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Hellblazer, Volume 6: Bloodlines

(Hellblazer (New Editions) #6)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  706 ratings  ·  52 reviews
It's not often that John Constantine, the world's greatest magician, has been able to be content. Years in the making, his occult knowledge and shrewd judgment are hard-won and paid for in blood-his own, his friends', and that of innocent caught up in the never-ending arms race of would-be sorcerers chasing power. But after saving the world a few times and beating both the ...more
Paperback, New Edition, 400 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by Vertigo
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While this didn't quite pack the same punch that Dangerous Games did, it still had a lot of great stuff going on and seems to be gearing up for something big. We also get a few issues with the complete Ennis/Dillon/Fabry team that will later go on to become so popular with Preacher so that was fun too. Also it amuses me to no end that Ennis is apparently not allowed to write the word 'fuck' because we're still under the main DC imprint at this point which leads to John substituting 'frig' a lot ...more
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I'm not sure if I was really in the mood for this volume or it is that entertaining. It doesn't matter. If you do get some life philosophy thrown at you, it isn't dull or too long.

In some of these stories like The Pub where I was Born and Love Kills, Constantine is only a spectator. Someone's decided an old pub should be burned to the ground and the owner ends up dead too. What they didn't know is that her late husband never left, but watched over her until that night.

In Lord of the Dance an
Hugo Emanuel
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
"Hellblazer, Vol 6: "Bloodlines"" collects the individual issues #47 to #61, all of which are written by Garth Ennis. The pencilling is done by William Simpson (a serviceable but somewhat unspectacular artist – his lack of background detail removes some of the depth of the world Constantine inhabits) except where noted.
As much as I have enjoyed Jamie Delano's character defining contribution to the "Hellblazer" series, reading Ennis' work on the series was a very welcome breath of fresh air, as h
Portia S
Aug 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Disclaimer: This review does not make sense.

There were several stories within this volume, but the one that really stood out to me was "Royal Blood" mainly because through this story we managed to come full circle.

For this we have to explain some things, I guess.

Alan Moore wrote the graphic novel From Hell with artist Eddie Campbell,which tells the tale of Jack the Ripper from both Moore's imagination and some historical sources.

It basically runs on the plot that Queen Victoria's grandson, Pri
Nicolo Yu
Nov 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comixology
Once Garth Ennis impressed with the success of his first Hellblazer arc, the writer began to settle in for the long game. He began his Hellblazer finale with the stories in this collection, allowing them to percolate before the inevitable climax. He built Constantine up, one could almost think the mage was ready to retire. Ennis gave him a lover who could stand toe-to-toe with John and with it a contentment that could the reader an impression that this was the calm before the storm.
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Overall, this is the worst volume of Hellblazer yet, and that's saying something after the agony of hokey new-age hippy John Constantine back in Delano's worst days. The surfeit of bloodshed and entrails is entirely ridiculous. It's poorly drawn shock at the expense of good writing. All of Ennis's worst habits could be seen here. Still, I liked two stories from this volume, thus one star for each.

"The Pub Where I Was Born" was a simply boring ghost story, with a petty infatuation for bloodshed.
Kinan Diraneyya
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-books
This volume contains some of the best Constantine stories of all time! There are 7 stories in here, I am going to rate and review each of them individually without spoilers:

#47 - #51 are your occasional Hellblazer independent one-shots; mostly stories of lost souls seeking redemption. #47 - #48 [3/5 stars] is the story of two ghosts seeking revenge against a street gang that burned down their pub. #49 [3/5 stars] Is the story of a forgotten ancient holiday god who wants to be remembered. It is a
Heath Lowrance
Jun 15, 2017 rated it liked it
After debuting with "Dangerous Habits", this volume finds new writer Garth Ennis messing around in Constantine's universe, setting things up, establishing a new tone to the series. Constantine's misadventures don't become any less grim or horrifying, but ole' John seems happier and more content with his life than we've ever seen him before, due in large part to his blooming relationship with Kit. All of this will come crashing down in future volumes, of course, but for the duration of BLOODLINES ...more
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My second summer event. The rest of Garth Ennis' run on John Constantine Hellblazer. Yaaaayyy! Anyway so I read Dangerous Habits a while ago and it is, of course, my favourite Hellblazer story and one of my favourite comics of all time. I was actually anticipating this volume for a while because I really wanted to see the continuation of the Dangerous Habits storyline. And I pretty much frickin loved this volume. I really did. The reasons for why I gave this book 4 stars I will ge
Wombo Combo
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book pretty much sums up what Hellblazer is all about. It’s a collection of dark and fun stories with the occasional laugh. I love Hellblazer so much.
Nick D
This is a really long book so I'm going to update this as I go.

The Pub Where I Was Born & Love Kills: Two issues cover the story of a local watering hole run by a kindly old couple. The pub is bought up after the husband dies, and the new owner teams with a greedy associate to burn the building down and collect insurance on the property. Their hired thug accidentally kills the widow in the fire, and unwittingly reconnects her spirit with her husband's. The dead couple now reap revenge from b
Jun 16, 2019 rated it liked it
The most notable thing about this collection is that it contains the issue that first established Constantine as bisexual. The issue itself is pretty weird and reminded me a lot of Delano's work.

