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Hellblazer, Volume 2: The Devil You Know [PDF / Epub] ☆ Hellblazer, Volume 2: The Devil You Know Author Jamie Delano – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk To Hell and BackIt s been a long and difficult road for John Constantine one that s left him with demon s blood in his veins and dead friends voices in his headStill, with his sharp tongue and unequal To Hell and BackIt s 2: The MOBI · been a long and difficult road for John Constantine one that s left him with demon s blood in his Hellblazer, Volume MOBI :Ê veins and dead friends voices in his headStill, with his sharp tongue and unequaled shrewdness, the sorcerer from Liverpool has manged to raise himself to a Volume 2: The MOBI ☆ position as rarefied as it is dangerous being the magician of last resort for a world under constant siege from the forces of chaos and evil That same rough path has also sharpened his mind, and taught him a thing or two about ruthlessness Now, with the outcome of an ancient prophecy hanging on his actions, it s time for Constantine to bring the scales of justice back into balance at Hell s expenseContinuing the collection of original Hellblazer writer Jaime Delano s celebrated run on this signature Vertigo seriesCollecting Hellblazer, AnnualThe Horrorist.


About the Author: Jamie Delano

Jamie Delano aka A William 2: The MOBI · James began writing comics professionally in the early s Latterly he has been writing prose fiction with BOOK THIRTEEN published Hellblazer, Volume MOBI :Ê by his own LEPUS BOOKS imprint in , Leepus DIZZY in April , and Leepus THE RIVER in Jamie lives in semi rural Northamptonshire with his Volume 2: The MOBI ☆ partner, Sue They have three adult children and a considerable distraction of grandchildren.



10 thoughts on “Hellblazer, Volume 2: The Devil You Know

  1. James DeSantis James DeSantis says:

    Ouch I really wasn t feeling this volume Trippy would be too nice of a word Too many astral plane issues, too many vague plotlines that hardly connect, qwful political peddling here, and the 2nd half of this book almost feels like it doesn t belong at all A few interesting moments but it can t save this one A 1.5 out of 5.


  2. Scott Rhee Scott Rhee says:

    The DC Vertigo series John Constantine Hellblazer , which was first published in 1987, was a dark fantasy horror graphic novel series written by Jamie Delano and a bevy of talented artists.I ve been trying to come up with an explanation for why the series was such a popular one, other than great writing and artwork, of course Because many graphic novel series with great writing and artwork have succumbed to low sales and dwindling popularity Hellblazer stuck around for nearly 30 years It The DC Vertigo series John Constantine Hellblazer , which was first published in 1987, was a dark fantasy horror graphic novel series written by Jamie Delano and a bevy of talented artists.I ve been trying to come up with an explanation for why the series was such a popular one, other than great writing and artwork, of course Because many graphic novel series with great writing and artwork have succumbed to low sales and dwindling popularity Hellblazer stuck around for nearly 30 years It spawned a motion picture, a short lived TV series, and is still currently extant in a slightly different manifestation in the new DC universe Something about it resonates, clearly.The closest I can come to an explanation is that cynicism and fatalistic world views tend to resonate better with audiences than cheeriness and upbeat At least, for a lot of people.You can t getcynical than Constantine The guy is a poster boy for clinical depressive anti establishment self destructive assholes everywhere But he is, after all, merely a product of his times.I grew up in the 80s I remember the Reagan Era, the unspoken fears of the Evil Communist Empire, nuclear proliferation, the constant threat of nuclear armageddon, AIDS, Satanic cults kidnapping children and doing unspeakable things, pedophiles driving around in white vans waiting to snatch you up as you walked to school I remember the disconnect between people outwardly saying that they trust their government and privately believing that their government is out to get them I remember seeing homeless people and being told that they were a blight, that their homelessness was their own damn fault I remember being told that AIDS was God s punishment for homosexuality I remember being told that it was okay to be greedy, that greed was good I remember being told that morality was fungible, never mind what the major world religions were saying I remember believing a lot of this bullshit.Granted, I was fifteen at the time Hellblazer arrived on newsstand shelves and pharmacy comic book racks I was still playing with G.I.Joe and reading comic books involving guys wearing tights I believed everything my parents told me, and I believed everything I saw on the evening news on the rare times I watched the evening news , because why wouldn t I I was years away from my long, dark 20s I was decades away from clinical depression, panic attacks, constant anxiety I was a world away from being married, having a kid, learning about real adult fears like not having enough to pay monthly bills, mortgages, putting food on the table.Constantine didn t resonate with me as a kid because I was still drinking the Kool Aid that my parents, teachers, and the media were feeding me It took me 47 years to understand what real horror is Hellblazer is, I daresay, my new favorite comic book for the ages Besides being cool as hell, it also speaks to my cynicism and mistrust and depression and overall disgust for nearly everything outside of my small circle of loved ones I ve found my new favorite anti hero The Devil You Know , the second compilation volume, compiles issues 10 13, Annual 1, and a stand alone spin off series called The Horrorist , which featured Constantine and is the best fucking comic book I have ever read


