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  1. Marc Weidenbaum Marc Weidenbaum says:

    Jamie Delano didn't invent Constantine but he invented him He didn't invent him because Alan Moore did but he invented him the way the first person to play a character in a Broadway show invents the character fills it with life Sure Constantine appeared in Swamp Thing before he had his own series but he was a mystery in Swamp Thing In Hellblazer he's a cypher we know him but only so much as to know we don't fully know him It's not that he has countless tricks up his sleeves it's that he has countless sleeves There's enough back story packed into the first single issue of Hellblazer to play out for decades and that has proved to be the truth Numerous writers took on Constantine after Delano left the series and here he returns with a standalone volume In it Constantine enters the vortex of the war on terror Enticed by a hijab honeypot he ends up deep in the Middle East forced by NATO well at least by the US and Britain to interrogate what turns out to be this is Constantine not a terrorist but terror itself an ancient demon who's entered our plane feeding off the death and fear and violence of modern warfareThe art is by Jock who also drew the Green Arrow graphic novel I read recently and didn't think much of the retold origin story Year One one written by Andy Diggle Here it's as if he's a different artist I have no knowledge of the direction he was given or the conditions under which he worked but if Green Arrow is all loosely constructed poster pages that are the comic euivalent of a movie filmed on an inexpensive multi use set Hellblazer Pandemonium is a powerfully rendered graphic story moving easily from public to private spaces from the West to the Middle East from Earth to Hell Every other page has some stark image that you'll want to stare at for a moment before moving onConstantine is Constantine here older wearier less in control of himself and still able to surprise Despite the change of scenery and the adopted gravitas of an ongoing real life situation the structure is familiar There's a third act that goes a little too uickly and a brief fourth one that provides some easy if rewarding comeuppance What it isn't is fun One thing the story lacks is humor There was a wryness to Delano's Constantine at its best Much of it was parody of class of convention of superheroes of yuppies it was of its moment of fantasy of religion There's no parody here no laughs not even dark ones Perhaps humor was a casualty of war

  2. Michael Hicks Michael Hicks says:

    This review was originally published by GraphicNovelReporter on March 1 2011John Constantine has made deals with the devil fought back the apocalypse survived death itself and been to the depths of hell and back again In Pandemonium he finds himself in the center of a hell unlike any other he's had the displeasure of facing—the frontlines of the Ira warAfter a chance meeting with a Muslim woman Aseera al Aswari and a bombing at the British Museum of Arts Constantine finds himself conscripted by the British government to help interrogate a captive hostile The hostile is a demonic scavenger caught rooting through the carnage following a car bombing stealing the last bits of energy from the dying wounded His interrogators are cursed with supernatural afflictions that drive them insane leaving it up to Constantine and al Aswari to unravel his secrets Snarky and distrusting not to mention manipulative Constantine is a strong anti hero with a habit of playing both sides against one another in order to ensure he always comes out ahead Eual parts sorcerer and scam artist he is uncannily lucky highly skilled at reading people and oftentimes just a step or two ahead of everybody else He's a bit of a supernatural detective built from the staples of hard boiled crime fiction gumshoes like Philip Marlowe clad in PI standard trench coat with cigarettes at the ready Jamie Delano has a strong grip on the character and makes Constantine effortlessly charming and relatable despite his flaws Having been the first writer on Vertigo's monthly Hellblazer comic book he penned several years' worth of stories back in the 1980s In a series that will soon be closing in on its 300 issue milestone he set the stage for writers such as Garth Ennis Warren Ellis and Brian Azzarello to come and play Returning to the character for this original graphic novel Delano is instantly familiar and comfortable with his old stomping grounds and wastes no time before shoving Constantine into a new environment to face familiar problems Joining Delano is Jock an illustrator best known for his work on another Vertigo title The Losers His work is highly stylized but not always consistent His imagery of Ira and London are both well handled each surprisingly beautiful in their own ways The sunrises and sunsets of each locale both give the reader an instant familiarity of life in those locales and his imagery of Ira brings forth clear reminders of the damage that has been inflicted upon both the country and its people His scenery is incredibly well constructed and his page and panel layouts are easy to follow but his portraiture is occasionally messy and inconsistent Although it's easy to discern characters details oftentimes become muddied and the geometrics of his characters undergo odd changes Constantine is variably depicted as having a lean look with a strong jaw line while at other times he appears angular and sharply pointed or rounder and softerGiven that the lead character writer and artist are all British it seems a no brainer that Pandemonium has a very British sensibility to it and is immediately different from most American comics Although it starts off with a bang much of the story is subdued only briefly punctuated by big action scenes There are moments of horror and violence but the story itself is deliberately paced and wordy This is not a bad thing by any means but it is a book that reuires attention and effort and it will reward those with the initiative It is a mystery story with overtones and glimpses of horror and supernatural fare It is also highly political The story being told here functions on several levels beyond just mere entertainment Delano is crafting a careful parable presenting war itself as a high stakes poker game in which human life is bet and wagered upon drawing very strong parallels between the demons who thrive on mankind's follies and the politically powerful who make warfare possible

