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Hellblazer, Vol. 1: Original Sins (Hellblazer New Editions #1)

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The very first Hellblazer collection ORIGINAL SINS is available in a new edition that includes John Constantine’s appearances in SWAMP THING. This is the first of a series of new HELLBLAZER editions starring Vertigo’s longest running antihero, John Constantine, England’s chain-smoking, low-rent magus.This first collection is a loosely connected series of tales of John’s ea ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 8th 2011 by DC Comics (first published May 1st 1989)
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Jbainnz
Mar 14, 2015 Jbainnz rated it really liked it
I was caught between 4 and 5 stars on this one. Most parts are 5 stars, but the fact that it wasn't one continuous story brought it down to 4. Not that it was hard to follow at all. Just that most issues where stand alone stories for the most part.

I'm really enjoying getting to know this darker side of the DCU. Along with Swamp Thing, Sandman and Lucifer, I've been astounded at how much quality titles I have overlooked for so long. This book is full of demons, ghosts and a butt ton of supernatu
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⊱ Irena ⊰
I must admit I prefer what they did with Constantine in the TV series. No matter how much he tries to be like this one, he always ends up decent enough.

Volume 1 is a collection of good and not so good stories, but overall it left me wanting to read more. No matter the story, Constantine manages to kill almost every friend he has (indirectly, of course). He is always somewhere between good and evil but that's expected from him after all.
Zack! Empire
Nov 28, 2014 Zack! Empire rated it liked it
Shelves: dc-comics
Usually I'm not one to fall into trends, but I've been watching and enjoying the Constantine TV show, so I thought I should give the comic a look see. It was kind of funny because the day I read the feast of friends issue was the same day it was shown on TV.
I liked this collection, but I'm thinking it gets better later on. It seems like at this point they are still trying to figure out the story. It was also a pre-Vertigo era, so John is in the same world as Batman and Superman. Something I thin
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Hugo Emanuel
Mar 24, 2015 Hugo Emanuel rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Quando era miúdo adorava ler banda desenhada, em particular as que acompanhavam as aventuras de super-heróis. Gastava compulsivamente a mesada que me foi atribuída a partir de uma certa idade em revistas que acompanhavam as aventuras de indivíduos de roupa apertada que disparavam rajadas de energia dos olhos; voavam a uma extraordinária rapidez ou seres humanos que, não obstante a sua pretensa humanidade e falta de super-poderes, conseguiam baloiçar-se de prédio em prédio recorrendo a cabos ou i ...more
Lauren Stoolfire
This is my first foray into the original John Constantine graphic novels - I've enjoyed some of the New 52 issues and the unfortunately cancelled NBC series starring Matt Ryan. I enjoy the writing style and seeing Constantine come to life on the page. I only wish the color palette matched up more with the tone. I will definitely be continuing these graphic novels.

JB
Oct 26, 2015 JB rated it really liked it
I really loved this first volume of Hellblazer! Jamie Delano knows how to write compelling stories with interesting characters and beautiful dialogue. A lot of it reads like a poem. Most of the art is done by John Ridgway, who does an excellent job of capturing the mood of the stories Jamie Delano writes. Although there are issues in this volume drawn by other artists, the art is very consistent. Even though the art is very gritty, it's surprisingly colorful.

The book is 288 pages long and has a
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Brian
Oct 12, 2012 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic series. John Constantine is very different from Keanu Reeve's portrayal of him in the movie, by the way. He is much less selfish, wittier and not such a downer.

John Constantine is...well I suppose a demon hunter is the best description. He is a big player in the occult underworld and he is often involved in life threatening situations.

My favorite part of this whole series is that he is on his own side. He is a total asshole, but deep down he's a good man, he will do what is right. Bu
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Shannon Appelcline
Oct 11, 2015 Shannon Appelcline rated it it was amazing
Hunger (1-2). Delano kicks off the Hellblazer comic (300 issues ago!) with a real gut punch. We learn about Constantine, his ghosts, and his pragmatism all in a harsh, beautiful comic. Seeing Papa Midnight for the first time is just icing on the cake. Beyond that the writing is poetic and the storytelling is strong. A great start! [9/10]

