After twice outwitting and humiliating the Prince of Darkness,
Constantine isn't anxious to make a third attempt - but he
hasn't got much of a choice. Freed from his stand-off in Hell,
the Devil is coming to collect, and nothing on God's Earth
can stand in his way. Unfortunately, when the Devil comes
to town, "peace" is never what follows...
at the Gates of Hell is split into two separate story
arcs. The first concerns Satan and his quest to hunt down
Constantine for tricking him in the past. The second takes
a look at family life and how no matter how old we are, we
are still capable of acting like children when it comes to
by far the best Hellblazer collection produced so far.
The pairing up of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon is central
to this. This was the pair that brought us the fantastic Preacher
series. And Ennis' obsession with God being a bit of a clot
is as large as life as ever.
of this reminded me of an old Not the Nine O'Clock News
sketch about Christianity: "Satan! Is he all bad?"
Not according to Hellblazer. He's just a misunderstood
bi-product of God.
Steve Dillon's artwork beautifully complements Ennis' mad
vision - whether he be illustrating a couple making love,
or a kid having his face shot off.
there are elements of racism creeping in to this collection,
their inclusion merely illustrates how pathetic society is
and how this archaic practice is still alive in supposedly
doesn't get much better than this.
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