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Product Details

  • Series: Hellblazer
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo; First Edition edition (May 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401231535
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401231538
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.2 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,006,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sean Murphy is an American comic book artist. His artwork has appeared in the pages of Crush and Star Wars for Dark Horse, Batman/Scarecrow: Year One, Teen Titans and Hellblazer for DC Comics. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By UltimateFan on September 26, 2011
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I'm a big fan of John Constantine and the "John Constantine: Hellblazer" series. Constantine is one of the coolest characters in comics. My favorite Constantine story is probably the original graphic novel, "All His Engines". "Pandemonium" and "Dark Entries" are just two other Constantine stories that are also right up there as being masterful works of horror. This entry is also worthy of being mentioned in the same breath as those others I just touted.

Si Spencer does a really good job of weaving a thoroughly enjoyable "Hellblazer" tale that invokes all of the traits of the John Constantine character that fans love and relish. His sneeringly sarcastic wit, devilish charm, determination, detective skills, magic abilities, and overall James Dean-like cool are all on display here. The plot never lingers too long, always pushing forward and upping the stakes. It's a very brutal story. Not for the faint of heart. There are also twists and turns along the way that keep you glued to your seat. And the story concludes with that classic, triumphant "I got the last laugh" Constantine reversal-of-fortune ending that is what, in my opinion, makes the series so much fun to read.

The art by Sean Murphy is a blend of both house and indie styles. His characters are generally very realistic-looking, yet have a somewhat jagged, skewed, cartoonish appearance to them that has the bloody fingerprints of originality smeared all over them. His style is fresh and unique. It's both highly detailed(which, in this case, leads to some extremely disturbing and gory scenes) and exceptional in its ability to draw your main focus to what is most vital to the scene, allowing you to soak in all the wonderfully illustrated backgrounds without being distracting. Murphy has a definite command of his art.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BK on June 16, 2012
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After a car accident that leads to Constantine's hospitalization, two twisted doctors use Constantine's blood to infect the city's inhabitants, effectively demon-possessing them.

"City of Demons" is my introduction to Hellblazer's world and it titles itself appropriately: the book has dark, grotesque, and snippy elements all wrapped up within what I found to be an intriguing plot.

It is a fairly linear story providing minimal twists but strong character work carries it along. The writing is definitely UK and it took some time to adjust but it was a welcome journey. Constantine as a character truly gets established and his reluctant-hero persona is never lost; I finally understand John Constantine's appeal now for I found myself wanting to know more about him page-after page.

Sean Murphy's lively, sketchy art is absolutely stunning. Although there are some over-rendered panels, with tons of crosshatching littering characters' faces, it remains awesome eye-candy that successfully coordinates with the script. Storytelling-wise, there were several unclear panels which forced me to reread the page, but I honestly did not mind for the art looked so great.

Overall, it is a well-written, great-looking tale that kept my full attention until the end.

Coming into the book, I obviously knew Hellblazer is entrenched in dark content, but it personally was a bit too much for me. A handful of "mature-rated" comics line my bookshelf but this one pushed the bar to a far higher level with its cannibalistic images and some sick material one would probably expect from a demonic story.

Objectively speaking, "City of Demons" is a solid, solid standalone graphic novel that kept a Hellblazer newcomer like me interested despite minor flaws with storytelling, art preferences, and occasional loose writing. That being said, this is a city I do not plan on returning to anytime soon.
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By Amazon Customer on February 28, 2015
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The ending was a little weak due to mail/editorial issues, but Si Spencer clearly captures the voice of John Constantine.
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By Amazon Customer on April 15, 2015
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Great story telling coupled with stunning art work! A must read for any Constantine fan!
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By Connie Germann on March 7, 2015
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Absolutely one of my favorite hellblazer stories!
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More About the Author

Si Spencer is a British TV dramatist and graphic novelist. His TV credits include Eastenders, The Bill and Grange Hill. His graphic novel work includes a stint as editor of cult classic 'Deadline' (Home of Tank Girl) as well as Judge Dredd, The Books of Magick (in collaboration with Neil Gaiman), Hellblazer and his own title 'The Vinyl Underground'.

Si also works as a freelance editor to new and established screenwriters. A keen quiz buff, he has started a series of fiendishly difficult trivia quiz books.

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