A man goes hungry on the streets of New York City while across The Atlantic John Constantine returns to his cozy London flat to find it riddled with flies and an old friend waiting for him. Thus begins one of the darkest tales of the DC Universe as the wildly popular Hellblazer series debuted hot off the heels of Alan Moore’s Watchmen back in 1988 to continue the much darker adventures of the supernatural detective Moore himself introduced while working on Swamp Thing a year earlier. Originally a ground breaking title for the main DC comics imprint it wouldn’t be till years later that Hellblazer would become the Vertigo staple that it is today as One of the few titles that often features a much darker take on the mainstream DC Universe.
Since it’ s humble beginnings Hellblazer has become a long time fan favorite as a series combines noir style horror with old fashioned ghost storytelling and a hint of british slang thrown in for good measure and these early issues capture the character of John Constantine at his dreary eyed best.The first nine issues of the Hellblazer series are available for download collecting the American debuts of Writer Jamie Delano and Artist John Ridgeway with it’s first story arc “Original Sins” noted for it’s strong political undercurrent as well as laying out the geography of the DC universe through Constantine’s travels where he faces off against psychopathic murderers, a group of eccentric evangelists, London gangs, demonic hoards and even the horrors of the Vietnam War. Taking readers from the plains of Sudan to the backstreets of Gotham City.
This is one arc that has continues to elude serious collectors to this day but is now available for download. Daring to go where even angels themselves fear to tread Delano and Ridgeway along with superstar covers by Dean McKean set a high standard for the series debut that would later be followed by other industry greats like Mike Cary and Mark Buckingham and continued to this day by Peter Milligan, Giuseppe Camuncoli and Stefano Landini.
Hellblazer is a series that takes readers to hell and back by way of dark and dirty back alleyways, posh nightclubs, and of course demonic kingdoms of despair; blurring the lines along the way and always leaving readers hungry for more. John Constantine is a man with a haunted past, a troubled mind and a supreme gift, a hero for a world ruled by the damned and populated with mystery.
Get started with Hellblazer #1 for only $.99 cents then pick up the rest of the series after all it would be a sin not too.
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