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Neil Gaiman’s Midnight Days

Neil Gaiman’s Midnight Days
By Neil Gaiman with Matt Wagner (writers), Stephen Bissette, Richard Piers Rayner, Mike Hoffman, Mike Mignola, Dave McKean and Teddy Kristiansen with John Totleben and Kim DeMulder (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released January 2000

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Cover price: $17.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 156389517X

Synopsis from publisher:
An award-winning comic book writer and a best-selling novelist, Neil Gaiman is considered one of the most talented and imaginative modern-day authors. An amazing storyteller who weaves intricate plots into thought-provoking tales, Gaiman is credited with expanding the comic book medium into other literary genres. Providing tantalizing glimpses into the fantastical worlds he would create and nurture, NEIL GAIMAN’S MIDNIGHT DAYS collects some of the accomplished author’s earliest work. Included in these never-before-reprinted and original publications are entertaining tales featuring the Golden Age Sandman, Morpheus, the Swamp Thing, and John Constantine.

Notes:
This publication collects issues from various comic book series. All material was written by Neil Gaiman. The first story was a previously unpublished Swamp Thing story with art by Stephen Bissette and John Totleben. The second story reprints the first story from Swamp Thing Annual #5 with art by Richard Piers Rayner and Mike Hoffman with Kim DeMulder. The third story is the second story from Swamp Thing Annual #5 with art by Mike Mignola. The fourth story reprints Hellblazer #27 with art by Dave McKean. The fifth story reprints the 64-page original graphic novel Sandman Midnight Theatre, co-written with Matt Wagner and painted by Teddy Kristiansen. The cover was created by Dave McKean.

Hellblazer #27 was also reprinted in Constantine: The Hellblazer Collection. Sandman Midnight Theatre was published as an original graphic novel, but has since gone out of print. Swamp Thing Annual #5 had previously not been reprinted or collected.

Contents:

  1. previously unpublished Swamp Thing story
  2. Swamp Thing Annual #5 (1989) (first 42-page story and second 10-page story only; excludes 2-page “Who’s Who” profile)
  3. Hellblazer #27 (1990)
  4. Sandman Midnight Theatre (1995)
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Hellblazer: Red Sepulchre

Hellblazer: Red Sepulchre
By Mike Carey (writer), Marcelo Frusin, Steve Dillon & Jimmy Palmiotti with Tim Bradstreet (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released June 2005

Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $12.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1401204856

Synopsis from publisher:
A new trade paperback collecting issues #175-180 of the flagship VERTIGO series! In pursuit of his runaway niece Gemma, Constantine faces a crew that thinks they can use her as a goad to make him do their bidding. But Constantine has never been known for taking orders — or for his forgiving nature.

Notes:
This is the eighteenth collection of the Hellblazer comic book series. This is the first collection of Mike Carey’s run on the series. All reprinted material was written by Mike Carey and illustrated by Marcelo Frusin, except for issues #175 and #176, which were drawn by Steve Dillon and Jimmy Palmiotti. The cover by Tim Bradstreet was originally used as the cover for issue #180.

Reprints:

  1. Hellblazer #175 (2002)
  2. Hellblazer #176 (2002)
  3. Hellblazer #177 (2002)
  4. Hellblazer #178 (2003)
  5. Hellblazer #179 (2003)
  6. Hellblazer #180 (2003)

Hellblazer: Highwater

Hellblazer: Highwater
By Brian Azzarello (writer), Marcelo Frusin, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Cameron Stewart and Tim Bradstreet (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released July 2004

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Cover price: $19.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1401202233

Synopsis from publisher:
Collecting all of Eisner Award-winning writer Brian Azzarello’s remaining issues of HELLBLAZER (#164-174), this hefty 264-page trade paperback brings to a shattering finale John Constantine’s arduous trek across America and answers the burning questions that put him on the road in the first place. This volume features two complete story arcs — “Highwater” and “Ashes & Dust” — each illustrated by Marcelo Frusin. Also included are two one-shots: “A Fresh Coat of Red Paint” (with art by Guiseppe Camuncoli) and “Chasing Demons” (with art by Cameron Stewart).

Notes:
This is the seventeenth collection of the Hellblazer comic book series. This is the fourth and final collection of Brian Azzarello’s run on the series. All reprinted material was written by Brian Azzarello and illustrated by Marcelo Frusin, except for issues #168 and #169, which were illustrated by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Cameron Stewart. Despite what the publisher’s synopsis seems to indicate, Cameron Stewart provided inks only for these issues, and not full pencils and inks. The cover by Tim Bradstreet was originally used as the cover for issue #167.

