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Hellblazer: Original Sins

(Hellblazer #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  14,437 ratings  ·  290 reviews
Paperback Hellblazer #1-9
John Constantine is an unconcerned, amoral occultist with a British working-class background.He's an anti-hero who manages to come out on top through a combination of luck, trickery and genuine magic skill.V FOR VENDETTA illustrator David Lloyd provides painted artwork for the tale of an encounter with a strange woman who is the embodiment of the w
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 1st 1997 by Vertigo (first published October 1988)
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Jun 10, 2009 rated it liked it
The fact that so many of these reviews say something along the lines of "It's not as good as the movie!" or "Too much political commentary and the art is dated!" just goes to show that some people - comic book readers in particular - are interested solely in watching entertainment with eyes glazed over. Others are more interested in learning something and seeking literary substance. Most comics merely provide the former, so just let us have a few intelligent comics without complaining that they ...more
Lᴀʏᴀ Rᴀɴɪ #BookDiet2019
This is the very first volume that will span one of the longest running series for Vertigo, and I can honestly say that John Constantine was not an easy man to love at all. Fortunately enough for this comics, he curiously remains a readily compelling titular character for the Hellblazer series. A man of action, deep thought and snarky humor, Constantine can win us over if he'd just bother trying yet he also manages to effortlessly cruise the pages of this book with an enigmatic charm that manage ...more
Quentin Wallace
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is where it all started. This first volume of Hellblazer set the tone for the decades of John Constantine stories to follow. And it was a pretty good start.

We have here a horror comic that ventures well into the realm of the weird. It isn't so much the story itself but some of the happenings within the story. We start off with an African hunger demon loose in America. Then we find demons posing as yuppies trading human souls as commodities. (Some symbolism there to be sure.) Then we have a
I was in love with John Constantine.


This is a re-read for me. I originally read the graphic novels around 1990/91. The rating (given from memory so many years later) comes from the feeling that I had when I read these stories about Constantine - I loved these stories and the more I read, the more I loved them.

The re-read stems from the fact that I'm watching the TV show Constantine. I wanted to refresh my memory about these stories. I'd forgotten so much. I had forgotten that Zed was a cha
Apr 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Hellblazer is one of the more long-running of Vertigo’s graphic novel series and has had at least half a dozen different writers. I’d read one of the trade paperbacks before and wasn’t fantastically impressed, but Original Sins by Jamie Delano (who was the first writer to work on this series) has won me over. As written by Delano the notorious John Constantine, working-class sorcerer and bad boy, really is an intriguing character. He’s bad-tempered, arrogant, somewhat selfish, very unscrupulous, ...more
Oct 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-10-comics
Damn, Jamie Delano really did write the best version of Hellblazer. All John Constantine is and will be is already present in this one first novel.

The first story, about Mnemoth, is perfect, all that Hellblazer is and should be. The Tatcher story is a cute and fitting gag, the third is mostly setup for John's family, the Damnation and Redemption armies, the vietnam story is horrifying.

John comes across as the ultimate anti-hero, a coward, a basket case. It's amazing how our general image of hi
Aug 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who are fabulous
Recommended to Tozette by: Small Creek

There is just something about the asshole antihero that makes me weak in the knees -- and John Constantine is an A-grade asshole. He frequently (and sometimes randomly) abuses the people around him in a way that's both shameless and hilarious. Character aside, the plots work, they're fast-paced and they're twined together, and the comic book dialogue snaps and crackles when it's not drowning in deliciously cheesy bombast.

To be honest, about the only criticism I have here is that some of these s
Printable Tire
I don't know what keeps me coming back to the Hellblazer comic. Perhaps it's the fact that there's a good collection of them at the library, and I know more or less what to expect from them, at least in terms of literary quality. Perhaps it's the artwork, which is the usual Vertigo, very grisly and colorful and fun to look at. I certainly don't much like the overall joyless cynicism of this world, or the overtly, insulting and pandering political jabs that pop up every other issue. I don't like ...more
Thomas Edmund
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've been aware of Constantine for a long time, mostly through cross-overs with other comics, and the Reeves movie (which I actually liked sorry for the heresy) I hadn't really read through much of his actual stuff though.

