Denise Mina Leonardo Manco Ian Rankin
Hellblazer: Empathy is the Enemy
September 06, 2019 Comments.. 454
Hellblazer Empathy is the Enemy Collecting award winning novelist Denise Mina s Garnethill Deception Field of Blood take on the hard drinking master of bad luck magic from HELLBLAZER When an ordinary man innocently uses an

  • Title: Hellblazer: Empathy is the Enemy
  • Author: Denise Mina Leonardo Manco Ian Rankin
  • ISBN: 9781401210663
  • Page: 112
  • Format: Paperback
  • Collecting award winning novelist Denise Mina s Garnethill, Deception, Field of Blood take on the hard drinking master of bad luck magic from HELLBLAZER 216 222 When an ordinary man innocently uses an incantation, he turns to Constantine for help But when an infamous Scottish occultist gets involved, Constantine discovers he has been cursed with empathy for his fellowCollecting award winning novelist Denise Mina s Garnethill, Deception, Field of Blood take on the hard drinking master of bad luck magic from HELLBLAZER 216 222 When an ordinary man innocently uses an incantation, he turns to Constantine for help But when an infamous Scottish occultist gets involved, Constantine discovers he has been cursed with empathy for his fellow man and realizes that the nightmare has just begun.

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    1. Kathryn says:

      This is the first of two Hellblazer titles written by Denise Mina, after Mike Carey left the driver's seat. I am a huge fan of the series. John Constantine will always be one of my favorite characters. I also think that for every writer who takes over the series, they have been given a difficult thing to mess up, especially now since the run has been around for so long. Constantine practically writes himself. Everyone knows his character, his quirks, abilities, problems, and attitude. Above all [...]

    2. Derek says:

      Wow! Brilliant story, great dialogue and devious set-up. Denise Mina's JC voice is impeccable. Who knew that a volume entirely devoid of JC's use of magic would be so delectable. It's a cool thing to witness JC use only his wits and badboy charm to dig himself out of this sticky situation. Very riveting stuff.

    3. Stephen Theaker says:

      John Constantine makes his way to Glasgow, where something rather nasty is brewing. There's sickness in the air, and it's driving people mad: they're being made to feel what others felt in the moments before their deaths. It's the last thing Constantine needs: empathy really is a liability in his line of work. Like a lot of Hellblazer collections, a flick through this book makes it look very unappetising: murky, dull and coloured in various shades of black and grey. Once you get into it, though, [...]

    4. Kirsten says:

      Denise Mina has taken Mike Carey's place as the writer for this series. I'm a little sorry to see Carey go, as I think he did some excellent things with the character, but I'm excited to see what directions Mino takes things in. This is a good start. Mina's John Constantine is a little more vulnerable than we're used to seeing, but I think it works. She said in an interview that she sees Constantine not as a true cynic, but as an idealist who's been let down too many times, and I think that's pr [...]

    5. Jonathan Maas says:

      Great book - follows the John Constantine model of:* Constantine in bar* Friend walks in, presents incredible problem that hooks reader* Constantine follows this friend's problem, and then realizes that this problem is just the tip of the entire narrative - and what is really going on is bigger than anyone could possible imagine.In an Olympics anaolgy - Denise Mina takes on an All-star team in the Hellblazer saga, and delivers gold.Great art by Leonardo Manco, Bradstreet-esque!

    6. Quentin Wallace says:

      Good volume, although I did get a little confused at times. New Hellblazer writer Denise Mina takes a stab at the character and it's apparent she has a good grip on the character. Good story with plenty of twists and turns (and demons). Manco's art is great as always. He really is a great artist for this series.Hellblazer fans should enjoy this one! Looking forward to the next volume!

    7. Salty Turtle says:

      One of the best! Much more like the Constantine of the early days :)

    8. Wombo Combo says:

      Not a bad story, but nothing amazing. There are some really great callbacks, like references to Kit and the Lords of Hell, but besides that, there's not a ton to talk about. The "Third Place" is a cool idea, though. The art is nice and reminds me of Andrea Sorrentino's work, but I'd prefer a less gritty style. The writer pretty much nailed writing Constantine though, but there's a large focus on other characters that I don't care for.

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    10. Jenni Noordhoek says:

      Well, I'm still not sure what to think about John Constantine. He's becoming a more sympathetic character, but without finding some kind of origin story to read, I'm still pretty lost. Why is he sworn off magic? why can he even use magic in the first place? what are the rules of this universe? Also not appreciating the nudity. It's not as gratuitous as Hard Times, but the fact that it makes little logical sense still puts it firmly in the gratuitous category. (I also have a rule of thumb about l [...]

    11. Vanessa says:

      I'm a big fan of Scottish mystery writer Denise Mina (the Garnethill and Paddy Meehan trilogies.) I'm also a big fan of "legit" authors who take a spin at graphic novels. This story takes John Constantine on the road with a new mate that he has saved from a life-threatening empathy spell, eventually taking them to Glasgow, the locale where Mina sets all of her fiction. It's a pretty twisty plot about spells, ancient Scottish cults, murder and an afterworld called The Third Place. I'm not even go [...]

