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Hellblazer: Joyride (Hellblazer Graphic Novels #27)

4.18  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,381 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
John Constantine is an unconcerned, somewhat amoral occultist with a British working-class background. He's a hero of sorts, who manages to come out on top through a combination of luck, trickery and genuine magical skill.

In this volume, written by fan-favorite Andy Diggle, Constantine discovers that there is a supernatural cause for the violence, crime and drug abuse of

Paperback, 192 pages
Published February 20th 2008 by Vertigo
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Jul 02, 2011 Joseph rated it really liked it
Borrowed from Karen.

After all the crummy comics, I've read recently, it was nice to see that John Constantine is still putting together a solid run. I'm a little underwhelmed by the forces he's put up against in this book (and apparently the next as well), but it's just plain fun to see the biggest badass in comics strutting his stuff.
Nov 17, 2015 Fantifica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reseña de Lorenzo Martínez · Nota: 7,7 · Reseña en Fantífica

John Constantine es uno de esos personajes de cómic que apenas necesitan presentación. Sin embargo, es casi obligatorio dejar caer que fue creado por el gran Alan Moore y por Stephen Bissete y que apareció por primera vez en el número 37 de la revista Swamp Thing, antes de que DC Comics tomara al personaje y lo convirtiera en la estrella de Hellblazer. Desde entonces Constantine ha tenido varios cameos en historias como Los libros de la
Sep 14, 2014 Abhishek rated it it was amazing
Ah, what a treat! My second one of the Hellblazer series and I am simply loving John Constantine. An unconventional hero, his actions, his dialogues, his thought process, everything is a delight to observe. Andy Diggle has pulled off a marvelous story in Hellblazer: Joyride, where each action is delicately connected to the other such that it makes the reader pause for a moment to frame the whole scenario again. There is the whole angle of "an occult at work" ingrained in the story but it raises ...more
Nov 14, 2008 Kemper rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, comics, magic
A return to the old school John Constantine as he decides to drop a lot of the self-pity and begins to reassert himself as a player in the occult.
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
Not bad at all. After all the angst of the Carey run and Mina's gloomy tales, Diggle brings back the kickass, Scouser Constantine.
Jun 02, 2008 Eric rated it really liked it
Interesting juxtaposition of people stealing a car and people skinriding other people.
Oct 16, 2015 Meepelous rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, dc
Reading this I couldn't help but draw some comparisons between it and my brief (very disappointing) foray into the Madam Xanadu comics. Both following similar dark occult plot lines.

Where John Constantine, for all his crusty edges, is a joy to read. The same cannot be said of the otherwise rather beautiful Madam Xanadu comics. I think one of the biggest (and least political) differences between them is that while Constantin's mythos is made up of all traditional parts - his story is original. Ma
Jul 19, 2010 Justin rated it really liked it
Writer Andy Diggle, who, at the time of this writing, is tackling Marvel's DAREDEVIL and brought THE LOSERS to Vertigo and the big screen, takes a shot at HELLBLAZER and in inimitable fashion, continues to develop the mythology and potential of Vertigo's longest-running series.

Aided by artist Leonardo Manco, Diggle undertakes a small handful of tasks that immediately set his run on the series as unique.

