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eBook Hellblazer: Hard Time (Hellblazer) ePub

by Richard Corben,Brian Azzarello

  • ISBN: 1840232552
  • Category: Science Fiction
  • Subcategory: Science Fiction
  • Author: Richard Corben,Brian Azzarello
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (December 14, 2000)
  • Pages: 128
  • ePub book: 1272 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1414 kb
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  • Rating: 4.1
  • Votes: 902

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Brian Azzarello is an American comic book writer. He came to prominence with hardboiled crime series 100 Bullets, published by DC Comics' mature-audience imprint Vertigo.

Brian Azzarello is an American comic book writer. Azzarello has written for Batman ("Broken City"; "Batman/Deathblow: After the Fire"; "Joker") and Superman ("For Tomorrow").

Hellblazer: Hard Time. Richard Corben’s art is something of an acquired taste. Corben, however, is a master of showing, heat, dirt, sweat and oppression. Hard Time" sets up Azzarello’s successful and defining run on England’s bad luck, con artist magician that will place him firmly on American soil for a while.

Brian Azzarello, the writing genius behind the smash-hit, award-winning . I avoided the Azzarello run of Hellblazer for quite some time, having heard some negative things about it.

Brian Azzarello, the writing genius behind the smash-hit, award-winning crime thriller 100 Bullets, brings his own unique spin to John Constantine: Hellblazer. Azzarello's hard-boiled dialogue, twisty plots, and compelling if unsavory characters have made him one of mainstream comics' most popular writers. In Highwater, Azzarello takes on, not for the first time, a character created by others: cynical sorcerer John Constantine, who, despite being out for himself, has saved the world from occult threats more than once.

Hellblazer has been incompletely collected into many trade paperbacks. While some issues were never collected in trade form, some early issues appear in books.

Hellblazer (by Brian Azzarello and Richard Corben). The first American to write the ongoing adventures of John Constantine, Brian Azzarello brought John Constantine to an American maximum security prison (for reasons not explained until the end of the story). Richard Corben's gritty artwork made the pages feel like they were grimy from the prison life depicted in this story. There are few "Hellblazer" comic book stories that end with anything remotely resembling a "feel good" ending, and yet that's just the sort of feeling that "Haunted" evoked, even if the happy ending still involved a murdered innocent woman.

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Brian Azzarello has been writing comics professionally since the mid-1990s

Brian Azzarello has been writing comics professionally since the mid-1990s. He is the author of JONNY DOUBLE, BATMAN- BROKEN CITY and the Harvey and Eisner Award-winning 100 BULLETS, all created in collaboration with artist Eduardo Risso. He also wrote the Richard Corben-illustrated graphic novels Cage and Banner for Marvel Comics.

John Constantine, Hellblazer is an American contemporary horror comic book series published by DC Comics, and subsequently by its Vertigo imprint since March 1993 when the imprint was introduced. Its central character is the streetwise magician John Constantine, who was created by Alan Moore and Stephen R. Bissette, and first appeared as a supporting character in Swamp Thing (vol. 2) (June 1985), during that creative team's run on that title.

Author Brian Azzarello. Illustrator Richard Corben. Unknown - Please report. Hellblazer: Hard Time (John Constantine, Hellblazer).

Comments

fire dancer fire dancer
100 Bullets creator Brian Azzarello set a landmark when he became the first American writer to work regularly on Hellblazer, and Hard Time, his first, and best, arc during his run on the series, remains one of the best Hellblazer stories available. As the TPB begins, our favorite hard drinking, chain smoking, cynical magus finds himself in America, and sentenced to 35 years in prison for murder. As John Constantine meets all the players and big names of this hell, he must rely on his wits and abilities to stay alive, sane, and become the master of his new domain. Azzarello's storytelling is sharp and it's made all the better by superb art by the legendary Richard Corben, whom it's always a treat to see work from. All in all, if you're looking for a great Hellblazer story, look no further.
Cherry The Countess Cherry The Countess
The story was ok. A bit of Constantine goes to Oz, I could have easily missed this four episode story but my beef was with the illustration. While the color was well done the characters looked like hobbits with a touch of Grave's disease. Very cheeky, short in stature and a bit bug eyed. Keep Corben away from Constantine they don't mix well.
Pettalo Pettalo
Is there anything in Azzarello's head aside from his brains that he doesn't show us on the page? I bet there is...

Like most well-told prison tales, in particular one told by Azzarello, this one sucks you in with its great dialogue and swift plot, becoming harder to put down as it goes along. Having said that, I found this to be pretty dark and deviant stuff, even among hard hitting contemporary prison stories. It'll probably spoil your dinner as well. There's not much catharsis to be had here and Azzarello simply doesn't hold back from showing you the very ugliest that humans can dish out to each other. (Literally at one point.) The language is incredibly obscene and the visuals are extremely graphic (though never quite x-rated at any point). Even seasoned Azzarello fans might walk away feeling a bit queasy from this one. Then again, maybe not.

Oh, and this is a Hellblazer story.

