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Hellblazer: Dangerous Habits

(Hellblazer #6)

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John Constantine, the main character in Hellblazer, was originally a very minor character in DC Comics' Swamp Thing. Next came his only series, in which this hard-smoking, hard-drinking, all around manipulator walked the thin line of magic between this world and hell. So when Irishman Garth Ennis was asked to write this comic book, he had asked himself, "What could I possi ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published March 1st 1994 by Vertigo (first published 1991)
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Wombo Combo Hey there, I know this question is a year old so my answer probably won't matter. Regardless, you can probably skip ahead to Ennis's run without any…moreHey there, I know this question is a year old so my answer probably won't matter. Regardless, you can probably skip ahead to Ennis's run without any problems. There are some references to Swamp Thing and some Delano stories in Ennis's run, but it stands on its own pretty well. (less)

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I can't tell whether or not Hellblazer is a good thing to read while trying to quit smoking (okay okay cutting back on smoking) or a bad thing. On the one hand, John Constantine gets lung cancer from smoking 20-30 cigarettes a day since he was 17. I don't know how old Mr. Constantine is, but he looks to me to be at the most in his mid 30's. That's pretty scary. On the other hand, he smokes like a chimney in nearly every panel, which is quite vicariously appealing, and he cheats death by getting ...more
Boots
Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
for me, this is the best thing garth ennis ever wrote. nothing has measured up since, frankly, but at least there's this: a wonderfully frightening story about john constantine coming face to face with his mortality in a way that doesn't feel cheap or merely a device for plotting with the devil.

if they had just made this book into a movie instead of borrowing the tiniest kernel of the idea and turning it into such rubbish, it could have been epic. constantine goes up against the devil and wins
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Corto Maltese
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
This is where it really begins.

If you ever want to introduce someone to John Constantine, give him/her this book. -One can go back to the earlier Delano - Stories, once one is already addicted to the character. I recently reread all those volumes and can only say that even when Delano get's more and more the hang of the character to the end of his run, it's Garth Ennis' story that is really defining.
All basic elements of John are highlited here, the trickster/punk, the jinx, the friend, the sel
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Kemper
Jun 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, horror, magic
The all-time classic John Constatine story against which all others must be measured.
Heideblume
Apr 23, 2018 rated it liked it
In occasione di un semi-blocco del lettore e in astinenza dalla serie tv "Constantine" - interpretato in maniera quantomai azzeccata da Matt Ryan - ho deciso di prendere due piccioni con una fava recuperando i fumetti di Hellblazer. C'è da dire che io non ho mai letto nulla del genere, a parte i Topolino, perciò in questo ambito sono una perfetta ignorante. Mi limito a parlare della storia e dell'intrattenimento perché non saprei a quali dettagli stilistici fare altrimenti attenzione.

"Abitudini
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Brooke
Mar 31, 2010 rated it liked it
The first Hellblazer book by Garth Ennis isn't as good as previous writer Jamie Delano's best, but it is far, far better than Delano's worst. As pretty much anything can be.

I like Constantine's solution to his troubles, it was clever and in line with his character. As much as I loathed some of the events from past books, I was glad to see them continually referenced. Continuity is good (although I am gratefully thanking whoever decided to NOT collect the apparent Constantine-in-the-womb-with-his
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Pritesh Patil
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This.Is.Spectacular.
Heather
Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
I think I just don't *like* John Constantine. (Or Garth Ennis.) He's kind of an unlikeable bastard. But at least he's sort of aware of that.
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Damn! This Sodding Book!
I have been anticipating this book for so damn LONG now. I read Original Sins and pretty much loved it. I read The Devil You Know and really didn't like any of it EXCEPT the Newcastle issue of course. But this. This is really fucking good. First of all, if you are going from early Delano to Ennis like I did and are worried about the character changing, don't worry. I am living proof of the fact that you will have a smooth transition into the Constantine everyone knows a
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Kinan Diraneyya
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-books
I am glad Jamie Delano left this series, I am also glad his final issues were not collected, because Hellblazer was about to hit rock bottom before Garth Ennis arrive to save the day. This volume defines the modern character of Constantine, and is indeed a great starting point for new readers.

The volume opens with John Constantine dying of lounge cancer, we certainly know that he is going to cheat death again, we just don't know how yet. Most of the story goes about Constantine's attempts to fin
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Hilal Özdemir
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have to say that Ennis is like fresh air after Delano. This is the Constantine I met in The Books of Magic. Delano's didn't feel like him at all.
Nathan
Hellblazer Book 6: "Dangerous Habits" collects Hellblazer issues 41-46 -- the first story from Garth Ennis' run on the title.

