Writer: Simon Spurrier, Artist: Aaron Campbell, Colorist: Jordie Bellaire, Letterer: Aditya Bidikar, Cover: John Paul Leon.
While I am not really a fan of horror or supernatural comics, I was at least familiar with the character of John Constantine from his earlier Hellblazer comics, the Keanu Reeves film, and mostly from his short-lived tv series and currently on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. So, I was interested to see what this new DC Black Label Hellblazer series was about.
Falling under the Black Label banner means this version of Hellblazer can be as adult, violent, and shocking as the subject matter calls for, something all the other versions weren’t able to do. The story includes adult language, gruesome dismemberings, and blood and gore.
Putting Constantine back in a London setting is in good hands with British writer Si Spurrier. I trust all the entertaining local characters, slang, and speech patterns are as genuine as they could possibly be, and it’s a fascinating peek into how Brits in Constantine’s world would interact and sound around each other. Spurrier’s dialogue and sense of humor are highly entertaining.
I wasn’t familiar with artist Aaron Campbell, but his art style fits Hellblazer perfectly: gritty, dark, slightly stylized yet realistic. He is equally skilled at talking heads scenes as he is creating a scene of supernatural nightmares. He has made each in his cast of characters unique and interesting in appearance.
Jordie Bellaire continues to prove that he is one of the most talented colorists in the biz. Sickening green tones add to the stomach-churning scenes with the cultist gang leader, and standout pages included innovative color treatments to depict Constantine’s nightmare and supernatural creatures battling.
Spurrier says he is taking Constantine back to his roots, and I think this reader will definitely be along for the ride.
John Constantine Hellblazer #2 from DC Black Label is available December 18, 2019.
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Constantine (2005), movie
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