Going for It (3). This is another marvelous story, with its imagination of devilish stock brokers creating an infernal market of greed in the late '80s. Delano's
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Michael Nash
Nov 09, 2013 Michael Nash rated it liked it
As I think I've said elsewhere, I really love John Constantine as a character, and I love the dark world which he inhabits, and as a result I really wish these early stories were better. There's some hints of brilliance, as in the conversation between Nergal and Constantine in "Intensive Care," but a lot of the brilliance is swallowed up in the 80s-tastic ethos and heavy-handed social commentary. (Seriously, Jaime Delano, we can gather from some of Constantine's dialogue and the themes that you ...more
Thomas Flowers
Feb 05, 2015 Thomas Flowers rated it really liked it
To be honest, I never really considered reading Hellblazer, or maybe I considered it, but never acted on it, till the phenomenal Constantine show kicked off on NBC. The show is amazing, as I said, and seemed to be drawing from the source material (comics) heavily. While the weight of said influence could be argued among reviewers and other such nerdom, I'd say its an equal medium. Story plots are certainly drawn from the source but obvious changes have been made to jive up the original 1980's st ...more
Rusty
Sep 09, 2014 Rusty rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
I waffled a bit on whether or not this should be a one star story, or two. If you have eyeballs, you probably already have a pretty good idea what my final choice was. This just totally wasn't my thing. Now, to be fair, this is something like, 25 years old, so it's not exactly smart of me to compare it to more modern comics. I mean, they didn't have the fancy digital coloring or long story arcs. But damn, I had almost no enjoyment at all while reading this.

Although there is a big #1 on the spin
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Sesana
Jan 04, 2013 Sesana rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, comics, magic
The first of John Constantine's ongoing series. I've heard that the series as a whole improves later on, which is good. There are some panels that fall seriously flat here. But there are glimmers of brilliance, too. The soul market storyline is fascinating, even placed as it is very much in a particular time and place that now makes it dated. Constantine himself is charmingly horrible, in the true antihero tradition. I think I may continue with Hellblazer, at least for a few more trades. I like ...more
Paul Capps
Feb 04, 2016 Paul Capps rated it really liked it
Original Sins is a spectacular introduction to the character of John Constantine. Jamie Delano offers much, much more than mere horror stories in this collection of the first issues of Hellblazer.

John Constantine is a very complex character. He’s cynical, untrustworthy, selfish,, hypocritical and he has no problem letting others fall victim to their own bad decisions. Basically, he’s an asshole, but he’s is peppered with just enough admirable qualities and actions that he never become repulsive
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Ma'Belle
Oct 16, 2014 Ma'Belle rated it liked it
I read as many Hellblazer collections as I could get my hands on from the library years ago, and after years of them persisting to rattle around in my head, I'm finally attempting to collect the whole series.

A few things about the first volume of John Constantine, Hellblazer:

1. You may feel as though it can't possibly be the first issues, as it dives in with various references to past events in his life. Don't worry about that. John's dead associates, Newcastle, and other connections and life e
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Jacob
Sep 10, 2014 Jacob rated it really liked it
Hellblazer may just be one of the coolest names for a comic ever. I mean, there are probably better ones out there, but at this point in time, Hellblazer is the comic with the coolest name. Hellblazer is a very well loved comic, with there being about 300-ish issues released, making it Vertigo’s (the publisher of the comic) longest running series. It has had hundreds of writers for it, including James Delano, Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Garth Ennis and Warren Ellis. So something that big requir ...more
Jordan
Jun 19, 2014 Jordan rated it really liked it
Shelves: vertigo_comics
I've read an awful lot of "Hellblazer" books over the years, but never felt a compulsion to seek out the earliest solo stuff. I always knew I should, I just never made the effort. But the new collections are really nice and the TV show will be starting soon, so I figured now was the time.
This volume is a portal into a super-specific time in comic history. It was the early heyday of Vertigo and this book pretty much defines that post-Alan Moore, pre-Neil Gaimanization sweet spot that made the imp
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Jordan
Jun 06, 2014 Jordan rated it liked it
I’m ashamed to say that my first real encounter with the character of John Constantine was the decidedly mediocre 2005 film. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t hate the movie, but I was unaware at the time (the time being years later when I actually saw it, not when it came out) that it had very little to do with the actual character it was based on. Constantine is blonde and British, not brown-haired and living in LA. That’s Angel. I say my first real encounter, because he did feature in one of the e ...more
sixthreezy
Having only seen the movie previously, I wasn't really sure what to expect from Hellblazer. At times I felt like that writing was a bit outdated. It was that kind of comics writing that I don't particularly like these days, because it's too wordy and over thought. A lot of what is written in these pages are the same thoughts I'd have on my own while reading, just using bigger words and taking longer to reach a conclusion. That said, my first Hellblazer experience was great. I really enjoy the ch ...more
Sara
Dec 24, 2015 Sara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic
“Strewth!”

Now, then, this is a serious question: has anyone read any books where the hero (or anti-hero in this case) is a scouser? Kev and I talked about this ages back and we couldn’t think of anyone, so if anyone knows of any scouser heroes in the book world (or any media form), please share.

