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In THE FEAR MACHINE, collecting HELLBLAZER #14-22, Constantine looks for a way to reconnect to humanity — but how can such a man ever find inner peace? Constantine finds himself encamped with a new-age pagan group that's tapping into their own psychic abilities — but a defense contractor is out to exploit their powers. Is the company's aim just political, or is it somethinIn THE FEAR MACHINE, collecting HELLBLAZER #14-22, Constantine looks for a way to reconnect to humanity — but how can such a man ever find inner peace? Constantine finds himself encamped with a new-age pagan group that's tapping into their own psychic abilities — but a defense contractor is out to exploit their powers. Is the company's aim just political, or is it something much more sinister?...

Title : Hellblazer: The Fear Machine
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ISBN : 9781401218102
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Number of Pages : 240 Pages
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Hellblazer: The Fear Machine Reviews

  • Brooke
    2019-02-09 17:06

    The only thing I can really say to sum up my thoughts on this third collected Hellblazer volume is, WTF was that? Volume 1, Original Sins, was really great. Volume 2, The Devil You Know, finished up Original Sins' story line very well, but then got wobbly. That wobbliness continues for the next 9 issues here, and my mind is pretty much blown at how just ridiculous this was. It is overwritten, overwrought, and includes lines like, "Now it's time for FEMALENESS." The ending involves a threesome, after which one of the women immediately lays an egg (the other woman catches the egg, makes a sexyface and says, "Yes, oh yes"), and Constantine wants to watch the egg hatch because, as he says, "It's my egg, too."Well, ALRIGHTY then. Okay. You go do that, Constantine. I'll just quickly make my way through the final two volumes of Jamie Delano's run and hope that he reverts to the excellence of Original Sins, because I'm stubborn and won't skip ahead to where Garth Ennis takes over.

  • Quentin Wallace
    2019-02-19 19:24

    An ambitious story that was really good but the ending was a little flat. Constantine hooks up with a group of traveling hippies to hide out because he's wanted by the authorities. He's being blamed for murders committed by demons from last volume. As it turns out, one of the hippies is a powerful psychic and is kidnapped by a secretive branch of the government who is basically attempting to bring back an "old god." Yes, think Cthulhu. So of course Constantine finds himself in the middle of the conspiracy and it goes for there. This was a nine issue storyline, one of the longer storylines in the Hellblazer comic most likely. I also had two things come to mind while reading this volume. 1. This comic was ahead of its time, as this type of deep storytelling in comics wasn't very prevalent back then. I mean in the more mature vein, as epic comic storylines had been around a while. It just felt unusual to read something this mature that was published then. I think the comic revolution of 1986 had something to do with spawning Hellblazer. (That was the year of Watchmen, Dark Knight Returns, etc. and the year comics really did start to grow up.)2. Hellblazer deserves credit as a series for surviving through some dark times for comics. In the early 90s writing took a big backseat to art and you ended up with a lot of pretty superhero comics with no story. Hellblazer managed to make it through that time period somewhat intact, so at least some comic readers still had appreciation for story.Overall a good volume, but after such a long buildup I thought the ending could have been better. I'm still really enjoying the series.

