I've spent part of the day over at the insane rantings forum, and the folks over there have been really cool.
No, they haven't embraced Keanu as ConJob yet, but give me time...*wink*
I did ask for some advice regarding introducing new fans (us) to Hellblazer and here's what they say:
"So...wait a minute! You mean hearing about Keanu Reeves in this movie actually brought fans to the Hellblazer book?!"
Of course. At least it did with me. I hope that by the time the movie is out several of you keanuvision readers will be making regular stops at the local comic shop to check out the newest issue.
ChristianCage777 also says:
"Personally, I wanted to get a point of view for fans of Keanu Reeves or this movie as relates to comic books. My friend at the comic shop told me that he gets alot of new business right when the movie-themed comic comes out, but then they read current issues of, let's use Daredevil, and figure out that the comic and the movie are not exactly the same. Then, they stop caring about the comics.
Realizing that Hellblazer is even a much more FAR cry from the comic than the Marvel movies have been, I personally feel that this movie would not net many new 'Blazer readers."
Like I've said, I'm now a fan of Hellblazer regardless of what happens in the movie. And I've never read Daredevil, but I did suffer through the movie and would think that the comic being different is a GOOD THING.
I mentioned to them that some Keanu fans might not be reading Hellblazer for fear of spoilery...
L. M. Rosa pish-poshes:
"Tell those fans that the movie isn't borrowing any storyline or plot from the comics, so they're SPOILER-free... i think...
... and they'd should give Hellblazer a try, since it's an outstanding comic book...
[...] there are several tpb's collecting whole arcs and complete stories, which is best for newbies... that's a good start, and from there they can start collecting the monthly... the back-issues, they buy them as they show up...
Adrian Brown comes through with some titles to look for if you do want to know more about the characters and storyline:
"I'd say that there are certain characters whose story is being told in the film, and people might want to check out those issues.
Comics with Papa Midnite and Ellie would probably give no spoilers, but "Balthazar" or First of the Fallen as we call him sounds rather close to the story that is being posed for John (if not the Angie/John connection).
Because of similarities with Garth Ennis's run, the best stories to get a feel for the character in the film are those collected in "Freezes Over" and "Haunted" trade paperbacks which ought to be on Amazon.com"
Big Love to jmcmahon, the gentleman in charge of the site as well.