For all purposes John Constantine shouldn’t work as a character: first of all, appearance modelled on Sting for fuck’s sake – talk about degradation (though you can sub with Sean Bean if you want), a down
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Liz
Short Review

So, after NBC decided to stop filming Constantine with Matt Ryan as John Constantine (excellent casting choice), I needed more Constantine in my life. Anyway, I wanted to read the source material for awhile, and I didn't know where to start. I thought it would be best to start with the original Hellblazer comics, and I'm interested to see where things go. The dialogue can be clunky at times, and I'm not a fan of some of the stories that aren't in the same timeline. However, John Cons
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Michael Benavidez
Apr 19, 2016 Michael Benavidez rated it really liked it
Normally I'd give this a five. A hard and straight beautiful five. The writing is damn near poetic, the characters and structure of the panel flow so beautifully from one scenario to the next. They're episodic which aren't bad at all, linked together by one pretty strong thread it would seem.
No, any other time I would have given this a five out of five. However, the one star knock off is for the actual product. I don't normally judge a book based on the product it is. I grew up on yard sale buy
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Portia S
Sep 28, 2013 Portia S rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
What the fuck just happened?

Four stars because I am confused.
Pam
Nov 30, 2015 Pam rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Disclaimer: I have loved Constantine since meeting him in Sandman V. 1 Preludes and Nocturnes. Since then, he has been something of DC's Where's Waldo; the rasher of blond hair in Injustice for All, familiar trench spotted at the funeral in Identity Crisis. Tracking him back, year by year I discovered his origins intertwined with the Swamp Thing before landing him in his own book, Hellblazer.

Because of John's prolific habit of popping up randomly, Original Sins should not be read as a origin st
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Irene
Contains **SPOILERS** and a whole lot of PERSONAL OPINION.

Original Sins is the first encounter I ever had with the Hellblazer series. My interests were first piqued when I learned of the theme of this series. But once I really started thinking about it, the Hellblazer series has a very complicated essence. From the 9 issues in the collected series of 'Original Sins', I think the main theme that underlies the story line is: the convergence between the supernatural and (the all too familiar) urba
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Meghan
Jan 10, 2015 Meghan rated it it was amazing
For some people, it can be intimidating to start reading comics. There is a long, rich history and many great new stories coming out all the time. I want to share some of the more well-known and seminal titles to help you become more aware of the variety of narratives that exist within the comic realm.

Today we are talking about the first several issues of Hellblazer, the volumes collected into the first volume known as Original Sin. If you’re watching Constantine on NBC but haven’t read Hellblaz
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Kirsten
It was great to revisit John Constantine's early years. It's really quite a magnificent collection! The first story in the book, wherein John Constantine and his junkie friend Gary Lester encounter a hunger demon, completely sets the tone for the series. It's sort of impressive how well-realized Constantine was from the first issue -- although of course that was helped by his development as a character in Swamp Thing. A few stories show their origins in the 1980s pretty strongly, particularly on ...more
Kate
Jun 18, 2014 Kate rated it really liked it
Proper rating 3.5

It's a bit of a jumble with the panel layout shifting a lot of the time, and quite frankly I found some of the type a little hard to read, but as an introduction to amoral exorcist John Constantine. This volume collects the first nine issues of Hellblazer's run along with two Swamp Thing tie in stories.

The nine issues mostly have nothing to do with each other but there are two groups (The Damnation Army and The Pyramid of Prayer - and offshoots of that) that appear over and over
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Samuel Morris
Mar 17, 2015 Samuel Morris rated it liked it
This collection starts as a great introduction to Constantine... But it escalates quickly.
The stand-alone stories are great. Weird, dark, witty. Then begins a story arc... Then it doesn't finish the story arc because it gets sidetracked by swamp thing.
And now there's someone who I think might be Doctor strange and Constantine has been possessed by his duty free cigarettes and his trying to get a woman pregnant in a swamp for some reason.

Some of these tangents make a fleeting sense, perhaps, if y
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Sath
The Swamp-thing crossover story was a bit strange and confusing, but the rest of it was awesome. Recognise a couple of plot-lines that were used in the TV series. Damn I wish they hadn't cancelled the TV series.. at least I have graphic novels to read..
Ints
Jul 28, 2015 Ints rated it really liked it
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Kā gan man varētu nepatikt Konstantīns. Kā cilvēks viņš ir pilnīgs maita absolūts antivaronis.

Liktu visas piecas zvaigznes, bet pēdējie divi komiksi no Swamp thing man šķita ļoti pavāji.
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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 (http://www.lepusbooks.co.uk) in 2012 and Leepus: DIZZY in April 2014.

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