  • Nathan
    2019-02-15 16:10

    Hellblazer Book 3: "The Fear Machine" collects Hellblazer issues #14-22. Other than the covers, there doesn't seem to be any big difference between the initial 2008 printing and the 2013 reprint.Okay -- this is one of my favorite Hellblazer books of all time. This seems to be an unusual opinion, as many seem to really dislike it. Maybe it's because my first exposure to Hellblazer was Delano's issue #1 while most people seem to have gotten into Hellblazer either during Garth Ennis' run (#41-83) or Brian Azzarello's run (#146-167). Or maybe it's because I'm personally more of a pagan hippie type at heart than a hard-bitten smoke-dwelling city guy. Either way, while I love the standard John Constantine character and setting and I'm glad they went back to it, I love this little glimpse of another side of him, a look at one of his efforts at washing away the "bad craziness" and trying to have a good life. Good characters like Mercury, Marj, Errol, and Zed don't hurt, and neither does the rather sexy and ecstatic pagan magic John discovers as he explores a greener side of himself. Again, as is typical for its time, the art here is a bit garish and not incredibly detailed, but as with the previous book, it improves a bit over its predecessor. The storyline deals with John running from the authorities after Nergal killed some people and left him with the blame; he meets up with a precocious and strangely empowered young girl named Mercury, and through her comes to join up with a group of roving hippie mystics -- not to mention stumbling across a secretive and powerful para-governmental group whose leaders take a disturbing interest in Mercury. The story deals with the balance of energies, the discrepancy between morality and authority in terms of power, destiny and powers beyond knowledge, and a secret society with fragmented aims and methods.The only things I can think of that would improve this book are the following: First, if the "Bloody Saint" story from the Hellblazer Annual had been included here, instead of being included in the previous book (Hellblazer The Devil You Know). The tales of Constantine's ancestor, the cunning pagan king Constantyne, and his role in helping to unbalance the scales in favor of the God over the Goddess -- well, that's right in keeping with the story of The Fear Machine.And second, the story seems to wander and get lost every now and then, and though this isn't terrible, it could perhaps have used a little more focus and drive at times.Other than those little details, though, this is a great book! Next: Book 4 (Hellblazer Family Man)

  • Printable Tire
    2019-01-21 15:59

    This is the infamous book I borrowed from the Boston Public library approximately a year ago and never returned and now it is listed as missing and I owe them 20 dollars, essentially blacklisting me from the library forever. The reason I never returned it was out of laziness/torpor and also because I do not live in Boston and cannot afford/don't want to go up there as much as I used to, and also I got a new library card in Providence because this stupid librarian lady did it without telling me and I can't memorize my new library card number and the information that let me borrow books from Boston is not on the new card.If I could have chosen a book to essentially "steal" from the public library, it would not have been this book. It's an okay Constantine story (it's been a year since I've read any) even though there's too much liberal posturing, chintzy language, and the artwork is terrible for the first part of the book. I re-read the book again today (I started it a year ago but never finished) and it's got some good ideas, though, as is common with a lot of Hellblazer comics, some juvenile macabre bits. I didn't much like the ending, though, which was a little too pat and left too many questions unanswered. Okay story, though certainly not worth the 20 bucks.Any rate, I'm in Boston tonight and I'm thinking about swinging by the library tomorrow and returning the book, not that it'll matter this late in the game. Will I or won't I? The quest continues....

  • Lionel
    2019-02-13 15:13

    The build up was not bad but what a stupid last issue. I laughed at the explanation and the last sequence just doesn't laje any sense...

  • Joseph
    2019-02-12 20:11

    Borrowed from Karen.I've got mixed feelings about this one. On the one hand, I'm thrilled that Vertigo finally got around to putting out a trade paperback with some of the early comics that (for whatever reason) they skipped when they first started collecting Hellblazer.On the other hand, I really dislike the early art, and now that I've read Fear Machine, I kind of have a sense of why Vertigo didn't bother to publish this one previously. It's not that the story is bad; it's a horror comic, filled with spooky, grotesque imagery and willing to delve into unexplored and taboo topics.But what I really want to read is a Constantine comic, which, although based in the setting of a horror comic, relies more on the reader's connection to the main character, rather than the details of the plot. When a character summons a demon or casts a spell, for instance, there's not much for me, as a reader, to connect with. When well-written, it can certainly be interesting, exciting, and entertaining, but no amount of writing can get past the simple fact that I have no fundamental empathy for the magical world. But when Constantine summons a demon or casts a spell, the emphasis is on the why of what he is doing rather than the how or what. I don't have the faintest idea of how to sell my soul to a demon, but I can appreciate the brilliance and wit that John demonstrates in selling his soul to three different demons as a way of forcing a perpetual stalemate amongst them.That's probably neither fair to the horror genre as a whole, nor accurate about all Hellblazer comics, but it is the standard with which I typically approach them, and in this particular instance, Fear Machine fails to meet it. John is neither instigator or pawn in this story, merely an observer, even when he is called upon to participate. Despite the threat of danger to himself, his new friends, and the world, the story lacks the particular scent of desperation and inspiration that characterize the best Hellblazer stories.

