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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
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Jbainnz
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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Hugo Emanuel
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
Zack! Empire
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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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.

Brian
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
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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Thomas Flowers
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
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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Michael Nash
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
Sesana
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
Ma'Belle
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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Portia S
What the fuck just happened?

Four stars because I am confused.
Jacob
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
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
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
SZ
“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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Meghan
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
Tiffani
I never read comic books as a kid. It wasn't a conscious decision not to read them, more that they were just not on my radar. Curiously many comic adjacent things were on my radar, like cartoons. I still love cartoons, but comic books and graphic novels came much later for me. The first graphic novel I remember reading is Maus and then later, Watchmen. Even after realizing comics and more particularly graphic novels were an actual thing, I still shied away from them primarily because I had no id ...more
Samuel Morris
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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Patrick
I second Rusty Carl's review. The end of the story arc was pretty anticlimactic and then they switch to Swamp Thing comics for some reason without indicating you're reading part of a whole other series which is annoying.
Kate
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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Kevin
Original Sins starts off the John Constantine solo series after his initial arc from Swamp Thing, Vol. 3: The Curse. Honestly, I thought the Swamp Thing arc was one of the weaker parts of Alan Moore's run (yeah, I know, minority opinion), but I feel this series delivers on the chunks of brilliance from that run. However, prior to reading this: Swamp Thing, Vol. 4: A Murder of Crows, Swamp Thing, Vol. 5: Earth to Earth, and Swamp Thing, Vol. 6: Reunion should probably be read. This trade is essen ...more
Frank Terry
This was really good. I started it a few months ago and have been picking at it off and on since and just finished this first volume. Towards the end, even though it was still really good, things got a little confusing, in the sense that I feel often when I'm reading comics, in that there's a lot about the particular narrative that I don't know because I haven't read other issues or volumes that I probably should have, but still, this was really good and I'm glad I read it.

At this book's best, a
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Chrissy
This outside of the film is my first experience with Constantine.
I actually only wanted to crack a peek, because he partially inspired a favorite of mine. Cracking the cover on this trade has sold me. Big time.
No complaints about the art, great stories, real spook, and Constantine is an ass. The two page spreads sometimes fooled me, so I'd have to reread a few pages.

Vol. 2 will be on my shelf shortly.
Mei-Lu
I've been meaning to read Hellblazer for years. I liked the Keanu Reeves movie (I know, I know, it's sacrilege) and really enjoyed the recent series so when I saw that the first volume had been reissued, I snapped it up. I can see why fans of the series were disappointed in Hollywood's treatment of the character and his adventures, because they are much darker and weirder than either the movie or show portrayed. (Though at least the TV series' Constantine looked and sounded right!) I actually st ...more
Tays
This here is a collection of John Constantine stories - all of which are great in it's own case. I especially liked Hunger for it's own individuality and classy deliverance. The book itself is well drawn, every story was well written and is bery much detailed when trying to explain a plothole. I would easily rate it as 5 stars if I had read it separately. The lack if one star though represents handling of how the stories were collected. Each story had ir'a own identity where they dont practicall ...more
KG
I wasn't sure what to expect, coming from having seen the movie "Constantine"...and liking it, and watched the tv series of the same name...and liking it (for VERY different reasons!). This was more like the tv show - a grittier, more bastardly John Constantine. I have to say, though, that the sequencing of the frames did get a bit confusing at times (several times, in fact). But, I really liked the graphics, and the story was nicely convoluted. There were a few times, however, when the logic wa ...more
Tarique Ejaz
5 out of 5 for me. There can be no second thoughts on that.

John Constantine is not merely a badass but he is one badass who can work his way, rather let me frame it in this manner - 'crawl his way out of a fix'. The conjurer lives upto his reputation of being a nonchalant selfish bastard who would put his friends' lives at stake if he has to.

Original Sins is actually a collection of stories which shows John coming in terms with his failure at Newcastle and how that one event had dented his human
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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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