Hellblazer Vol. 1: Original Sins
Author: Jamie Delano, Author Illustrator: John Ridgway, Illustrator: Alfredo Alcada, Illustrator: Tom Mandrake
For those who are in the uninitiated this is the series of comics that birthed John Constantine and they are very gritty. Demons abound in Constantine’s world and there is one common thing he cannot be counted on…not getting you killed.
Throughout the stories in this first volume he is hounded by a herd of ghosts of friends past that he has let down. They are still trying to help him come to peace with himself. Good luck. As he bounces back and forth across the pond he is also stalked by Nergal, who has brought him back from the brink of physical ruin after a not so thought out exit from a speeding train. Nergal wants Constantine to act as his tool.
I liked the stories. I loved the art. I’m a fan. Four out of five for the quality of the volume product by the way.
by Christopher Salas
Abigail Belcescu is a Romany girl who would have grown up to be a gypsy traditional woman had not her grandfather Papo, a Kulath, passed the torch of trapping Demons to her. Now she is stuck as a teenager in size and appearance for hundreds of years, sometimes in her own mind.
The story construction is excellent with Abigail continuing her quest across significant eras in American history as she wields the enchanted sword Kr’sis to soften up the demons before binding them. I enjoyed this very much. There are some editing issues that all writers struggle with but in this case they do not interfere much with the delivery of the story. If you enjoyed Buffy the Vampire Slayer or the spin off Angel then you will like this work. I’m giving this one a three out of five.