  • Titas
    2019-02-16 17:00

    Hellblazer: The Fear Machine - Did anybody find any horror in this?I am huge fan of John Constantine's legacy: comics, stories, graphic novels, TV series - everything. But this was really disappointing. Fear Machine starts in its own manner without following the usual John which was ok but then it completely lost its way. I really love the mindf***ing narration of Hellblazer and other comics like The Invisibles, Vol. 1: Say You Want a Revolution or Preacher, Volume 1: Gone to Texas but this went wrong, really wrong. John appearance also was discontinuous and story really scrambled. The art has its moments but with out proper story line it felt less appealing.

  • Kathryn
    2019-02-06 21:14

    Terrible ending. Awful. I'm seriously annoyed and disappointed. I'm skipping the rest of Delano's run. 1 1/2 stars.Later...I guess I will give Delano's others a try since I already have them and I am waiting on others from the library. After all, I did rate Original Sins 5 stars so maybe Delano will redeem himself. And even though the next skips Gaiman's single issue #27, I plan on reading it anyways. I really dislike reading anything out of order or skipping anything that may be mentioned later. Whoever decided on how to arrange these collections sucks.

  • Anton
    2019-02-19 20:15

    Captivating from start to finish, I just live for these types of stories! Mystery, occultism, anti-heroes, horror, political activism, and science fiction...The Fear Machine is something that everyone would enjoy. Jamie Delano is one of the medium's best. The part when Constantine drank the spiked tea was hilarious and terrifying at the same goodness, many, many memorable scenes in this book...scenes that will stay with me forever. As a huge John Constantine fan, I can honestly say that this was my favorite Hellblazer book.

  • Petabyte
    2019-02-16 19:15

    Old school JCH. Dated visuals, but the story's very strong. Read this at night almost in one sitting. Quite unsettling. Material is dark, like almost everything JCH is, but the old school - did I mention that already? - has the undiluted quality of you made me jump out of my skin scary.Left off reading JCH for half a year, and this makes a great first read. Don't dip your foot to see if the water's fine, jump right in. The Fear Machine will not disappoint you.

  • Michael
    2019-02-05 16:27

    bad art, bad writing. This was terrible. Whenever it would pick up, it would just get worse. Delano started Hellblazer well, but this stories look terrible now. Go ahead and skip it.

  • Steven Werber
    2019-01-27 14:23

    Constantine is always interesting but this was a real downer. Still I always enjoy the ride....

  • Eve
    2019-02-18 19:58

    Absolutely brilliant. What a fascinating story, so very well written and drawn. My favourite Hellblazer novel so far.

  • Dan Grible
    2019-01-31 18:06

    Mind-boggling, bloody, and completely nasty at every level.Recommended.

  • Kevin
    2019-02-10 21:18

    Towards the end of last year and into this year I have been enjoying the TV series Constantine. This series, I discovered, is based on the Hellblazer comic book that ran for 300 issues from January 1988 until April 2013. I wanted to diversify my reading in 2015 as I discussed before, so after finishing the tremendous book by Stephen Fry, I thought I would try some Hellblazer. So I picked up the earliest Trade Paperback I could find, a story called 'The Fear Machine' which first appeared in issues #14 - #22 of the original comic.The story shows our 'Hero', John Constantine on the run from the Police, wanted for a crime that he did not (quite) commit. In desperation, and out in the open country he takes up with a group of New Age Pagans who welcome him as a lost soul. While there, Constantine discovers that one of the group, a young girl called Mercury and daughter of Marj, is psychic.The story develops that an evil corporation called Geotroniks is capturing, torturing and using Psychics for their evil purposes.I won't reveal much of the story here suffice to say that I found it compelling for many reasons. The depiction of the various groups is fascinating. The aforementioned Geotroniks are the traditional evil corporation, not too much to say about them. The depiction of the Police, society's attitude to Pagan travelers and the misogynistic attitudes that were the true evil in the story. The general acceptance of police brutality was shocking, written deliberately I am sure, but it was compelling reading as 'a sign of the times.'Overall, the theme I took from the story, is one of how unbelievably shitty human beings can be to one another when they fervently believe that they are in the right. Sure, Constantine has to deal with demons, ghosts and all sorts of things that go bump in the night. But that is just fictional evil, the story carries a social commentary that is just as relevant today as it was in the late 80's.I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I am going to pick up some more. Oh and I hope the TV series gets a second season and can work in some of the magnificent themes of the comic book.

