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John Constantine, Hellblazer: Dangerous Habits Paperback – March 1, 1994
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It is entirely likely that anyone reading this review doesn't need me to say a thing about it. You already know who John Constantine is (even those of you who don't follow comics, thanks to the recent Keanu Reeves vehicle). You probably even know what issue numbers are contained in this book, which was the beginning of Garth Ennis' stint as the primary writer, and what happens in them. On the off chance, however, that someone who's not into comics stumbles across this review, I'll go ahead and say "get this."
Chain-smoking, hard-drinking John Constantine, rake, magician, and all-around bad guy, has just found out he has terminal lung cancer. He's going to die. He has few to turn to for help; most of his friends are dead, and both friends and adversaries still alive are loath to help him for various reasons of their own. Thus, Constantine has to come up with a typically brilliant, diabolical plan in order to get himself out of an inextricable mess.
Granted, this is a regular day in the life of the Hellblazer, but Ennis, the man behind the great Preacher, brings a style and energy to Constantine's character that's undeniable and attractive. He's a bit less comfortable with some of the minor characters from older issues, as if he's still getting used to being thrust into their skins, but as this story arc is highly centered around Constantine and a new character, that doesn't play as important a part as one might at first think. (The Snob, especially, is... well, downright boring here.) Ennis' writing is as witty and wiseacre as ever, and, well, it's simply a load of fun. If you're not familiar with Constantine, you may want to hunt down Original Sins before this, but this is one you'll definitely want to go on to. *** ½
This would be cool enough, but the whole point of the story is how mr. Constantine works his way out of this major inconvenience. I won't spoil it for you - but I'm sure nobody else but Constantine would have thought of that.
Oh, and the other important thing. This book is not about what I just described, but about death, friendship and the way you look at your life and the world itself. Not bad indeed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Garth Ennis was born as a writer parthogenetically from the accumulated work of Alan Moore, Steve Bissette, John Toltleben, and Jamie Delano. Read morePublished on October 17, 2011 by Danny C. Johnson
This is a great book to start the Hellblazer series with, because it's a self-contained story. That's probably why they based the movie Constantine on this book. Read morePublished on August 5, 2011 by Joseph Dewey
'Dangerous Habits' is the first Hellblazer book you should read. If you loved Preacher, Sandman, or similar, this is of the same calibre. Poignant, gripping, and fun. Read morePublished on February 21, 2011 by Greg Bosworth
I like to find items like this when I like a movie that is related to the theme of the story.Published on January 7, 2010 by L. McDonald
Granted, there are differences in the stories. (Mild differences.) And, the book is better than the movie. (Mildly better. Read more
Garth Ennis decides to take the decidedly low-rent, if dangerous John Constantine even lower. Smoking a lot really is bad for you, even if you are a magician of sorts. Read morePublished on September 3, 2007 by average
Garth Ennis is one of the most consistently entertaining writers in comics today, and one of the most challenging. DANGEROUS HABITS is the beginning of that. Read morePublished on December 21, 2005 by The Blue Thunder Bomb
i have been a fan of the dc vertigo series for a while. i finally came around to reading this book after watching the movie. Read morePublished on February 24, 2005 by Jack Thanatos
Garth Ennis' Hellblazer defined John Constantine for me. The snide, scrabbling, hard drinking, hard smoking man of magic. Read morePublished on February 21, 2005 by Ryan Pritchard