    12. April says:

      this is the first Constantine book I've read, but I don't think my issues with it stemmed form that. The first issue was hard to follow. I was left confused about who all these people doing themselves in were becasue they were referred as "the son's child" and stuff like that. I was like whose son? whose grandmother? Turns out it didn't matter and it got more confusing before it got clearer. There were some interesting concepts in the book and some great one-linbers on Constantine's part, but I [...]

    13. Jaimie says:

      A whole new storyarc begins in this collection, with a whole new demonic foe. The story begins with a rather odd group of monks off the coast of Scotland who discover that beside Heaven and Hell there is a third place in the afterlife. It is a place where there is no feeling - as an alternative to the joy of Heaven and the pain of Hell - and it looks like the ruling being (not sure what he is yet) has a plan to saturate the world with empathy to overwhelm the population with feeling so that they [...]

    14. Rena Sherwood says:

      Genuinely disturbing stuff featuring the Laughing Magician, John Constantine written by an author I'm not familiar with but will look for more of her stuff. You really should read the Hellblazer graphic novels in order. Since I can't afford to buy them, I get them from my local library -- and they only have a few since Hellblazer is apparently a favorite target of library book thieves. Empathy is the Enemy lets slip some major plot points in the life of John Constantine that left me going ARRRGG [...]

    15. Lauri says:

      Ma miskipärast olin enne arvamusel et Denise Mina oli Hellblazeri autoritest see täielik augupõhi. Mõnusa ja meeldiva üllatusena saabus arusaam, et asi pole kaugeltki nii hull, tegemist on jumala mõnusa stooriliiniga. Leonard Manco stiil kunstnikuna istub mulle ka järjest rohkem, kuidagi eriti noir ja süngetes-tumedate stoonides. Ühesõnaga - jumala tipp-topp asi. See siin on esimene pool kaheosalisest D. Mina autorslusega stooriliinist, kus Constantine satub šotimaale Glasgow'sse ja t [...]

    16. Josephus FromPlacitas says:

      Pretty solid until a startlingly abrupt ending, and right before that, a lot of explanatory talking heads dialogue in the several pages preceding the climax. So the build of climbing action fell apart at the end, but otherwise no complaints.I was cracked up by the flashback to 6th Century Scotland where a bunch of Christian monks buried a fellow monk with a shovel direct from the hardware store, complete with folded flanges and a factory-forged arc to the shank tube.I wonder what the story is be [...]

    17. Anna says:

      This comic really does prove that John Constantine is a cool character. I really liked the concept of the story in this volume, although I had to stumble along with much of it since the scenes changed abruptly and I couldn't really distinguish between all the characters. Eager to see how the story wraps up in the next volume.

    18. Marty says:

      Mike Carey was doing a helluva job writing the book, and he left. Denise Mena took over and just destroyed it. It doesn't help that Leonardo Manco's art is sloppy, too big, and very inky. It looks lazy. After the cinematic style of Marcel Frusin, Manco's looks like pish. Skip this one and wait for the TPB of Andy Diggle's run.

    19. David Agranoff says:

      A good constantine noir tale, but I felt like there was alot of telling. most of the story was told with characters sitting around a table and recounting events. it really slowed down the story. good thing the dialogue was pretty good.

    20. Michael says:

      The story felt a bit padded out. For a book that reprints 6 or 7 issues, there isn't a lot going on. Plus, there wasn't much of an ending to the book, as it simply sets up the next story. Unfortunately, I am not interested enough to see what happens. Leonardo Manco's art is really nice though.

    21. Paul says:

      A good multi-part story.Not really a scary story, more of a psychological thriller, but hey, those can be fun as well.And imagine that Constantine actually feeling empathy for others will wonders ever cease!

    22. Richard says:

      It's not bad, but it seems to mostly consist of Constantine discovering bits of a story that has already happened. Didn't really get any sense of immediacy or that he had any power to affect the outcome of the story.

    23. Morgan says:

      The Mina run starts out really strong, but then in the next trade it just kind of falls apart and comes across flat. Because the two trades are a part of the same story, then ultimately while this one was great it suffers because of the resolution.

    24. Greg says:

      I'm a big fan of both Denise Mina and John Constantine so I thought this was a slam dunk. But the story was convoluted and the art was too coarse for my taste. I couldn't tell who was who a lot of the time.If you're on the fence, give this one a pass.

    25. Nathan says:

      This was my first Constantine book, and I enjoyed it -- particularly the slow pace. The imagery was a bit disturbing (gave me nightmares) but the book was pretty enjoyable.

    26. Susan says:

      I probably have this whole TPB as individual issues

    27. Joe says:

      I dug this one very dark and had a good mystery element to it.

    28. Matt says:

      A great, wonderfully eerie start to Mina's run. Also, a great, wonderfully eerie finish to the arc. Manco's art is fantastic, and Mina does a great job drawing the reader in.

    29. Josiah says:

      Good Constantine story, really enjoy the humanistic and pessimism in it.

    30. Petabyte says:

      "Shame's a luxury of hindsight, John. It's cheap to look back and despise yourself."Excellent writing (if a little slowpaced). Recommended reading for all nihilists.

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