Hellblazer Volume 12 How to Play with Fire

Hellblazer Volume 12 How to Play with Fire❰KINDLE❯ ✽ Hellblazer Volume 12 How to Play with Fire Author Paul Jenkins – Oaklandjobs.co.uk In these tales John Constantine must discover the connection between disasters across the ages Then while Constantine’s past catches up at home the First of the Fallen unveils his new scheme in the In these tales John 12 How Epub à Constantine must discover the connection between disasters across the ages Then while Constantine’s past catches up at Hellblazer Volume ePUB ✓ home the First of the Fallen unveils his new scheme in the USCollecting Hellblazer . throwing confetti around wildly Goodbye Paul Jenkins I hope you never come back Seriously though I did not like a single solitary thing about his run and when I saw it switch back over to Ennis halfway through this volume I almost cried with joy So far I think Ennis is literally the only person who can actually write Hellblazer so I'm glad he stepped in to write another short arc although I did really love the Constantine The Hellblazer run out of the newer stuff but that's honestly like a super fun AU most of the time Here's some highlights from Ennis' issues#amazingI honestly should have known these panels would come from an Ennis issue lolI just really want to hammer home the fact that John Constantine apparently sits around his house in a pink mesh tank top in his spare timeLooking forward to Warren Ellis' stuff in the next volume It's so nice to actually be excited for this series again Jenkins was absolutely killing me This trade was basically three separate storylinesIn the first there's a bit of a convulated tale where Constantine meets his girlfriend's parents and finds out about some scheme the devil has to hypnotize people using their tv sets Or something like that I didn't care as much for this one It was set in the states which was a change but not enough to save itThen we get the end of Paul Jenkins run which brings back a lot of Constantine's past sins and provides a nice set up for the Ennis storyline which followedThe next storyline was SON OF MAN written by Garth Ennis and I found this one much better Years ago a gangster had his son killed in a hit and run accident and demanded Constantine bring the boy back to life It wasn't possible so John did the only thing he could conjure a demon to possess the kid's body and make it look like he'd came back to life So now it's twelve years later and the boy hasn't aged physically but he's a demon literally So John has that to deal withOverall the Son of Man storyline saved the book The art wasn't the best but still another good volume overall This was an awesome contrast between the ending of Paul Jenkins' run and the beginning of Garth Ennis' run on Hellblazer Paul's UP THE DOWN STAIRCASE HOW TO PLAY WITH FIRE were mostly haunting somber a little labyrinthian even They continued with JC's downward spiral as he alienates everyone around him and culminates in him dealing with the devil Whereas Garth picks up from where Paul stops his portrayal of JC versus the demon he raised and supplanted into the body of a five year old who becomes a London Crime boss is rather entertaining Lewd vulgar and full of that raw edginess you'd expect from the creator of PREACHERAll in all it was an amazing collection This volume features the last eight issues of Paul Jenkins excellent run and a 5 parter by former Hellblazer writer Garth Ennis Sean Phillips Jenkins' penciller for the bulk of his time on the title is replaced by Warren Pleece who had previously done a fill in issue and Ennis' story is illustrated by newcomer John Higgins Spoilers belowIn Up the Down Staircase Constantine joins Dani on a trip to the States to spend Thanksgiving holiday with her family and there are some comically uncomfortable moments as he tries in vain to adjust to the culture shock But the real story begins subtly as there are indications even before they get off the plane that things are off people are behaving strangely and aggressively to be perfectly honest this weirdness isn't addressed adeuately so it's difficult to summarize But the point is Dani's family has also been affected negatively by this strange malaise and tensions are running high in the house While Dani goes off skiing instead of facing the problem Constantine is left to deal with it and once again crosses paths with the First of the Fallen But this time the Devil doesn't really have much to do with it; it's the media the television the coarsening of the culture Over exposure But he's certainly having loads of fun watching it all happenConstantine figures out that the problem at least for Dani's family is originating with Dani's grandfather and with the help of a spirit channeling friend delves into the mind and history of the old man This was a nice bit we get to see the man's full and rich life all the key experiences that shaped him as a black man in America and the world all the life he lived before ultimately winding up a tired unthinking old man in front of a television This solves the problem somehow? Okay As Constantine says to us the readers A remarkably stupid concept mind But good enough for this friggin' storyTo be fair I was a bit drunk when I read this so there is a possibility I missed some important details More important than the actual story though is the subplot that sets up the next and last Jenkins story While Constantine is busy in the States back in England an acuaintance of his named Gavin is tormented by the death of his girlfriend Pam many years previous Through the very clever use of various false memories Pam's ghost plants seeds of despair in Gavin's mind until he ultimately decides Constantine must payAt the end of Up the Down Staircase the Devil having the time of his life watching Constantine suirm meets our man at the airport and happily gives him his business card saying in effect Call me Trust me you're gonna want to very soonAnd this leads us directly into How to Play with Fire Jenkins grand finale Gavin continues to have changing memories of the events leading up to Pam's death as Pam's ghost continues to mess with his head Turns out the