John Constantine, Hellblazer Reading Order: Where To Start With Hellblazer Comics?

The complete reading order to John Constantine, the star of Vertigo Comics’ Hellblazer.

While the launch of Hellblazer is relatively easy to follow throughout the various stellar creative runs of the 90’s, Constantine’s origins launch in an entirely separate series, and 2000’s Hellblazer runs are very confusingly collected and difficult to follow.

Below you’ll find an easy to follow guide to Hellblazer comics, and the creative eras of John Constantine up through his reintroduction to the DC Universe as part of DC’s New 52.

John Constantine has dangerous habits in his comics

Hellblazer Comic Book Reading Order

Constantine First Appearance, Saga of the Swamp Thing

It’s worth noting that Vertigo’s longest running series of all time (over 300 issues) gets its start in Swamp Thing, where Alan Moore and company introduce British working class magician John Constantine.

Personally, I’d recommend you read the Saga of the Swamp Thing in its entirety, as Moore, Totleben, and Bissette craft one of the finest DC Comics of all time here. Nonetheless, if you just want Constantine in all his first appearance glory, you can find him beginning with Book Three of the collections.

Saga of the Swamp Thing Book Three

Saga of the Swamp Thing Book Four

Saga of the Swamp Thing Book Five

Saga of the Swamp Thing Book Six

Hellblazer – The Jamie Delano Era

John Constantine, Hellblazer, Vol. 1: Original Sins

Collects: Hellblazer #1 to #9, Swamp Thing #76 to #77

Hellblazer, Vol. 2: The Devil You Know

Collects: Hellblazer #10 to #13, Hellblazer Annual #1, The Horrorist #1 to #2,

John Constantine, Hellblazer Vol. 3: The Fear Machine

Collects: Hellblazer #14 to #22

John Constantine, Hellblazer Vol. 4: The Family Man

Collects: Hellblazer #23 to #24, #28 to #31, #25 to #27, #32 to #33

Hellblazer – The Garth Ennis Era

John Constantine: Hellblazer Vol. 5: Dangerous Habits

Collects: Hellblazer #34 to #46

John Constantine, Hellblazer Vol. 6: Bloodlines

Collects: Hellblazer #47 to #50, #52 to #55 and #59 to #61

John Constantine, Hellblazer Vol. 7: Tainted Love

Collects: Hellblazer #62-71, Hellblazer Special #1, And Vertigo Jam #1

John Constantine, Hellblazer Vol. 8: Rake at the Gates of Hell

Collects: Hellblazer  #78 to #83, Heartland one-shot

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Hellblazer – The Sean Phillips Era

John Constantine Hellblazer Vol. 9: Critical Mass

Collects: Hellblazer #84 to #96

John Constantine Hellblazer Vol. 10: In The Line Of Fire

Collects: Hellblazer #97 to #107

John Constantine, Hellblazer Vol. 11: Last Man Standing

Collects: Hellblazer #108 to #120

Hellblazer – Paul Jenkins and Warren Ellis

John Constantine, Hellblazer Vol. 12: How to Play with Fire

Collects: Hellblazer #121 to #133

John Constantine: Hellblazer Vol. 13: Haunted

Collects: Hellblazer #134 to #145

Hellblazer – The Brian Azzarello Era

John Constantine: Hellblazer Vol. 14: Good Intentions

Collects: Hellblazer #146 to #161

John Constantine, Hellblazer Vol. 15: Highwater

Collects: Hellblazer #162 to #174

Hellblazer – The Mike Carey Era

John Constantine, Hellblazer: All His Engines

Collects: Graphic Novel

John Constantine, Hellblazer Volume 16: The Wild Card

Collects: Hellblazer #175 to #188

John Constantine, Hellblazer: Red Sepulchre

Collects: Hellblazer #175 to #180 (including overlapping issue trades with vol. 16 for reference here)

John Constantine, Hellblazer: Black Flowers

Collects: Hellblazer #181 to #186 (including overlapping issue trades with vol. 16 for reference here)

