John Constantine, Hellblazer: Original Sins, by Jamie Delano, John Ridgway, Alfredo Alcala, Rick Veitch, Tom Mandrake and others (Vertigo/DC Comics, 2011)

The continuing adventures of a working class British magician, working to balance warring supernatural forces and their own flaws. Still-splendid blend of social realism, state-of-the-world anger, and horror comic thrills. Both of its time (Thatcher’s late 80s) and of this moment: the same wars are still being fought. This first collection brings together issues 1-9, plus issues 77 and 78 of Swamp Thing, Constantine’s origin title.


My own books are here, if that’s your thing. Newest is noir thriller East of England.

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