Jumping into Original Sins I was surprised at a few things, one is just how heavily politicized it was. Constantine takes on skin-heads, demons during election year, supports a friend with AIDS and pops over the U.S. to witness a Vietnam flashback. I dunno why I was so surprise
Jul 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
This totally throws you into the world of Constantine from beginning to end and it's just utter crackers and it's such a good read if you're after something slightly bizarre. Constantine is a proper geezer, his accent is all over the place he's a bit of a trash bag to be honest, he's a complete mess and nine times out of ten he just makes any situation worse, but that trench coat wearing trash bag tries his best.

At first it comes across as a bunch of collected stories with Constantine having to
2.5 stars. I was torn between 2 and 3 stars on this one and ended up with 2.5. Better than okay but not quite "I like it" material. Let's just call it pretty good. Part of the reason this doesn't rate higher is that I know some of the later Hellblazer work is outstanding and so this suffers from comparison.
The 1992 and 1993 prints of "Original Sins" collect Hellblazer issues #1-9, the first nine issues of the series. The new 2011 printing also includes Swamp Thing #76 and #77, in which John makes his first comics appearance.

These issues were originally published in 1987/1988, just as the Vertigo imprint was coming into existence -- while most other comics were still in the old "spandex-suited superheroes" game. So be aware -- the colors are often a bit garish and weird, the quality of the art lack
Javier Muñoz
El Hellblazer de Jamie Delano es uno de esos cómics que hay que coger con cuidado, informándose antes de empezar a leer. Helblazer es uno de los buques insignia de vértigo, y la serie más longeva de este sello, 300 números ni más ni menos en un periodo de unos 25 años... esta no es más que la primera entre un montón de etapas de distintos autores, cada una con sus características.

Digo esto porque quizás este no sea el mejor lugar para empezar con el personaje por mucho que sea el primer volumen,
Apr 27, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
The beginning is horrible. Especially the second story. And I didn't care much for the art either. It gets interesting towards the end where a story spans several issues and "the plot thickens" but overall it's not that interesting.
[second read]: the first story seems better now (Constantine really is a bastard, and that story makes it clear from the beginning). Jamie Delano really hated Margaret Thatcher apparently, as the second story is full of associations between her and demons, devil spaw
Kate M. Colby
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Likes: Constantine as a deeply flawed hero, magic/demonic elements, the love story with Zed, and how the plot with the Damnation Army built over the stories

Dislikes: I'm not a big fan of this style of art, as it reminds me of Sunday newspaper cartoons. I also found some of the panel layouts to be a bit confusing.
Melissa Jacobson
You all know how much I love Constantine. I have brought it up quite a bit in every area of my life so I am obviously thrilled to be re-reading this amazing series. Constantine is my everything. I have loved him from the age of 12 when I first picked this exact collection up and I still adore him to this day.
Ross Alon
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great beginning for a story.
The definition of a vertigo book lay in this pages. The way the story deals with 80's taboos as AIDS, homosexuality, drugs and many more is amusing.
Nov 30, 2018 rated it liked it
John Constantine is really a tough character to like... and nice tales. I certainly took my sweet time to finish it 😈☠ ...more
Matti Karjalainen
"Hellblazer : Original Sins" (Vertigo, 1992) sisältää Hellblazer-lehden yhdeksän ensimmäistä numeroa, jotka ilmeistyivät alun perin vuosina 1987-1988. Käsikirjoittajana toimi Jamie Delano ja taiteesta vastasivat John Ridgway ja Alfredo Alcalá.

