The Hellblazer #8
Posted 22 March 2017 - 02:01 PM
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.
Posted 23 March 2017 - 01:14 AM
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.
"Life is such a great disappointment."
Posted 23 March 2017 - 08:28 AM
Posted 23 March 2017 - 01:09 PM
Posted 23 March 2017 - 03:28 PM
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.
Posted 23 March 2017 - 05:56 PM
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.
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.
You will be.
[If they had one issue to introduce the Djinn then the last two, I'd be more satisfied]
"But that's the whole point, it's supernatural, these things happen.
It's not supposed to be realistic in that sense."
Posted 26 March 2017 - 06:19 PM
Great idea. You'll be happy you did.
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