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  1. 3 points
    There was some nonsense in Justice League Dark about it being Nick Necro's trenchcoat that he took with him when he ran off with Zatanna. (Necro mentions this during a fight scene and seems a lot more pissed off about having his coat nicked than losing his girlfriend, iirc.) Obviously Milligan decided that Devil's Trenchcoat story wasn't quite daft enough and he could do something even stupider with the idea. (Unless that was Lemire by then.) It can't possibly the same coat he'd always had, of course, as he replaces it in other stories besides the Ennis and Carey. Delano alone shows him buying a replacement a couple of times, doesn't he? That didn't stop Milligan having him banging on about it to Shelly a few times before that bloody stupid story that explicitly set that up, though... This is actually part of the problem we're talking about, isn't it? Rather than Constantine just having a taste for raincoats as a fashion choice, it's been retconned into some sort of magical prop that's now part of his superhero origin story. That works a bit better with Green Lantern's bling than it does with John boy's coat, doesn't it?
  2. 3 points
    The bastard/prick/etc thing is an oversimplification as a lot of the harm Constantine causes isn't intentional and a lot of the rest he insists was justified for the greater good, even if he isn't completely convinced of that himself. Of course, ongoing comics tend to feature extremely simplistic characters (the compassionate term these days seems to be archetypes) who can be summarised in a short high concept description as a rule, so dealing with more ambiguity in characters, or ones whose characterisation has been developed through a lengthy history rather than an origin story so reductive and minimal that it can be retold and revamped from the ground up in a single issue every ten or twenty years isn't ideal for the publisher in this case.
  3. 3 points
    Uhhh....Yeah, I'm pretty sure that the 8 years of DCU were definitely fan fiction! What if John Constantine interacted with the Justice League and fought his arch-enemy, the amazing Nick Necro? What if John Constantine's whole character was that he was bisexual? What if they relaunched Hellblazer to be just like the Vertigo series again, but rated PG and featuring a never-ending story-arc about John fighting Djinn? I guess Milligan's what if John Constantine married a Goth girl who was 40 years younger than him and that fell in love with him when she was twelve years old also counts..... That all sounds like purely (and very shitty) fan fiction to me!
  4. 3 points
    So, is it just this one-shot that deals with this Tim Hunter business? Because, that doesn't sound very intriguing. It also sounds more like a mini-series or a tie-in with the Books of Magic series. Yes, it does sound more like this is a revamp of that "Life During Wartime" book, rather than Hellblazer proper. It's funny that Si Spencer's name keeps coming up. Did DC editorial manage to confuse Si Spencer with Si Spurrier too? "Hey, Si? Remember that Tim Hunter alt-universe book you wrote about two decades back? How'd you like to write a new book based on that premise?". "Uh, this is Si Spurrier." "Right. Si. You wrote Life During Wartime. Right?". "Will there be a paycheck? Uh, yeah, I wrote War During Lifetime. I mean, Life During Wartime. Sure."
  5. 3 points
    Well, I was in a pub, drinking a stout at the bar and I noticed this old bloke in his mid 60’s from the corner of my eye in a trench coat sitting in the corner alone just drinking and chain-smoking from a pack of Silk Cuts. He had a very distinctive scar over his left eye. There was this look in his eyes that told me that I should avoid him at all cost, but there was undeniably some deep pain he was carrying around in those eyes. I believed he noticed me looking at him and I looked in a different direction, pretending like I never saw the man. He got up from his seat and started walking towards the entrance. But he stopped where I was sitting and put his right hand on my left shoulder. There was something about his touch. It was like the Devil had touched me and I couldn’t move until he allowed it. The words that came out of his mouth were, “Don’t you worry, old son. I don’t bite.” He had this grin on his face. He removed his hand from my shoulder and left the pub. I didn’t move until the door had closed and I got out of my seat when it had. I opened the door and I was looking in every direction for the man himself, but he had disappeared. I carefully walked back into the pub and sat back down to enjoy the stout I was previously drinking. I asked the barkeep, “Do you know who that man was?” He said to me, “Oh, that would be John Constantine. My advice: best keep your distance from him.” Well in actual reality, I first met John in the pages of Saga of the Swamp Thing #37 by Alan Moore. I found John intriguing because he was this mystery man who messed around with Swamp Thing as a way to train his powers in the Green. I loved Moore’s Swamp Thing and his Constantine so much that I had to check out Jamie Delano’s Hellblazer. I really started loving John’s character during the Family Man storyline and the aftermath of that event.
