Favorite Writer?

#1 Edited by The Lobster (1511 posts) - - Show Bio

So a lot of writers have written John Constantine, Let's name a few.....
 
 
Andy Diggle: #230-244, 247-249
Brian Azzarello: #146-174, 250
China Miéville: #250
Darko Macan: #144-145
Denise Mina: #216-228
Dick Foreman: #32
Eddie Campbell: #85-88
Garth Ennis: #41-50, 52-83, 129-133
Grant Morrison: #25-26
Jamie Delano: #1-24, 28-31, 33-40, 84, 250
Jason Aaron: #245-246
John Smith: #51
Mike Carey: #175-215, 229
Neil Gaiman: #27
Paul Jenkins: #89-128
Peter Milligan: #250-?
Warren Ellis: #134-143  
 
 So here's my question, out of all those writers who is your favorite writer and the one to have written John Constantine the best.
 
Personally I liked Brian Azzarello, Garth Ennis, Mike Carey, and Andy Diggle the best. I know Jamie Delano practically created the character but the only stuff I liked from him was The Hellblazer: Pandemonium graphic novel.

#2 Posted by aztek_the_lost (28224 posts) - - Show Bio

I like this thread because I'm making my way through reading Hellblazer and I want to know which writers to be excited for. I have just finished Garth Ennis' run and am about to start with Paul Jenkins and I've never even heard anyone mention his run. Seeing as it's one of the longest, that makes me wonder. But anyways, I liked Ennis' run a lot in the beginning and as it progressed I lost some interest, and although there were some more high points, the finale wasn't the big bang I was hoping for. I will agree that my favorite thing from Delano would probably be the Pandemonium graphic novel. As for the guest writers I've come across? Most of them are pretty droll and the issues seem pointless but Gaiman's issue was beautiful.
 
Runs I'm looking forward to are all based off of other works I've read of their's: Ellis (Transmetropolitan), Azzarello (100 Bullets), Carey (Lucifer), Diggle (Losers), Milligan (Shade, the Changing Man).

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#3 Posted by Silkcuts (5123 posts) - - Show Bio
@The Lobster : my Fave "Hellblazer" writer is Garth Ennis, it was him who got me hooked with the Royal Blood Ripper story. 
Fave all time writer is Alan Moore, American Gothic was great!
But modern age Andy Diggle had the tightest and most fan loyal written run.   He gave nods to Sting with "message in a bottle" and he gave John his edge back.
 
Warren Ellis' run should of been my fave, but it was cut short.  Shoot is the best Hellblazer he wrote and it was not published, thank God I read the online leak.  Also judging by William Grave and other Constantine like Characters, he could of brought John to new heights. 
#4 Posted by Silkcuts (5123 posts) - - Show Bio
@aztek the lost: Paul Jenkins' runis hardly every talked about because it was never collected and hard to get all the issues.  Mind you the 1st few issues I think, can't confirm since it was not credited we co-written with Eddie Campbell (From Hell and Alec).  
 
Its been a long time since I read this run, what I remember from it I enjoyed it, but it didn't create any lasting events that I remember later writers returning to.  Paul Jenkins' run was the one that revisited other peoples plot points, such as the 1st of the Fallen.  It is good you read Garth 1st, I don't think Paul Jenkins run would read well in trade if you have not read Jamie Delano's HB#11 "A taste of things to come" and Garth's Rake at the Gates of Hell arc.
#5 Posted by haydenclaireheroes (7562 posts) - - Show Bio

 I love Tom Defalco's writting 

#6 Posted by aztek_the_lost (28224 posts) - - Show Bio
@Silkcuts said:
" @The Lobster : my Fave "Hellblazer" writer is Garth Ennis, it was him who got me hooked with the Royal Blood Ripper story.  Fave all time writer is Alan Moore, American Gothic was great!But modern age Andy Diggle had the tightest and most fan loyal written run.   He gave nods to Sting with "message in a bottle" and he gave John his edge back.  Warren Ellis' run should of been my fave, but it was cut short.  Shoot is the best Hellblazer he wrote and it was not published, thank God I read the online leak.  Also judging by William Grave and other Constantine like Characters, he could of brought John to new heights.  "
ah, I loved that Calibraxis storyline! of course, like I said, not being British and familiar with all their political figures means I had no idea which unnamed royals were being referred to throughout
 
@Silkcuts said:
" @aztek the lost: Paul Jenkins' runis hardly every talked about because it was never collected and hard to get all the issues.  Mind you the 1st few issues I think, can't confirm since it was not credited we co-written with Eddie Campbell (From Hell and Alec).     Its been a long time since I read this run, what I remember from it I enjoyed it, but it didn't create any lasting events that I remember later writers returning to.  Paul Jenkins' run was the one that revisited other peoples plot points, such as the 1st of the Fallen.  It is good you read Garth 1st, I don't think Paul Jenkins run would read well in trade if you have not read Jamie Delano's HB#11 "A taste of things to come" and Garth's Rake at the Gates of Hell arc. "

Yeah, I always wondered about the run as a chicken egg thing. Was it not collected because nobody talked about it, or does no one talk about it because it wasn't collected? Right now I've read #1-90 and 251-266 of Hellblazer. I know that #85-88 were credited to Eddie Campbell and #89-90 (credited to Jenkins) are basically a direct continuation from Eddie's story, which I thought was odd since up until that point, temporary writers coming onto the title seem to have out-of-place stories that although sometimes good aren't referenced again (Morrison, Gaiman, Foreman, Smith, etc.) So maybe there was some collaboration there.
 
