but here -
"Hellblazer's" Past Weighs in on "Constantine's" Future
"I suppose my first thought was 'I probably won't watch that,'" writer Peter Milligan told CBR News about NBC's "Constantine." "This is based on how Constantine has been portrayed outside the pages of 'Hellblazer,' and generally how bland and de-bollocked comics with any edge tend to be when they're portrayed in another medium."
In Milligan's case, the writer told CBR that what he thought was at "Hellblazer's" core, and what he would ideally hope to see in a TV adaptation, was the, "Sex, swearing, cynicism, bleakness, a lack of 'learning.' There can be love but no sentimentality."
"I like the comic and the character when it and he wallows in the bleak and miserable gutters of life," Milligan added.
it makes the little dark thing in me start to squirm seeing him perceived as someone knowledgeable about hellblazer. it's kind of like seeking construction tips from the Titanic's captain. "oh, you often play chicken with icebergs and big boats do you? why, you aren't exhibiting the behavior of someone responsible for guiding big boats safely across the sea!"
or "convicted murderer says he's concerned his victim's corpse is being exploited by mourning family who refuse to give him a viking funeral."
i also am somewhat stricken by him being so clueless that his version of John was the model for Teenage Johnny and the Heckblazer Mysteries. so it appears that those of us who blamed his run sucking on milligan not knowing the character were correct and win a 35 cent thriftstore coupon. oh, it expired. shoot!