In the City of Angels, Hell has always simmered just below
the surface. At the shadowy border between this world and
the next, John Constantine works to keep the demonic forces
at bay. In the course of investigating a woman's apparent
suicide, however, he discovers that something new is coming
up from the inferno - something that will destroy the delicate
balance between Heaven and Hell and plunge the Earth into
catastrophic, otherworldly war. But can Constantine save a
world which terminal cancer is about to take away from him
- especially when he knows his own soul is already condemned
to eternal damnation?...
you remember years ago when movies like Raiders of the
Lost Ark, Star Wars and the Star Trek movies
were released? A graphic novel (in the form of an annual)
was released in the UK which retold the story. In America
they were generally released as 4-part comics. Seems those
days no longer exist, as the comics industry churn out movies
in as small a page count as possible.
The Hellblazer Collection is
just the latest release that also needs to add other stories
to bulk it out in order to make it more attractive. The last
graphic novel that also did this was Catwoman:
The Movie and Other Cat Tales.
kicks off with the movie plot. Oh dear! What has Hollywood
done? This is more Angel than Hellblazer - seriously.
Why did they bother to take the Hellblazer story at
all? First they change the title of the movie so that those
who decide they like it and then want to buy the graphic novels
won't know where to start. And then they change everything
that John Constantine was.
does not have a pretty cop as a sidekick. Nor would he have
hooked up with one in order to solve what seems like a pretty
clear suicide (although - shock! horror! - it's not). And
there is no plot - not a whiff of anything that would make
you sit in a darkened cinema for more than 20 minutes anyway.
then, to add insult to injury, they trot out three additional
mediocre Hellblazer tales that leave you hanging in
mid air. Yup! There's a "Continued in..." panel
to make you go out and buy the comics. How cheap is that?
clear - well clear - of this absolute waste of paper and ink.
I'm off for a shower. I feel unclean.
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