Reprints:

  1. Hellblazer #164 (2001)
  2. Hellblazer #165 (2001)
  3. Hellblazer #166 (2001)
  4. Hellblazer #167 (2001)
  5. Hellblazer #168 (2002)
  6. Hellblazer #169 (2002)
  7. Hellblazer #170 (2002)
  8. Hellblazer #171 (2002)
  9. Hellblazer #172 (2002)
  10. Hellblazer #173 (2002)
  11. Hellblazer #174 (2002)

Hellblazer: Freezes Over

Hellblazer: Freezes Over
By Brian Azzarello (writer), Marcelo Frusin, Guy Davis, Steve Dillon and Tim Bradstreet (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released June 2003

Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $14.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 156389971X

Synopsis from publisher:
Reprinting issues #157-163 of the series, HELLBLAZER: FREEZES OVER collects the “…Freezes Over” storyline illustrated by Marcelo Frusin (HELLBLAZER: GOOD INTENTIONS) as well as the one-shot “… And Buried?” illustrated by Steve Dillon (PREACHER) and the 2-part “Lapdogs and Englishmen” illustrated by Guy Davis (SANDMAN MYSTERY THEATRE). In these three episodes, after another unwelcome meeting with FBI Agent Turro, Constantine continues his journey through America’s back roads.

Notes:
This is the sixteenth collection of the Hellblazer comic book series. This is the third collection of Brian Azzarello’s run on the series. All reprinted material was written by Brian Azzarello. Steve Dillon illustrated issue #157. Marcelo Frusin drew issues #158 to #161. Guy Davis provided art for issues #162 and #163. The cover by Tim Bradstreet was originally used as the cover for issue #161.

Reprints:

  1. Hellblazer #157 (2001)
  2. Hellblazer #158 (2001)
  3. Hellblazer #159 (2001)
  4. Hellblazer #160 (2001)
  5. Hellblazer #161 (2001)
  6. Hellblazer #162 (2001)
  7. Hellblazer #163 (2001)

Hellblazer: Good Intentions

Hellblazer: Good Intentions
By Brian Azzarello (writer), Marcelo Frusin and Tim Bradstreet (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released March 2002

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Cover price: $14.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 156389856X

Synopsis from publisher:
After surviving his time behind bars for the murder of his friend Richard “Lucky” Fermin, John Constantine still must make peace with himself and the family of his deceased pal. Traveling to the hills of West Virginia where Lucky’s kin live, the Hellblazer is quickly reminded that men, not magical beings, are capable of the greatest evils. Now caught up in affairs that are bizarre even to a man who has witnessed the depths of Hell, Constantine must find a way to save himself and the little town of Doglick.

Notes:
This is the fifteenth collection of the Hellblazer comic book series. This is the second collection of Brian Azzarello’s run on the series. All reprinted material was written by Brian Azzarello and illustrated by Marcelo Frusin. The cover was created by Tim Bradstreet.

Reprints:

  1. Hellblazer #151 (2000)
  2. Hellblazer #152 (2000)
  3. Hellblazer #153 (2000)
  4. Hellblazer #154 (2000)
  5. Hellblazer #155 (2000)
  6. Hellblazer #156 (2001)

Hellblazer: Hard Time

Hellblazer: Hard Time
By Brian Azzarello (writer), Richard Corben and Tim Bradstreet (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released December 2000

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Cover price: $12.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563896966

Synopsis from publisher:
John Constantine has lost his freedom and must adapt to life behind bars. Sentenced to a maximum-security penitentiary, the Hellblazer soon learns that there is a whole different set of rules to live and die by within the prison walls. But for a man that is used to making the rules, Constantine quickly realizes that to become king of this castle he will have to fight his way up the ladder through ruthless gangs, brutal guards, and finally to the prison’s overlord. Then it will be time for everyone to learn his rules.

Notes:
This is the fourteenth collection of the Hellblazer comic book series. This is the first collection of Brian Azzarello’s run on the series. All reprinted material was written by Brian Azzarello and illustrated by Richard Corben. The cover was painted by Tim Bradstreet.

Reprints:

  1. Hellblazer #146 (2000)
  2. Hellblazer #147 (2000)
  3. Hellblazer #148 (2000)
  4. Hellblazer #149 (2000)
  5. Hellblazer #150 (2000)

Hellblazer: Setting Sun

Hellblazer: Setting Sun
By Warren Ellis (writer), Tim Bradstreet, Frank Teran, Marcelo Frusin, Javier Pulido, and James Romberger (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released October 2004

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Cover price: $12.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1401202454

Synopsis from publisher:
This new trade paperback features five bone-chilling tales of horror, magic, loss and regret with art by five world-class illustrators, originally presented in HELLBLAZER #140-143, the last four issues of Warren Ellis’s run on the book.

Notes:
This is the thirteenth collection of the Hellblazer comic book series. All reprinted material was written by Warren Ellis. Each issue was illustrated by a different artist: Frank Teran (issue #140), Tim Bradstreet (#141), Javier Pulido (first story from issue #142), James Romberger (second story from issue #142), and Marcelo Frusin (issue #143). The cover by Tim Bradstreet was originally used for the cover to issue #140.
This collects the second half of Warren Ellis’s run on the series. Not collected are Hellblazer #144 and #145 by writer Darko Macan and Gary Erskine, a two-part story commissioned after Ellis exited early from the series due to frustrations with editorial decisions by DC Comics. Allegedly, Ellis had written a story for issue #144 that addressed gun violence in America, but following the Columbine High School disaster of April 1999, decision-makers at DC Comics felt uneasy about releasing it. A censored version of the script did not meet Ellis’ satisfaction and he terminated his contract on the series. Macan and Erskine were then hired to fill in while a new creative team was found. These two issues, along with Ellis’ never-published “lost issue,” have never been collected or reprinted.