Sarjakuva toimii parhaimmillaan edelleen kohtalaisen hyvin, mistä on kiittäminen paljon päähenkilöä John Constantinea (joka sai ulkomuotonsa Stingilta, kuten kaikki tietänevät). Constantine on klassinen antisankari, jota ei voi pitää millään tasolla nuhteet
Michele Lee
I admit I picked this one up because I really liked the movie. I’d been warned that the movie was nothing like the actual comic, but all the elements of the movie that I enjoyed most were present.

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 v
Steven Guitink
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
And so we go back to where it all began.

John Constantine is my BAE. Ugh now I feel dirty using that term. Hang on....

(Takes a shower)

Okay I'm back. Anyway if there is one character in comic history that I most connect with, it's probably John Constantine. I'm not really the type who has a massive boner for American style, larger than life, deck-myself-in-pride parade-colours, fight for truth justice and all that stuff, type heroes. I like my heroes to be more human, to be more flawed and capable
Oct 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
This collection of the first 9 issues of Hellblazer kicks off the debut of Constantine post the Swamp Thing era.

It introduces us to the man behind the Magus... turns out that Constantine is a flawed character, and here I thought he was @above@ all the woes of the world from his introduction in Swamp Thing.

A good beginning to a series that would last 300 issues, have its ups and downs... the lowest of which was his transferal from the Vertigo universe back to the DC 52 one.

Ah well, it's always fu
Sep 04, 2016 rated it liked it
except for the movie and tv serie, I never read anything with john before. And this one was a bit underwhelming. John here is a failure. He accomplishes nothing significant.
But i am also hooked and I want to see what's coming next.
Sleeping with Ghosts
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The real name of the cómic that gives the name to the movie Constantine (2005) with Keanu Reeves and Tilda Swinton.
Sep 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Contains **SPOILERS** and a whole lot of PERSONAL OPINION.

Original Sins is the first encounter I ever had with the Hellblazer series. My interests were first piqued when I learned of the theme of this series. But once I really started thinking about it, the Hellblazer series has a very complicated essence. From the 9 issues in the collected series of 'Original Sins', I think the main theme that underlies the story line is: the convergence between the supernatural and (the all too familiar) urba
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fairly campy and dated-feeling, but I nonetheless enjoyed it. John Constantine is kind of a narcissist, gumshoe/hardboiled detective-type with what feels like a fairly mild case of arcane powers (the magic is subtle in this book). I feel like we start to get into Constantine's head at this point, but he is not really developed as a character. We learn about his somewhat forced bargain with a demon, and are introduced to a fair number of demons and the parallels between societal ills and how hell ...more
May 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: comic-books, horror
We all seen the movie that actually isn't that good (though Tilda Swinton is mighty fine as Gabriel)

Then the tv-show came in 2014, in which Matt Ryan swooned my asexual ass (scruffy, rough-looking, bit of an asshole, talking with an accent is hard to resist), very much liked. Got sad when it was cancelled, so I bought Hellblazer: Original Sins and here we are 4 years later.

They should have continued the show.

Now. The major problem I have with comic books, and manga as well, is that I'm never rea
Rickard Falk
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good stories and interesting characters.
The art is generally of good quality with several highlights.
It is clear that that the comics were not made for this format, since some of the two page spreads were kind of difficult to read in the middle because of the books thickness. This bothered me quite a lot at a few places.
Jamie Connolly
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Read last year. It’s awesome. But really I only read it at a prerequisite to Ennis’ run
Jason Pettus
Dec 12, 2012 rated it liked it
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this review, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

DC Comics imprint Vertigo recently announced the coming cancellation of one of their flagship titles, John Constantine, Hellblazer*; and that has inspired me to finally read all 300 issues that will eventually make up the run (or at least as many of them that the Chicago Public Library carries), after rea
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Jamie Delano aka A. William James began writing comics professionally in the early 1980s. Latterly he has been writing prose fiction with "BOOK THIRTEEN" published by his own LEPUS BOOKS imprint ( in 2012, "Leepus | DIZZY" in April 2014, and "Leepus | THE RIVER" in 2017.

Jamie lives in semi-rural Northamptonshire with his partner, Sue. They have three adult children and

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