  6. 2 points
    It's probably how it'd feel if you'd mysteriously appeared at the end of last year after having a bunch of weird censored stand ins filling in for you since 2013. (This issue could even be read as a deliberate dig at the previous DCU Constantines, come to that...)
  7. 2 points
    At the end of Issue 109 (the Wild Hunt plot), in Voices from Beyond there's a letter stating that "In the Line of Fire" was strange because John would never care about some old woman and a ghost in a house. Ironically, having just read "In the Line of Fire," I thought the exact opposite: that John going into this old place, feeling something for this lady is very Constantine. He's not a superhero, and that leads him to do some bad things, but I always thought its also what led him to do good things; to truly understand people. He's disconnected from society and through that he gains perspective on situations most would just not give a damn about. Him deciding to reconcile the feelings of a longing old woman is precisely the kind of man he is because it's something he knows, and no one else sees; that no one else really cares about. Maybe I'm just not reading the series right though; could be possible. I just never felt "bastard" was an actual character trait of Constantine, not really. It was a self-proclaimed label based on his own self-loathing. The Delano era for example has him literally being haunted by people from his past that he feels he's screwed over. Most of the time John doesn't take pleasure in going out of his way to harm people. Or at least not for a bit. It did seem like during the Ennis era he became a bit more of the full throttle prick. The irredeemable hard man, bastard, and egotist; the "cool" guy. Yet, the Jenkins era starts with him trying to actually release himself from all that. Do you think that Constantine is fundamentally just an uncaring prick or do you think that notion that he wouldn't help anyone came from characterization during the previous era? (Really thinking on it, I almost feel like this is exactly what went wrong. Everyone started labeling Constantine as one thing rather than a mixing. He's a "bastard," he's a "magician," he's a "conman," he's the "cool" character. Everyone seemed to focus on the one note aspects, without having the positives or at least the life perspective aspects balance it out. It started creating this very one dimensional view of the character which was basically a caricature of the way he was previously written.)
  8. 2 points
    They don't call him Conjob for no reason! You're absolutely spot on; John was never the traditional magician. At least not in the sense that he'd shoot spells from his palms (well, until he did...). What made Constantine stand out isn't that he was proficient in magic or had any capabilities; he was just some guy that picked up on occult knowledge and went forward with it. Even more, the one thing that is special about John is his demon blood and that was used frequently as a negative power. It seemed like an outright reversal of the normal superhero idea where a character gets to have abilities because of blood or a serum or something like that. Ennis was quite good at separating John from actual spell casting. A lot of what he did involved sigil creation and empowering rituals. The Shows have taken liberties with that, making Constantine a slight bit closer to the magical 52 version, but there's this moment at the end of the first episode of Constantine: John's got flaming hands, but instead of just a spell, they have him break up a lighter, rub the fluid over his palms, and then light himself up. Protection magic, but still a rough, almost sleight of hand kind. I'd say the direction it went made Constantine more appealing to a broader audience, but I don't even think that's true since the more human he is, the more people seem to like him.
  9. 2 points
    I've long held that 'bastard' is a shallow reading of the character. Mind you, there've been many John Constantines, even within the first 300 issues of the original series, none 100% compatible with the others. So there's support for different readings.
  10. 2 points
    Spurrier seems to remember this book needs its quiet moments - with panels of characters staring into space and letting things settle instead of that constant and annoying exposition (e.g. the panel after "tree full of fuckin' angels"). This issue was a little talky but the moments of silence felt like they were from another age. Loving it.