As for the other stories, some are better than others. The longest, "Royal Blood", was also my least favourite. Which is unfortunate, but that's how it goes sometime.

As for the stories I enjoyed, "The Diary of Danny Drake" and "Guys and Dolls" are probably the stand outs. And they both come towards the
Robert Hudder
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
John Constantine is happy. I keep expecting the other shoe to drop in this arc. The real issues are not metaphysical or the supernatural but human beings. There is a great Christmas story in this volume that delves into the history of Christmas and I enjoyed the resolution. These are smaller stories as John settles down. Stories about the pub, the laundromat and a gentleman's club.

It offers a different point of view of goings on. Political and gritty, it was an interesting trip of the UK politi
Martin Chalupa
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
This volume has a bit slow start and I wasn't excited but suddenly the story starts quickly pacing. There isn't too much of Constantine thinking how he is such a bad person. Instead of it, he is outwitting the bad guys one after another. The best moments are when his plans are set in the motion. There are some references to past events but I think you can enjoy this volume on its own.
Kris Ritchie
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Kit leaves for work and I go looking for trouble. Well, that's not really true... It's what I usually do when there's nothing else on the go - find something nasty and piss it about a bit, get my fingers burnt, and burn the other bastard's arm in return.
But I can't do it forever, can't I?"
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
John’s getting older and he finds a little happiness. Between all the sex and graphic gore it’s a comic about the little things: drinks at the pub with your mates, a nice girl. The most affecting moment is John showing a pagan God a good time but there’s plenty of badass one liners too.
Sep 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
DNF - I tried I just can't get into this series
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-fiction
John Constantine has cheated various denizens of Hell and is living with Kit.
Lost Darren
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I like happy Constantine
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is some seriously good stuff. Twisted and disturbing, just how I like it
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ummm....yeah, I have no idea what's up with that cover. It appears to be Constantine standing over a demon he's beaten to death with a crucifix. Just so we're clear, that never happened here. Which is kind of a shame, now that I think about it....This is mostly a patchwork anthology, one-offs and shorter story arcs. Most of them were good, a couple not so much.

When last we left our anti-heroic mage, he'd just conned the three princes of Hell into healing his fatal lung cancer lest they be forced
Kevin Knowles
Jun 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: hellblazer, horror, comics
Garth Ennis' run begins building its world and introducing new characters. Also, the First of the Fallen is made distinct from Lucifer, so it might be good to read The Sandman, Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes. (Eventually, read all of Sandman because it is one of the best comic series ever.)

#47-48 The Pub Where I Was Born and Love Kills 3/5
A cute story about a couple in love turns dark when business interests get involved. The story treads unnecessarily to over the top violence, but it has a good
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Beginning was okay, not great compared to the Dangerous Habits arc, but, imo, better than almost everything that Delano wrote. I'll touch on this later in the review, but there's just something that makes Ennis's run much easier to enjoy than Delano's; it's probably the fact that it's more direct, and thus quicker to read; Ennis can tell a short story in the small duration that a human can pay attention without getting annoyed, while Delano usually could not; as a result, most of Delano's work f ...more
Wing Kee
Oct 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Finally some supernatural in this supernatural book!

I like Delano, he did a great job in creating the identity of John Constantine, but man did he go off on a tangent after Fear Machine. I am so happy that Ennis picked up the series last trade with Dangerous Habits, so how does Hellblazer read with Ennis at the helm? Quite good!

World: The art is getting better, sure there is less crazy detail and moodiness that we saw at the end of the Delano era (I'm sorry I just don't remember the artists' nam
Shannon Appelcline
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Pub Where I Was Born (47-48). Between Brendan in the last arc and the entirety of this story, you get the impression that Ennis really romanticizes drinking. In any case, this is a nice, short, melancholy piece that tells a fine ghost story while also nicely advancing John's life [7+/10].

Lord of the Dance (49). Ennis really does like his pubs. Still, this is a nice story because it has a genuine British feel to it and because it shows Constantine's good side [7+/10].

Remarkable Lives (50). I
Michael Nash
May 07, 2014 rated it liked it
I like Garth Ennis's run on Hellblazer a lot better than I like Delano's, but it still isn't great. Ennis definitely brings a more coherent story and better dialogue to the mix, but the longform storytelling that I crave in comments is still pretty lackluster. Some of the problem is that these new Hellblazer volumes are the size of phone books and include a wide swath of material from different writers and with different themes, and the fact that all these materials are crammed together reveals ...more
Michael Emond
Oct 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Hellblazer is one of those series I would have been collecting if it hadn't come out when I was in my "not reading comics" phase. Constantine is a great character, the flawed trickster hero, that lends himself to a lot of great stories and many different writers have done great story runs with him, all with slightly different takes on his character. I think one of the strengths of the stories in Hellblazer is that the magic plays a part in the story but doesn't take over the story. These are hum ...more
Good stuff from Garth Ennis. "The Pub Where I Was Born" is a solid story with a really great beginning that shows Ennis understands what makes a good pub a crucial part of life, but it's horribly marred by Mike Hoffman's art for the second installment -- seriously flat, awful stuff, and the coloring's bad, too. It just looks rushed and weird. The art's otherwise good; classic stuff from Will Simpson and Steve Dillon, although the coloring will be jarring for folks accustomed to today's shiny pap ...more
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