ghost isn't Pam after all It's the demoness Ellie Cool right? Since she can't kill Constantine see my review of In the Line of Fire she's decided to take a less direct route to her revenge Ellie begins to work on the hearts and minds of Constantine's friends and family turning them against him and Constantine becomes and isolated from anyone who can help Ellie's coup de grace happens when she arranges for Dani to catch Constantine sleeping with someone else He isn't but hey what else is Dani going to think when she walks in and finds her boyfriend naked in bed with another woman? The woman is Ellie of course and Constantine is innocent but good luck explaining that The demoness reveals to Gavin that he alone is responsible for Pam's death leaving him wallowing in despair that eventually ends with suicide She continues to chip away at Constantine's friends' hearts until Constantine finally does the unthinkable instead of wheeling and dealing instead of putting his own self preservation front and center as usual he sacrifices everything for the safety of his friends He sells his soul to the First of the Fallen free and clear no scams no tricks It's a huge moment and a turning point for Constantine as a human being Because of his deal with Constantine the Devil can now find Ellie who has been hiding from him for years in the farthest reaches of Hell In a cruel move the Devil poses as her lost angel lover long enough to capture her and consign her to endless torment Remember that old man in the woods with the tarot cards from the beginning of In the Line of Fire? Turns out it WAS God after all or at least a manifestation of Him Constantine visits him again pressures him to remove the evil darkness lingering over his friends God does so knowing that once Constantine dies he could eventually wind up being a serious enemy in Hell The last few pages of How to Play with Fire are devastating Constantine meets with Dani deliberately breaks her heart and drives her away He meets Rich in the park long enough for Rich to inform him they can no longer be friends because Rich as the reincarnation of King Arthur remember has to protect himself and his family Constantine doesn't argue The last thing we see is a full page shot of John Constantine sitting alone in the park emotionally destroyed Nobody died Except meI found this to be a tremendously moving wrap up to Jenkins run Constantine shows real humanity accepting his enormous loss for the good of his friends hell the supporting cast in Jenkins stories are than friends really In Garth Ennis' run we had a cast of friends and mates and pub pals but what Jenkins gives us is like a family You really feel Constantine's loss at the end even though everyone survives or less intact except poor old Gavin Ennis' Constantine tried to be normal but failed; Jenkins' Constantine tried to be good and actually succeeded but the price he paid was eually devastating Warren Pleece's art grew on me over the course of these eight issues by the way I missed Sean Phillips at first but Pleece was a good replacement using much the same color scheme and layout design and he draws a helluva First of the FallenIf you're reading this volume for the first time I would strongly recommend waiting a day or two before moving on to the Garth Ennis 5 parter that wraps it up It's kinda like you're sitting there contemplating the intense emotional roller coaster Jenkins put you through you're having a smoke and thinking it over feeling somewhat melancholy and then Garth Ennis comes busting in the door naked and wielding a chainsaw and screaming dick jokes at you Don't get me wrong Son of Man is an excellent story but jesus the tone change is jarring as hell So way back in '82 Constantine was pulled against his will out of Ravenscar by the Cooper crime family of London to bring back to life Cooper's dead son which even in magick circles is considered impossible Under threat of harm to his sister and niece Constantine instead called forth a demon to inhabit the boy's dead body no one the wiser but it was an arrangement that would eventually come home to roost Now many years later Chas inadvertently pulls Constantine back into it and our man has to face up to what he's done the demon 21 years old but still with the body of a child is sparking a gang war in a bid to take over London and eventually give rise to a new evil religion The end of the story is a bloodbath with the demon assuming it's true form think HR Geiger Alien but with a six foot dick and slaughtering or less everyone Constantine and Chas are cornered but Constantine pulls out an ace card by threatening to suash the skull of the demon baby the elder Cooper has just shat out The demon relents and vanishes and Constantine and Chas are saved Ennis breaks the fourth wall freuently in this one having Constantine talk to us the readers explaining this plot point or that going on minor rants about children or hippies or what have you It was fun but I'd hate it if Hellblazer was that nod and wink all the timeSon of Man is an outrageously over the top story very funny in Ennis' teenage humor way and worth reading I've said before Ennis wasn't as mature a writer as Jenkins or Delano but that's fine Not everything Hellblazer story has to be devastating or deep I'm giving this one 5 stars because the Ennis story was fun enough but mostly because Jenkins wrap up was tremendously moving Goodbye to Paul Jenkins Hellblazer run it was fun Other than all the crushing depression and all that isVolume 12 starts with Up the Down Staircase which is sorta meh other than my warm feelings towards Dani and my growing desire to start a blog that just features John in front of No Smoking signsNext up is How to Play With Fire in which Ellie sort of gets revenge? I'd prefer revenge to be honest I liked Ellie and she got screwed over no pun intended by writers and John If you want me to root against him a little well deserved revenge for being a back stabbing asshole goes a long ways This is Hellblazer though and there are no winners only losers Son of Man is an Ennis stand alone run and although it's a fine little piece of disgusting sadism it is badly placed in this