  11. 2 points
    Those of us still using this forum should wear the "I survived, John Constantine" T-shirt.
  12. 2 points
    John makes a snide comment or two about her eating habits too - after he tried to rape Phoebe mind so fairly far down on his list of offences under Milligan!
  13. 2 points
    Campbell and Bellaire's art by the way...crikey..there's the making of an iconic Constantine duo there - hopefully they can manage the pace of a monthly title. Proper Hellblazer this.
  14. 2 points
    It's kind of funny. Throughout most of the original Hellblazer, Gemma was typically just the kid niece of John who got into incredibly sticky situations that John rescued her from; from Jamie Delano's story of a Damnation Army fanatic strangling underage girls to Garth Ennis' story of her being pressured by this bully to do a blood ritual. Gemma as a child I didn't find really interesting (she still had her good moments in the comics as a kid), and it wasn't until Mike Carey's run on Hellblazer that the character became interesting in my eyes. One of the reasons why Mike Carey's Hellblazer is my favorite run of John Constantine other than how Carey could balance the magician and the conman sides of John was the work Carey put into making adult Gemma into a compelling character. No longer was she the little girl that had to be rescued by her uncle. She was an adult who could stand on her own two feet and who was someone who didn't tolerate the bullshit of her uncle. Hell, under Carey, she became a competent magician in her own right. The adult version of Gemma is my second favorite character of the Hellblazer mythos (you know who's first). I would totally read a Hellblazer mini-series with her as the star. Probably my favorite moment of adult Gemma had to be in the Reasons to be Cheerful story when she went clubbing with this dude who was being forced to serve one of Constantine's demonic children; who used the guy's lust for Gemma to make him his servant. The guy was going to rufie her, but she discovered his scheme and switched their drinks at the club. The best part of it was when Gemma said to the guy that she was going to have sex with him until she found the drugs he planned to use on her. The irony of it just made me laugh. But enough about that. One of the key concepts that is driving Spurrier's Hellblazer is that John is in a very unfamiliar world. And as weird as it was to how Spurrier dealt with the continuity of Hellblazer in The Sandman Universe Presents: Hellblazer #1, I really hope that an older and wiser Gemma eventually appears in the series. Perhaps she has her own family now. What we know about Gemma's age by the time the original Hellblazer series came to an end was that she was 34 years old and if we account for the years that have passed since then, she would be 40 or 41 years old. Maybe it will happen or maybe it won't happen. I think I really just miss Gemma.
  15. 2 points
    I am pleasantly surprised. This was quite good. I could have done without all the Books of Magic continuity, but I knew that was what this reintroduction was going to be based around, so fair enough. Outside of that, this was the first time that John Constantine has read like John Constantine in a long time, maybe Milligan's "The Scab" two-parter. I'd say that Spurrier definitely has the Vertigo John done well, and it seems like DC is actually interested in letting Hellblazer be Hellblazer again after all these years. If Spurrier keeps this up and has some interesting plots for John going forward, this is absolutely going to be a Hellblazer comic book worth reading again. The plot that Spurrier was setting up for future stories was of interest to me. I look forward to seeing where Spurrier is going with it. I am cautiously optimistic, because I've been burnt many times before, but none of the reboots started off as strongly as this issue from Spurrier, which is hampered by the Books of Magic tie-in remit besides. So, I'm going to keep picking up this Hellblazer relaunch. I'll give this a 7. Story-wise, it didn't do a lot for me, because I don't care about the Books of Magic anymore. Writing wise, it's quite good and shows a lot of promise. So, I'm rating it more for what it seems that this could be, rather than this issue in and of itself. With a better plot, one not so steeped in Tim Hunter lore, this could've been an easy 9. EDIT:Wow. I just figured out that Hellblazer, proper, ended over six years ago. My, how time flies.
