- Taschenbuch: 256 Seiten
- Verlag: Vertigo; Auflage: 01 (1. Oktober 1997)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1563890526
- ISBN-13: 978-1563890529
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,9 x 1,5 x 25,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 405.129 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Hellblazer: Original Sins (John Constantine, Hellblazer) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Oktober 1997
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"Astonishing... Constantine's looking pretty damned good" - Empire "John Constantine is the most human character in mainstream comics today... A journey you can't afford to miss." - Neil Gaiman, author of The Sandman" -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
These are the first nine stories in a contin uing monthly comic-book series published under the title, He llblazer. They detail the adventures of one John Constantine , an insouciant, somewhat amoral occult dabbler and psychic detective. 'Alle Produktbeschreibungen
"Original Sins" reprints the first nine issues of the regular series, written by Jamie Delano and with artwork by John Ridgway and others. Although these were the first published stories they hardly give the reader an introduction to the character background-wise and, even worse, the book ends mid-way through the story with a cliff-hanger.
The book is not bad; the story is an interesting take on modern-day occultism and has some wonderfully satirical elements.
Delano's view of the 1980's, including Yuppies from hell and Thatcher-England, may seem a bit dated and he certainly comes across a bit preachy at times, but this is nothing that spoils the book. The art is solid and conveys the story well, although it seems as if it lost something in the printing process.
The really annoying bit about the book is that it is the afore-mentioned cliff-hanger. The conclusion is very unlikely to be reprinted, which makes it even more tedious, especially since the Hellblazer series on the whole is very entertaining. (Dies ist eine Amazon.de an der Uni-Studentenrezension.)
This is a THICK book and full of the old stories that were printed years ago. But if you're a graphic novel fan (as opposed to comic books), you proably haven't seen these. The one about "Yuppie Soul Brokers From Hell" is especially fun.
Between this and the Sandman series, I've been very impressed by the quality of the genre.
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The art is dated and doesn't add much, but the writing is amazing, especially in the middle story, a supernatural tale of war life and rural reality colliding most violently, "When Johnny Comes Marching Home". "Waiting for the Man" also features some very disturbing sections, but like the rest of this volume it's full of loose ends and set ups for later plot lines.
A lot of the imagery in the movie did come straight from the comic, as did large portions of the plot. In fact, I have to wonder, other than the comic Constantine being blond and English rather than Keanu Reeves, what the complaint is. The same callous, ballsy Constantine finds himself dragged into paranormal threat after paranormal threat, often by a damsel in distress. While it's made clear that he's neutral and not on the side of heaven, hell or the ethereal, most of the plots in HellBlazer: Original Sins have Constantine coming up against the demonic side of things more than anything else.
It's definitely a good read, filled with strong, emotional writing and gritty, interesting characters. But beware, this volume leaves off, literally, in the middle of a scene so you might want to buy volumes one and two together.
The movie missed the politics of the time, the religious parodies that would irritate any fundie Christian, and the character himself. John Constantine is witty, brash, arrogant and at times charming. He's not some melancholy, poor me, emo like Keanu portrayed him as. If you are a fan of the film, check out the book. You will be sorry if you don't. Hollywood doesn't have the balls to do a real Hellblazer movie. The religious right would flip out if they did.
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