collection choreographically The ending of How to Play With Fire butts up very badly in tone and life placement with the start of Son of Man so much so that I think reading Son of Man first might be the better choice Fortunately for me I've already read all this stuff so it's just nice to own itRandom Note When I was attempting to explain Hellblazer to my husband I chose 4 stories to sum up the experience for him each in two sentence or shorter One of them was Son of Man The others were Hunger Feast of Friends Good Intentions and Counting to 10 I believe I summed up Counting to 10 by saying And then there's this one it's my favorite where he goes to a Laundromat The continuing adventures of everyone's favourite utter bastard take place in this next volume of HellblazerWe open with the weakest story Up The Down Staircase which spins its wheels for three issues before sort of concluding; for a story starring one of John's few recurring foes the First of the Fallen it's pretty lacklustreBut Paul Jenkins pulls out all the stops in his final arc the titular How To Play With Fire which sees all of John's misfortunes catch up with him and all of his friends desert him just when he needs them the most as Buer and Ellie return to plague him It draws on all of Jenkins's past stories and is a fitting conclusion for Jenkins and artist Warren Pleece to bow out onFinally Garth Ennis returns for a five issue semi fill in as John and Chas find themselves to embroiled in an East End gangster war with a deadly demonic under current Even without Ennis's name on this you'd know it was him writing the level of depravity is evident but it's all in the usual Constantine flare Despite one dud of a story Constantine's misadventures continue to be compelling reading and DC are showing no sign of stopping when it comes to these collections with at least another two and hopefully on the way Bring 'em on This trade begins with several great issues and a finale from Paul Jenkins' run on the title but the real star here is the five issue arc by Garth Ennis Son of ManSon of Man is a horror and occult riddled mob story set in London that tells of John's connection to the Cooper family a story he hoped would never rear its demonic head again Unfortunately for Constantine his best buddy Chas landed in some hot water with the mob family by association that opens up the old can of worms once again threatening mankind and therefore reuiring John's help Not only is the reader treated to several fantastic examples of Glenn Fabry's patented too realistic covers and remarkable illustration from John Higgins but the story is perfectly paced disgustingly occult full of great characters good and bad alike and absolutely loaded to the brim with hilarious and witty dialogue à la Garth Ennis Good stuff Happy to see Ennis back I really dislike the main illustrator in this set though He draws the worst eyes I've ever seen If they aren't ridiculously large they're disproportionate and crossed Really ruined some scenes While I would consider John Constantine one of my favourite fictional characters in any medium and so absolutely feel his complete back catalogue should be in print the lacklustre Jenkins run is emphatically for completists only Paul Jenkins isn't widely known for his Hellblazer run It was often tonally similar to Delano's original stories It didn't take many risks but it also didn't fail as often as Delano's run I enjoyed his secondary cast even knowing that like Delano's run and like Ennis's first run they'd all be scrapped when he left the bookHis first storyline in this collection Up The Down Staircase had me worried A white British writer's take on African American culture usually goes poorly Especially when it's in the course of a Vertigo book it's not much better when it's an American white writer if you need an example just see how poorly all of Brian Azarello's Vertigo work has aged But Jenkin's run is comparatively tame He's trying to tackle American advertising and general American culture and uses characters of color It's ok I liked his characters and while the story didn't really live up to the promise of the first couple of issues I didn't regret reading itHow To Play With Fire is the finale of the Jenkins run and I would put it solidly between Delano's finale which was awful and Ennis's finale which was highly satisfying It hits all of the same notes that both of the others' finales did It feels like the end of every Hellblazer story In that way it's somewhat of a let down but it's narratively satisfyingClosing out the collection is Ennis's return to Hellblazer Son Of Man What a steaming pile of unnecessarily vulgar horseshit Really one of the worst runs of any major comic I've ever read It's as though Ennis has completely forgotten the character he helped established With no warning setup or payoff John Constantine is a fourth wall breaking cad with a zinger and a raised eyebrow for every occasion The villain is a racist baby eating demon with a three foot cock who blah blah blah nonsense nonsense nonsense It ranks down with Garth Ennis Dicks Volume 1 as books that prove that Garth Ennis rarely has a mediocre note When he's not at the top of his game he is a fucken awful writer Portions of this story seem to be going in an interesting direction and then you've got a racist demon trapped in a five year old body throwing out racial slurs while the protagonist with a penchant for accidentally ruining his life and then brooding over it fucks a lesbian woman and then winks at the reader bragging about I shagged a lesbian Do I win a prize?Ugh F The DC New 52 version of Constantine is recognizable than the one in Son Of ManI can't really recommend this book I feel like it was packaged this way so that they could put Ennis's name on it and draw in the people who wouldn't buy Jenkins' run But Jenkins' run for all it's faults is ten times better than the Ennis portion of this collection It's a shame it was never collected on its own

Hellblazer Volume 12 How to Play with Fire MOBI ↠ 12
  • Paperback
  • 304 pages
  • Hellblazer Volume 12 How to Play with Fire
  • Paul Jenkins
  • English
  • 06 November 2015
  • 9781401258108