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HERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT.Patrick’s Recommendations … Constantine The Hellblazer #10 “All magic….”
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Malevolent cosmic deity and comics connoisseur Cthulhu likes to critique comics via Twitter (@ClockpunkEllis). Cthulhu also reaches out to comics creators on Twitter to ask them tough, personal questions. This week, Cthulhu contacted Ming Doyle, the artist of great comics such as The Kitchen and Mara. It was recently announced that Doyle will be writing the upcoming DC Comics series Constantine: The Hellblazer, starring occult anti-hero John Constantine, so Cthulhu contacted Doyle to ask her a tough question about Constantine.
After DC Comics Convergence event the company will introduce 26 new titles or relaunches featuring several new and interesting creative choices. Hitman creators Garth Ennis & John McCrea will be launching a mini series based on their Section Eight characters, Bryan Hitch of The Authority & The Ultimates will be launching Justice League Of America, Gene Luen Yang of Boxers & Saints, American Born Chinese & The Shadow Hero will be taking over the writing duties on Superman, Harley Quinn writing team of Jimmy Palmioti & Amanda Conner will be launching a Starfire series, Ming Doyle & Riley Rossmo will be relaunching Hellblazer along with many more. Details at CBR
Writers – Ming Doyle and James Tynion IV; Artists – Riley Rossmo and Brian Level; Colorist – Ivan Plascencia; Publisher – DC Comics
Perhaps some readers of this review have had sex in a public park. If so, I hope that none of these readers were attacked by flesh-rending tree creatures, as was the case for an unlucky couple in the opening pages of Constantine: The Hellblazer #7.
These attacks on young romantics in New York City’s Central Park bring plant elemental Swamp Thing to John Constantine’s home, seeking the anti-hero magician’s help. Constantine and Swamp Thing have a challenging relationship, but familiarity with the past history of these characters is unnecessary to enjoy the story.
The two work together to solve the mystery and stop the killings. But Constantine receives a warning – similar to others that he has received in previous issues – from an ally that magical forces are threatening New York, and that he should be wary of impending trouble.
The story by writers Ming Doyle and James Tynion IV establishes the horrific premise of this issue, but also provides some wonderful humor. The odd couple chemistry between Swamp Thing and Constantine creates some laughable moments, and Swamp Thing’s encounters with the people of New York are hilarious.
Artists Riley Rossmo and Brian Level, with colorist Ivan Plascenia, provide a shadowy, scratchy look for the comic, which is perfect for the horror elements, but the art team also neatly depicts the interesting character qualities and humor elements of the story.
Readers looking for a horror adventure comic with some great humor and art should check out this comic.
After spending a couple years in the New 52 dystopia hellscape of a shared universe, creators James Tynion IV, Ming Doyle & Riley Rossmo have brought back the John Constantine concept on Constantine: The Hellblazer and it mostly works. Like the other new DCYOU books, there is a lot of content within the story and it give a unique portrait of the character that feels modern while true to it’s core. While the comic probably could have used some editing to cut down the dialogue & the introduction felt a little cliche, the way they present Constantine and give his character a voice is pretty fantastic overall while Riley Rossmo’s cartoons on acid surrealism is perfect for this voice the book is going for.
Constantine: The Hellbalzer works to mend the bridge between the New 52 iteration of the character and it’s Vertigo roots. While it clearly establishes itself as being a part of DC Comics shared universe by referencing Superman, it feels more like the Vertigo iteration in a somewhat more modern context. Right out the gate, the book gives readers Constantine in his element yelling at a ghost as he changes clothes in a public bathroom stall before the story opens up and we get to perhaps the most interesting development of the story in the characters sexualization that creates a unique portrait unlike anything else we see in a Marvel & DC Comic. There is an interesting contrast here between Constantine and Midnighter in the books two debut’s in how they approach the character’s sexuality. Both are written by gay males doing homo/bi sexual protagonist but in Midnighter, the sexually explicit parts are very in your face much in the same way the rest of the comic is. For John it’s a little more complicated, fluid and dirty for lack of a better word. There’s sex for pleasure that he pursues and then there’s sex as a means to an end that he actually has out of nessecity. It’s creates a very interesting contrast on gay relationships between the two books, coming from the two separate authors for two very different characters that is not only interesting, but moreover refreshing to see DC Comics approach in a more mature & adult fashion like the early Vertigo line was.
The comic ends up slowing down following the in books fist half. There is some cool stuff with a night club that’s based on Dante’s inferno but the ending was a little cliché in a “Oh that John Constantine” type of way. For as much improvement & evolution that Tynion has showed since he debuted on Batman, the whole structure was very Scott Snyderesque for a first issue with it’s ticks & cues and the closing page was very typical of DC comics books in the New 52 and beyond with the whole “well here’s the real problem” drop in, not a bad thing per say but pretty common for the publishers superhero stories.
At minimum, Constantine: The Hellblazer is successful and at times, inspired. Its not perfect and it can use some refinement in distinguishing itself in terms of plot mechanics but overall, it’s lives up to it’s own ambition and should meet readers expectations as well.