  16. 2 points
    Well, I was right to look forward to "Long Night at Goloski Station". Very good. Now, let's look at this Hellblazer relaunch, and see if it can compare to the Hellboy comic. I have my doubts, because this was a damn fine story. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- So, the new Witchfinder mini-series is going to be about Jack the Ripper, eh? Why? I mean, it was bound to happen eventually. An occult detective operating in Victorian London....sigh. That case has finally been solved now. Can't we just move on now? I'm so tired of Jack the Ripper stories. I was hoping when the case was pronounced solved that we'd finally see the Jack the Ripper speculation die away. The only Jack the Ripper story I will ever approve of going forward is my theory that the TV show Three's Company was really about Jack the Ripper in 1970s California. Think about it. What was the main character's name? Jack Tripper....Jack T. Ripper. It's so obvious. That story still needs to be told. Otherwise, time to let it die.
  17. 2 points
    You remain an inspiration, Lou!
  18. 2 points
  19. 2 points
    Interesting that it keeps mentioning "John being loose in our world again", which sounds like it's going to explain the ending of Hellblazer #300. That John has been, most likely, dead since the ending of HB #300. Which would also put everything following the end of Milligan's Hellblazer as happening on alternate Earths.
  20. 2 points
    It sounds like the events of this issue will be continued in the ongoing Books Of Magic series - BOOKS OF MAGIC #14 written by KAT HOWARD and SI SPURRIER art by TOM FOWLER cover by KAI CARPENTER In the wake of October’s The Sandman Universe Presents: Hellblazer #1, John Constantine is loose in our world again— and unfortunately for Tim Hunter, he’s convinced the only way for the human race to survive is if Tim is taken off the board. But from where Tim’s standing, he’s the only one with the power to save us all. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? And is there room in London for the both of them? The scribes of Books of Magic and John Constantine, Hellblazer square off to tell both sides of the tale in a unique, innovative issue! ON SALE 11.27.19 $3.99 US | 32 PAGES FC | DC BLACK LABEL
  21. 2 points
    It's been suggested that this Ochis Protocol droid might have been a beard, I believe...
  22. 2 points
    Aaron's put a number of Constantine sketches up on that twitter feed linked to by Gotta - He runs a RPG podcast too so he's alright in my book!
  23. 2 points
    The Azzarello run although weird, I interpreted his run like John wrote a really bad fanfiction about himself. John while writing, "So, I went to prison, escaped, went on a journey across America, I might had or not had sex with a dog, killed all the skinheads, and got into some really kinky stuff with SW Manor." The stories I enjoyed the most out of the Azzarello era were Freezes Over along with Lapdogs and Englishmen. After Ashes and Dust, I really needed Mike Carey's High on Life where Cheryl gives John the smackdown about giving everyone the scare about being officially dead on paper. .
  24. 2 points
    An excellent man for the job, let's hope that Sandman Universe thing can save the day again. (it would totally amuse me to have all the different Constantines turn out to be bad dreams caused by Milligan's Bullet.)
  25. 1 point
    Wht do you know, I just got my son an iPad for home schooling. Looks like the perfect device for online comics reading. Cheers, Jason
  26. 1 point
    It definitely reads very well indeed, and is every bit as good as Lou, Jason and Christian have been insisting. Cutting it up into six issue chunks for the collections leaves a lot of loose ends hanging at the end of most of them, though. (One thing I'm really liking about it is that Ewing is obviously writing it as an extended storyline with a long term plan. That gives it a bit of an edge on the Peter David run which is great, but which looked a lot less structured as it was mostly David thinking of a neat riff on the character, carrying that as far as he could, then moving onto his next idea.)
  27. 1 point
    Cool thread, cheers dude!
  28. 1 point
    This, we log a lot of it but no-one has the time or inclination to monitor those logs. It's not too unusual these days to outsource that to a third party who'll flag up anything suspect mind.
