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Title:
John Constantine, Hellblazer : Death and cigarettes
Author:
Milligan, Peter, author.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : DC Comics, [2013]
Physical Description:
257 pages, 7 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm.
Summary:
"John Constantine is certainly no stranger to death-- he has escaped, cheated, narrowly avoided and even reversed his expiration date on multiple occasions over the past 25 years. Yet a prophetic vision of her own ultimate demise has left the occult detective just a bit edgy. But first, Constantine and his beautiful, young wife Epiphany must journey to Ireland to track down his long-lost nephew, an alleged occultist serial killer driven bad by blighted Constantine blood. A peculiar cult, pissed off faeries, and an old, hungry ghost all await Constantine in the Emerald Isle. John has found ways to skirt death so many times before--has this con man's luck run out? Also featuring the Hellblazer Annual, "Suicide Bridge, " a haunting tale of evil and melancholy that finds John using his occult connections to learn why so many young people are going missing. It's the heart-rending conclusion of Vertigo's John Constantine, Hellblazer." --p.[4] of cover.
General Note:
Originally published in single magazine form in John Constantine, Hellblazer #292-300, John Constantine, Hellblazer Annual 2011.

"Suggested for mature readers"--cover.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781401240936
Format :
Book

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John Constantine had no intention of tracking down his long-lost nephew, despite the promise John made to his dead mom. But mysterious circumstances and a series of murders set Constantine out to Ireland in search of his forgotten relative. However, after a s#65533;ance with his late sister Cheryl, Constantine finds that there might be a lot more connections between his nephew and these set of murders than meets the eye.

In this penultimate chapter to Vertigo's longest series, Death and Cigarettes is the latest chapter in critically acclaimed writer Peter Milligan's run on HELLBLAZER.


Author Notes

Irish writer Peter Milligan joined Vertigo in 1989 with the mini-series SKREEMER and soon became an imprint mainstay, writing both SHADE THE CHANGING MAN, HUMAN TARGET, ENIGMA, GREEK STREET and HELLBLAZER. For the DC Universe, he has written Batman in DETECTIVE COMICS and is acknowledged as the driving force behind the Knightfall event. He began his comics career with England's 2000 AD, notably its Bad Company serial. He was named one of Entertainment Weekly's "it" writers in 2002. Milligan is currently writing JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK and RED LANTERNS for DC Comics as a part of DC Comics - The New 52.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

The long-running British magician known as Hellblazer was recently rebooted into the magic-centric DC universe, where scruffy, snarky John Constantine stands at the center of the usual gang of costumed crusaders. In this final volume of stories from the original series, Constantine's mature-audience swan song is strung together from several shorter works that, if nothing else, get to the center of the kind of supernatural grit Hellblazer specialized in. In one story, Constantine investigates a ghostly suicide bridge. In others, more family problems, including a long-lost relative, demand his attention and suggest that black magic is a curse that runs through a family's DNA. In the finale-no spoiler here-Constantine grapples with his own death, dealing with it in the same way he faces everything else: through disingenuousness and finely-tuned planning to beat the supernatural on its own terms. As usual, the character of Constantine waivers between off-putting charm and sincere untrustworthiness. One of the hallmarks of the Hellblazer series was Constantine's real-time aging, and here, as a tired magic practitioner floating around 60, both he and the series wear their age well. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.