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JohnMcMahon    561

THE HELLBLAZER #8

 

Written by SIMON OLIVER

Art by PHILIP TAN

Cover by DECLAN SHALVEY and YASMINE PUTRI

 

“The Smokeless Fire” part two! Mercury tries to save John from his own worst impulses, but Constantine’s got the bit between his teeth on this hunt for the Djinn. A new character emerges from the shadows, an uneasy alliance is formed, John Constantine goes all magician on us and Paris may never be the same again.

 

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Christian    728

I gave it a 2, because I'm just so bored of this story.

The artwork, which I found interesting last month, grated on my nerves this month. It just looked wrong.

Basically, I've totally forgotten the plot by this point. I know there are Djinn (!), but I have no idea what's going on or why we should care. Is John trying to find the Djinn? Is he trying to stop the Djinn? Does he believe that there is a magical bottle and he wants his three wishes?

I think the writing took a distinct nose-dive with this issue too, as it felt like Oliver was going through the motions. "Can anyone tell me something about John I don't already know?"....

I'm really considering dropping the book, because it was a chore to get through this issue.

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I liked the scene with John in French jail... but I'm hazy on whatever else happened in this issue. I guess Merc's actually the Djinn Chosen One now or something based on what I can remember. If Oliver's run ends with her donning a black suit and proclaiming herself Darth Mercury, then getting into a lightsaber duel with John, this Djinn stuff might just be worth it!

 

After my initial warm impressions of the art last ish, it's starting to grate on me as well. I feel Tan is bringing a sketchy, unfinished vibe to a lot of his panels, which is reminding me of Manco's final issues back during the Diggle Days.

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A. Heathen    1,120

Good point re the art and Manco's later days. I liked it enough though the art was patchy- I liked it least in the police cells, but loads of nice work elsewhere.

 

There's not enough if a story to last this long, but the last two issues have moved it along nicely.

 

Here's my quick synopsis for people not following. It's mostly wrong or apocryphal, but at least it's a story.

 

Two brothers.

Kind of like the Campbells and the Tates.

But not sisters and not on good terms.

More like Cain and Abel.

The good one is bad and has beenabled trapped in another dimension. Like he's the Phantom Dzzzinn. Meanwhile the bad one is really bad and kickEd magicianses asses in London's swanky Tate Club. Oh right that's where the Tates come in.

 

They both see Constantine as a threat or a useful ally, but have different ways of approaching him.

 

He needs a cool chick sidekick but cautious over the whole Fanny Constantine thing, the powers that be have opted for retrofitting Mercury. She's being Gemmaed by the Djinn chap. Constantine will know this and be playing the Djinn Boys against each other.

 

They go to Paris.

An old dude has an old book.

He realises he is too frail to protect it.

And gives it to an immigrant Street punk (ponque des rues) who does the right thing.

 

Some French bird turns up, looking for the book. To be continued.

 

 

Except the final page has a flying shoe.

 

A winged trainer.

 

Confused?

You will be.

 

 

[if they had one issue to introduce the Djinn then the last two, I'd be more satisfied]

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Lou K    1,051

I'm really considering dropping the book, because it was a chore to get through this issue.

 

Great idea. You'll be happy you did.

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dogpoet    431

I quite liked the flying shoe.

The rest of this issue, not so much.

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