Hellblazer Presents: Chas – The Knowledge

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Hellblazer Presents: Chas - The Knowledge
Cover to issue #1 of Hellblazer Presents: Chas - The Knowledge. Art by Glenn Fabry and Tony Luke.
Publication information
Publisher Vertigo
Schedule Monthly
Format Limited series
Genre
Publication date July 2008 - January 2009
Number of issues 5
Creative team
Writer(s) Simon Oliver
Artist(s) Goran Sudzuka
Letterer(s) Clem Robins
Colorist(s) Matt Hollingsworth
Editor(s) Mark Doyle
Jonathan Vankin
Collected editions
Hellblazer: Chas ISBN 1-4012-2127-0

Hellblazer Presents: Chas – The Knowledge is a comic book limited series, written by Simon Oliver, with artwork by Goran Sudzuka, and cover art by Glenn Fabry. It is a spin off from the Vertigo series Hellblazer, featuring John Constantine's oldest and closest friend, Francis 'Chas' Chandler.[1]

The first issue was printed in July 2008. The series ran for five issues, which is now collected in a trade paperback format.

Issues[edit]

#1 July 2nd 2008
Cab driver Francis "Chas" Chandler leads an unremarkable existence. His greatest moments have come tagging along with John Constantine—as a chauffeur. His home life is nothing special, and his beloved London is becoming a soulless metropolis. In middle age, Chas is stuck in a rut.

But Chas is a master of "The Knowledge," the elaborate system of routes and landmarks which every London cabbie must memorize. Until now, The Knowledge has been just a tool for Chas. But now, he is about to discover a more sinister significance of The Knowledge.

An ominous entity from London's grim history has reemerged, and only someone with The Knowledge can stop it.

#2 August 6th 2008
A demon is loose in London, and where's John Constantine? On a beach in Ibiza with a mai tai and a Brazilian model. That leaves Chas alone to solve a bloody mystery – but when one of his old friends goes missing and a new friend emerges to turn his life upside down, saving the city is the last thing on Chas's overburdened mind.

#3 September 3rd 2008
Chas continues to have emotional problems just when London needs him the most. John is off in a tropical paradise causing trouble, a new women tempts Chandler and old promises go neglected.

#4 October 1st 2008
Red vs. Blue. The demon possessing Chas's would-be protégé, Nicky, has unlocked the secrets of "The Knowledge," and now it's looking to rip the soul right out of London. And where better to start than a football match between two of the city's most heated rivals? The ensuing chaos creates a moment of decision in the life of "Chas."

#5 November 5th 2008
The demon Tuma'el stands poised to take control of London's very soul. Chas has managed to array a small group of friends and allies, which does not include John, to fight back against the demonic force.

Reception[edit]

The first issue sold an estimated 10,463 issues putting it at 182 in the Diamond Comic Distributors sales table.[2]

Collected editions[edit]

The series has been collected into a trade paperback:

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Irvine, Alex (2008), "John Constantine Hellblazer", in Dougall, Alastair, The Vertigo Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, pp. 102–111, ISBN 0-7566-4122-5, OCLC 213309015 
  2. ^ Sales Estimates for July, 2008, Comic Book Resources, August 28, 2008

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