John Constantine, Hellblazer: Staring at the Wall

Collects: Hellblazer #187 to #193

John Constantine, Hellblazer: Stations of the Cross

Collects: Hellblazer #194 to #200

John Constantine, Hellblazer: Reasons to Be Cheerful

Collects: Hellblazer #201 to #206

John Constantine, Hellblazer: The Gift

Collects: Hellblazer #207 to #215

Hellblazer – The Denise Mina Era

John Constantine, Hellblazer: Empathy is the Enemy

Collects: Hellblazer #216 to #222

John Constantine Hellblazer: The Red Right Hand

Collects: Hellblazer #223 to #228

Hellblazer – The Andy Diggle Era

Hellblazer: Joyride

Collects: Hellblazer #230 to #237

Hellblazer: The Laughing Magician

Collects: Hellblazer #238 to #242

Hellblazer: The Roots of Coincidence

Collects: Hellblazer #243 to #249

Hellblazer's furious Vertigo conclusion

Hellblazer – The Peter Milligan Era

John Constantine Hellblazer: Scab

Collects: Hellblazer #250 to #255

Dark Entries (Vertigo Crime)

Collects: Graphic Novel

Hellblazer: Hooked

Collects: Hellblazer #256 to #260

John Constantine, Hellblazer: Pandemonium

Collects: Graphic Novel

John Constantine, Hellblazer: India

Collects: Hellblazer #261 to #266

John Constantine: Hellblazer – Bloody Carnations

Collects: Hellblazer #267 to #275

John Constantine, Hellblazer: Phantom Pains

Collects: Hellblazer #276 to #282

John Constantine, Hellblazer: The Devil’s Trenchcoat

Collects: Hellblazer #283 to #291

John Constantine, Hellblazer: Death and Cigarettes

Collects: Hellblazer #292 to #300

John Constantine in DC Comics

New 52 Constantine

Below you’ll find John Constantine’s appearances in DC’s New 52, including his role as a member of Justice League Dark. You can check out the full DC New 52 reading order for how these stories fit in context of the overall DC Universe.

Justice League Dark Vol. 1: In the Dark

Justice League Dark, Vol. 2: The Books of Magic

Justice League Dark Vol. 3: The Death of Magic

Constantine Vol. 1: The Spark and the Flame

Collects: Constantine #1 to #6

Constantine Vol. 2: Blight

Justice League Dark Vol. 4: The Rebirth of Evil

Justice League Dark Vol. 5: Paradise Lost

Constantine Vol. 3: The Voice in the Fire

Constantine Vol. 4: The Apocalypse Road

DC You Hellblazer

Constantine: The Hellblazer Vol. 1: Going Down

Constantine: The Hellblazer Vol. 2: The Art of the Deal

Collects: Constantine: The Hellblazer #1 to #13

DC Rebirth Hellblazer

To see how Constantine fits in the context of the reborn DC Universe, you can check out the full DC Rebirth reading order.

The Hellblazer Vol. 1: The Poison Truth

Collects: The Hellblazer #1 to #6

One Reply to “John Constantine, Hellblazer Reading Order: Where To Start With Hellblazer Comics?”

  1. Nicely done, Dave. But I feel I have to mention that DC has been in the process of collecting the entire 300 issue Hellblazer run PLUS most of, maybe even all of, the specials and spin-offs in double-sized trades, and they’re already up to Volume 14 and the Brian Azzarello Era. Volume 15 will wrap up Azzarello’s work on this title, and then Volumes 16 & 17 will collect what I consider the very best of Hellblazer, the first 2/3 of the Mike Carey Era. Then, Volumes 20 & 21 will cover my second favorite phase of the run, the Andy Diggle Era.

    Of course, different Constantine fans have their own favorite Hellblazer eras, but Carey’s and Diggle’s get relatively little fanfare, so I feel I have to drum up some publicity for them.

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