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Hellblazer: The Devil You Know (Hellblazer #2)

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  2,801 Ratings  ·  73 Reviews
This volume features some of Constantine's earliest adventures by writer Jamie Delano, including his first victory in the long war with the demon Nergal and an encounter with a strange woman who is the embodiment of the world's horrors, painted by V FOR VENDETTA co-creator David Lloyd.

Collects Hellblazer #10-13, Hellblazer Annual and The Horrorist #1-2.
Paperback, 264 pages
Published May 2nd 2007 by Vertigo
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"The Devil You Know" collects Hellblazer issues #10-13, plus the "Bloody Saint" from the Special, and both issues of The Horrorist.

Overall, this is a solid collection -- if for no other reason than it's great they're finally making an effort at collecting the earlier issues in a mostly complete way. It's only four issues, but it's a fairly important and interesting four issues, and it's padded with some good Hellblazer miscellany. The writing and storyline is good, and improves slightly from Bo
Mar 03, 2009 MkB rated it liked it
Dear Vertigo: comics have little numbers on them. You'll note that they start at #1 continue on up to two hundred and something. When collecting them into graphic novels, start with number one, and go in sequential order.

In terms of content, this is a solid four or five stars. I've always had as much fondness for Delano's Constantine as for the more heralded Ennis and Ellis stories.

But oh lordy does this get deducted for continuing Vertigo's incredibly asinine decision to collect the Hellblazer
Jul 17, 2012 Brooke rated it liked it
This 2nd Hellblazer collection is all over the place. The first three issues wrap up the story started in Original Sins quite well. The next two are just puzzling and completely lost my interest. Then it wraps up with a 2-parter that has beautiful art, but the story feels like a cliche.
Printable Tire
Sep 18, 2011 Printable Tire rated it liked it
This collection contains three flavors of nihilism for your self-hating pleasure, three tones of world-weary disgust for your cynical, comic-book reading mind.

The first selection is my least favorite. Even though it seems like forever since I finished the previous Hellblazer collection, the conclusion of the carrying-over storyline still seems abrupt. What really bothers me about this selection though is the art. It seems Richard Piers Rayner is hell-bent on depicting every stupid, awkward, obno
Jun 09, 2011 LemontreeLime rated it it was ok
I didn't read these when they originally came out, mostly backtracking right now. I think i finally understand what/who john constantine is now. What if a (mostly) immoral con man became a magician and suddenly had to deal with demons and giant celestial issues? The comic itself refer to him as the 'laughing magician', but his humor isn't that funny. Its more about cynicism and mockery. So why the hell am I reading these when I'm not very happy with them or the main character? I'm not sure. I'll ...more
Sex and Death

Sex and Death wrapped up the Resurrection Crusaders arc, but it still left many questions unanswered and left the readers feeling unfulfilled. The issue on itself felt rushed and awkward. I can't help but feel that the issue's only purpose was to act as a stepping stone for the next issue: Newcastle. Despite Delano's characteristic writing-style which I usually enjoy, Sex and Death was overly dramatized.


Finally, the readers are about to find out what really happened in
Shannon Appelcline
Oct 11, 2015 Shannon Appelcline rated it really liked it
Nergal & Newcastle (10-12). These three issues really form the conclusion of the major arc from volume 1, and so should have gone there, especially the Swamp Thing related issue. Ah well. 10 and 12 focus on the Resurrection Crusade and Nergal and are nice issues. There's a bit too much philosophical wankery in issue #10, of the sort that sometimes spoils Delano's writing. However in the end it offers some nice closure, and #12 does so even moreso. They're good plot-heavy issues [7/10]. On th ...more
Jeremy Adam
Jul 21, 2008 Jeremy Adam rated it it was ok
John Constantine is a great character. However, I am not a fan of Jamie Delano's pulpy treatment. Part of the pleasure of Constantine stories is the language--Alan Moore, Warren Ellis, Garth Ennis, and Mike Carey especially excelled at capturing Constantine's cliche-hating dialect and sensibility. But Delano takes Constantine into realms of hardboiled purple prose that sometimes have me laughing out loud. It is only somewhat in his favor that he laid the groundwork for everything that came after ...more
Quentin Wallace
Feb 13, 2016 Quentin Wallace rated it really liked it
In this volume we get to see a conclusion to the storyline started in the first volume with the two "cults" on Earth. More importantly, we get a flashback explaining the ghosts that haunt Constantine. Theres an annual reprinted in this volume that I didn't care much for. Then we get to THE HORRORIST which was pretty good if a little confusing.

