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Hellblazer: Dangerous Habits (Hellblazer Collection #1)

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John Constantine, the main character in Hellblazer, was originally a very minor character in DC Comics' Swamp Thing. Next came his only series, in which this hard-smoking, hard-drinking, all around manipulator walked the thin line of magic between this world and hell. So when Irishman Garth Ennis was asked to write this comic book, he had asked himself, "What could I possi ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published March 1st 1994 by Vertigo (first published 1991)
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Printable Tire
I can't tell whether or not Hellblazer is a good thing to read while trying to quit smoking (okay okay cutting back on smoking) or a bad thing. On the one hand, John Constantine gets lung cancer from smoking 20-30 cigarettes a day since he was 17. I don't know how old Mr. Constantine is, but he looks to me to be at the most in his mid 30's. That's pretty scary. On the other hand, he smokes like a chimney in nearly every panel, which is quite vicariously appealing, and he cheats death by getting ...more
Corto Maltese
This is where it really begins.

If you ever want to introduce someone to John Constantine, give him/her this book. -One can go back to the earlier Delano - Stories, once one is already addicted to the character. I recently reread all those volumes and can only say that even when Delano get's more and more the hang of the character to the end of his run, it's Garth Ennis' story that is really defining.
All basic elements of John are highlited here, the trickster/punk, the jinx, the friend, the sel
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Brooke
The first Hellblazer book by Garth Ennis isn't as good as previous writer Jamie Delano's best, but it is far, far better than Delano's worst. As pretty much anything can be.

I like Constantine's solution to his troubles, it was clever and in line with his character. As much as I loathed some of the events from past books, I was glad to see them continually referenced. Continuity is good (although I am gratefully thanking whoever decided to NOT collect the apparent Constantine-in-the-womb-with-his
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Kemper
The all-time classic John Constatine story against which all others must be measured.
Yayoi storey
my first venture into the world of John Constantine/hellblazer.
It was lame.
Garth Ennis wrote one of my favorite comics- The Preacher.
You may be familiar with the story of constantine via the keanu reeves sci fi horror movie of the same name. I loved the scifi action horror flick.
As far as this book goes, the smarmy english sodding, bollocks, blokey, pissing shite head that he is was laid on too thick for me. oh, he outsmarts the devil, not once, but twice! while he is pissed (drunk) out of h
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Nathan
Hellblazer Book 6: "Dangerous Habits" collects Hellblazer issues 41-46 -- the first story from Garth Ennis' run on the title.

This is one of the very best Hellblazer books out there, and other than Book 1 (Hellblazer Original Sins), it's probably the best starting point for new readers. Along with Original Sins and Hellblazer The Fear Machine, this book is one of my favorites from the title. Not only that, but it really stands on its own pretty well; they really should make a movie about this on
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Boots
for me, this is the best thing garth ennis ever wrote. nothing has measured up since, frankly, but at least there's this: a wonderfully frightening story about john constantine coming face to face with his mortality in a way that doesn't feel cheap or merely a device for plotting with the devil.

if they had just made this book into a movie instead of borrowing the tiniest kernel of the idea and turning it into such rubbish, it could have been epic. constantine goes up against the devil and wins
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Jedhua
My Brief Bookshelf Overview: grim, likable-or-deep-characters, mature, steady-storytelling-style, story-not-intriguing-enough

Additional Notes: This collection contains Hellblazer issues #41-46.


John Constantine is dying, and for the first three issues, almost nothing comes out of it but talk. Even if it gets better, it couldn't be by enough to keep me reading.
Paul
Constantine is up to his good old Constantine self in this pretty good story by Garth Ennis.
He manages to fool the Devil (something, apparently, no one has ever managed to do - err, Garth, you do know there are a bunch of stories out there where people do exactly that, right?) and manipulates him into, well, I wont spoil it for you, but if you've seen the movie, they do sort of use this idea in there as well.
This is also the story where Ennis introduces kit, John's Love of his life Irish girl. A
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Robert
smoking, cursing, devils and trickery - everything you want from John Constantine.
Joseph
I like how the writing goes into many levels and how John has to ties all of his loose ends. Yet he also meets a nice old man in hospital who gives him a brief Philosophy which Constantine takes in. As well as that I like the use of shadows and the colouring to set the tone of the graphic novel itself. It really sets the scene on many different levels.

I would recommend this to any one who is interested in starting the Hellblazer saga (like me) and great for those who ae a fan of the series who w
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Matt Bromagin
Just decent. This is the one that is only lightly touched down on in the movie. Constantine finds out he has terminal stage lung cancer and meets with old acquaintances to remove it magically. Coming up empty, he ends up just trying to say goodbye to the few people he hasn't gotten killed or screwed over.