  3. ᴥ Irena ᴥ ᴥ Irena ᴥ says:

    The Devil You Know is way darker than Original Sins and I am not sure if that s a good or a bad thing here A huge part of this volume is spent floating through other dimensions, the pacing wasn t even.In the first part of this volume Sex and Death, Newcastle and The Devil You Know Constantine finally faces Nergal and concludes that storyline The Newcastle evens are revealed and they are horrible and brutal This first part of the volume is good The middle of this volume, though, is not On Th The Devil You Know is way darker than Original Sins and I am not sure if that s a good or a bad thing here A huge part of this volume is spent floating through other dimensions, the pacing wasn t even.In the first part of this volume Sex and Death, Newcastle and The Devil You Know Constantine finally faces Nergal and concludes that storyline The Newcastle evens are revealed and they are horrible and brutal This first part of the volume is good The middle of this volume, though, is not On The Beach moves on to his musings on what humanity does to this world There is a lot of late 80s British politicsThe Bloody Saint is about previous Constantine s life It even features Merlin, a dragon and whatever you expect of an Arthurian story The art is kind of crowded there.The volume ends with Constantine following a girl who causes people face their worst sins The Horrorist It is beautifully illustrated.Overall, if it weren t for the middle of the volume that dragged it down, it would be better


  4. Selkie ✦ Queen Selkie ✦ Queen says:

    Unlike the first collected edition which was composed of nine issues, this second volume has only five issues 10 13 and Annual 1 The Devil You Know didn t have the same atmosphere as its predecessor volume did but that s most probably due to the length of the collection itself which was shorter and did not have that much action oriented content.As I write this overall review, I look back at my individual analysis of each issue starting from 10 and I realized that the only two issues that Unlike the first collected edition which was composed of nine issues, this second volume has only five issues 10 13 and Annual 1 The Devil You Know didn t have the same atmosphere as its predecessor volume did but that s most probably due to the length of the collection itself which was shorter and did not have that much action oriented content.As I write this overall review, I look back at my individual analysis of each issue starting from 10 and I realized that the only two issues that stood out for me were 11 where the game changing events of Newcastle were revealed and the dream sequence narrative of 13 which got an impressive perfect scoring for me due to my personal bias towards dream sequence narratives in general here in comics which I don t normally come across and in film I did have a soft spot for the Annual issue which had fifty three pages of interesting backstory and exposition about John Constantine s lineage that is strongly linked to mysticism and magic Other than that, this second volume was serviceable, supposedly collecting issues that have the thematic resonance of what the volume s title implies I would like to point out, however, why issues 14 16 could not be included Their content could still fit with The Devil You Know I just finished reading them and they were not at all included in any volume of the Hellblazer trade paperbacks.Weirdly enough, the next volume of the series Rare Cuts is composed of issues that are not in chronological order at all reprint of 11 and then 25 26, 35, 56, 84 What is up with that This worries me I suppose this only means that I won t be reviewing any collected editions after this and strictly do individual reviews then Somehow, I m just puzzled as to why the trade paperbacks for Hellblazer did not collect the issues chronologically, which meant that if I ever want to buy hard copies, I m going to have to look for old individual issues that were excluded and where the hell would I find those these days But fuck it, I digress Back to the review.This was a rather short volume with limited stories but the content particularly 11, 13 and the Annual are fascinating and thrilling, providing us yet again with searing characterizations and disturbing imagery and epiphanies about the life and times of our anti hero John Constantine and his paranormal misadventures At this point you don t need to force yourself to like John as a character or even as a person of complex desires and selfish motivations It would not at all deter from your overall enjoyment of Hellblazer stories Personally, I love him and dislike him in several occasions but nothing that truly makes me outright hate him I maintain that he s still my favorite thing about the series that and because I m beginning to feel certain feelings of affection and attachment towards him, but that s my issue Y all should know by now that I dig the damaged ones RECOMMENDED 7 10


