TS Eliot once described James Joyce's Ulysses as having "the importance of a scientific discovery". Could the same be said about Hellblazer: Dangerous Habits in the same non-ironic sense Eliot meant it? Probably not, but Dangerous Habits is its own kind of leap forward… EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW
After just a few years on the Hellblazer title, Jamie Delano’s body of work already began to seem somehow insurmountable as a creative statement. Could other writers achieve the same character affects Delano had? Could they map out the same neo-Victorian London-driven storytelling (which married so elegantly those hardboiled noir elements of Chandler with the utter mind-screaming horror of Lovecraft) in the same way that Delano had? Could they protract that quintessential magic? When Garth Ennis took the reins as series regular writer for Hellblazer, he reminded us not only of the power of the John Constantine character (the titular Hellblazer), but also that as significant as it was, Delano’s creative vision wasn’t a limitation, but an invitation.