John Constantine: Hellblazer #9, like the previous issues, is a story about ideas. All stories are to some extent about ideas, but this run of Hellblazer goes a step further, pushing at the boundaries of truth, concepts, and abstracts until all three blur together.
John Constantine: Hellblazer #8, like the rest of the series, seems to take its cue from a famous clip of Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace: “I know writers who use subtext and they’re all cowards.”
John Constantine: Hellblazer has taken us through many seedy aspects of England, but in issue #7, the beginning of a new arc, we go somewhere new: Billingsgate Market, a fish market in Canary Wharf.
Previous issues of John Constantine: Hellblazer have embraced the series’ legacy with open arms. Writer Simon Spurrier, artists Aaron Campbell and Matías Bergara, colorist Jordie Bellaire, and letterer Aditya Bidikar have crafted a story that is not only horrifying but explicitly political; its villains are demons and devils, yes, but aided by the literal powers…
I appreciate that this series never does exactly what I expect of it, and John Constantine: Hellblazer #5 is no different.
Unsurprisingly, four issues into John Constantine: Hellblazer, our titular protagonist doesn’t seem to be taking the directive to be the best version of himself very seriously.
John Constantine: Hellblazer #3 wraps up the story of Peckham Rye, but not without enough loose ends and plot hooks to keep readers on the line for the next issue.
John Constantine: Hellblazer #2 opens with Noah, the mute boy from the previous issue, proclaiming his dislike for the titular magician. He’s right, but nobody is listening. The room of Ri-Boys and Constantine don’t understand sign language, and despite the absolute truth of what he’s saying and the necessity of these characters hearing it, it’s…
After the semi-soft reboot of The Sandman Universe Presents: Hellblazer #1, John Constantine is back in London, 2019. He’s tasked with a seemingly insurmountable obstacle: the key to saving the future is to not be such a garbage bag of a person.
There are some people that can happily read any iteration of a character and simply move on with their lives if that character isn’t done right. I’m not one of those people, which is why I’ve become intensely skeptical of every new iteration of John Constantine since my first attempt to read an ongoing series: Justice…