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Hellblazer: The Gift (Hellblazer Graphic Novels #24)

4.24  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,121 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Collecting HELLBLAZER #207-215! One of Constantine's blunders proves disastrous for a loved one, forcing him to ally himself with the last person he would choose. The path Constantine finds himself on leads directly to Hell, where he must confront the dread demon Nergal, Constantine's longtime adversary.
Paperback, 232 pages
Published 2007 by Titan Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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Oct 30, 2013 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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John Constantine, Hellblazer: The Gift by Mike Carey

Yeah, it would be just like me to start reading a writer's take on a character by reading the ending first.
Ah well, this was a good series a
This was a great ending to Mike Carey's run in Hellblazer. Bringing it full circle to the council estates and bringing in the more human element was great. It was all about how messed up families are. How love tends to destroy everything and cause untold pain. How you can't save the ones you care about. Constantine going to hell to save his sister and then his treatment of his "children" could not be more different. For a comic that is mostly a trip through hell with hideous demons on every page ...more
Feb 07, 2014 Jaimie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 21, 2016 David Agranoff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mike Carey writes the best Hellblazers! The young Constantine story is the best part
Jul 19, 2010 Justin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Watch closely and it would appear that John Constantine isn't completely incapable of tears at the conclusion of "The Gift," and chances are, readers will also lament the exit of writer Mike Carey, whose run Vertigo's HELLBLAZER comes to its final and inevitable conclusion.

But what a gift it was.

To be quite clear, fans (and even detractors) of LUCIFER discovered that Mike Carey had very different designs when he signed on to write the adventures of the chain-smoking anti-hero. LUCIFER was a spra
Printable Tire
Well, people are probably pretty sick of me writing reviews of Hellblazer books at this point. I don't really have anything to say about this one. It's pretty good, but then again I haven't read any other Hellblazer books from this timepoint so I had no idea what was really going on or who was who or what was what in the main story. The minor stories in the back were good, although their main fascination, mainly Constantine blaming himself for letting all his friends die, seems tired. It already ...more
Jul 02, 2011 Joseph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Liars, cheaters, and ne'er-do-wells
Borrowed from Karen.

John Constantine is a survivor with a death wish, piling debt upon debt, until when it finally comes time to pay the piper, he pulls out a brand new credit card, transfers the balance, and starts the whole vicious little cycle over again. The Gift catches him right at the moment when he's desperately looking through his wallet to see if he can pull the same trick all over again.

Tormented by his three demon children, and forced to work with the demon Nergal, one of his oldest
Jan 14, 2012 Darrell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Someone you loved is dead, and it seems as if the world should end. But it doesn't end. It doesn't even change. That's what's unbearable."

After the death of his sister, John Constantine travels to Hell to get her soul back while Gemma and Angie guard her body. He's forced to team up with his oldest enemy, Nergal, who plays Virgil to his Dante on their voyage through Hell. Along the way, they cross a bridge of souls in purgatory, encounter Constantine's demonic doppelgänger, and face the devil h
Oct 14, 2009 Shashank rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
The graphic novel features typical Hellblazer series artwork.
Imagining the scene in reality is almost impossible due to the context being supernatural.
Additionally it brings together various dark myth characters and presents a face-off between Constantine and his most dangerous enemy(personally).
But it is in continuation from the one previous to it so please read that.
Luckily I happened to read both in series and can't wait to lay m hands on the next.
It also shows Constantine's human side as a d
Stephen Theaker
Mar 09, 2008 Stephen Theaker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This volume brings Mike Carey's back-to-basics run on Hellblazer to a close. It's been a good, exciting sequence, and this set of stories in particular is very rewarding for long-time readers of the title, bringing threads together from all previous eras - in particular those of Delano, Ennis and the under-appreciated Paul Jenkins (rather unfairly, the only major Hellblazer writer whose work has yet to be collected in even a single trade paperback), with quite a few nods to his origins in Alan M ...more
This comic has Constantine going to Hell to settle a score...or does he? This also deals with family matters--before they deal with him! Rated R.
Aug 19, 2011 Craven rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is getting further and further away from the social and political commentary and subtext that made it a great series early on. Now it carries on and is still readable but just that, just some simple one-dimensional horror stories. Even with Mike Carey back on board, it's still pretty flat. I keep reading it but it's not very fulfilling.
Sep 05, 2009 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Booooohooooo...I'm so sad that Carey's run is finished. He's great at building a storyline and he had such a wonderful set up to work with, kind of like with Lucifer. I particularly enjoyed Constantine's interaction with his kids. The entire trip to Hell and the First of the Fallens contribution was excellent.
May 05, 2012 Morgan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A forlorn way to end the Carey run. As the character of John Constantine isn't particularly changeable, the best way to make him "grow" is to change his environment and have him reveal elements about himself in response. A strong run, by a great author.
Jun 25, 2014 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The part that I liked best about the book was the ending. It does make me want to read more Constantine.
Dec 02, 2007 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was a half off sale on graphic novels, and I grabbed this. John makes a journey through hell and gets depressed when he can't save his sister. It was a little hard to follow without reading the one before.
Feb 29, 2016 Lauri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Räigelt hea lõpetus Mike Carey Hellblazeri stsenaristiks olemisele. Igasugused vanad sõbrad on koos, Nergal, Esimene Langenuist jne. Kohtumispaik on muidugi Põrgu. Puhas kuld.
Jun 09, 2008 Petabyte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kmks, darkness
First Constantine book in months! Done in one sitting. It's that good. :D
Aug 03, 2009 Iori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
was a good read i wish the current run was as good
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Mike Carey was born in Liverpool in 1959. He worked as a teacher for fifteen years, before starting to write comics. When he started to receive regular commissions from DC Comics, he gave up the day job.

Since then, he has worked for both DC and Marvel Comics, writing storyli
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