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During his run on the Hellblazer series I had come to like Mike Carey's take on John Constantine, so I was happy to hear that Carey was going to write a stand alone Hellblazer story to be published outside of the main series.
I wasn't expecting a great book like you would from Delano, although I was expecting it to be a good Hellblazer book. I never once entertained the idea that this would be the best Hellblazer to be published since Delano's run on the character, some might even say it surpasses his works (but I don't).
The plot is relatively straight forward in that Chas' granddaughter is in a coma, that is seemingly of the same type that is sweeping across the world in the so called coma plague. Through desperation he turns to Constantine to see if there is anything that can be done for her.
The trail takes them on a journey from the UK to Los Angles to discover a demon, called Beroul, has taken her mind hostage along with all of the other victim's minds. To free her they have to do his bidding, no matter how dangerous and suicidal it may be.
From there onwards John and Chas find themselves in the middle of a war between Beroul and a death God, in which they always seem to be the ones loosing out. There is very little they can do at times and in the words of John Constantine "All we can do is spread wide and think of England."
Expect the plot to twist and turn until the very end, but throughout the story manages to remain dark and sometimes hellish in the way only a Hellblazer could be.
The art in the book is unlike the normal art you get in the horror graphic novels, it is clear and realistic, you really get the feeling of the horrific situations given to the characters from the very well written story.
This is one of the best written Hellblazer's of all time and it has clearly been written to attract new fans to the series; however it is still a great book for fans of the series as it is full of all the classic Hellblazer going-ons.
If you have ever wanted to read Hellblazer but have felt to daunted to delve into the 250+ issues then this would be a good place to start, and if you are a Hellblazer fan then this is a must read as very few other Hellblazer titles compare to how good this one is.
This book demonstrates why the Hellblazer series has been around for 21 years and will be around for many more years to come - a MUST-READ for all comic fans.