When Hellblazer arrives in stores on December 17th, it will hit two milestones.Â First the title hits the magic issue #250, which in itself is a great achievement, but the second is a little bit more important as it marks the longest running series for Vertigo.
To celebrate the company is giving readers a five for one deal.
If the idea of a holiday issue of HELLBLAZER strikes you as irreverent and a little perverse, well, thatâ€™s exactly why it works so well. Here, the holiday season of everyoneâ€™s favorite chain smoking, magical con-man, John Constantine, is disrupted by the darkest depths of humanity and the supernatural.
Take the jump for the list of contributors for the milestone issue.
- Dave Gibbons is best-known for the iconic look of the best-selling Watchmenâ€” one of Time Magazineâ€™s 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to the present. Gibbonsâ€™ story â€œHappy Fucking New Yearâ€ takes Constantine from a museum theft to a human sacrifice.
- China Mieville has written stories for McSweeneyâ€™s and Hellboy; he is the author of 5 novels. His story â€œAshâ€ explores the real angels of Christmas.
- Peter Milligan, author of Shade, the Changing Man and X-Statix will be taking over as the ongoing Hellblazer series writer with the next issue. His story in issue #250, â€œThe Curse of Christmasâ€, follows a ghost trying to unravel the mystery of what killed him.
- Brian Azzarello, acclaimed Chicago author of 100 Bullets, and Joker returns to the pages of Hellblazer. His story â€œAll I Goat For Christmasâ€ explores the myth of the Chicago Cubs curse.
- Jamie Delano, the first ongoing Hellblazer writer (#1-24, 28-31, 33-40, 84) is back. His story â€œChristmas Cardsâ€ takes Constantine to a high stakes poker game.
- Sean Phillips is best-known for his art in Sleeper, WildC.A.T.s, and earlier issues of Hellblazer.
- Giuseppe Camuncoliâ€™s work has appeared in Swamp Thing, Batgirl Secret Files, and Spider-Man.
- Eddie Campbell is best-known for collaborating with Alan Moore on the acclaimed graphic novel From Hell and his work as writer/artist on Bacchus.
- Rafael Grampa has provided illustration for Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Diesel, and ESPN-NBA Sports.
- David Lloyd is best-known for illustrating the seminal work V For Vendetta; this is his third time drawing the John Constantine character.
HELLBLAZER #250 (Vertigo/ December 17, 2008 / color / 48 pgs / $3.99) is a celebration of a classic series for longtime readersâ€”and a great entry point for new readers.