The Hellblazer #3
Posted 26 October 2016 - 07:53 AM
Written by SIMON OLIVER
Art and cover by MORITAT
Variant cover by JOHN CASSADAY
“THE POISON TRUTH” part three! In Constantine’s world there are old friends, useful friends, dangerous friends…and then there’s Chas, whose screw-up threatens them all.
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Posted 26 October 2016 - 09:59 PM
OK, so they weren't angels, exactly. Nor demons exactly. Related, but not exactly either of the two.
There was a jarring scene shift at the end though, where Map reveals the identity of the beings to John, and he laughs it off, acting as if his knowledge doesn't extend beyond fairy tales. Then, in the next scene, he's inner monologuing a pretty good history of the beings in question. Seeing that John is a master of the occult, it seems he'd have such basic knowledge anyway, but it was a bit strange. Like Oliver needed to info drop for the reader, and since the book is being told in first person narration by John, Oliver had to put the words in to John's thoughts. It doesn't make much sense that John would try bluffing Map with his routine, although John did admit that he didn't take the history seriously, so maybe John was just joking with Map. It still didn't come off right to me in the reading.
I did laugh at John's line of "outside of racist Disney films". Too right!
So, I guess I'll give it a 6. It was ok, but didn't do a lot for me.
"Life is such a great disappointment."
Posted 27 October 2016 - 04:48 AM
Again, another decent-but-not-great issue, a solid 7 for me on the arbitrary numbers scale. Mercury's science-magic spiel and pseudo steampunk look (might as well be goggles on her head) are pure Wozza Ellis bait! Plenty of Brit-centric inner monologuing from John means that you're half-way there to winning me right over and I liked that a whole issue of magicy bits ended with a more mundane threat to John.
Art was a little off in places, especially some of the Map pages, maybe Moritat is starting to feel the pace of a monthly schedule. The facial expressions on that last page...
Ending on a positive, I really liked the panels where Clarice gets a makeover.
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Posted 04 November 2016 - 03:43 AM
If anyone's interested, there's an interview Oliver did right before this issue came out. There's behind-the-scenes stuff as well as info about the next two arcs at the end...
Posted 04 November 2016 - 09:06 AM
That was totally not me at all. That came from him. I thought was a really interesting way of doing it. It’s one of those things that make you realize the artist’s job is so much harder than anyone thinks it i
The Swamp Thing stuff in a bummer and a reminder of the nonsense that comes with a shared universe.
Warning, there's a fairly big spoiler in there for the current arc.
Posted 09 November 2016 - 03:00 PM
I didnt put my two cents in for the rebirth, overall its a big step back to hellblazer but i hated the super hero cameos
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Posted 13 November 2016 - 04:08 AM
I liked the re-aging, it was encouraging to learn that her youthfulness wasn't a retcon to make the character kewler. Other than that I don't know what you're referring to.
This issue was a preorder for me, otherwise I wouldn't have bothered after issue 2. Has it really taken three issues to tell this much story?
Posted 16 November 2016 - 02:11 AM
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