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Hellblazer, Vol. 1: Original Sins
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Kate (kgskocelas) | 575 comments Mod
What did you think of Hellblazer, Volume 1: Original Sins? If this was your first time reading it, was it what you expected? If this was a reread for you, did you get anything new out of it?


Phil | 169 comments Amazon has the kindle version on sale for $5.99 if anyone is interested in picking up in digital.


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Daniel | 265 comments Ok to air
I have been aware of Constantine for a while now, and it is a character I find very interesting, but I had never taken the time to go back and re read the HellBlazer.

As with any Vertigo stuff from the 90s or so I am surprised at some of the stuff they were putting out

You get a lot of Bang for your buck in this book

I really like the 1 and Done stories, makes a large book like this easier to read, I really enjoyed the writing, i felt it narrated the important pieces to give The reader enough insight into Constantine and the world he lives in.

The art is something that usually scares me off from reading some of the older titles. I had mixed feelings about the art, as it really fit the book but it is a bit different from my preferred aesthetic. That being said there are a few splash pages that are magic (pun intended) like when Ritchie goes digital

Although I may not continue to read this series, I am glad I read this and experienced the material that inspired some of the adaptations I really enjoyed (movie and the Tv show)


Kate (kgskocelas) | 575 comments Mod
Daniel wrote: "The art is something that usually scares me off from reading some of the older titles. I had mixed feelings about the art, as it really fit the book but it is a bit different from my preferred aesthetic. ..."

That was my feeling as well. I enjoyed the character and writing enough that I plan to read the next volume, though I've been planning that for several years now, so who knows.


Phil | 169 comments I just finished this last night, and I feel like it took me forever to read. Mostly because of general life stuff creeping in, but this is a long book and pretty dense. It stands up there with some of the other Vertigo titles that I've read and enjoyed immensely though.

It has a slow build. Which I think is fantastic. Sometimes that can make books drag on. It's executed very well in this case though. The slow reveals allow time to learn more about Constantine, his place in the world, and the types of situations he has to deal with. It's not as action packed as the movie (at least from what I can remember) and it doesn't need to be. This is a great character driven story that mixes in elements of heaven/hell, religion, and morality. I like that it doesn't shy away from some of the nastier aspects of humanity. And it does so in a way that doesn't feel incredibly bleak.

The couple of Swamp Thing issues thrown in at the end were a surprise. I was aware that Constantine and Swamp Thing had some sort of connection, but those issues go way beyond anything that I knew about. That part isn't really necessary to the book as a whole. I'm glad it is included because it expands on the characters and the setting. Plus, it is rather creepy to have Swamp Thing taking over Constantine's body. The details are a little sketchy though.

I thought the art was great. Sure, it's a bit rougher than we might be used to reading now, but the grittiness of the drawings fit so well with the tone of the book. Some of the color choices are more jarring than the pencils. I am interested in reading more stories about this character, but I don't think that will happen anytime soon.


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