John puts the frighteners on a journalist by making up stories about the Royal Family being secretly reptiles and JFK being assassinated by aliens – it was imaginative amusing and entertaining Shoot about a kid who shoots another kid in high school was ok but I read it before in a collection of the same name And though Paul Jenkins’ Tell Me wasn’t that great I liked Paul Pope’s art tell the story of a music critic’s love beyond the grave I like Warren Ellis I sometimes like John Constantine but Hellblazer Haunted is a ghastly comic full of dark wretched unpleasantness for the sake of it The unrelenting woe gets very boring long before the end and I was glad when it over – not recommended to anyone except edgelords

  2. Sud666 Sud666 says:

    The original Hellblazer run was amazing It had some very talented writers working with the definite version of John Constantine Volume 13 written by Warren Ellis is a great addition to this superb seriesHaunted is the main story arc and it is spread over 6 parts An old girlfriend of JCs has been found horribly murdered Constantine finds a rogue magacian trying to recreate Crowley like rites Constantine runs the gamut of threats and solves it in his own uniue way Great story The art work is also uite goodLocked was a very cool story about a room that is a murder scene but ever officer who has entered has gone crazy JC shows up to figure it out This was a nice Warren Ellis one shot story about a mad man in a roomThe Crib is a strange story about a writer who may have found the crib that contains the aborted fetus of the anti christ Don't ask just read it It was not great but not badShoot is a very interesting story about the youth of today and why they are killing themselvesFinally Ashes and Honey is a interesting story about boots from the old world that can give gifts but at a terrible price Well done storyThis series is a great collection of dark twsited John Constantine tales Please do your best to forget that terrible tv show at least K Reeve's movie at least tried to get the JC character down and check out the true master mage and master asshole that is John Constantine

  3. Devann Devann says:

    I was hoping Ellis could like breathe some new life into this series which I feel has been stagnating for uite awhile but NOPE Also he does this thing where he tries to like call out the series for fridging all of John's girlfriends in horrible ways AND YET there are literally no women in this except for said dead girlfriends and like maybe two other women who are there for one or two scenes each You can't just mention it and not make any attempt to change it that's not how it worksAn excellent point now ADD FEMALE CHARACTERS jfcI guess I should have stipulated that they should be alive

  4. Derek Derek says:

    Overall rating 35Haunted 3Locked 35The Crib 2Setting Sun 45One Last Song 4Telling Tales 35Ashes and Honey 4A lot of people are not going to like this volume I can't say why it's just a gut feeling Not that it's bad I mean it's Warren Ellis writing but it's just a bit of a deviation from what we've come to expect of Constantine stories First off there's not that usual JC flair no manipulation and general nihilism Warren's JC is very political not in the sense that he's holding a placard and lamenting about the good ole Thatcher days but most of the issues here he has his feet firm in one belief or another It's not the usual ambivalent self the JC that can swing both ways or no ways just for the help of it Haunted the main story was a tad too long and a bit anticlimactic The other one shots were exciting for the most part but lacked a certain cohesiveness that moat JC one shots had

  5. Rumi Bossche Rumi Bossche says:

    Hellblazer trade 13 has been one of the darkest bleakest reads in recent memory And its a pretty damn fine read but first  of all i like to adress the writer I am well aware of the controversy surrounding Warren Ellis and have been hearing all kinds of outcries to cancel his ass and still i am here reading a comic of his While i do think we need to talk and give attention to things like this i dont know if not reading a writers work is the answer I did decide to read this book because i am reading Hellblazer in order for the first time ever And i have not just read 134 issues to just skip this one i just cant I also have already bought it way before all this stuff came to light But still its shit to see  creators who's work you love are being tarnished by stupid shit they do But on to the story these tales are dark Very dark Ranging from school shootings tales about a japanese man who tortured people in World War ll a madman who has been killing people in his room for 20 years and the antichrist Did i already say these stories were dark? The main story is John Constantine looking for the killer of one of his ex girl friends who died horribly Ellis his prose fits Hellblazer very well but he and Vertigo split when Vertigo axed the school shooting story the Columbine shooting just happened and they replaced them with Darko Macan who has a couple very lackluster stories The artwork is very good with artists like John Higgins Phil Jimenez Paul Pope and Tim Bradsheet who's Punisher covers i have been enjoying since forever i think this is actually the first real comic work i have seen from him Hellblazer greats like Paul Jenkins and Garth Ennis have a story here aswell in this very mixed bag of great and mediocre and the trade ends with a prose story of Dave Gibbons making this collection a very weird but good mix indeed I would give this trade 4 stars but the Darko Macan stories are just a real snoozefest so 35 stars it is for me

