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Tainted Love
TaintedLove
Aliases
John Constantine, Hellblazer: Tainted Love
Volume number
Publisher(s)
DC, Vertigo, Titan Books
Format
Collection
Cover artist
Script
Colours
Letters
Editor
Release date
1998
Page count
176
ISBN number
Collects

Tainted Love Collects issues 68-71 of the Hellblazer series, plus Hellblazer Special 1 and the short story from Vertigo Jam 1.

Publisher's descriptionEdit

A dissolute wizard with a nasty habit for getting his friends killed, John Constantine has let himself go. While struggling to climb back to respectability, or at least a reasonable facsimile thereof, John is forced to confront a vampire who has stalked the Constantine family for generations, deal with his recently returned ex-girlfriend, and settle an old score left over from his teen years. From the lowest point in his life and on through the struggle to regain control, John Constantine's is a tale of redemption and revenge in true Constantine fashion.

Storylines collectedEdit

For detailed plot synopses, see the issues' individual wiki pages. Where a storyline spans several issues but has no over-arcing title, the title of the first issue is used.

Tainted LoveEdit

(from Vertigo Jam) Alcoholic and destitute, Constantine recalls a former friend's deadly pact with a demon.

Down all the DaysEdit

(Issue 68-69) With no home, no friends and no hope, Constantine thinks that things can't get worse. He's very, very wrong: The King of the Vampires has returned and he's brought friends...

HeartlandEdit

(Issue 70) While John wallows in sorrow, Kit settles back into her life in Belfast - and finds it just as chaotic as when she left. Note: this issue is the Hellblazer story titled 'Heartland'. The spin-off one shot of the same name is collected in Rake at the Gates of Hell.

Finest HourEdit

(Issue 71) A ghostly vision of life and death in World War II gives John some measure of redemption.

ConfessionalEdit

(Hellblazer Special) A chance encounter with a figure from his youth brings back disturbing memories for John, and reveals a dangerous message from The First of the Fallen.

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