John Constantine has been a smoker since his teens, and he's
about to pay the price - he's just been diagnosed with terminal
lung cancer, and he doesn't have much time left. Just enough
to tie up some loose ends, say goodbye to the few loved ones
who haven't met an ugly end before him... and somehow trick
the lords of Hell into curing him... or he'll be paying the
Devil his due for all eternity...
one of the best Hellblazer collections I've read. Not
only is there the usual supernatural slant, but this time
there's also a bit of a warning for smokers - one that stops
just short of being preachy. In fact, if you know someone
who is seriously trying to stop smoking, this could be the
collection to make them quit.
collection starts with Constantine discovering that he has
lung cancer - hardly surprising for a man whose smoked 30
a day since his teens. The rest of this book then deals with
him saying goodbye to his friends (old and new), and then
deciding that he is going to try and con Satan out of taking
his soul - not an easy task. But can anyone really expect
to out smart The Devil?
Ennis's twisted tale is complimented by the impressive artwork
of William Simpson - there are plenty of disturbing scenes
where Simpson manages to leave the gory details to your imagination,
rather than graphically depicting the events. One example
of this is where someone, and I won't spoil it by telling
you who, dies a violent death spitting blood all over the
place. The most chilling panel is the aftermath, where we
see the room he was in, with blood splattered up the walls.
is one collection that I would not only recommend to Hellblazer
fans, but anyone who appreciates great writing and quality
artwork. In a word: stunning.
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