Reprints:

  1. Hellblazer #140 (1999)
  2. Hellblazer #141 (1999)
  3. Hellblazer #142 (1999)
  4. Hellblazer #143 (1999)

Hellblazer: Haunted

Hellblazer: Haunted
By Warren Ellis (writer), John Higgins and Tim Bradstreet (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released February 2003

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Cover price: $12.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563898136

Synopsis from publisher:
Warren Ellis’ first HELLBLAZER story arc is collected in this volume reprinting issues #134-139! When John Constantine’s old friend Isabel Bracknell turns up dead, he goes in search of the reasons behind it. But his investigation earns him a beating from the so-called “magician” responsible. Can Constantine help Isabel rest in peace?

Notes:
This is the twelfth collection of the Hellblazer comic book series. All reprinted material was written by Warren Ellis and illustrated by John Higgins. The cover by artist Tim Bradstreet was originally used for the cover to issue #135.
This collects the first half of Warren Ellis’s run on the series.

Reprints:

  1. Hellblazer #134 (1999)
  2. Hellblazer #135 (1999)
  3. Hellblazer #136 (1999)
  4. Hellblazer #137 (1999)
  5. Hellblazer #138 (1999)
  6. Hellblazer #139 (1999

Hellblazer: Son of Man

Hellblazer: Son of Man
By Garth Ennis (writer), John Higgins and Glenn Fabry (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released April 2004

Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $12.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1401202020

Synopsis from publisher:
A new trade paperback collecting HELLBLAZER #129-133, written by PREACHER co-creator Garth Ennis with art by WAR STORY’s John Higgins. John Constantine’s pulled a lot of shady stunts over the years, but perhaps none as bad as the time he “resurrected” organized crime boss Harry Cooper’s 5-year-old son, Ronnie. Now, 15 years later, he’s got to deal with the ungodly consequences of his actions as the now-adult Ronnie prepares to bring an unprecedented evil into the world.

Notes:
This is the eleventh collection of the Hellblazer comic book series. This is the seventh collection of Garth Ennis’s work on the series. All reprinted material was written by Garth Ennis and illustrated by John Higgins. The cover was painted by Glenn Fabry.
Four years after concluding his run with Steve Dillon, writer Garth Ennis returned to the series for a 5-issue story. It followed a lengthy run from writer Paul Jenkins, currently uncollected, and preceded a nearly year-long run by writer Warren Ellis, which has been collected in Hellblazer: Haunted and Hellblazer: Setting Sun.

Reprints:

  1. Hellblazer #129 (1998)
  2. Hellblazer #130 (1998)
  3. Hellblazer #131 (1998)
  4. Hellblazer #132 (1998)
  5. Hellblazer #133 (1999)

Hellblazer: Rake at the Gates of Hell

Hellblazer: Rake at the Gates of Hell
By Garth Ennis (writer), Steve Dillon and Glenn Fabry (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released November 2003

Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $19.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1401200028

Synopsis from publisher:
A new volume reprinting Garth Ennis’ and Steve Dillon’s final HELLBLAZER arc in issues #78-83 as well as the special one-shot HEARTLAND John Constantine heads towards a final showdown with a revenge-crazed Satan during a raging race riot, and in addition to desperately trying to save his dwindling number of living friends, Constantine also has one final reunion with his lost love Kit.

Notes:
This is the tenth collection of the Hellblazer comic book series. This is the sixth collection of Garth Ennis’s run on the series. All reprinted material was written by Garth Ennis and illustrated by Steve Dillon. The cover by Glenn Fabry was originally used for the cover of issue #83.
Following the run contained in this graphic novel, artist Sean Phillips replaced Steve Dillon on the series. Jamie Delano, original writer for the series, returned for issue #84, which has been reprinted in John Constantine: Hellblazer – Rare Cuts. Phillips was next joined by writer Eddie Campbell for a story arc in issues #85 to 89. Paul Jenkins then took over writing duties for issues #90 to 128. During Phillips’ lengthy run, a few artists filled in, such as Pat McEown (issue #94), Al Davison (#101), Charles Adlard (#108), and Warren Pleece (#115). Pleece then took over art duties for the series with issues #121 to 128. These issues have yet to be reprinted or collected.

Reprints:

  1. Hellblazer #78 (1994)
  2. Hellblazer #79 (1994)
  3. Hellblazer #80 (1994)
  4. Hellblazer #81 (1994)
  5. Hellblazer #82 (1994)
  6. Hellblazer #83 (1994)
  7. Heartland #1 (1997)