Review: Constantine: The Hellblazer #1

CONSTANTINE_HELLBLAZER_1_54fde8038f26a8.49418357The dark adventures of DC’s foremost occult detective continue in an all-new series as he investigates the cruelest case he’s ever come across – his own dark history!

The character John Constantine is a character I’ve read only here and there. Some Hellblazer, some Constantine and Justice League Dark, and I watched and generally enjoyed the season of the Constantine television show. But, with a new creative team and new vibe and direction, I was looking forward to seeing where things go.

Writers Ming Doyle and James Tynion IV joined by artist Riley Rossmo are laying the groundwork for a fresher take on John Constantine. Rossmo brings his very unique and signature look, while Doyle and Tynion put together an awesome take on the character. This is Constantine remixed taking some of the best parts of what’s come before.

The smarmy, smart ass characterization is still there. That person you love, and at the same time you want to punch. Back, and front and center is the fluid sexuality that can have him in the issue flirting or having sex with a man as much as a woman. This is a more liberated Constantine, especially compared to his tv counterpart. All of it combined makes a great anti-hero. Someone who in the end will do good, but there might be some bad in-between and he’ll be a jackass throughout.

Rossmo’s art is distinctive and fantastic. One previous series like Bedlam and even Dia De Los Muertos, there’s a rawness and look that just fits perfectly for a “horror” comic. But, at the same time, it’s clean and easy to look at. It’s a style I love and very unique in look.

This first issue is such a departure from what I expected. DC Comics promised we’d see a fresh and diverse new line of comics, and this series is clearly a key in that. The look is fresh. The voice is fresh and fantastic. The character is finally unique than just a mystique who’s a jackass. I’m signed up, and can’t wait to see where it goes.

Story: Ming Doyle and James Tynion IV Art: Riley Rossmo
Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review