This is one of the very best Hellblazer books out there, and other than Book 1 (Hellblazer Original Sins), it's probably the best starting point for new readers. Along with Original Sins and Hellblazer The Fear Machine, this book is one of my favorites from the title. Not only that, but it really stands on its own pretty well; they really should make a movie about this on
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Yayoi storey
Jul 17, 2010 rated it did not like it
my first venture into the world of John Constantine/hellblazer.
It was lame.
Garth Ennis wrote one of my favorite comics- The Preacher.
You may be familiar with the story of constantine via the keanu reeves sci fi horror movie of the same name. I loved the scifi action horror flick.
As far as this book goes, the smarmy english sodding, bollocks, blokey, pissing shite head that he is was laid on too thick for me. oh, he outsmarts the devil, not once, but twice! while he is pissed (drunk) out of h
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Joseph
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I like how the writing goes into many levels and how John has to ties all of his loose ends. Yet he also meets a nice old man in hospital who gives him a brief Philosophy which Constantine takes in. As well as that I like the use of shadows and the colouring to set the tone of the graphic novel itself. It really sets the scene on many different levels.

I would recommend this to any one who is interested in starting the Hellblazer saga (like me) and great for those who ae a fan of the series who w
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Sud666
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, favorites
If you are a fan of Mr. Enis or of John Constantine, then this is a great story arc for you. The movie was based loosely off this story and the comic shows why it is far superior. The ending to the story as clever as it is, still manages to show JC as the self-absorbed morally ambiguous character that he is. Well done Mr. Enis.
Jedhua
My Brief Bookshelf Overview: grim, likable-or-deep-characters, mature, steady-storytelling-style, story-not-intriguing-enough

Additional Notes: This collection contains Hellblazer issues #41-46.


John Constantine is dying, and for the first three issues, almost nothing comes out of it but talk. Even if it gets better, it couldn't be by enough to keep me reading.
Michelle Morrell
Constantine gets his terminal cancer diagnosis and has to race the clock to find a way out of a ticket straight to hell. He's consummate Constantine here, wily and crafty, a caring utter bastard. Still can't believe how delightfully 80s these are.
Jay
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I see some influence of this arc in the Keanu Reeves Constantine movie. It's damn good. Delano's run was hard to get through - too wordy, too preachy, and repeatedly got off track. Ennis on the other hand feels like the John Constantine I prefer.
Steven Guitink
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Original Sins
The Devil you Know
The Fear Machine
The Family Man

And so we come to where it all began....

Okay not really, but for many people (probably myself include) this is where Hellblazer really comes into its own. It's where people truly begin to see John as what he is and what he is capable of doing. One thing you'll notice about each writer on Hellblazer is that their own interpretations of John Constantine are different in subtle small ways. Delano's run had a more poetic, introspective Joh
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Dan
Jul 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Faced with mortality and the life he has lived. This was an interesting story and one that helps make sense of later issues.
Brent
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, fiction, favorites
Loved Ennis's take on Contantine's lung cancer!
Robert
Mar 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
smoking, cursing, devils and trickery - everything you want from John Constantine.
Robert Hudder
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
A really good book on dying. That is what was so good about this series; taking a supernatural phenomena and anchoring it in reality. In this case, Constantine is going to die a natural death by cancer. How he deals and what happens along the way are very human things.

I have given some thought to death and always have. Not in a suicide way but with an idea to make sure that I have lived and continue to live some type of life that is worth living. This type of book reminds me of the questions th
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Scott Filibeck
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was the Hellblazer I was looking foward to! And, unlike Delano, this was written like a comic instead of a prose novel adaptation of one.

This is where John Constantine's real story as a DC legend begins. With a heartfelt story about death and regret.
Penelope
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Si me hubiese leído este cómic antes de ver la (mediocre) adaptación al cine posiblemente me habría gustado mucho más. Como no ha sido así, solo puedo apreciar a John Constantine en toda su indecente hijoputez no adaptada al sensible público fílmico. Y no es poco
Estrella
Oct 29, 2017 rated it liked it
I like the character and some parts of the story but it has a very slow beginning. It's very focus on the sick of Constantine and I had prefered more episodes about his fight with demons, though I love the way he finally faces his problem. Nice artwork. Entertaining reading.
Ivan Lex
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
By far the best Garth Ennis book ever.
Is my first Hellblazer story and I want to read more and more, this book is awesome.
Holliferous
Aug 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: awful, boring
I'm so sad to admit it, but I just don't like Constantine as the main character. When he pops in on other characters, he's great! But as the main attraction, I'm bored.
Adam Osth
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Back when Garth Ennis was great. You've got to be good to take an Alan Moore creation and do it better than he did. This is one of the defining stories, where Constantine literally cheats death.
Brennan
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic and very somber for Ennis, he takes John to his darkest brink and has him do the most devilish move in his repertoire in the second to the last issue, a must-read for John Constantine!
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Ennis began his comic-writing career in 1989 with the series Troubled Souls. Appearing in the short-lived but critically-acclaimed British anthology Crisis and illustrated by McCrea, it told the story of a young, apolitical Protestant man caught up by fate in the violence of the Irish 'Troubles'. It spawned a sequel, For a Few Troubles More, a broad Belfast-based comedy featuring two supporting ch ...more

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