  5. Sara Sara says:

    This is a re read from me Re visiting John Constantine from way back in the early 90 s I originally read the comics, not the TPB, but they were borrowed from a friend so, except for the Horrorist which I own , I no longer have copies.The 4 stars would be how I felt about the stories back in the day Now, I might be inclined to give these stories a 3 star rating, but I m not sure that s entirely fair I was hooked on Hellblazer, and it had to be pretty good for me to keep reading.Constantine i This is a re read from me Re visiting John Constantine from way back in the early 90 s I originally read the comics, not the TPB, but they were borrowed from a friend so, except for the Horrorist which I own , I no longer have copies.The 4 stars would be how I felt about the stories back in the day Now, I might be inclined to give these stories a 3 star rating, but I m not sure that s entirely fair I was hooked on Hellblazer, and it had to be pretty good for me to keep reading.Constantine is great the stories, not always up to the level of Constantine himself.It was good to re visit Newcastle, what with all the mentions of it in the TV show I m trying to explain it to my husband and what happens on TV didn t always happen in the original storyline I m not sure that s a bad thing, though I liked some of the stories better than others The artwork varies It s great on the Horrorist That s David Lloyd and I believe that story line was written quite a while after the other stories in this TPB.I ll try to continue on my journey of old school Hellblazer, but that will depend on the availability of the old comics and TPBs and my budget if I find I have to purchase copies.2nd reading Read from Jan 20 26, 2015


  6. Michael Nash Michael Nash says:

    I think that I like the idea of Hellblazerthan I actually like Hellblazer Somewhere between the 80s tastic artwork and the meandering storylines that don t accomplish anything, reading this becamework than fun, which is a huge no no for comics The weird sequencing didn t help either this volume collects Hellblazer 10 13, which wraps up the story from the previous volume, but it had been so long since I read that that I had no memory of what was going on The resolution was pretty I think that I like the idea of Hellblazerthan I actually like Hellblazer Somewhere between the 80s tastic artwork and the meandering storylines that don t accomplish anything, reading this becamework than fun, which is a huge no no for comics The weird sequencing didn t help either this volume collects Hellblazer 10 13, which wraps up the story from the previous volume, but it had been so long since I read that that I had no memory of what was going on The resolution was pretty good, using the thing that makes Hellblazer work Constantine defeats the demon Nergal through his own cleverness and sheer treachery However this victory is marred by the weird 80s ness of his method he somehow traps the Demon s soul in the internet.The volume also includes The Bloody Saint, which is apparently the first annual of the series Its an okay story with fairly atrocious art The Horrorist is a miniseries written 10 years after everything else in the book, with pretty good artwork and a meh story In both cases the decision to include them in this volume is completely inexplicable as they are obviously out of sequence and thematically unconnected I m going to keep reading the new volumes in the hopes that it gets better, however After all, I read Dangerous Habits once upon a time, and that was very good


  7. Sesana Sesana says:

    I ll be honest, I just didn t like this one much Delano is a talented enough writer, true But it s simply not to my taste It s far too unrelentingly dark and visceral, with characters that dance on the line between merely unlikeable and entirely obnoxious Yes, even Constantine I wonder if I like the idea of him better than I like the actual character I was also surprised to discover how deeply rooted the book is in late 80s British politics, about which I have limited knowledge and interes I ll be honest, I just didn t like this one much Delano is a talented enough writer, true But it s simply not to my taste It s far too unrelentingly dark and visceral, with characters that dance on the line between merely unlikeable and entirely obnoxious Yes, even Constantine I wonder if I like the idea of him better than I like the actual character I was also surprised to discover how deeply rooted the book is in late 80s British politics, about which I have limited knowledge and interest The most memorable story was the surreal and grotesque nuclear meltdown nightmare sequence I won t forget that anytime soon, but it was too strange and detached to work for me It took me a long time to get through this book, because I had to keep forcing myself back to it


  8. John John says:

    This volume is muchof a mixed bag of stories than the other collections I ve read which are Volumes 1, 4, 5 , but still worth the effort It contains the conclusion of the Swamp Thing arc, a massively dull backstory about Constantine s heritage, and a beautifully illustrated and highly depressing two parter called The Horrorist Much time here is spent on John s internal musings and floating about in other realms or dream states Not too exciting but I m so fascinated by Constantine hi This volume is muchof a mixed bag of stories than the other collections I ve read which are Volumes 1, 4, 5 , but still worth the effort It contains the conclusion of the Swamp Thing arc, a massively dull backstory about Constantine s heritage, and a beautifully illustrated and highly depressing two parter called The Horrorist Much time here is spent on John s internal musings and floating about in other realms or dream states Not too exciting but I m so fascinated by Constantine himself, I will continue to read


  9. Amy Amy says:

    It s so good to re read the old Hellblazers None of the warm fuzzy abomination that the many series in The New 52 have turned him into Just drunken, ratty, poxy, mean, stunted old John Constantine Refreshing.


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