Hellblazer is one of the most important series in comic book history. It began as one DC's mature comics titles and ended up paving the way for Neil Gaiman's Sandman, ultimately giving life to DC's Vertigo Comics imprint. Since then, it has spawned a movie and multiple TV shows, reminding us that normal blokes can do magic too. Amazing writing, gritty art, and beautiful character development. Recommended by Rob— From Books We Love: Fiction
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 early years where Constantine was at his best and at his worst, all at the same time.
About the Author
Born in 1954, Jamie Delano has made a diverse, cross-genre contribution to the comic book medium, scripting—over some 25 years—both original works (World Without End, Tainted, Ghostdancing, Hell Eternal, Cruel and Unusual, Territory, Outlaw Nation) and publisher-owned properties (Captain Britain, Dr Who, Night Raven, Hellblazer, Animal Man, Batman, Shadowman). He is currently practicing for retirement, living in semi-rural England with his partner, Sue.
John Ridgway is a British comics artist whose work is immediately distinctive for its unusual realism coupled with a delicate, sketchy pencil line. Ridgway has been responsible for creating the look for a number of series, including Hellblazer, and has worked on iconic characters including Doctor Who and the Incredible Hulk. He was also the artist chosen to depict Judge Dredd without his helmet for the first and only time in the character's history.