Synopses & Reviews
Rare Cuts assembles six stories of John Constantine, Hellblazer that have never before been collected. Created by some of the most popular and critically acclaimed writers and artists in comics, the featured issues include: A Taste of Things to Come, which relates the horrifying events of Newcastle, 1978, that ended with an innocent girl's soul condemned to Hell and Constantine confined to an asylum; Early Warning and How I Learned to Love the Bomb, in which new weapons testing goes awry and looses terrible psychic impulses upon a dying northern town; Dead-Boy's Heart, which tells the tale of Constantine's rough-and-tumble childhood and the beginnings of his unique skills; This Is the Diary of Danny Drake, an object lesson in the perils of narcissism and doing deals with demons; and In Another Part of Hell, which reveals the origin of Constantine's friendship with his best mate Chas. Also included in this trade paperback are a special John Constantine time-line and a map of Constantine's London. Suggested For Mature Readers.
"This selection of six issues from one of Vertigo's longest running series brings together a few of the morally ambiguous stops on John Constantine's journey through the bleak heart of humankind. The episodes, originally published from 1988 to 1994 and reprinted here for the first time, begin with Constantine's bitter memory of a time 'before hell impaled and toasted us, writhing over the roaring fires of our own inadequacies.' The series is legendary for its combination of political cynicism, magical exploration and occult horror. Constantine bends demons to his will at times, gets trounced by them at others, and always wonders if he and the rest of humanity are worth the effort. Marvelous storytelling from three of the series' best writers-Delano, Ennis and Morrison-will make the collection hard to resist for fans and a great way in for new readers. Morrison's two tales, 'Early Warning' and 'How I Learned to Love the Bomb,' are especially riveting as a parade of suppressed human desires released by a combination of nuclear frequencies and pagan ritual threaten Constantine. Hyper-realistic art by Lloyd, Philips, Rayner and Buckingham gives powerful expression to the varied horrors of demonic force and human weakness. A timeline and map of 'Constantine's London' at book's end is an appealing bonus. " Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)