The Complete Hellblazer and Constantine Reading Order


As we head into the third issue of the second attempt for DC comics to take John Constantine, the former mascot of the Vertigo universe, back into the superhero world, it keeps reminding us exactly how good Hellblazer always was.  This was the longest running series at Vertigo, running a full 300 issues on top of dozens of cross-overs, graphic novels, miniseries, one-shots, and more.  The character defined the dark fantasy of that period of Vertigo, drawing together magic and mythology in a way that told horror stories that were uniquely personal.  This is now a character and run entirely of the past, and does not tie to the contemporary Constantine series at all.

So how do you start with Hellblazer and John Constantine?  What is the real order, anyway?  This is difficult because in the beginning, the comics where Constantine appeared and even Hellblazer were a part of the regular DC universe, before evolving out of it.  We have started by taking the wonderful and detailed reading order presented by Trade Reading Order and augmenting it to get something fully realized.

 

 Saga of the Swamp Thing, Book 3
The Saga Of The Swamp Thing 35-38; Swamp Thing 39-42 April – November 1985
 Swamp Thing: The Curse
The Saga Of The Swamp Thing 35-38; Swamp Thing 39-42 April 1985 – November 1985

 Crisis On Infinite Earths
Crisis on Infinite Earths 1 – 12 April 1985 – March 1986

 Saga of the Swamp Thing Book Four
Swamp Thing 43-50 December 1985 – July 1986
 History of the DC Universe
History of The DC Universe (Prestige) 1-2 1986

 Saga of the Swamp Thing Book Five
Swamp Thing 51-56 August 1986 – January 1987

 Swamp Thing VOL 06: Reunion
Swamp Thing 57-64 February – September 1987

 John Constantine, Hellblazer, Vol. 1: Original Sins
Hellblazer 1-9 January – September 1988

 Swamp Thing: Infernal Triangles
Swamp Thing 77-81 October – December 1988

 Hellblazer, Vol. 2: The Devil You Know
Hellblazer 10-13;The Hellblazer Annual; The Horrorist 1-2 October 1988 – January 1989

 The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes (New Edition)
The Sandman 1-8 January – August 1989

 Hellblazer: The Fear Machine
Issues 14-22 January – September 1989

 John Constantine, Hellblazer Vol. 4: The Family Man (Hellblazer (Graphic Novels))
Issues 23-24, 28-31 October 1989 – July 1990

 The Sandman, Vol. 2: The Doll’s House
The Sandman 8-16 August 1989 – June 1990

 The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 1
The Sandman 1-20 January 1989 – October 1990

 John Constantine, Hellblazer: Rare Cuts
Hellblazer 11, 25-26, 35, 56, 84 November 1988 – November 1990, August 1992, December 1994
 HellBlazer: Dangerous Habits
Hellblazer 41-46 May – October 1991
 Sandman: Fables and Reflections
Issues 29-31, 38-40, 50, Sandman Special 1, Vertigo Preview 1 August 1991 – August 1992
 HellBlazer: Bloodlines
Hellblazer 47-50, 52-55, 59-61 November 1991 – January 1993
 HellBlazer: Fear and Loathing
Hellblazer 62-67 February – July 1993
 HellBlazer: Tainted Love
Hellblazer 68-71, Hellblazer Special, Short Story From Vertigo Jam August – November 1993
 HellBlazer: Damnation’s Flame
Hellblazer 72-77 December 1993 – May 1994
 HellBlazer: Rake at the Gates of Hell
Hellblazer 78-83, Heartland one-shot June – November 1994
 Neil Gaiman’s Midnight Days
Swamp Thing Annual 05; Hellblazer 27; Sandman Midnight Theatre 1995 OGN; Original Content Annual 1989 – July 1995
 Underworld Unleashed
Underworld Unleashed 1-3; Abyss – Hell’s Sentinel 1 November 1995 – January 1996
 Sandman: The Wake
The Dreaming 8; The Sandman 70-75 August 1995 – March 1996
 Absolute Sandman 4
The Dreaming 8; The Sandman 57-75; Vertigo Jam 1 August 1993 – January 1997
 HellBlazer: Son of Man
Hellblazer 129-133 September 1998 – January 1999
 HellBlazer: Haunted
Hellblazer 134-139 February – July 1999
 HellBlazer: Setting Sun
Hellblazer 140-143 August – December 1999
 Totems
Prestige 2000
 HellBlazer: Hard Time
Hellblazer 146-150 March – July 2000
 HellBlazer: Good Intentions
Hellblazer 151-156 August 2000 – January 2001
 HellBlazer: Freezes Over
Hellblazer 157-163 February – August 2001
 HellBlazer: Highwater
Hellblazer 164-174 September 2001 – August 2002
 HellBlazer: Red Sepulchre
Hellblazer 175-180 September 2002 – March 2003
 HellBlazer: Lady Constantine
Lady Constantine 1-4 February – May 2003
 HellBlazer: Black Flowers
Hellblazer 181-186 April – September 2003
 HellBlazer: Staring at the Wall
Hellblazer 187-193 October 2003 – April 2004
 Swamp Thing: Bad Seed
Swamp Thing 1-6 May – October 2004
 HellBlazer: Stations of the Cross
Hellblazer 194-200 May – November 2004
 HellBlazer: All His Engines
Original Graphic Novel February 2005
 Constantine: The Official Movie Adaptation
Original Graphic Novel 2005
 Constantine: The Hellblazer Collection
Constantine: The Official Movie Adaptation; Hellblazer 1, 27, 41 January 1988 – May 1991; 2005
 HellBlazer: Reasons to be Cheerful
Hellblazer 201-206 December 2004 – May 2005
 HellBlazer: Papa Midnight
Papa Midnite 1-5 April – August 2005
 HellBlazer: The Gift
Hellblazer 207-215 June 2005 – February 2006
 HellBlazer: Empathy is the Enemy
Hellblazer 216-222 March – September 2006
 HellBlazer: The Red Right Hand
Hellblazer 223-228 October 2006 – March 2007
 HellBlazer: Joyride
Hellblazer 230-237 May – December 2007
 HellBlazer: The Laughing Magician
Hellblazer 238-242 January – May 2008
 HellBlazer: Roots of Coincidence
Hellblazer 243-244, 247-249 June – December 2008
 HellBlazer: Chas: The Knowledge
Chas: The Knowledge 1-5 September 2008 – January 2009
 HellBlazer: Scab
Hellblazer 250-255 February – July 2009
 Dark Entries
Original Graphic Novel August 2009
 Hellblazer: Hooked
Hellblazer 256-260 August – December 2009
 Hellblazer: Pandemonium
Original Graphic Novel February 2010
 Hellblazer: India
Hellblazer 261-266 January – June 2010
Hellblazer: Bloody Carnations Collects Hellblazer #267-275 Peter Milligan “Sectioned”, “Bloody Carnations”, “The Royal Wedding of the Century” 1-40123-152-7
Hellblazer: Phantom Pains Collects Hellblazer #276-282 Peter Milligan “High Frequency Man”, “Phantom Pains”, “Inside” 1-78116-057-0
Hellblazer: The Devil’s Trenchcoat Collects Hellblazer #283-291 Peter Milligan “The Devil’s Trenchcoat”, “Another Season in Hell” 1-40123-720-7
Hellblazer: Death and Cigarettes Collects Hellblazer #292-300; Hellblazer Annual #1 Peter Milligan “The Curse of the Constantines”, “Death and Cigarettes” 1-40124-093-3
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