Review: Constantine the Hellblazer #3
Someone is murdering ghosts, a supernatural crime so impossible to solve that John Constantine is forced to return to London and seek help from the one person he hates more than any other; a magician above reproach, a darling of London high society, and a friend to superheroes everywhere. She is Georgiana Snow…the HECKBLAZER!
Constantine the Hellblazer has John Constantine heading home, to not just explore and find out why ghosts are being killed, but also lift the veil a bit on his past. I haven’t read much with Constantine in it, so I’m completely unaware if any of this is new to folks, it’s obviously new to me.
Writers James Tynion IV and Ming Doyle peel back the curtains to Constantine’s past and show us the girl who he’s clearly into, and the beginnings of how he ruined so many folks’ lives. It’s really interesting to see the start of what got him to where he is today, and also hints that whatever is plaguing him now is probably rooted into his past. Basically Constantine is paying for his sins in a way.
What I particularly liked was Georgiana Snow, a more professional version of John. Her prim and proper by the books attitude is in stark contrast to Constantine’s flying by the seat of his pants. The difference between the two makes a very interesting combination, especially when it’s clear that John isn’t as far ahead of Georgiana as he thinks. It’s nice to see someone a bit superior to him, again emphasizing what a screw up he is.
The art is interesting and I’m a bit mixed on it. There’s the usual fantastic look and then the past is in a different style. Vanesa Del Rey is a talent, and there’s a need to differentiate between the present and the past, but something was a little off to me. It’s still great to look at, but not as solid as Riley Rossmo’s first two issues.
The comic is a solid one in that it gives us a lot of insight in John Constantine’s history and some of the sins of the past. It also hints as to the beginning of his dabbling into the mystic arts, and at the same time expands that world a bit with the introduction of new characters.
Story: 8.5 Art: 7 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read