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Hellblazer: Dangerous Habits (Hellblazer Collection #1)

4.30  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,266 Ratings  ·  96 Reviews
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
Apr 14, 2013 Boots rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
Corto Maltese
Sep 27, 2013 Corto Maltese rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
Jun 26, 2009 Kemper rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, comics, magic
The all-time classic John Constatine story against which all others must be measured.
Jul 17, 2012 Brooke rated it liked it
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
Yayoi storey
Jul 18, 2010 Yayoi storey rated it did not like it
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
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
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.
Sep 19, 2013 Paul rated it really liked it
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
Mar 26, 2015 Robert rated it really liked it
smoking, cursing, devils and trickery - everything you want from John Constantine.
Jun 25, 2012 Joseph rated it it was amazing
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
Pritesh Patil
Mar 21, 2016 Pritesh Patil rated it it was amazing
Matt Bromagin
Jun 13, 2014 Matt Bromagin rated it it was ok
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
May 12, 2015 Kate rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 21, 2013 Heather rated it it was ok
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.
Mar 25, 2016 Kahn rated it it was amazing
While familiar with the character of John Constantine, it dawned on me that I had never actually read a Hellblazer book.
Thankfully, a charity shop jaunt has put this right - and what a place to start.
Garth Ennis has produced a darkly sardonic tale of a man literally making a deal with the devil as he deals with a terminal cancer diagnosis.
Brutal, twisted and funny, the artwork beautifully reflects Ennis' dark tale of a man facing the end the only way he knows how - pissed and with a fag on the g
Kl Baudelaire
Mar 11, 2015 Kl Baudelaire rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
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
Jan 13, 2012 Robert rated it liked it

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 easy bargaining chip would've been to threa
Gaurav Vartak
Feb 24, 2016 Gaurav Vartak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic-books
The book that was the partial inspiration for the Keanu Reeves movie. Only, instead of a typical Hollywood 'happily ever after' ending, this has a typical Garth Ennis 'happily ever after' ending. As Ennis takes us through Constantine's slow, inevitable journey towards a lung cancer-induced death, he puts on display all the traits that make Constantine such a brilliant character.

A must read for Constantine fans. A must read for Garth Ennis fans.
Feb 19, 2012 Andrew rated it really liked it
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
Jun 16, 2015 Indika De Silva rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 21, 2010 Addison rated it it was amazing
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
Jose Miguel
Jul 02, 2016 Jose Miguel rated it it was amazing
How can I describe Hellblazer? Is an odyssey. Even if you're not into religion (catholic, more precisely) Garth Ennis letters are worth the ride. More than that, the comic has an identity for himself, and is more likely Vertigo's best (I haven't read much titles of it) and that's also thanks to the entire character of John Constantine. I never read a comic involving him before, so this is my first experience with the title, and what a title this is. The title is controversial, but cleverly narra ...more
Feb 11, 2015 Cristhian rated it it was amazing
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).

Jan 30, 2014 Orla rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 12, 2015 Alfie rated it it was amazing
Ennis' Hellblazer run didn't begin with this one, but here's where he hit his stride. I kinda dig Simonson's art too although Steve Dillon was to come in much later. Parts of the Keanu Reeves movie was based on this one.
Mark Myers
Feb 19, 2015 Mark Myers rated it really liked it
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.
Carles Muñoz Miralles
Apr 11, 2016 Carles Muñoz Miralles rated it really liked it
Garth Ennis sienta las bases de lo que será su escritura posterior, tanto en Hellblazer como en casi toda su protección: violencia, humor negro y mezclas de género negro y religión.
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.
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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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“I'm the one who steps from the shadows, all trenchcoat and cigarette and arrogance, ready to deal with the madness. Oh, I've got it all sewn up. I can save you. If it takes the last drop of your blood, I'll drive your demons away. I'll kick them in the bollocks and spit on them when they're down and then I'll be gone back into darkness, leaving only a nod and a wink and a wisecrack. I walk my path alone... who would walk with me?” 29 likes
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