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Proposition Player

Proposition Player
By Bill Willingham (writer/artist) and Paul Guinan with Ron Randall (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released July 2003

Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $14.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 156389808X

Synopsis from publisher:

Written by acclaimed FABLES creator Bill Willingham. When a professional Vegas poker player collects vouchers for the souls of a roomful of people as a bar prank, he’s just anted up for a game he never imagined. He thinks they’re just worthless napkins, but envoys from Heaven and Hell think differently. Suddenly, Joey’s caught in the middle of a tug-of-war between celestial powers…can he bluff his way out of it?

Notes:

This publication reprints the comic book mini-series Proposition Player. All material in this publication was written by Bill Willingham and illustrated by Paul Guinan and Ron Randall, except for a portion of issue #1, which was illustrated by Willingham. The cover is illustrated by Bill Willingham.

Reprints:

  1. Proposition Player #1 (1999)
  2. Proposition Player #2 (2000)
  3. Proposition Player #3 (2000)
  4. Proposition Player #4 (2000)
  5. Proposition Player #5 (2000)
  6. Proposition Player #6 (2000)

Constantine: The Hellblazer Collection

Constantine: The Hellblazer Collection
By Steven T. Seagle, Jamie Delano, Neil Gaiman, Garth Ennis (writers), Ron Randall, Jimmy Palmiotti, John Ridgway, Dave McKean, Will Simpson and Mark Pennington (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released February 2005

Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $14.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 140120340X

Synopsis from publisher:
A second collection celebrating the release of the Warner Bros. Pictures film Constantine, in theaters in February! CONSTANTINE: THE HELLBLAZER COLLECTION collects the official 64-page VERTIGO adaptation of the film along with three classic issues of JOHN CONSTANTINE: HELLBLAZER. Included are issue #1, which kicked off VERTIGO’s longest-running series and set the tone for the character; #27, which brought SANDMAN creator Neil Gaiman and his longtime artistic collaborator Dave McKean to the title with a haunting story of fear and loneliness; and #41, which opens the “Dangerous Habits” storyline with Constantine discovering that he has lung cancer in “The Beginning of the End.”

Notes:
This collection of the Hellblazer comic book series is an anthology in style, similar to its companion John Constantine: Hellblazer – Rare Cuts. It reprints various issues from the first three years of the series, as well as the official comic book adaptation of the feature film Constantine, based off of the Hellblazer comic book series. Constantine: The Official Movie Adaptation was originally released in 2005 in advance of both this publication and the feature film it adapted. Writer Steven T. Seagle adapted the screenplay by Kevin Brodbin and Frank Cappello for the comic book form. Artists Ron Randall and Jimmy Palmiotti provided the visual adaptation. Hellblazer #1 was originally published in 1988 and was created by writer Jamie Delano and artist John Ridgway. (The original publisher’s synopsis mistakenly referred to this content as issue #11.) Issue #27, from 1990, was written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Dave McKean. 1991’s issue #41 was created by writer Garth Ennis and artists Will Simpson and Mark Pennington. The cover is a photo image of the movie poster depicting actor Keanu Reeves as John Constantine.

Reprints:

  1. Constantine: The Official Movie Adaptation (2005)
  2. Hellblazer #1 (1988)
  3. Hellblazer #27 (1990)
  4. Hellblazer #41 (1991)

Swamp Thing Vol. 4: A Murder of Crows

Swamp Thing Vol. 4: A Murder of Crows
By Alan Moore (writer), Stephen Bissette and John Totleben with Stan Woch, Ron Randall, Alfredo Alcala, Rick Veitch and Tom Mandrake (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released August 2001

Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $19.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563897199

Synopsis from publisher:
This fourth volume in the saga of the Swamp Thing finds the man-monster interacting with Deadman, the Phantom Stranger, the Spectre, and the Demon as he continues on his journey of self-discovery. Traveling through the horrors of a haunted house, the improbabilities of the afterlife, the depths of hell and the heights of heaven, the Swamp Thing continues his evolution from a simple monster into a powerful elemental being with a potential to exceed the bonds of the Earth itself.

Notes:
The fourth collection of the second Swamp Thing comic book series. All reprinted material was written by Alan Moore. Stephen Bissette and John Totleben illustrated about half of the material. Stan Woch contributed pencil work for four issues. Ron Randall and Alfredo Alcala each inked two issues. Randall also helped Totleben on a portion of a third issue. Rick Veitch and Tom Mandrake contributed to #50.
Issue #46 tied in to the limited series event Crisis on Infinite Earths.
The collection’s cover by John Totleben was originally used for the cover of Swamp Thing #157 from 1995.

