It's been a long and difficult road for John Constantine -
one that's left him with demon's blood in his veins and dead
friends' voices in his head. Still, with his sharp tongue
and unequalled shrewdness, the sorcerer from Liverpool has
managed to raise himself to the position of the magician of
last resort for a world under constant siege from the forces
of chaos and evil. That same rough path has also sharpened
his mind, and taught him a thing or two about ruthlessness.
Now, with the outcome of an ancient prophecy hanging on his
actions, it's time for Constantine to being the scales of
justice back into balance - at Hell's expense...
Devil You Know
collects together issues 10-13 and the first Annual of the
Hellblazer comic series, as well as the 2-issue miniseries
nothing else, this collection is an interesting look at how
Hellblazer has evolved over the past 20 years. The
first few stories are from the late '80s and, to be honest
are a little pretentious, but still enjoyable.
best tale in this collection is the title story The Devil
You Know. Yet again this sees Constantine attempting to
outsmart a resident of Hell. Constantine employs the services
of Ritchie Simpson, who he thought was long since dead after
his last encounter, but it turns out that his soul has been
living in cyberspace. Will he help Constantine? Or is he still
angry that he left him to spend eternity in limbo?
rest of the stories in this collection are interesting, and
add much to the Hellblazer universe - although I wasn't
overly impressed by the rather long and drawn out The Bloody
Saints. It was too long and dull and didn't really seem
to go anywhere.
the whole though, this is an enjoyable collection that will
find a welcome home in all Hellblazer fans' collections.