The first of which is the two-chapter story that marries a crime noir-ish approach to Constant
Rena Sherwood
This graphic novel contained all of the things that I loved about Hellblazer in the first place: attitude, great art and even greater dialogue -- with a British twist. I loved the way Diggle dug into the basic drives of Constantine and dealt with all the dirt found. Also good to see Constantine up against a clever real-world (sorta) adversary. Almost makes me wish I smoked.
Talyseon Talyseon
John Constantine is nobodies idea of nice guy. Necessary? Oh,yeah. His stories are thinking man's comic books, pioneering a genre I like to call Supernatural Comics Noir. Check out my full review here: Hellblazer: Joyride
Nov 02, 2014 Jaimie rated it really liked it
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Apr 17, 2015 Hmpf rated it really liked it
Reread the three stories that make up this volume in floppy form
This volume collects three stories - or two, if you count the first two as parts of a larger whole, which they essentially are. I was a bit underwhelmed by the return to Ravenscar - for a resolution to such a formative part of John Constantine's life, it felt too slight. The five-issue story that lends the trade paperback its name is pretty solid, though, and so is the two-parter in which Constantine tries to talk his way out of bei
Jan 16, 2014 Danika rated it it was amazing
Fantastic dark book, just as Hellblazer should be. Three unconnected stories of Constantine going up against the dark depth of humanity.
I thought the art was fantastic too, sharing the darkness of the stories with an almost grubby noir edge.
Dony Grayman
Nov 29, 2014 Dony Grayman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: decto, fegrande, ed-esp
Tomo 1 de 3 en edición española.
Jul 23, 2011 Darrell rated it liked it
Investigating the death of a fellow magician leads Constantine to a man who has the ability to possess other people's bodies. Despite making Constantine more powerful than he's ever been before, Andy Diggle's version of Constantine comes off as more ineffectual than previous writers' treatments. This volume is somewhat political as it deals with class warfare. The ending isn't entirely satisfying, but I get the impression Diggle is building up to something.
Mar 07, 2016 Lauri rated it really liked it
Andy Diggle'i esimesed 4+4 lugu autorina. Esimesed 4 on koomilis-õudne või õud-koomiline oma gangsterite, jõkke uputatud inimeste ja kinniseotud ja tõusuvett ootava Constantine'ga. Teine nelik avab kurja lordi loo kes armastab inimeste kehasid üle võtta, neis igasugu pahategusid teha ja siis ohvri teadmatuna sooritatud kuritöödest maha jätta, siit ka kogumiku nimi. See lordi teema areneb edasi järgmisse kahte kogumikku. Tugev kogumik.
Apr 01, 2010 Frank rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel, horror
Really captures the inate coolness of John Constantine as he regains his mojo and gets back to work. Still hoping for a true Constantine movie. The one we got wasn't bad, but it was more of an occult Keanu Reeves movie and not all that true to the character at all. Once againn makes you wonder why studios spend all that money to buy the rights to a an established character only to NOT make a movie about that character.
Jay Bullman
May 02, 2010 Jay Bullman rated it really liked it
I have little background with this character. I've read a smattering of issues here and there and had very up and down reactions to them. This was fun and creative. There were moments when I felt like there was a whole lot of history that I just wasn't aware of but it didn't take away from my enjoyment of the present story. I'm definitley ready to read more of this from Mr. Diggle.
Guy Robinson
Aug 17, 2013 Guy Robinson rated it really liked it
It is rare to find a Hellblazer I've yet to read and this one was worthwhile finding.

Constantine suffers, often burdened by what he discoverers and what he is asked to do. In this one he confronts his past troubles in his usual low-key (and often brutal) way as a kind of anti-hero Doctor Who.

Not recommended to anyone of a sensitive disposition.
Aug 19, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Hellblazer is my kind of dark. I laughed at his side comments (which means it's a good one). Constantine gets his head straight (well his straight) a kind of turning a new leaf or old. This book has murderers, ghosts, body changing, a look into his past at a psych ward and a creepy cult. The every kind of situation Mr. Constantine gets involved with.
Jul 14, 2009 Jack rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Gives you everything you want from Hellblazer: weird horror, nonsensical but creepy curses, and snarky humor. This book was better than some of the other Hellblazer I've been reading lately in that over the course of one loose story arc it managed to tell several interesting and very different stories. Good horror fun.
May 08, 2009 Alida rated it it was ok
The concept is fascinating but the execution is average. The proposed blend of magic, theology and myth is a very good concept, however the result falls flat due to the poor frame of metaphysical and theological concepts. Dante's hell metaphor is so overused and by now frankly boring.
Jun 07, 2012 Dean rated it really liked it
Excellent stuff from Andy Diggle, he captures both the darkness of the stories and the humour of Constantine perfectly. Enjoyed the first half of the book the most, but overall a great read. Suitably murky art complements the writing.
Mimi Schweid
Feb 18, 2015 Mimi Schweid rated it it was amazing
I'm in love with Andy Diggle's writing with Leonardo Manco's art. Manco's art is some of my favorite of the series. Joyride was a crazy ride from start to finish. One of my favorite trades of the series that I own at the moment.
Apr 03, 2015 Trisha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
It's very exciting to see John Constantine get in and out of trouble with sarcastic smooth-talking. The illustrations are awesome.
Shannon Appelcline
Oct 11, 2015 Shannon Appelcline rated it it was amazing
A strong start for Diggle. Constantine's 'return to form' in the Ravenscar arc is particularly good. Though the 'Joyride' arc isn't quite as memorable, it's nice to see the new, stronger Constantine can still lose.
Oct 13, 2012 Jon rated it it was amazing
John decides it's time for a return to the self-assured, swaggering, know-it-all Constantine I first met in Swamp Thing. Before, you know, the trouble in Newcastle... And it's great to watch.
Sep 09, 2015 Diana rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Good storyline, but I'm really not a fan of the gazillion text boxes telling us his entire internal monologue.
Good comics let you experience the entire story via images and dialogue only.
Never liked Diggle as a writer. I find it particularly annoying when he writes Constantine as a Geordie than a Scouser.
Jan 01, 2011 Stephen rated it liked it
Yeah, not bad Hellblazer. Not going to convert you if you weren't a fan, but I enjoyed it.
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Andy Diggle is a British comic book writer and former editor of 2000 AD. He is best known for his work on The Losers,Swamp Thing, Hellblazer, Adam Strange and Silent Dragon at DC Comics and for his run on Thunderbolts and Daredevil after his move to Marvel.

In 2013 Diggle left writing DC's Action Comics and began working with Dynamite Entertainment, writing a paranormal crime series Uncanny. He is
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