As usual, art fits the story very well. Overall another enjoyable volume.
William Thomas
Dec 07, 2009 William Thomas rated it did not like it
although the character of john constantine developed slowly into one of the richest and most fulfilling personas in comic book history under the direction of garth ennis, the initial books written by jamie delano are lacking. they are poorly scripted and the artwork/storyboards seem amateurish and muddled. not worth the time.
Have you ever read a book which made eating lunch difficult?
Have you ever read a horror visualisation so crazy that it both interested and revolted you?
That's what I felt as I read this.
A massive trip-fest of imagination where John Constantine faces off against past memories from a bad occult dappling in NewCastle and a demon who has been a subliminal influence for a long time.
Sierra Dean
Nov 25, 2014 Sierra Dean rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, comics, noir
That fever dream on the beach, yo....

I love this series something fierce. The art is pretty terrible (okay, not terrible, but very of an era and I don't love it). But I love Delano's writing so very much.
Sep 30, 2015 Robert rated it it was amazing
Good collections of short run (2-4 issue) story arcs, not needlessly complicated by an overarching narrative.
Hannah Givens
Nov 20, 2016 Hannah Givens rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel, horror
I liked the first half fine, the actual Constantine story that finishes up the previous arc, and then the Newcastle story. The rest is just a bloated dream sequence that's a huge drag to get through, and doesn't have any significance for the character here because it was published way later.
Yasko Deboodt
Jan 10, 2017 Yasko Deboodt rated it it was amazing
4,5 stars for #10 - #13 and "the horrorist". 6 stars for the first hellblazer annual!
Jason Pettus
Dec 12, 2012 Jason Pettus rated it liked it
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this review, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

DC Comics imprint Vertigo recently announced the coming cancellation of one of their flagship titles, John Constantine, Hellblazer*; and that has inspired me to finally read all 300 issues that will eventually make up the run (or at least as many of them that the Chicago Public Library carries), after rea
Kevin Qing
Oct 08, 2016 Kevin Qing rated it liked it
Beginning arc was good.

Then it kind of went off on a tangent with the Yearly #1 and the Horrorist.

Horrorist was kind of vague & felt out of place in the position it was placed within the story. Art was beautiful, but that was it. Perhaps it would have worked better if it was placed near arcs where we saw Constantine experiencing more apathy; the fact that it was placed so closely to the opening arcs (where he is consumed by guilt) leads to a jarring transition that was hard to make sense of.
This collection is difficult to rate because the stories appear fragmented and out of order but aren't necessarily bad. The first few issues wrap up the arc begun in Hellblazer Original Sins but the correlating Swamp Thing tie-ins are not included so we immediately jump to the conclusion of the story which was started in the last volume. It doesn't appear so bad at first because we start off with some awesome magical-plane images and vague, broody, language but when we're dropped back into reali ...more
Mathieu Lubrun
Mar 03, 2014 Mathieu Lubrun rated it liked it
The first half is not very interesting, just a story about Constantine's old gang, like he was a member of Scoobidou's team. Then, Jamie Delano offers us an experimental but effective horror story about the possibility of a nuclear holocaust. It's more of an experimental and political piece rather than a story but it's effective. Then, Delano tells us about some ancient Constantine that lives around the time Merlin was kicking around. It's not bad but not very interesting because there are too m ...more
I read the 10-13 issues, but not the other stuff that's supposed to be in this volume. 10, 11, & 12 carry on an arc with Constantine's history about how he started in the trade, made a bad deal with a devil, and subsequently defeated that devil. Some of it was pretty good. Some of it was mediocre. Some pretty creative illustration, but sometimes the drawings of faces bug me. For example, when expression is shown, like a scream, it doesn't seem to really express strongly enough, if that makes ...more
Apr 24, 2016 The_Mad_Swede rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, dc-vertigo, 2009
Collecting Hellblazer # 10-13, the first Hellblazer Annual and the prestige format two parter The Horrorist, this 2007 TPB is the long overdue continuation of the Original Sins TPB. This volume picks up where the previous one ended and concludes the Nergal story arc begun there.

All of the material (with the exception of the short extra piece "Venus of the Hardsell" from the Annual) are penned by Jamie Delano with art for the regular issues by Richard Piers Rayner and Mark Buckingham, and amazing
Matti Karjalainen
"Hellblazer: The Devil You Know" (Vertigo, 2007) sisältää lehden numerot 10-13 sekä Hellblazer Annualin että the Horrorist -lehden ensimmäiset numerot. Kaikki tarinat ovat Jamie Delanon kirjoittamia.

