Vertigo Secret Files: Hellblazer

 VSFH   (Vertigo, 2000)

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Everything a reader would want to know about bad boy magician John Constantine is contained in this Secret Files one-shot. DC’s Secret Files were created as guidebooks to each of their characters, and usually contain information about character origins, histories, friends and enemies. This is the first Secret Files on a Vertigo character.

Constantine’s history is presented in a synopsis format as well as in a brief timeline. The London presented in the series is also outlined in detail, with a map showing the various locations of his activities. The major players of the series’ supporting cast are showcased, and there is even a section on Constantine’s interesting and rather complicated ancestral bloodline.

The highlight of the book, the prose story “The Gangster, The Whore and The Magician,” shows that Constantine is in control at all times. Also featured is “The First Time,” where readers get a glimpse of a young John Constantine and his first encounter with cigarettes.

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