  3. Hugo Emanuel Hugo Emanuel says:

    Being a huge fan of the Hellblazer title and Dealno's work on it it was imperative that I got hold of this graphic novel Delano's run remains one of my favorites because of his masterfull and balanced portrail of Constantine Delano deftly writes the character as both someone who is on the surface an absolute bastard but who really is ultimetly a man who operates within a specific and actually very laudable moral code He is characterized by Delano as someone with considerable flaws and addicitons be it compulsive smoking and drinking an unresistable urge to poke his nose into the weirdness the world exhibits on occasion and to adrenaline rushes but that ultimetly does the right thing He has a keen disregard for autoritive figures and is completly unprejudiced against everyone except those who impose their wills upon others regardless of the conseuences Delano's characterization of Constantine is not the only thing that makes his work on the title stand out however His stories often display a humorous sardonic wit and sharp political satire and criticism Pandemonium is no exception In this graphic novel Constantine has to contend with two very different kinds of authoritive forces the govermment of the United States who frame him for terrorist bombing in order to have Constantine handling for them a matter for which his particular set of skills are particularly suited and a demon king that feeds the furnaces of Hell with the death hatred and fear that fuel the war on Ira Constantine is thus taken to the middle of the EUA Ira conflict much to his dislike Constantine forced to comply with a govermment he loathes plays everybody and every thing in order to attain an end that serves his moral paramemters which as I have written are hardly something to frown upon Pandemonium is a graphic novel that is writen with sharp and humorous dialogue that serve a well plotted story that is filled to the brim with the sardonic wit cynicism and political satire one has come to expect of Jamie Delano's work on Hellblazer

  4. Derek Derek says:

    Oh This was brilliant Absolutely brilliant Anytime Jamie Delano writes Constantine you know it's going to be pretty epic And it's double the fun with PANDEMONIUM with Jock doing the pencils Both talents are unrivalled And they deliver a rich and unprecedented body of work Jamie Delano writes consciously about subjects that no one in the Comic Book Industry can write with eual cojones and impartial perspective In the first Hellblazer issues it was about Thatcher with Pandemonium he's written about the War in Ira the war on terror and at first you feel like going C'mon not another one of those but it's Jamie Delano for chrissakes It's going to be poetic and objective and smack you right in the face with its bluntness and truth In Pandemonium Constantine is aged he seems not much mature but a lot rundown worn out It's a cool thing to see him not just apathetic but capable of great compassion as well He's still selfish Yes but at least he's being cruel just to be kind Aseera was a cool character not cliche strong and opinionated but capable of right judgement Would love to see of her All in all an awesome book

  5. Ed Soto Ed Soto says:

    Was uite looking forward to this book I've wanted to get into Hellblazer for uite sometime and I'm a huge fan of Jock's art His current stuff on Detective Comics is awesome btw However i wasn't as entertained as I was expecting I thought Jock's art at times evoked a feeling of suffocating heat and was pleased as always by it I found the prose to be uite heavy and I found myself confused as to where the plot was going for the most part I also thought the pacing was a little off as well I'm going to give this book another read in the next few weeks and see what I think of it then

  6. colleen the convivial curmudgeon colleen the convivial curmudgeon says:

    With Jamie Delano at the helm Constantine is in true form The artwork is interesting and definitely evocative of the places portrayedBut the plot is a bit muddled the prose a bit thick and the moral perhaps a bit heavy handed All told not a bad addition to the series but far from my favorite

  7. Mike Mike says:

    Spectacular writing incredibly imaginative use of language as metaphor and Mental painting of imagery

  8. Robert Robert says:

    Road Trip Constantine leaves dreary wet England for the dry desert of war torn Ira

  9. Simão Cortês Simão Cortês says:

    I don't get the hype with this comic It was boring pretentious and predictable I hate the art but can easily see why someone would like it but the text is simply pretentious Constantine has none of his wittiness The story is not original spirits playing poker with souls as the metaphysical force behind war Constantine had revolutionary ideas when it was created like demons trading souls in a system akin to the stock market this is just reinventing the wheel The characters are flat the sexual tension is basically one sided until the moment they have sex and the story borders on racist sometimes it´s not a fully racist thing and I see the authors are certainly appreciative of middle eastern culture butThe moment of revelation when we are told the creature being held hostage by the USA is a Jinn does not come as a surprise at all I wonder why Constantine an experienced occultist who spent his life learning about the paranormal would call a Jinn a genie What The Fuck tbhThe detail of the red eyes was nice since Jinns have eyes of fireHonestly I struggled to read it which rarely happens with any comic book let alone a Constantine one

  10. Robert Hudder Robert Hudder says:

    Maybe I was too tired when I read this or maybe the subject doesn't agree with me The whole graphic novel hinges on an unsavory aspect and it isn't one that I would associate with most Hellblazer work I honestly did not like the fact that a woman was used as bait for John Everything that radiates from this plot lynchpin has a bad smell to it It may have tainted my whole reading of the book and interpretation of what was going on I didn't feel good reading it It felt voyeuristic in a negative way

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Hellblazer: Pandemonium ❮Download❯ ➾ Hellblazer: Pandemonium Author Jamie Delano – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk When an alluring Muslim woman catches John Constantine's eye she also brings trouble clattering to his doorstep a bombing in a London museum mysterious ancient Sumerian artifacts a terrifying creature When an alluring Muslim woman catches John Constantine's eye she also brings trouble clattering to his doorstep a bombing in a London museum mysterious ancient Sumerian artifacts a terrifying creature running rampant with renegade intentionsTo save his life and freedom Constantine embarks on a desperate trail blazing from the back streets of London to the detainment centers and battlegrounds of contemporary Ira – where the man who's seen everything will witness a modern day horror unlike anything he could ever have imagined HELLBLAZER PANDEMONIUM brings original HELLBLAZER writer Jamie Delano together with fan favorite artist Jock to tell a tale about war and terror in a horror story tailor made for the st century.

  • Paperback
  • 128 pages
  • Hellblazer: Pandemonium
  • Jamie Delano
  • English
  • 14 June 2014
  • 9781401220396

About the Author: Jamie Delano

in Leepus | DIZZY in April and Leepus | THE RIVER in Jamie lives in semi rural Northamptonshire with his partner Sue They have three adult children and a considerable distraction of grandchildren.