  6. Thomas Bruso Thomas Bruso says:

    The darker the better

  7. Aaron Aaron says:

    Man what a loss it is that we didn't get Ellis writing Hellblazer They are perfect for each other For the first time since Jamie Delano or hell maybe even Alan Moore's Swamp Thing run John Constantine is dealing with genuine horrorYes Ennis dealt a lot with demons and devils and the odd ghost Paul Jenkins as well But those stories were never really about horror They were high concept con artist stories where Constantine and his cohorts never really feel frightened of anything going on and therefore neither do you the reader Ellis brought it back to its roots though and boy did he nail itEvery story Ellis wrote for this title was a visceral punch you in the gut story about a societal ill framed solidly around a genuine horror story It's the most prescient and readable Hellblazer I've come across yet and a lot of that is down to Ellis's typical ability to let the art do of the talking than the words These stories about ghosts and serial killers and fear of the unknown and the inherent violence of humanity and Ellis really lets them breathe on the page I read this entire volume in about an hour because I was just so taken with everything Ellis had to say in it I feel safe to say that if given the opportunity Ellis would've been the greatest Hellblazer writer of them allHowever this wasn't to be Around the time of Columbine Ellis wrote the smart affective story Shoot about school shootings in American and the unbelievable horror of children faced with living in a world that allows this kind of thing to happen It is by no means exploitative and is in fact one of the best stories in this collection At the time though Vertigo got cold feet and pulled the issue before publication fearing a public backlash despite some early good reviews This led to a fight with Ellis who was trying to say something about the issue with this comic and when they refused to publish he uit the title altogether That might seem kind of dramatic but I can understand it If you pour your heart and soul into trying to say something about a horrible thing beginning to rear its head in the world and the publisher won't let you because they're scared it really seems like being stabbed in the backSo with that Hellblazer lost Ellis He was replaced at first by Darko Macan whose story in this volume is lackluster to say the least Brian Azzarello came along next whose run I'm getting into soon but I think it's still a bummer to see just how great this series could've been with a writer like Ellis at the helm Oh well At least we got a ton of other great stuff out of the guy instead

  8. Keith Keith says:

    I've been working through an era of Hellblazer I hadn't explored before starting with Mike Carey and then working backwards through Ennis' Son of Man and this volume which collectively form the narrative foundation of Carey's run More specifically the main attraction here the 6 part Haunted provides much of the background cast that Carey pulls from way down in Vol 16 But because these are the overstuffed reprint editions this new collection contains not only Haunted but a scattering of short stories from Ellis and other authorsEllis' stories are spiritually connected in that while they do contain magic they are mostly about very real terrible people whose magic is usually second fiddle to their loathesomeness as human beings In this Ellis' run is air suckingly bleak He uses Constantine as a mouthpiece for his own bitterness and London is basically Spider Jerusalem's City with specific geography These stories might as well be cast off Transmetropolitan plots as they are all about a misanthropic hero yelling at the audience and giving comeuppances to horrible people Ellis' style is a little one note but his ability to portray nihilism is not and the one and done stories in particular are impressively bracing Less impressive is the fill in work from Darko Macan whose off balance two parter doesn't really make a lot of sense as well as a trio of Xmas themed stories from past writers Since the reprint editions of Hellblazer are meant to be in chronological order I'm not really sure why all these holiday stories are here especially since they're so short that that probably could have fit pretty easily in the collections where they should have been seuenced I think it's interesting that Carey chose to mine so heavily from Ellis' Haunted storyline as there's a full two year arc from Brian Azzarello that separates Carey and Ellis But I do think Ellis is worth reading both for backstory and because the stories collected here are so intensely grim even for Hellblazer

  9. Kirsten Kirsten says:

    This is a pretty solid Hellblazer collection The first story Haunted by Warren Ellis is pretty classic John finds out that an ex has been grotesuely murdered and her ghost is hanging around so he figures she needs him to get to the bottom of it Or is that just what he needs? I love this for the introduction of Map a magus who in some strange way embodies London There are a number of really good one offs and short stories in this volume as well Frank Teran's art for Locked is fantastic and Darko Macau's story Ashes and Honey showcases Constantine in a rare helpful mood This collection also includes Ellis's controversial Shoot one off which explores school shootings

