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John Constantine Hellblazer Vol. 3: The Fear Machine (New Edition) (Hellblazer New Editions)
 
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John Constantine Hellblazer Vol. 3: The Fear Machine (New Edition) (Hellblazer New Editions) [Kindle Edition]

Dave McKean , Kent Williams , Jamie Delano

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In The Fear Machine, John Constantine looks for a way to reconnect to humanity -- but how can such a man ever find inner peace? Constantine finds himself encamped with a new-age pagan group that's tapping into their own psychic abilities – but a defense contractor is out to exploit their powers. Is the company's aim just political, or is it something much more sinister?This volume collects issues 14-22 of the original series.

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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 169601 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 240 Seiten
  • Verlag: Vertigo (17. Juli 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B008RNGDD0
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Still not as good as it's rep, but getting better 6. August 2014
Von J. Binkerd - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
John Constantine is at it again. You may remember I reviewed the first two volumes of the series not too awfully long ago, and wasn’t too impressed. I really like the character, but the first couple volumes left me underwhelmed. With Original Sins, this had a lot to do with being dropped into the middle of events already moving (from the Swamp Thing book, of which this was a spin-off) and the lack of resolution (rectified in the second volume.) My issues with The Devil You Know mostly stemmed from my general dislike of stories that unfold in nightmares, astral journeys and/or acid trips (yet I think Neil Gaiman’s Sandman is some of the best storytelling in the medium, so figure that out), which comprised most of the stories in that collection. I’m in the minority, I know–Jamie Delano’s entire run on this book apparently holds legendary status among the fans, but I’ve just not been amazed yet. That said, The Fear Machine was a definite step in the right direction.

In his attempt to draw Constantine out of hiding, Nergal massacred his housemates and left them for Constantine to find in his apartment. Nergal has been dealt with, but the mess he left behind is still causing problems–Constantine’s face is splashed all over the front pages as the number-one suspect in the brutal slayings. (Apparently, this came to a head after his side trip to track down The Horrorist last volume. I won’t complain, that story was good stuff.) Dodging the police, Constantine falls in with a group of nature-loving hippie Travelers and finds something that has been in short supply since Newcastle–a modicum of peace. In this collection of hippies and misfits, Constantine finds the closest thing to a family he’s had in a long time. He should have known it wouldn’t last. When a brutal raid by a faux-police force ends in the kidnapping of Mercury, the kooky girl with special powers that first pulled him into his strange new community, Constantine resolves to find her and make things right. Of course, this isn’t as simple as it should be. Constantine soon finds himself embroiled in a web of conspiracy and intrigue that involves a secret Masonic order in control of a powerful weapon, a disgraced cop, a Soviet spy, and an old lover he betrayed. The stakes are the future of the entire world, but this time Constantine may be in way over his head. This time he may not even be able to save himself, let alone his friends….

The fact that I actually liked the story presented here in The Fear Machine is a little bit baffling to me at first glance. There’s a heavy dose of hippie free-love the-Earth-is-our-mother ideology, an unhealthy amount of drugs, not to mention the New Age/Ne0-Paganism that underlays the entire story arc. None of these are things I’m a fan of, either in person or (generally, at least) in fiction.* The plot rambled all over the place and was fairly slow to get moving. On top of that, those nightmare/acid/astral sequences I was complaining about last time were still present, center-stage even. And yet, it worked. I liked a lot of the characters despite disagreeing with nearly everything they stood for. The plot rambled, but always with it’s end in sight. It started slow, but there was a sense of rest and restoration for Constantine that we the reader got to share. And yes, the nightmares/acid trips/astral journey sequences I so dislike were still heavily featured, but unlike last volume, this time there was a point to them. They may have even have subtly pulled in the Merlin/Kon-Sten-Tyn thing with the finale, I’m not sure. Plus, we got a nod to Neil Gaiman’s Sandman and Constantine’s appearance in the early issues of that book. The end result was a story that I actually felt justified the reputation this book holds, and I will most certainly keep reading this as my library gets in more volumes.

CONTENT: Profanity, everything shy of the dreaded “F-bomb,” and a lot of British profanity to boot. Strong, bloody violence, including occult ritual and nightmarish madness. Strong sexual content, including nudity–mostly of the featureless “Barbie-doll” variety, but still–homosexual content, and a discussion of rape.

*I don’t condemn the appearance of such themes in fiction, per se, and will take their presence over censorship any day, but I have zero interest in them. If you want to use them to good purpose in your story, fine. I can deal. Just don’t expect me to be thrilled at the prospect.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Hellblazer 29. März 2013
Von Sean Osullivan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
This is a really interesting series.You never quite know where it's going next.The protagonist,John Constantine,is kind of just a 'regular guy' (a goof,in other words) that happens to be pretty well schooled in magic.Imagine Dr.Strange as portrayed by a drinking buddy.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Four Stars 21. Juli 2014
Von Daniel D Kerr - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
Good next installment.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen The Fear Machine product review 28. Juni 2012
Von Robert Attaway - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
I guess the folks at Vertigo must have heard me bitch about the release schedule that they released The Fear Machine this year not long after The Devil You Know. Anyways, this is going to be a quick review about the book itself. If you wish to know more about the story and whatnot, please check here for the original reviews. Though, I will say that this is by far the slowest story in Hellblazer's history.

To the point: They just slapped a new cover on (my favorite of the new covers thus far) and reprinted the book. That's it. Nothing added, nothing changed, nothing taken away; same as the original. I will say that the print did look somewhat brighter this time around. Maybe my original copy is just old, but I actually like the color.

While I am happy that Vertigo might start printing more of these, I'm still not happy with the fact that they are changing very little and still asking for a lot. I'm not asking for them to reprint every small appearance of Constantine in these books, but what about an interview with Delano on Hellblazer after all these years? What about artwork or alternate covers? As well, The Fear Machine is one of the few Constantine books you can find without a problem, unlike The Devil You Know or Dangerous Habit.

Mix feelings on my part leave me with a bit of a bitter taste about this book. While I'm happy that another book is released so quickly in this awesome series, I just wish there was more. 3/5 stars. John Constantine: Hellblazer - The Fear Machine reprints issue #14-22 on newspaper style paper. Here's hoping that The Family Man is better. Cheers.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Hellblazer on downers 13. Februar 2014
Von Vandal - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
I started reading the Hellblazer series this year and was blown away by the first volume, and the second volume was good too. This third storyline however, which carries over from Volume 2 with familiar characters left me so disappointed by the storyline in it. I hated the story. The pacing is slower than a snail, the graphics and story are so out there, that I felt like I had to be on drugs to understand it. It was a major struggle to get through reading it. I'm trying to not let this volume put me off this series.
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