Writer: Simon Oliver
Publisher: DC Comics
DC Comics’ summer of Rebirth continues with the Hellblazer himself, John Constantine. JC has always been a favorite character of mine because of his many flaws. He is the epitome of the anti-hero. John is a self-serving, chain-smoking, complete hot mess. But he has the constant gall to challenge the supernatural like they are nothing but a playground bully.
The pilot issue of the new “Rebirth” status quo shows up a lightning fast display of Constantine getting chased from London by a demon, with a nasty curse showing he can’t return to the UK. He spends an extended hiatus in the Big Apple, which he comes to love. Now, the average person would resign themselves to the fact that while sad, they would realize that they can never risk returning home, putting friends, family, and fellow countrymen in harms way. Then again, we are talking John Constantine here. Not only does he make the return trip across the pond, he plays a dangerous game of chicken with a deadly underworld soldier that could prove disastrous for the United Kingdom. Stay tuned in for a few excellent cameos, including one from the origins of the Constantine character.
Simon Oliver comes out guns blazing, with a tight, concentrated debut for the iconic character. The plot line is a quirky little slice of Hellblazer heaven that is a complete page turner. I am not the biggest DC fan, but this title is a hit. Moritat lends his considerable talents to the artwork: the lines are raw and complex at the same time. You can almost see the thin layer of the veil between the land of the living and that of the beyond in every panel. I’m very pleased with this reboot of Hellblazer and I look forward to the adventures to come.
4.5 currys out of 5