  10. Heath Lowrance Heath Lowrance says:

    It really is a shame Warren Ellis didn't stick around longer as the writer of Hellblazer He only did one multi part story and a handful of one offs but I think you'll find most fans agree they are some of the very best Hellblazer stories anyone ever did and his agenda as a writer was uniue and worthwhile But circumstances I'll get into later led to him leaving the gig much earlier than planned This volume Haunted contains the entirely of Ellis' work with John ConstantineSpoilers follow as per usualIt starts with the title story Haunted in which Constantine learns of the brutal murder of a former girlfriend Isabelle and is driven to investigate what happened to her With the help of a bent cop called Watford Constantine learns that Isabelle had become the scarlet woman of an up and coming mage named Joshua Wright Wright had abused and defiled Isabelle horrendously in the name of sex magick a la Aleister Crowley and when she was no longer of any use to him slaughtered herLearning that Constantine is on him Wright sends out a couple thugs to work Constantine over brutally but even laid up our man John has means to get things done and mess with Wright's head Upon recovering sometime later Constantine sets in motion his plan for revenge he and Watford snatch Wright up pump him full of blotter acid and leave him in the morgue drawer with Isabelle's bloated corpse NastyLast we see Wright he's stumbling through the streets of London naked and covered in shit babbling out of his head And Isabelle's ghost whom Constantine keeps seeing in a playground the last place she was happy before she met Wright OR Constantine is led off by the hand into a peaceful deathThe art in this one is by John Higgins who continues from the Garth Ennis story in the previous volume and the serious nature of Haunted fits his style considerably betterThis really is a great story outlining the very dark world Constantine inhabits and it shows us how truly vengeful and nasty he can be when pushed Also Ellis throughout gives us very insightful meditations on the nature of London its history its ghosts both real and metaphorical and makes us really feel like London is an actual character in the story He also introduced a handful of very memorable characters in the above mentioned bent cop Watford the aging magician out of another era Clarice and the mystical Map who surveys his magik kingdom from the vast tunnels of the Underground Many years later Mike Carey would bring these characters back in his excellent runHaunted is a hard act to follow but Ellis doesn't miss a step after that with the set of one offs Locked with creepy grimy art by Frank Teran finds Constantine confronting a madman who has been murdering people in his room for twenty years leaving the room psychically scarred so that anyone who enters is driven to murderous impulses Constantine figures out the madman's death wish and drags him out to face justiceThe Crib with pseudo realistic art by Tim Bradstreet normally Bradstreet does only covers and this is the first interior work I can remember him doing since geez I'm not sure I feel like he did some interior work before? I could be wrong Anyway the story is simple this crazed writer has what he believes is a box containing the fetus of the anti Christ in it embedded in his chest where the malignant little fetus pisses into his veins and grants him evil power The writer has been on a murder spree Constantine shows up and corrects him; it's an empty box of corn flakes with a rat inside it taped to his chest and the homicidal writer seemingly drops dead when Constantine rips it from his chestSetting Sun with very manga inspired art by Javier Pulido has Constantine confronting the ghost of a Japanese man who committed atrocities during WWII and needs the same evil things done to him before he can move onIt just occurred to me that those three stories form a kind of trilogy with Constantine engaging in a one on one for the entire issue before getting it sorted There's a very brief meditation on Constantine's former relationships then drawn by James Romberger and then Telling Tales pencilled by the very dynamic Marcelo Frusin who would later during Brian Azzarello's run become the regular artist for a very decent stretch This one is basically just Constantine telling bullshit stories about London's secret occult history to a paranoid journo and it's a lot of fun And then we come to Shoot the story that prematurely ended Ellis' run Not because it was a bad story on the contrary it's goddamn great but because of unfortunate circumstances In the States a federal investigator is trying to get to the bottom of a rash of school shootings and she notices Constantine seems to be present at all of them He shows up in her office urging her to look at the tapes deeper and reveals to her a deeper darker sadder story than anyone could have imagined Excellent art by comics legend Phil Jimenez lends it a lot of weight too It's a very powerful tale made even stronger by the coincidental shootings at Columbine that happened shortly before the issue went to press The powers that be at DCVertigo opted out of publishing the issue feeling it would be insensitive Right or wrong and I can kinda see both sides Warren Ellis uit over itLeft in a lurch Vertigo nabbed a guy named Darko Macan to write the next two issues a tale called Ashes and Honey with art by Gary Erskine and I'm sorry to say it's not very good Then there's a very short tale from Winter's Edge written by good ole' Paul Jenkins with art by Paul Pope whom I really like that takes place sorta between the scenes of when Constantine was visiting Dani's family in New York Up the Down Staircase I think that story was called? From the next volume of Winter's Edge comes a Garth Ennis story with art by Glyn Dillon in which Constantine sits in a bar and contemplates some people he knew who are now dead which is something Ennis likes to have Constantine do Don't get sentimental Constantine our hero says to himself It really doesn't suit you No it doesn't but Garth Ennis still does sentimental every single time And finally the volume wraps up with a Christmas themed prose piece by Dave Gibbons who is a better artist than a writerBut anyway Despite the things tacked on at the end this volume belongs to Warren Ellis Over all his Hellblazer feels like the beginning of I dunno the modern era of the character? He started and ended on the cusp of the 21st century and there's something about these stories that feel like a new dark beginning for Constantine You definitely don't need to have read any previous Hellblazer stories to appreciate this stuff as it makes no references I can recall to anything that happened before it I would really love to have seen what Ellis had in store for Constantine but alas I reckon we'll never know

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