- Taschenbuch: 168 Seiten
- Verlag: Vertigo; Auflage: 01 (4. Januar 2006)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1401209297
- ISBN-13: 978-1401209292
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,8 x 1 x 26 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.118.859 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Hellblazer: Staring at the Wall (John Constantine, Hellblazer) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 4. Januar 2006
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"Astonishing... Constantine's looking pretty damned good" - Empire "The best thing on the UK comics scene since Alan Moore." - SFX Magazine "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" --This text refers to an alternate Taschenbuch edition.
Movie star - comic book icon - John Constantine, the legendary chain-smoking, hard-drinking man of the occult is back! Unspeakable events are plaguing the world in unprecedented numbers; murders, suicides, and worse. Believing the horror is caused by the "Shadow Dog" which has stalked his dreams, Constantine and a newly formed magical alliance draw out the beast, inadvertently unleashing a timeless, nigh-omnipotent evil that not even the world's most hardened expert on the arcane may be able to stop...Mike Carey and Marcelo Frusin continue their outstanding run on Hellblazer, taking Constantine to hell and back! Warning: Adults only! --This text refers to an alternate Taschenbuch edition.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
Das Gleiche kann man nicht von "Staring at the Wall" sagen: Der Schattenhund ist eine mystische Bestie, deren Erscheinen Wahnsinn und Verderben nach sich zieht, und John Constantine hat erfahren, dass das nächste Kommen der Kreatur bevorsteht. Zusammen mit anderen Magiern stellt er ihr eine Falle. Sein Plan gelingt. Aber Constantine ist hereingelegt worden, und sein Sieg bedeutet vielleicht das Ende der Menschheit.
Natürlich gibt es in dieser Geschichte reichlich Horror, aber vor allem liest sie sich wie ein Thriller - ein gelungener Thriller, denn obwohl die Welt natürlich nicht untergeht, bekommt man das Gefühl, dass sie nur haarscharf daran vorbeischrammt - was durch Marcelo Frusins schattenschwere Zeichnungen noch akzentuiert wird.
Was hätte ich zu bemängeln? Zum einen hat Mike Carey seine Dialoge zwar gut in der Hand, aber manchmal wird er doch etwas geschwätzig.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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Staring at the Wall is a five part story arc where once again John Constantine is facing the Apocalypse and this time it's all his fault...or maybe that is AGAIN it's all his fault. Constantine has gathered a group of powerful sorcerers to an old, abandoned hotel to enlist their aid against this latest threat. This time it is the (somewhat ridiculous sounding) Shadow Dog also known as the "Kua I'ipa" that has been around since the beginning of man and is referred to as the beast that Adam did not give a name to. The group also includes Constantine's girlfriend Angie and her brother Jason, just released from a mental institution who has some insight into the Shadow Dog. The Shadow Dog has broken through two of the three doors it needs to come into our world. Constantine and the other sorcerers intend to use the collective souls of London as a barrier against the beast but something goes terribly awry as you might guess, resulting in the death of one of the sorcerers.
Turns out the Shadow Dog was just a diversion and Constantine was played like a cheap deck of cards by a threat far more sinister and deadly...the original beast, long kept in check by the shadow dog. Constantine's mistake has allowed the beast to infiltrate the minds of the world's population, sending them into a dizzying madness of rage and murder. Constantine does the only thing he can do...sacrifice his own life so that the Beast cannot affect him and try to save the day. He'll have help in the form of his niece Gemma as well as Swamp Thing. Constantine also has a brief but explosive confrontation with the Phantom Strange who is none too happy with his carelessness.
It's a good story. We've seen these apocalyptic threats before in Hellblazer so it's not altogether original but writer Mike Carey does such a good job with the character that you can manage to overlook this flaw. It's also nice to see others such as Gemma step in as Constantine grudgingly has to admit to needing help from his niece. Great art as usual from Marcelo Frusin whose style perfectly captures the dark atmosphere of the story.
Reviewed by Tim Janson
Carey's big story arc rolls into its third volume here, and things are heating up quickly. Constantine has been following the trail of the shadow dog for some time now, and with the help of new flame Angie Spatchcock, he gathers together a number of powers who might be able to help him net the thing. Also along for the ride is Angie's brain-damaged brother, who's been having prophetic visions and painting them. After the powers sort themselves out, John starts a ritual to contain the beast-- and, of course, everything goes hideously wrong, with John desperately trying to figure out how to put things back to rights.
First off, the big negative with this volume. You're going to hate the too-pat cliffhanger final frame. Okay, that aside, this is good old-fashioned bloody fun. John is in fine form, Carey indulges in his love for bringing in heroes from other series, tosses in a plot twist here and there, and sends things along at a much higher speed than was to be found in Red Sepulchre and Black Flowers. Be sure, however, to have the fourth volume (Stations of the Cross) close by when you dig into this one; you will not enjoy waiting for it. *** ½
The trickster gets the upper hand in the end, but looses his mind.