And I'm usually quite adamant on reading titles in the order the issues were published and not skipping issues so that I'll catch things like Jenkins bringing back the First of the Fallen and such. It actually took quite a lot of willpower to catch up on Milligan's run and that was just because at the time it was the only ongoing from Vertigo I wasn't reading. I like Milligan's however, his Shade, the Changing Man series is one of my favorite comics of all time and I'm thrilled to see a Shade appearance in the arc that kicks off on Wednesday!
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#7 Posted by Supreme Marvel (11271 posts) - - Show Bio

I've only ever red the first issue. I wanted to carry on reading them, but I got side tracked with other comics at the time. I'll try and get back into them again. I mean, I'm from Liverpool to, so I should read a fellow Scouser.

#8 Posted by Silkcuts (5123 posts) - - Show Bio

" @Silkcuts said:
" @The Lobster : my Fave "Hellblazer" writer is Garth Ennis, it was him who got me hooked with the Royal Blood Ripper story.  Fave all time writer is Alan Moore, American Gothic was great!But modern age Andy Diggle had the tightest and most fan loyal written run.   He gave nods to Sting with "message in a bottle" and he gave John his edge back.  Warren Ellis' run should of been my fave, but it was cut short.  Shoot is the best Hellblazer he wrote and it was not published, thank God I read the online leak.  Also judging by William Grave and other Constantine like Characters, he could of brought John to new heights.  "
ah, I loved that Calibraxis storyline! of course, like I said, not being British and familiar with all their political figures means I had no idea which unnamed royals were being referred to throughout 
 
That is the beauty of good writing, the story is still great without the knowledge (pardon the pun).  I am not British as well, but that is what wiki is for j/k.  But The story works without needing to know who is who.  The snorting of the ashes may just be my all time fave con.
 
@Silkcuts said:
" @aztek the lost: Paul Jenkins' runis hardly every talked about because it was never collected and hard to get all the issues.  Mind you the 1st few issues I think, can't confirm since it was not credited we co-written with Eddie Campbell (From Hell and Alec).     Its been a long time since I read this run, what I remember from it I enjoyed it, but it didn't create any lasting events that I remember later writers returning to.  Paul Jenkins' run was the one that revisited other peoples plot points, such as the 1st of the Fallen.  It is good you read Garth 1st, I don't think Paul Jenkins run would read well in trade if you have not read Jamie Delano's HB#11 "A taste of things to come" and Garth's Rake at the Gates of Hell arc. "
Yeah, I always wondered about the run as a chicken egg thing. Was it not collected because nobody talked about it, or does no one talk about it because it wasn't collected? Right now I've read #1-90 and 251-266 of Hellblazer. I know that #85-88 were credited to Eddie Campbell and #89-90 (credited to Jenkins) are basically a direct continuation from Eddie's story, which I thought was odd since up until that point, temporary writers coming onto the title seem to have out-of-place stories that although sometimes good aren't referenced again (Morrison, Gaiman, Foreman, Smith, etc.) So maybe there was some collaboration there. And I'm usually quite adamant on reading titles in the order the issues were published and not skipping issues so that I'll catch things like Jenkins bringing back the First of the Fallen and such. It actually took quite a lot of willpower to catch up on Milligan's run and that was just because at the time it was the only ongoing from Vertigo I wasn't reading. I like Milligan's however, his Shade, the Changing Man series is one of my favorite comics of all time and I'm thrilled to see a Shade appearance in the arc that kicks off on Wednesday! "
I see how you would see it as the chicken and the egg thing.
If they ever go back and number Hellblazer I can see it collected then.
But how do you number a series that ties into Swamp Thing for a few early issues because it was a spin-off? 
And now that John has little or no part of the DCU in his world, how important is the early issues?
 
I loved the 3 issue John Constantine story in Shade.  I look forward to collecting the whole series now that it looks like it will finally be in full trades.
#9 Posted by aztek_the_lost (28224 posts) - - Show Bio
@Silkcuts: Yeah it'd be nice if they fully collected and numbered the Hellblazer trades. Didn't they start numbering the Hellblazer trades but stopped after a few? I believe Original Sins is Vol. 1 and The Devil You Know Vol. 2, right? But I believe #10-11 were the only issues directly tied to Swamp Thing and the Swamp Thing issue tied to that storyline has already been collected as have those issues of Hellblazer so I don't think they're too worried about the crossovers.
 
And although I can see what you mean about the DCU thing, I believe that's something that happened with all the six original Vertigo titles...Sandman definitely had that drifting away from the DCU, I guess Shade the Changing Man was always sort of off in its own world but Animal Man drifted away from the DCU as did Doom Patrol I believe, only for both of them to later return to DC. Swamp Thing did as well. My point being I still think those old issues were quite good and interesting, and although they may not be so important anymore, I'd like to have them in my trade collection. I'm a completionist :D
 
Totally agree about the History Lesson arc, 'twas wonderful! And I'm loving that it's finally getting the trade attention it deserves as well, I'm seeing more and more old Vertigo comics getting collected every month so that gives me hope. Vol. 3 of Shade comes out in June!
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