Reprints:

  1. Swamp Thing #43 (1985)
  2. Swamp Thing #44 (1986)
  3. Swamp Thing #45 (1986)
  4. Swamp Thing #46 (1986)
  5. Swamp Thing #47 (1986)
  6. Swamp Thing #48 (1986)
  7. Swamp Thing #49 (1986)
  8. Swamp Thing #50 (1986)

Bonus material:

  1. Cover gallery (reprints the cover images of four of the issues, including #50)

Swamp Thing Vol. 3: The Curse

Swamp Thing Vol. 3: The Curse
By Alan Moore (writer), Stephen Bissette and John Totleben with Alfredo Alcala, Ron Randall and Simon Bisly (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released December 2000

Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $19.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563896974

Synopsis from publisher:
The third collection of the Swamp Thing saga, this book continues Alan Moore’s critically-acclaimed run on the series. Swamp Thing tackles environmental disaster issues and then engages in a controversial encounter with a werewolf, but neither of these tales impact the Swamp Thing as greatly as when he meets John Constantine, the Hellblazer. In his first appearance ever, the Hellblazer sends the man-monster on a journey of self discovery that redefines the Swamp Thing forever as an Elemental with powers that are as awesome as the Earth itself.

Notes:
The third collection of the second Swamp Thing comic book series, which, in 1985, shortened its title from Saga of the Swamp Thing to simply Swamp Thing. All reprinted material was written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Stephen Bissette and John Totleben with the exception of two issues. Alfredo Alcala filled in for Totleben on issue #41. Ron Randall joined Totleben on inking duties for issue #42. As mentioned above, the collection includes the first appearance of John Constantine, who got his own long running comic book series called Hellblazer. The character first appeared in Saga of the Swamp Thing #37.
The collection’s cover by Simon Bisley was originally used for the cover of Swamp Thing #102 from 2000.

Reprints:

  1. Saga of the Swamp Thing #35 (1985)
  2. Saga of the Swamp Thing #36 (1985)
  3. Saga of the Swamp Thing #37 (1985)
  4. Saga of the Swamp Thing #38 (1985)
  5. Swamp Thing #39 (1985)
  6. Swamp Thing #40 (1985)
  7. Swamp Thing #41 (1985)
  8. Swamp Thing #42 (1985)

Bonus material:

  1. Cover gallery (contains images of the covers to issues #35, 37, 40 and 42)

Swamp Thing Vol. 2: Love and Death

Swamp Thing Vol. 2: Love and Death
By Alan Moore with Len Wein (writers), Stephen Bissette and Jon Totleben with Shawn McManus, Ron Randall, Bernie Wrightson and Alfredo Alcala (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released April 1995

Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $19.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 0930289544

Synopsis from publisher:
The Plant Elemental comes to terms with his true origins and travels to the depths of Hell. Features appearances by Cain and Abel, the Spectre, the Demon, Deadman, and the Phantom Stranger. Also includes the classic first appearance of the Swamp Thing from HOUSE OF SECRETS #92, woven into the present day continuity.

Notes:
The second collection of Alan Moore’s run on Saga of the Swamp Thing, the second Swamp Thing comic book series. McManus handled art on issue #28 & 32. Rick Veitch provided pencils for issue #31. Ron Randall illustrated issue #33. The art team of Stephen Bissette and Jon Totleben illustrated the remainder of the issues in the collection with the exception of Alfred Alcala inking Bissette’s pencils for issue #30. Also, the 8-page story from House of Secrets #92, from 1971, was written by Len Wein and drawn by Bernie Wrightson. One page of issue #30 is not included in this collection. The entire page is a tie-in to the limited series event Crisis on Infinite Earths.

Reprints:

  1. Saga of the Swamp Thing #28 (1984)
  2. Saga of the Swamp Thing #29 (1984)
  3. Saga of the Swamp Thing #30 (1984)
  4. Saga of the Swamp Thing #31 (1984)
  5. Saga of the Swamp Thing Annual #2 (1985)
  6. Saga of the Swamp Thing #32 (1985)
  7. Saga of the Swamp Thing #33 (1985)
  8. House of Secrets #92 (1971)
  9. Saga of the Swamp Thing #34 (1985)

Bonus material:

  1. Foreword by Jamie Delano
  2. Introduction by Neil Gaiman