John Constantine: Hellblazer #1
Written by Simon Spurrier
Art by Aaron Campbell
Colors by Jordie Bellaire
Letters by Aditya Bidikar
The Rundown: John Constantine is in a new time and a new adventure will ensnare the Hellblazer.
John Constantine doesn’t know what to make of this new century and the differences in what is socially acceptable. He’s going to learn some harsh lessons about that and that lesson will garner the attention of some intrigued parties.
After an unknown entity tracks Constantine down and kidnaps him, he gives the magician a choice about whether or not he wants to help stop a group of rogue angels who seem to delight in eviscerating young people in the local park. Constantine will get involved and his intervention will cause the angels to change their plans.
The Story: Spurrier starts an interesting and dark new story for John in this issue. Having Constantine as a man out of time serves the story well. John’s new circumstances adds some humor to this dark story and reminds the reader why Constantine is such an enduring and interesting character. I love Spurrier’s use of language in this issue as well. All of the dialogue reminds the reader of where this story takes place and that flavor adds to the fun, engaging and interesting plot and tone of this story. This is a new and entertaining story for Constantine and I want to see where it goes next.
The Art: Aaron Campbell delivers some beautifully dark art in this first issue. There are some beautiful scenes filled with details and shadows working together to give the issue a noir feel that is visually engaging.