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Author: Garth Ennis
Artists: Will Simpson, Steve Dillon and Mike Hoffman
Titan Books
RRP: £12.99, US $19.99
ISBN-13: 978 1 84576 650 4
ISBN-10: 1 84576 650 4
Available 22 February 2008

"I'm happy with the life I've got, thanks." It's not often that John Constantine, the world's greatest magician, has been able to say those words and mean them. Years in the making, his occult knowledge and shrewd judgement are hard-won and paid for in blood - his own, his friends', and that of innocents caught up in the never-ending arms race of would-be sorcerers chasing power. But after saving the world a few times and beating both the Devil and lung cancer in one go, Constantine is finally starting to feel ahead of the game - particularly with the reappearance in his life of a young woman named Kit Ryan...

Bloodlines collects together issues #47-50, #52-55 and #59-61 of the Hellblazer comic. This graphic novel sees John Constantine investigating the death of his favourite pub's landlady; partying with the Lord of the Dance; crossing paths with the King of the Vampires; discovering that Britain's Royal family is hiding a dark secret... or two; and finally he is asked to take care of a fallen woman - who has fallen from Hell.

Between investigations of a grisly serial murderer and strategies against the Lord of Hell, there's also time to head down to the pub for a proper booze-up (and to take a few days sleeping in afterwards). It's too good to last, of course - but then again isn't everything?

Bloodlines features a selection of Garth Ennis's contribution to the world of Hellblazer, with art by Will Simpson, Steve Dillon and Mike Hoffman.

For fans of the series, this is the perfect excuse to revisit some of Constantine's most warped adventures. And, for those with only a fleeting familiarity with Hellblazer, this collection will get you hooked.


Nick Smithson

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