DC are cancelling Hellblazer with issue #300, which makes the cover of issue #296 seem a little prescient. As it's also the October issue, there's very little time for the series to wrap up well.
Hellbalzer was amongst the first graphic novels I bought, picking up "Freezes Over" from a book store near school, many many years back now. Hearing the it's being cancelled has been a miserable start to the day.
Pulled from the comments on Bleeding Cool, here's what the twitter verse of comics writers have to say
""Hellblazer" is ending? "
Joshua Hale Fialkov
"one of my great regrets is never getting to write the "real" John Constantine."
HELLBLAZER cancelled, replaced by PG version. Sad to see that place for British horror stories go.
"Ugh! [in reply to Ellis]" "Seems very likely if I had launched The Massive at Vertigo as originally conceived, they would have cancelled it by now."
"The only Hellblazer I'll ever get to draw is crappy fan art. I'll be at the bar, sobbing."
"RIP Hellblazer. One of the greats. The end of Planetary 7 comes to mind. "Time to be someone else". http://readrant.files.wordpress.com/...seeing-you.jpg ...
(Part of me also thinks "You're not a real British Comics Writer unless you've written Hellblazer". So that's me doomed)"
"What the...... god dammit"
"sad news about HELLBLAZER."
"would it be crass to say that HELLBLAZER: PANDEMONIUM, by @jamiedelano and myself is still out, full of swearing, politics and blood?"
"[in reply to Andy Diggle] Know what you mean. I wrote a couple of short stories and it's a cliche, I know, but Constantine just spoke for himself."
"I cannot tell you how upset I am that Hellblazer is ending. It's probably my favorite book DC is doing. I hope they give it a good ending."
"Bummed about the loss of Hellblazer. Image Comics has largely made Vertigo irrelevant. Can't say I'm surprised."
"I guess I always sort of assumed that one day I would write Hellblazer."
"[in reply to Cornell] Me too, mate. Closest I ever got was a pisstake in Bec and Kawl. Now I feel bad."
"That's kinda the nail in the Vertigo coffin, yeah?"
"WTF? Hellblazer CANCELLED"
"Just heard Hellblazer comic book is for the chop. Only series I've ever written for. Only one I wanted to write for. Constantine RIP..."
"Really don't see point of ending Hellblazer. Really doubt Constantine will replace it."
Also from Bleeding Cool, for those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about, or what to remember the good times. Things you won't see in a John Constantine comic book again.
So enjoy the last few issues, and get caught up on the revised graphic novel collection. Smoke them while you've got'em folks.
I'll do a piece on the end of the series when the time comes. In the meantime, DC, this seems to be how the fans are feeling...