October 06, 2003
She was picking flowers in the soulgarden when he came for her...

In another step forward in bridging the gap between Keanu fans and Hellblazer fans, the wonderful Funk has done this nice thing:

"As promised, I've scanned in three issues of Garth Ennis' Hellblazer run so visitors to your site can see what the original John Constantine is like. They're by no means the BEST Constantine stories ever written, but they do give a good indication of his character, and are certainly entertaining reads. [note from krix--The issues are really intense, and not for those not down with a little gore or with otherwise delicate sensibilities. Just so you know.]

If you're worried about having the movie spoiled for you, DON'T BE. Aside from Ellie and Chas, I honestly don't think there's anything in this storyline that will be repeated in the movie.

Chronologically, the issues come inbetween the DANGEROUS HABITS and FEAR AND LOATHING books. They've never been reprinted or collected, so this is the only way to read them without buying them second-hand. There's a plot summary of the story so far on the History page if you feel lost.

If you only have the time to read one issue, I'd make it #60, "Nativity Infernal". #59 is very expository, and #61 wraps up the arc whereas "Nativity Infernal" is almost standalone.

I've also made a mini-site that gives some background to the Hellblazer comic and the individual issues in question. I'd love it if everyone who visits the page can at least browse through it because it took me HOURS to make (no, really!)

The link is: http://zzt.the-underdogs.org/funk/hellblazer/index.html

Feel free to pass the link around to as many people as possible, and encourage them to do the same. And please, if you've enjoyed these issues, pick up a copy of Hellblazer from your local shop, or pop over to the Straight To Hell boards for a chat."

constantine | from inside the mind of krix at October 06, 2003 08:07 AM .

Thanks for the link.

I'll check it out later...

I'm going to the movies...;)

Hope you are well

Posted by: Jen on October 6, 2003 10:50 AM

Woo-hoo!!! Hurray, the peace-talks are working!!!
THANK YOU, 'FUNK'!!! :-)
-And did you know that your name rhymes with *hunk*? ;-)

Ehm... And also with drunk, punk, and slam-dunk? :-D

PS: Krix, I'm sorry I winked at your 'future imaginary internet boyfriend' and called him a 'hunk' ;-)
I don't mean anything with it, but I couldn't resist, since he's not only funny, but says he 'can work for hours as well' ;-)

Bad Julie.

Posted by: Julie on October 6, 2003 11:37 AM

Julie! I swear, someone's going to die laughing someday and it will be ALL. YOUR. FAULT!

Well... okay, you and krix can SHARE the blame!


Posted by: Zen on October 6, 2003 05:48 PM

Typical. Make a post about Keanu Reeves' hair and you get 16 replies. Spend ages scanning in comics and you get three.


(Just kidding; you're all lovely, and thanks for taking time out to look at the link)

Posted by: Funk on October 7, 2003 04:50 AM

Funk! you're the funkiest! and the sweetest! *thank you* for the scans, I am taking my time and enjoying them...also your synopses (short and long) are great. Don't worry, I'll thank you over on your board too ;)

Posted by: bakednudel on October 7, 2003 04:54 AM

Tee-hee! :-) I will NOT take the blame for any deaths, it's ALL Krix's fault! :-)

Should I be taken to court, though, my defense is that I'm STILL tipsy from saturday :-D
"Laaaa-laaa-llaaaaaa" ;-)

Posted by: Julie on October 7, 2003 08:24 AM

Funk! You've been reading the site!!!!

I feel it necessary to point out, that we don't just comment on such superficial matters as hair. We have also had significant discussions regarding the longevity of boots and the importance of *ahem* 'left or right' dressing. ;)

But seriously, you are very kind to lend your expertise to us Constantine newbies. *platonic hug* :)

Posted by: Zen on October 7, 2003 09:26 AM

The boys at 'straight to hell' are interested in our reaction to these issues (and HB in general) so please leave a comment here or on this thread at the forum after you get done checking them out.

Posted by: krix on October 7, 2003 04:57 PM

I read them. I liked the Constantine character. Funny in a dry, cynical way. Found the story a bit hard to follow. Maybe I'm not used to comic book style tales. Hoping there will not be people hanging from hooks with arms torn off in the movie.

Is there anywhere I can read more ?

Reiterate comment regarding kindness of Funk here.

Posted by: Zen on October 8, 2003 06:50 AM

Uhh probably nobody will read this but - thanks for the thanks, Zen.

I really don't want to upload any more issues as it might push Warners towards handing out a "Cease and Desist". However, the comic is still coming out monthly, and if you have a library nearby, the site gives out details of the various trade paperback collections.

Some of them are considerably more gruesome, however. Especially "Fear and Loathing". Be warned.

Posted by: Funk on October 10, 2003 11:45 AM

I read it. You can count on me! You're welcome Funk. *megasmiles*

Posted by: Zen on October 10, 2003 12:19 PM
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