Hellblazer: Greatest Hits
- by Ninja Ross, 13 March 2013
"Hellblazer" recently finished with an unremarkable final issue (it was kinda boring and rushed.) The hero, John Constantine, will be returning to the DC universe next week. I don’t know how that’s gonna turn out so for now, let’s take a look at what I consider to be six of the best collections. Of course, this is entirely based on my opinion. My correct opinion.
SON OF MAN
Another Ennis story. This time, however, the focus is on dark comedy.
Fresh out of a mental institute, John is forced to bring a mafia boss' son back to life. Of course, it’s not as simple as the boss thinks so John is left to improvise. Several year later and fan favourite support character, Chas, is forced to deal with some of the consequences.
The art, supplied by John Higgins, is expressive and cartoony, almost looking like something from an old British Beano or Dandy comic (Google it, Americans!)
While this series is known for tackling difficult subjects at times, this story will make you laugh until it hurts.
THE RED SEPULCHRE
This is actually the book that got me into comics. Without this, I might not be writing about them at all. The world would be so much worse off. Thank this book, people. And then thank me for being here for you. You’re so welcome.
Warren Ellis could have had a long, memorable run on this book. People speculated that it would rival Ennis and Delano’s run in terms of length and creativity.
Milligan had a long run on Hellblazer and while his closing issue wasn’t that great, his run was full of great stories.
Staring at the Wall by Carey, Setting Sun by Ellis, Fear Machine by Delano and Red Right Hand by Denise Mina. Well worth checking out when you’re comfortable with Hellblazer and have read the very best.
So there you have it, readers. My six favourite Hellblazer collections. People may disagree with some of the choices, but those people are wrong.
I didn’t include any of Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing because, well, I don’t like Alan Moore’s work. Also, I wanted to avoid putting mini series’ and appearances here. That’s why you don’t see Books of Magic or Lady Constantine in there.
Now all that’s left to do is see how Constantine Issue 1 turns out. Review next week, people!!!
Are you a Hellblazer fan? Do you agree or disagree with my list? I don’t really think you’re wrong, so do tell me in the comments!