  • Abhishek
    2019-02-07 21:10

    This is my introduction to John Constantine. And maybe that is why I am quite in awe of this 9-comic series The Fear Machine, even though this is not a mutually shared feeling if you run through the reviews of other readers here. Seems that people either loved it or hated it. Nonetheless, the whole idea of Constantine's world where reality and mysticism blend in and out appealed to me. It makes this character different from the other protagonists we usually read in a comic book series. Constantine ain't the typical hero, he ain't the one who can set the broken pieces together perfectly; but he's the typical hero in the sense that he wants to right the wrong, he's got a heart that is human despite the messiness it has been through.The Fear Machine begins with Constantine's attempts to blend with a new-age pagan group as he remains in hiding, evading the attempts of the police forces to bag him. With this group though, Constantine starts to reconnect with humanity, and so when the young girl who had brought him to this group is taken away unlawfully, Constantine embarks on a mission to rescue her. During this mission, Constantine will uncover a much darker and sinister operation which will hang in balance more than just his life. Writer Jamie Delano leads this series through a crescendo, beginning from a relatively peaceful setting to something much darker and creepier. The occult themes start weighing more as the story progresses, leading to a very strong but bizarre ending, which wasn't particularly my favourite part of the series. But this comic series ain't about the flow of the story alone, right? It's the realisation of the depravity of the society, the murkiness in which we live, and the brief moments of hope that still survive. The writing by Delano is excellent and so are the illustrations which change style and color in tune with the tone of the narration. I enjoyed this one a lot, and considering that there are still further better works on Constantine that have been written, things can't go any wrong for me!

  • Gopal Rao
    2019-02-02 14:57

    I like this compilation a bit more than the previous two, Original Sins and Devil You Know. It is a far more coherent story than either of those, and it builds on the character development that has already taken place.The ending was a bit unexpected though, although I can hardly downgrade it for that.Delano's Constantine possesses the sort of magic that you might associate with charlatans and palm readers, rather than wizards or sorcerers. And he finds himself in over his head at times, which leads to some considerable suffering on the part of those around him.In this case, those around him are a troop of happy-go-lucky pagan hippies who are constantly on the prowl for a tidy place to park their caravan. That is, until Constantine shows up with some bad luck in tow in the form of a thuggish cabal of secret police.Shortly thereafter, Constantine finds himself hot on the trail of an epic conspiracy meant to bring about the end of the world. Even though this is only the third major story arc in the series, it is still a fairly predictable string of themes, right?So Delano spices things up a bit by tying some ancient folklore to some contemporary politics and social phenomena, and doses the whole thing with a hit of new age psychedelia and gender studies. He mixes Masonic power-brokers with lusty hippie women, mind-altering drugs and primeval deities. Whether or not you are particularly sympathetic to those types of viewpoints, I don't think you can deny that Delano hits the mark squarely in terms of his characterizations.

  • Boots
    2019-01-31 14:27

    this is the perfect volume to read if you don't want to like Hellblazer. the mess of a storyline is really a sad low for Delano, who up until this point was delivering pretty consistently. but here's a plot about shroom-munching pagans and international politics and conjuring that is so long and boringly complex my eyes just glazed over at the walls of words required to explain it all toward the end. and there's a macguffin inciting kidnapping that goes nowhere. really, the book peaks with a truly terrifying train disaster about one third of the way in. everything after that is just tedious denouement. other sins include varying degrees of quality in the artwork, the usual hideous coloring, and plot points (like john being wanted for murder) being easily dismissed in a panel or two.this felt lazy and even the writing was bad. the narrative for the astral journey and then the weird earth mother ritual in which our heroes save the world read like 11th grade poetry. and the magic here felt very unsophisticated. discussions of ley-lines and power grids just became laughable after a while. blegh.two stars for the train.

