I have a confession to make.
I never read Hellblazer before this year.
Well, that's not entirely true. I was a petty dabbler in the dark world of John Constantine, but never a convert.
Then, when I heard the series was heading for television I jumped in with both feet.
Boy did I miss out on this one.
The darkly magical world of Hellblazer is a must read for comic fans of a certain age. In a world where no good deed goes unpunished, John Constantine stomps his way to the top by any means necessary.
The further I got into the series, the more I became concerned about the Constantine television series. How on Heaven or Earth were they going to do this character justice on network television.
Then we sat down with the cast at Comic-Con and I felt a little better.
Then I watched the pilot and I was concerned.
Then I kept watching and I felt better. Hell, they even let Constantine smoke last week.
Did I mention the appearance of Doctor Fate's helmet?
So this week's announcement that NBC was shutting down production of Constantine after 13 episodes was bittersweet. There was some vague indication that they may bring the show back for another short season, but I think the Constantine luck has claimed another victim.
That's the downside to living in the golden age of geek. We got a Hellblazer television show, but not the best one we could have gotten. The network gave it a shot, but not as much of a shot as they should have.
Of course, the one thing Constantine did do was introduce this week's cheesecake to a larger audience.
Please say hello to Angelica Celaya.
Miss Celaya spent the better part of a decade making her bones in the world of the telenovela, before moving on to appearances on Burn Notice, Dallas and, ultimately, Constantine.
She even put in a little paranormal work in the epically titled, Cowboys and Vampires.
While her future as Zed would be hard for even Madame Xanadu to read, I think we can safely assume she's crossed over to the mainstream.
Let's hit the links.
Nabokov reads Lolita
This guy's doing it right (aka: Me in 20 years, but Metal)
Future homes for Earthlings?
"Boo-fucking-hoo. Sleep on floors and carry your own gear like the rest of us and maybe you won't lose ten grand on a tour." - as one re-poster put it
Faith No More - LIVE! - Amoeba Records, San Francisco, Black Friday 2014
"Hands Up. Don't Shoot" is Bigger than Ferguson and Bigger than the Rams
In Conversation: Chris Rock
"NASCAR" most frequently used word in Indiana dating profiles
Ozzy - LIVE! - Rock in Rio 1985 [full concert]
The Faces - LIVE! - Marquee, London, December 7, 1970
If Louis CK quotes were inspirational posters
Preacher ordered to pilot at AMC
The 10 best adventure novels of 1965
Is Dark Knight 3 on the way from Frank Miller?
Daniel Craig says Austin Powers fucked the James Bond franchise
And finally, a Hellblazer short that shows you what Constantine could be