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When a mysterious worldwide plague starts putting millions of people into deadly comas, Earth's foremost expert on the bizarre, John Constantine, steps in with the "cure," After traveling from the dreary alleys of London to the glittering boulevards of L.A., Constantine realizes that a cadre of wicked demons and hellish monsters is behind the outbreak, and he'll have to sacrifice more than himself to put an end to the nightmare. Suggested For Mature Readers.

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"When a hideous, inexplicable plague starts stealing children's souls and leaving the victims in a coma all across London, who else but the 'antihero' John Constantine can stop it? The punk-rock magician is called in by his sidekick, Chas, when Chas's niece, Tricia, falls inexplicably comatose. To save her, the two men must go all the way to Los Angeles, where some of the world's more ambitious demons have emigrated from hell to set up a satellite office. The most disgusting baddie of them all has Tricia imprisoned within his cancerous heart; if Constantine kills the demon, he kills the little girl as well. It's a neat puzzle that delivers a healthy dose of apprehension; Manco ups the anxiety ante with his art, creating a grim L.A. landscape where the sun almost never shines. Constantine and Chas are kept busy chasing demons around the City of Angels as Tricia's time gets closer to running out. Once it gets going, the story is essentially one long chase sequence, broken up with vignettes exploring Constantine's personal history for those just discovering the long-running character. While the back-and-forth makes a bit of a hash of the tale, it should still appeal to those who like their monster drawings abundant, imaginative and gory. FYI: This Hellblazer story was doubtless moved to L.A. to tie into the upcoming Constantine movie, starring Keanu Reeves, which transforms the very English magician into an Angeleno private eye." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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crowyhead, January 6, 2007 (view all comments by crowyhead)
In this stand-alone graphic novel, John Constantine once again finds himself dealing with demons in the hope of saving a child (and possibly the world). When his friend Chas's niece falls prey to a mysterious illness that puts her in a coma, Chas turns to Constantine for help. Constantine quickly discovers that this is more than a normal illness; something seems to be robbing people of their souls. The trail leads the pair to Los Angeles, and culminates in Constantine pitting several uppity demons against an Aztec god of the dead.

I very much enjoyed this; it's a pretty classic Hellblazer storyline, of course, but Carey puts some new twists on it, and Manco's artwork is (as usual) excellent. It'd be a good introduction to the comics for someone who hasn't read them, especially since it has a good overview of Constantine's history in the back.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781401203160
Other:
Manco, Leonardo
Author:
Carey, Mike
Illustrator:
Manco, Leonardo
Publisher:
Vertigo
Subject:
Horror - General
Subject:
Graphic Novels - General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Graphic Novels
Subject:
Constantine, John (Fictitious character)
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
John Constantine Hellblazer
Publication Date:
20050201
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
10.5 x 6.95 x .55 in 1.2 lb

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Product details 128 pages DC Comics - English 9781401203160 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "When a hideous, inexplicable plague starts stealing children's souls and leaving the victims in a coma all across London, who else but the 'antihero' John Constantine can stop it? The punk-rock magician is called in by his sidekick, Chas, when Chas's niece, Tricia, falls inexplicably comatose. To save her, the two men must go all the way to Los Angeles, where some of the world's more ambitious demons have emigrated from hell to set up a satellite office. The most disgusting baddie of them all has Tricia imprisoned within his cancerous heart; if Constantine kills the demon, he kills the little girl as well. It's a neat puzzle that delivers a healthy dose of apprehension; Manco ups the anxiety ante with his art, creating a grim L.A. landscape where the sun almost never shines. Constantine and Chas are kept busy chasing demons around the City of Angels as Tricia's time gets closer to running out. Once it gets going, the story is essentially one long chase sequence, broken up with vignettes exploring Constantine's personal history for those just discovering the long-running character. While the back-and-forth makes a bit of a hash of the tale, it should still appeal to those who like their monster drawings abundant, imaginative and gory. FYI: This Hellblazer story was doubtless moved to L.A. to tie into the upcoming Constantine movie, starring Keanu Reeves, which transforms the very English magician into an Angeleno private eye." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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