  • Shannon Appelcline
    2019-02-12 16:10

    This is one of the best Constantine epics -- and perhaps the most epic, running 9 issues that peel back like the layers of an onion.One of the things that's so impressive about it is the fact that it's so different from anything else in the Constantine mythos. Having just invented the "standard" Constantine tale, with his story of Nergil, devils, and their earthly surrogates in issues #3-12, Delano now goes in a totally different direction, instead spinning a story of psychic powers, fraternal agencies, and corrupt corporations. This could have been the template for a totally different sort of Constantine story from what followed; it's a pity that it wasn't followed up on. As is, we get this one wonderful tale of Constantine fighting against very different opponents. The first two issues are particularly great, with Constantine living out in the wilderness, so far from his normal city life.Beyond that, the story holds together well. There's great mystery and great unveilings and Delano is surprisingly harsh with his characters. And those characters are also great -- a whole new cast of characters for Constantine to meet, love, and interact with.

  • Kurt
    2019-02-06 14:18

    Catching up on some graphic novels I purchased about two years ago. This story arc has fantastic twists and turns, pitting J.C. against Geotroniks (an evil corporation run by megalomaniacs who are backed by the ultra-secretive Masons), bent on harnessing the masculine, dominant powers of the Earth that run along ancient Celtic Ley lines. Simple, really. They're very bad folks. All of this is accidentally observed and consequently undermined by a gaggle of nomadic New Age greenfolk who just happen to have one of the world's most powerful empaths in their midst. Things begin to go wrong after the men in black kidnap this young girl for their experiments ... and Constantine decides that, hell or high-water, he's going to get her back. Great writing by Jamie Delano, who spreads the story among the various players in differently colored thought boxes. Better than more than a few of the thrillers I've been reading lately. Jallakuntilliokan!

  • Corto Maltese
    2019-02-21 21:22

    This is one of the weakest Hellblazer-Storylines of all time. While it could have been funny to toss Constantine among Hippies, I would have expected him at least to poke some fun at them. John trying to blend in with them in all earnesty is quite out of character to me.I don't know if Delano deliberately tried to steer John more into a new-age goody two shoes-direction or just lost grasp of the character concept in this volume. Also the story seems awfully stretched - I don't see the need to waltz a fairly simple plot trough nine Issues. At times, when Delano throws adjectives at the reader (to create atmosphere, I suppose)it got downright boring and quite a challenge to my patience. On top of this, the ending is nothing short of being painfully embarrassing.This one's really only for diehard Hellblazer fans (like me) who want to read the comlete run. The second star is for the Buckingham/Alcala art-team who take over with chapter five.

  • Susanne
    2019-02-13 13:57

    It's hard to write a review of this graphic novel, not because it's bad or anything like that but because it is complicated. Now I normally do not like books which shine a floodlight on the darker sides of humanity. I'm talking about poverty, abuse, misery and such. When I read books I generally want to escape from reality not the other way around. Now this book does not shine a floodlight, instead it holds up a magnifying glass, letting you see every little depraved wrinkle in the world of John Constantine. And it's really isn't pretty, it really isn't nice but still I can't but read it.Maybe it's the addition of magic, maybe it's the likability of John himself, bastard that he is, but something makes me enjoy this book despite the subject matter and despite how it reminds me that the world is not a very pleasant place at all.

  • Kate
    2019-02-21 20:01

    This one is weird. It starts out promising - John is seemingly framed for the events of Original Sins - and while on the run ends up traveling with some hippies. THe fish out of water stuff was amusing and watching John try and find his place and get comfortable and just chill was interesting. We haven't really seen John hang out with this many people all at one time. Of course though his new world is attacked and he goes out to set things right. John being wanted isn't really addressed or properly fixed, there's a throwaway line in the last third of the volume but it doesn't solve anything, and this ending just gets crazy. The hippy stuff is all fine and then things just get really strange.So, not sure how I'm meant to take it. Not sure I liked it either.

