I guess the folks at Vertigo must have heard me bitch about the release schedule that they released The Fear Machine this year not long after The Devil You Know. Anyways, this is going to be a quick review about the book itself. If you wish to know more about the story and whatnot, please check here for the original reviews. Though, I will say that this is by far the slowest story in Hellblazer's history.
To the point: They just slapped a new cover on (my favorite of the new covers thus far) and reprinted the book. That's it. Nothing added, nothing changed, nothing taken away; same as the original. I will say that the print did look somewhat brighter this time around. Maybe my original copy is just old, but I actually like the color.
While I am happy that Vertigo might start printing more of these, I'm still not happy with the fact that they are changing very little and still asking for a lot. I'm not asking for them to reprint every small appearance of Constantine in these books, but what about an interview with Delano on Hellblazer after all these years? What about artwork or alternate covers? As well, The Fear Machine is one of the few Constantine books you can find without a problem, unlike The Devil You Know or Dangerous Habit.
Mix feelings on my part leave me with a bit of a bitter taste about this book. While I'm happy that another book is released so quickly in this awesome series, I just wish there was more. 3/5 stars. John Constantine: Hellblazer - The Fear Machine reprints issue #14-22 on newspaper style paper. Here's hoping that The Family Man is better. Cheers.