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  • Series: Hellblazer (Graphic Novels)
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo; First Edition edition (July 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401240933
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401240936
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 6.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #572,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The long-running British magician known as Hellblazer was recently rebooted into the magic-centric DC universe, where scruffy, snarky John Constantine stands at the center of the usual gang of costumed crusaders. In this final volume of stories from the original series, Constantine's mature-audience swan song is strung together from several shorter works that, if nothing else, get to the center of the kind of supernatural grit Hellblazer specialized in. In one story, Constantine investigates a ghostly suicide bridge. In others, more family problems, including a long-lost relative, demand his attention and suggest that black magic is a curse that runs through a family's DNA. In the finale—no spoiler here—Constantine grapples with his own death, dealing with it in the same way he faces everything else: through disingenuousness and finely-tuned planning to beat the supernatural on its own terms. As usual, the character of Constantine waivers between off-putting charm and sincere untrustworthiness. One of the hallmarks of the Hellblazer series was Constantine's real-time aging, and here, as a tired magic practitioner floating around 60, both he and the series wear their age well. (July)

Review

Praise for Milligan's Hellblazer: The Devil's Trenchcoat:

"An interesting, amusing, and slightly disgusting look at one of the quieter periods of Constantine's life."—IGN

"It's creepy and makes me want to read the next issue, and that's exactly what "Hellblazer" should do."—CBR

Praise for Milligan's Red Lanterns:

"Peter Milligan is a master of comics writing."—USA Today
"Remarkable."—The New York Times
"Awesome."—Ain't It Cool News

Praise for Milligan's Stormwatch:

"The book is smart, entertaining, and blessed with just the proper dose of sci-fi flair to keep things unpredictable."—IGN

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MWebb TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 18, 2013
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Want a 10 Star series all the way through? Lucifer Book One.

Hellblazer is about a 9 Star series ... to me ... but if you aren't a big fan of magic and the occult (I am) it's really only about a 6 (we are talking on a 1-5 Amazon star rating system, so it's still off the official charts, LOL).

But what a poor ending on this one.

What I would have liked to see was Constantine in Hell. Not as a denizen - but as their designated "fixer."

Or in Heaven - as THEIR designated "fixer."

Or even as Julia(n)'s BFFWBFL (best friend forever with benefits for life) - the love of that Babylonian shape-shifting demon's life (remember the love potion?). Yeah Constantine, try escaping that immortal love nest!

I guess it's hard to ask a writer to hit a home run on the farewell stretch ... but ....

I don't think I'm killing any sales by being honest at this juncture. Completists will have to buy this collection. And ordinary readers can enjoy it for less than the cost of a bad movie at the multiplex, thanks to Amazon's aggressive pricing on graphic novels.

We'll never have another Constantine. But at least we had a great 300 episode run!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Kelly on July 10, 2013
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Basically I came to the "Hellblazer" series a little late; having started my graphic novel obsession with Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman" and Warren Ellis' classic "Transmetropolitan" in the late 90's early 00's.. Forget now but probably read "Fear and Loathing" or one of the other trades first.. then realized the calibre of character development, plot and dialogue.. and went back, slowly purchasing all the trades and loved the journey.. Which is why the finale was a bit of a let down for me.. The introduction of portents, or a vision of death was well set up, but the "execution" was poorly delivered I thought.. Yes **SPOILER** the Terry Greaves angle was an interesting approach.. but I was expecting something a little more.. "epic".. There's so much history behind the character of John Constantine to just allow him to become a victim of circumstance.. I was expecting some demonic entity (whether new and asserting his dominance in the ranks of Hell, or an old friend.. first of the fallen.. one of his children.. etc.) to be pulling strings in the wings.. finally getting the better of John as John himself has done so many times.. maybe finishing with some subtle nod to Constantine having survived after all.. But no.. a thug looking to climb the ranks of the Terry Greaves criminal empire.. Eh.. just thought it a tad weak..

Must say though, the previous stories "Suicide Bridge"/"The House of Wolves"/"The Curse of the Constantines" were all up to Milligan's usual standard; ("Bloody Carnations" and "Phantom Pains" containing some of the greatest arcs of the entire run..) "The Curse of the Constantines" is an especially excellent conclusion to a part of the "Hellblazer" mythology I was hoping would be resolved, in essence, John making good on a promise made to his dying sister Cheryl..
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!! SPOILER ALERT; some of what follows might reveal too much, so don't read past the first part of the review if you want to keep secrets secret.
This work, were it not the proclaimed "end of the series" for Vertigo, I would rate this a 2.5. The stories, while only loosely connected, are at times engaging and even moving. But I would say this the weakest entry by a writer and artistic ten that have had a very uneven run, at best. Since the "end of the series" is loudly proclaimed, however, Milligan should have to rise to the occasion, bettering his own game by setting a higher bar. The problem is, he doesn't succeed at either; I'm not sure he even tried.
Milligan's prior books were engaging, but flawed contributions to the Constantine universe. The doomed live affair of Phoebe and John was a great hook to the new arc, and the addition of a female character who could not only match and even beat Constantine witticism for witticism but also be a powerful practitioner of magic; Epiphany's dark family past and live for John made for good story telling, but in the process of adding new characters Milligan trivialized and turned into pathetic parodies some of the most powerful and interesting characters in the saga: Nergal is reduced to a joke who, for no narrative reason I can see other than giving the author a chance say "Look at me!! Look at how enlightened I am!!", is made into the bisexual lover of Aleister Crowley (why?). This is representative of how Milligan either turns well-established characters into parodies, or introduces them in bizarre and illogical ways (in a prior volume, John's dad is shown sitting in the audience at the "wedding" of John and Epiphany.
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Did not like the ending at all .Having said that I normally have to re-read many of the Hell Raisers before a get a real feel for them because they tend to bleed into each other. Even though John can be a real p...k sometimes, I really like the character so I tend to just go along with the storyline but this ending was disappointing and that's a shame seeing as how this is the last issue published under the "Vertigo" label. You think the writer would have gone out with another type of "bang". Gonna miss the John I've come to know and love. I'm not sure I will continue to read DC's John. Perhaps I'll give it a chance and see how much they tame him.
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