Simon Oliver & Moritat “The Hellblazer, Volume 1: The Poison Truth” (DC Comics, 2017)
John Constantine was a character that seems to have been hard done by DC comics. There’s some real irony in the fact that they messed up so many characters by forcing them into dark places, and yet this real bastard gets cleaned up and presented as some kind of a hero.
John Constantine is not a hero. Sure, he’s the protagonist of his book. But he’s not a hero. That’s part of what works about him. Whenever there are monologuing demons, the stuff they say about him is invariably true. I think the phrase is “a right bastard”.
So with Rebirth, this is a great opportunity to fix things.
And it feels like a huge step in the right direction. This first volume is concerned with cleaning house, and getting things in position for upcoming stories. That feels like a common situation with these first volumes post Rebirth.
Buy John is back in London! Keeping him in America is like casting Keanu Reeves to play the character. Absolutely ridiculous.
John’s back. Chas is back. John is a jerk. I’m interested.
Thanks to DC Comics and Netgalley for a review copy.