  • Anca
    2019-02-17 13:15

    Wow, so anachronistic... This is the one where Hellblazer runs off with a band of hippies that follow laylines because they are powerful magic and encounter a mysterious and menacing police branch (because the fuzz is bad news) that want to rape children and just generally take over the world. Because they are Masons and Tory and apparently those two things are synonymous with evil. Keywords: hippies, pagans, evil organization bent on taking over the world through human sacrifice, pedophile doctor experimenting on kids, earth-magic, evil cops, "Now it's time for femaleness"...This is the one that you should skip.

  • Felix
    2019-02-02 20:09

    Hm, this one sure is a tough one to rate. After the brilliant start in "Original Sins" this one's a bit of a let-down. The writing isn't bad, the scope of the storyline is wide, the build-up of suspense is well-done, but something's missing. Maybe it's the gritty London setting or it's that Constantine's trademark jaded sarcasm is somehow at odds with his whole-hearted identification with the "nature brigade". Oh, and I found the ending a bit unsatisfying after an eight issues build-up to armageddon. The over-simplistic (and completely intact, non-undermined) gender dichotomy didn't help either. Still, maybe it's more three-and-a-half stars, I did enjoy reading it after all...

  • Glennis
    2019-02-11 17:08

    Constantine finds himself with a group of new age hippies and seems happy but of course that never lasts long. They stumble onto a group that is tapping the ley lines in order to create fear and change the political parties in charge. John is on the run from them and also trying to get to get one of them back from the group that is using her mental powers to charge the fear machine. While on the trail he enlists some nonmagical allies that bring everything into focus but as usual nothing good happens to anyone that helps out Constantine. An ok story but didn’t leave me wanting to pick up the next volume as soon as I can.

  • Brandon Bellm
    2019-02-12 13:08

    This was my first venture into the Hellblazer series. As much as I enjoyed the art and beggining of the story, halfway in things started going downhill for me. It got a bit dull and the ending seemed rushed. I enjoyed seeing Swamp Thing but was confused by his presence in the story. Maybe It was from a collaboration I haven't read yet. I was also surprised to see Neil Gaimans Sandman make a short appearance that linked the story line between John and Morpheus' s run in in The first Sandman collection. Overall Fear Machine was not bad. I need to dive deeper into Johns beginnings.

  • Nicole Westen
    2019-01-26 18:24

    I like the plot of this one better than the other Hellblazers so far, but the one thing that got me was that the 'shadow organization' was the Freemasons. My father is a third generation Freemason and I'm considering joining the Eastern Stars, the women's branch of the Freemasons, and I'm just so tired of people insinuating that the Freemasons are some shadow organization bent on world domination. But that aside, loved the pagan and earth magic aspect! I hope to see more of Zed and Mercury in the future!

  • Ma'Belle
    2019-01-24 18:12

    I had no idea what a talented writer Jamie Delano was until I read this. Magic, Masons, positive, powerful, female energy, hippies, anarchists, orgies, and a hero who lacks power but has a genuine desire to make things better and help the ones he loves who are hurting. That last bit is what makes [title: Hellblazer: The Fear Machine] wonderful in its vulnerable humanity. Everything else furthers an intricate, interesting story and series of philosophies that rival Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, and Grant Morrison's best work.

  • Lauri
    2019-01-21 15:57

    Algus oli päris hea kui (deemoni sooritatud mõrvade eest) jooksus olev Constantine satub puukallistaja-hipide juurde. Keskmises osas viskab sellist "V for Vendetta" ja "1984" hõngu sisse, lõpp aga kahe vastanddraakoni paaritumisega muutub juba puhta metafüüsiliseks, eriti kui lisada, et Armastuse draakon oli pärit munast, mille munes Zed (sama kes Constantine saaga alguses pidi uue Jumala emaks olema) peale seda kui nad kolmekesi koos Constantine ja Marj'iga mõnusalt vanainimeste asja vuhkisid teha.Mõned osad olid huvitavamad, teised igavamad, nagu ikka. Hinne siiski nõrgapoolne "4".