Sarjakuvakokoelman vaikuttavinta antia edustaa Nevil Shutelta nimensä lainannut ja ydinvoiman kauhuista kertova On the Beach, joka kaikessa painajaismaisuudessaan tuo mieleen Raymond Briggsin erinomaisen sarjakuvaromaanin Minne tuuli kuljettaa. David Lloydin ( V for Vendetta)kuvittama Antarctica o
Apr 04, 2013 Boots rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
this is a mixed bag that feels editorially like it got released only to find an excuse to package some one shots between the larger story arcs of the series. i'm glad dc abandoned this method and now just trades everything in continuity.

i give this three stars because there is some genuine horror here. "Newcastle" is a perfect entry point for anyone who wants to meet the character of Constantine for the first time in a slightly younger, less competent context.

otherwise this is about tying up l
Aleksandar Nikolov
Sep 03, 2014 Aleksandar Nikolov rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
И както често се получава , действието на втората част е преди действието на първата. Константин е все същият киЛеш но в по млад вид. Тук си има обаче и група от кИлеши които искат да направят първото си излизане на сцена. Късмета им излиза , и биват поканени на място в Нюкасъл в клуб "Казанова". И такаа.... до тук добре, само ако не заварваха в това клубче ужасяваща касапница. о_0

Групата е притисната в ъгъла от невъобразимо зло. И какво може да победи едно зло? Едно голямо добро може би ще свър
Michael Emond
Dec 19, 2014 Michael Emond rated it it was ok
While the first three parter wraps up how John deals with Nergal is nice and satisfying the rest of the stories are examples of a writer just free associating without having a coherent story. Not enjoyable at all. Even the wonderful art in the two parter The Horror by David Lloyd could not make up for a story that was impossible to follow and seemed more intent on flinging out ideas than make a story. I am a big fan of how Constantine is such a wonderful character that fits into a variety of sto ...more
Jul 09, 2009 Ma'Belle rated it it was amazing
The varied stories and breathtaking art in this collection of Hellblazer were far more intense than I was prepared for. It's hard for me to digest the density and weight of each story found in a picture book just over a half inch thick, but it has confirmed my growing opinion that Jamie Delano's entire run of Hellblazer was the best, even considering my love and respect for Neil Gaiman, Warren Ellis, and Garth Ennis.

When I can afford to start collecting the trade paperbacks of my favourite comic
Apr 07, 2010 Linda rated it really liked it
The Devil You Know is a great follow-up to Original Sins, wrapping up the storyline begun there, introducing past/unreal events and throwing in some short stories as a bonus. I quite liked the first volume, but the original comic books included in this one made me smitten with Hellblazer.

My favorite parts were Newcastle and On The Beach, the first one telling a lot about John's past and the team introduced in the first volume and On The Beach just being a slightly schizophrenic and brilliantly
So incredibly uneven. Wraps up the story lines from Original Sins, finally gets around to Newcastle and awkwardly wraps up Nergal's arc.

The middle consists of a bunch of shorts that left me feeling as though I was the only one who wasn't completely on drugs. Tells a story about the end of the world in On the Beach, and a Merlin based myth that made me want to actually press fast forward on my own brain.

Finishes out with a later collected piece, the two part the Horrorist, a really good bleakly
Nov 09, 2014 Tulpa rated it liked it
At times, tries a little too hard to be shocking, rather than good. Otherwise, the art is a marked improvement, thanks to a welcome change in main illustrators (though Rayner draws completely ridiculous faces for some reason. Expressions tend to range from "that's a weird odor" to "indigestion" with none of the usual emotions shown), and the writing works best when it doesn't compete for page space with the art itself. Still not what I would call high quality, but as my reread is spurred on by t ...more
Jul 31, 2014 Kate rated it really liked it
The colouring and text is still a little hard on the eyes (and very 80s) but the art is getting better and betters - I especially love the art in the Horrorist issues. There are only three proper narrative issues here, in which we learn the significance of Newcastle and John deals with the fallout from that and the events of the previous issue. The fourth issue is more of a stand alone in which John has a really strange dream on the beach. The Horrorist story was great while the the one detailin ...more
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Jamie Delano aka A. William James began writing comics professionally in the early 1980s. Latterly he has been writing prose fiction with "BOOK THIRTEEN" published by his own LEPUS BOOKS imprint ( in 2012 and Leepus: DIZZY in April 2014.

Jamie lives in semi-rural Northamptonshire with his partner, Sue. They have three adult children and a considerable distraction of gran
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