However, the story opens from the pov of a meek jailhouse punk who provides somber, reflective narration while John Constantine is given a tour of the prison population by a known jailhouse bully. A rather devious and tough-looking dude who is on the prowl for a new punk. Eerily calm, Constantine soon seems to get suckered into a trap by said bully, prompting the now relieved narrator to spell out Constantine's fate; according to the narrator, Constantine--who has been sentenced to 35 years for murder, is just another unfortunate member of society who made the wrong decision and got flushed down into the bowels of the system to be preyed upon by unforgiving sharks. The narrator had to go through this now it's Constantine's turn. From the looks of Constantine's present predicament, the narrator might be right.

Not before long, however, the narrator realizes that this prison might actually be Hell and that Constantine might not need a personal tour after all. Indeed, armed with his wits if not his connections or his usual bag of magic tricks, Constantine will have to single-handedly take on this entire society of predatory, cold-hearted bastards, one sociopathic inmate after another if he hopes to survive. The wily Constantine, however, not only has plans to survive but to thrive in this environment.

"Hard Times", however, is not definitely not an uplifting jailhouse story ala "The Shawshank Redemption". The wise Morgan Freeman would probably have a hard time empathizing with Constantine who is definitely no Andy Dufresne. Azzarello, on the other hand, does seem to be having a lot of fun telling this tale (so much so that he even seems to insert himself as a character into the story at one point!), which turns many a prison story cliché on its ear. In Azzarello's prison, every inmate is a bastard and they all have their comeuppance coming to them, perhaps including Constantine who might be the biggest bastard of them all.

Small gripe: The story not only begins from the pov of a more vulnerable side character, it often switches off to the pov of a similar character along the way. As in "The Joker", Azzarello seems to sense some dramatic imbalance between the relatively powerful protagonist Constantine and the all-too human inmates--however vicious and devious these inmate might be (and they are). Alas, Constantine is the clear protagonist of the story and his pov that remains persistent throughout its events. What's more, Constantine's occult powers are duly handicapped in the prison setting to create enough dynamic tension and suspense over all.

Ultimately, this is a guided tour of Hell by one of its own and it's very effective at freaking you out. Largely responsible for the effectiveness of the story's deviant tone is Richard Corben's artwork. To these eyes, Corben seems to hail from the Robert Crumb school of alternative comic book artists. His characters' bodies and features are distorted to fetishistic degrees and his scratchy, tick hatching inking style makes it seem like they're all made out of wool or something. Indeed, Corben's abnormally squat, baby-faced characters smile a lot and even look a bit warm cuddly at times. Corben's demented style befits the con artist Constantine, though. As he smiles creepily with those big troll doll eyes, I've haven't quite seen Constantine rendered quite this repulsive. "Hard Times" is a harsh reminder that the antihero John Constantine is not really anyone's friend.
saafari saafari
Brian Azzarello, John Constantine, Hellblazer: Hard Time (Vertigo, 2001)

Brian Azzarello's forays into the world of John Constantine are always fun, and this one is no exception. Hard Time opens with Constantine being sentenced to a very long time in prison. Being Constantine, of course, he makes fast friends and works his way up the food chain. Faced with a type of authority he can't con, ignore, or simply make go away makes him not a happy camper, though, and the results are disastrous...

This is not your mama's Hellblazer. It almost seems like a story idea from another series that Azzarello didn't know what to do with, so he ended up using it for Hellblazer. This is not necessarily a bad thing; whatever Azzarello writes is generally going to be worth reading, and it certainly fits Constantine's character to get himself into this sort of mess. Still, there's something not quite right about it, as if it's a puzzle piece an one of the edges had been chewed off.

Likable, but not quite right, if you get my meaning. ** ½
Lo◘Ve Lo◘Ve
I started collecting Hellblazer TPB's mostly to complete my Garth Ennis collection, but the character of John Constantine got me hooked. Unfortunately I missed some of the arcs by past writers, but I slipped into the current Azzarello run pretty easily with this paperback.
"Hard Time" is a pretty fun story. The whole prison motif intrigued me when I first heard about it, and I really enjoyed seeing the hardcore Constantine deal with it. Azzarello handles the story pretty well, and although it's far too early to judge his handling of the main character, "Hard Time" remains a good read.
Some of the story elements, though, seemed a tad cliched. The whole story seemed like an episode of Oz. I wasn't sure if he was paying homage or blatantly stealing.
Those who're already fans of the series and missed this arc should pick it up, but if you're new to Hellblazer, start off with "Original Sins". It's a great way to be introduced to the series.
Foginn Foginn
Brilliant crime-author Brian Azzarello has done the unthinkable. He's taken John Constantine past where even Garth Ennis had darred. Azzarrello, once attacked for being and American on what was a very English book, showed us that of all the demons and monsters that a magic man like John Constantine has to face, the scarriest buggers out there are still just humans. In prison for murder, on his own, haunted by the ghosts of his past, John must work his way through the 'system' at place, and in pure Constantine fashion, bring it all down around his head. The art could be better, but the writing is some of the best graphic-fiction to come out in years.