It's a good story. Went through it pretty quick. The art is absolutely atrocious. Some of the worst I've ever seen in a comic book. I say this with no exaggeration. Everyone looked like they we
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Kate
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 ...more
Heather
I think I just don't *like* John Constantine. (Or Garth Ennis.) He's kind of an unlikeable bastard. But at least he's sort of aware of that.
Kl Baudelaire
A bleak but entertaining little romp, as Constantine is diagnosed with terminal cancer and makes various attempts to save his life.
While there are some nods to it (and one big old double-page spread devoted to it), this volume lacks the political bite of the first volume (Original Sins) by Jamie Delano. Garth Ennis' John Constantine also lacks much of the poetry that Delano's was given to indulging in, and the language of the book is broadly less playful and interesting. The art has also become
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Shannon Appelcline
Dangerous Habits (41-46). This remains a very definitive Constantine story. The polished and aloof John of the Swamp THing stories is long gone, but here we get an iconic characterization of John the trickster. Plunged into a realistic disaster, he fights back in the only way he can … and the result is terrific. As with so many Constantine writers, Ennis drops the previous supporting cast and creates his own, which I don't like … but seeing the first appearances of Ellie, the Snob, and Kit is no ...more
Robert
--SPOILER ALERT--

I haven't read too many graphic novels or comic book fiction since I was in middle school, but among the ones I have read are dark, noir, vigilante-style plot lines like Hellblazer. This takes nothing away from the uniqueness of this storyline, which I think is easily its strong point.



The one thing I don't get is why the devil is so naive. Constantine cares little to nothing about himself, so why not hit him where it really hurts...an easy bargaining chip would've been to threa
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Andrew
This is a great read but to be honest the sticker on the front saying the book that inspired the film constantine - really does it a disservice. You see yes the characters are named the same and they are in the same line of business - defeating hell however the location, the character, whole feel of the story line is different. I will not give too much away and no i will admit i loved the film just that this is so far from the film connecting the two together really will disappoint and surprise ...more
Indika De Silva
This is first official John Constantine graphic novel I read and what a rush it gave. I am already aware of the genius of Garth Ennis but this was something out of this world.

I thought the movie starring Keanu Reeves was awesome as it is loosely based on this book. But the book is far better in every possible way.

I am now officially a fan of Hellblazer and John Constantine.
Addison
I'd have to reread the first couple years of Preacher to say this for sure, but Dangerous Habits was the best Garth Ennis story arc I've read so far. Along with that, it's definitely the best arc I've read in recent memory. Every single issue was excellent The writing, plot, characterization (especially of John, Brendan, and Matt), and the previously unknown to me art of penciller Simpson were all incredible. If I had to find a single thing wrong with these six issues, it would be the guest inke ...more
Sud666
If you are a fan of Mr. Enis or of John Constantine, then this is a great story arc for you. The movie was based loosely off this story and the comic shows why it is far superior. The ending to the story as clever as it is, still manages to show JC as the self-absorbed morally ambiguous character that he is. Well done Mr. Enis.
Cristhian
Aquí es donde comienza realmente la leyenda de John Constantine. Esta es LA historia, la que lo convierte en el mejor con-man de la historia. Este arco siembra todo lo que lo acompañaría hasta el final de los tiempos y el por qué todos en el infierno lo odian (y hasta cierto punto, lo respetan).

11/10
Orla
Hellblazer as Hellblazer should be, weird, nihilistic, angry, crude and funny as hell (pun totally intended).

This is in many ways the cointicential Constantine, it gives you a really clear impression of who he is and how he lives his life. He's a sorcerer, sort of, but as he tells his sister magic is kind of a load of bollox.

He still manages to cure his own caner though.
Mark Myers
Far and away the best collection of Hellblazer so far. Love Ennis' work on Preacher and this collection runs in the same vein - questioning death, dying, and Heaven/Hell. The big problem I have with the collections is that are not order, they pick and choose from the large body of Constantine material.
Michelle Morrell
Constantine gets his terminal cancer diagnosis and has to race the clock to find a way out of a ticket straight to hell. He's consummate Constantine here, wily and crafty, a caring utter bastard. Still can't believe how delightfully 80s these are.
Dan
Faced with mortality and the life he has lived. This was an interesting story and one that helps make sense of later issues.
Jack Gattanella
I'm was not even finished with it yet - two more issues to go - and it was for me the best thing Ennis has written. True existential nightmarishness for a master magician. It's poignant, darkly funny (mostly with, unexpectedly, the old dying man in the hospital, Matt, who has great cancer stories to tell), and really, really sad. But it never dips into schmaltz or sentimentality - when John says his goodbye to his sister, it's heartfelt, and its meant, and it doesn't parse words. Excellent artwo ...more
Christian
There's so much humanity in this comic. Despite being written by Garth Ennis and starring everyone's favorite British bastard John Constantine, this is a story about humanity. Constantine's dying of lung cancer from his trademark cigarettes, so he sets off to make amends with the living and the dead. Between all of Constantine's trickery, this is a story about sharing drinks with friends, about finding humor in your last moments, about the warmth that exists in a cold world. It ends with a Pogue ...more
Travis
John Constantine has lung cancer. He then realizes that he has managed to piss of both Heaven and Hell and really isn't looking forward to finding out which one he'll end up in.
So, he decides in his own special well to find a cure or cut a deal with one or the other so he won't spend eternity getting tormented by either side.
There's lots of drinking, the devil's receptionist, friends and lots of soul searching and really clever resolution.
One of the all time great Hellblazer stories. Really thin
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Ennis began his comic-writing career in 1989 with the series Troubled Souls. Appearing in the short-lived but critically-acclaimed British anthology Crisis and illustrated by McCrea, it told the story of a young, apolitical Protestant man caught up by fate in the violence of the Irish 'Troubles'. It spawned a sequel, For a Few Troubles More, a broad Belfast-based comedy featuring two supporting ch ...more
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