  29. 1 point
    Yeah, keep saying it cause it's true - it just all feels very 'Hellblazer', could easily be following hot on the heels of Milligans run on the original title. There's an argument to be had that it's a little Hellblazer-by-the-numbers but (1) I LIKE the numbers and (2) we haven't had this in so long it feels kinda fresh again! Spurrier's done a lot right and it's still early in the game but his triumph so far hasn't just come from nailing John himself but in the fledgling crew he's built around him. I'm fond of them already and can't wait for them to all suffer horribly cause of their closeness to our boy John!
  30. 1 point
    JOHN CONSTANTINE: HELLBLAZER #1 written by SI SPURRIER art by AARON CAMPBELL cover by JOHN PAUL LEON variant cover by CHARLIE ADLARD blank variant cover John Constantine is back in London, back to his old tricks—and just in time, as things have become very dark indeed in his old stomping grounds. A small-time gang lord has found himself dealing with a big-time outbreak of supernatural weirdness...and without any allies to call on and nothing left to call his own, John doesn’t have much choice about taking a paycheck from one of London’s worst, or accepting the help of one of the gang lord’s would-be foot soldiers. But what should be an open-and-shut exorcism turns out to be nothing but...and the author of this madness may just be getting started on their terrible masterpiece! The original Constantine is back in this series from Si Spurrier (The Dreaming) and Aaron Campbell (Infidel), with nothing to his name but decades of bad memories and an unearned second chance. How, exactly, will he squander it? There’s only one way to find out... ON SALE 11.27.19 $3.99 US | 32 PAGES FC | DC BLACK LABEL Aaron and Si continue to tease on Twitter....
  31. 1 point
  32. 1 point
    Sigh...It seems that Spurrier is the one who doesn't understand Blake, and not just his characters. Calling someone "mad" in a comic featuring a main character who has fought demons and angels, and been to Hell seems kind of like an Avenger in the Marvel Universe telling Thor that someone is crazy for believing in gods.... Spurrier is making the same mistake as those who believe that George Orwell was a monster because he wrote 1984. As a writer, it seems Spurrier would be particularly well-suited to understand that an author's fictional creations don't always speak for the author. Blake was creating a juxtaposition in his Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience work between the One, True God and the demiurge. It's about the struggle between human nature in trying to live up to our holiness (created in the image of the One, True God) while fighting against our base-materialism (our fallen human nature from the demiurge). The Songs of Experience portion is mostly written from the perspective of the demiurge (the enemy), and that is why there is such a tonal clash between the Songs of Innocence collection and the Songs of Experience collection. Spurrier references "A Poison Tree" in this issue. Blake seems to be making a comment on the French Revolution in this poem, actually. There is the contrast between anger and vengeance in the poem. Blake isn't make any excuses for vengeance or murder. In fact, Blake seems to be portraying such actions as associated with the demiurge "Jehovah" (aka Satan), seeing those negative actions (as opposed to anger) as base emotions that mankind should be fighting against. In other words, he seems to be saying it's perfectly normal for the lower classes to be angry at the ruling class, but questions where vengeance can lead. In fact, an atheist like Spurrier would probably heartily approve of Blake's primacy of Reason when considering how vengeance is corrupting. The revolutionaries gave in to vengeance over Reason. Spurrier's last quote from Blake was spot-on though. Sorry. William Blake is my favourite poet and a hero of mine. It's upsetting to see a writer that I respect (Spurrier) making such blatant misunderstandings of a creator's work.
  33. 1 point
    So far I'd call it a note-perfect rendition of Hellblazer as it should be. Nothing strikingly new, but not horribly derivative either, possibly paving the way for something quite special, but I won't bet too much on that yet.
  34. 1 point
    I re read that this year. Still a good read!!
  35. 1 point
    Thanks, Lou. I'll have to keep an eye out for that.
  36. 1 point
    This is the stuff, maybe just a tad derivative in places but that's the most minor of quibbles.
  37. 1 point
    Re-read Jamie Dleano and Richard Case's Ghostdancing from the old Vertigo days. It was fun. A bit much of the trippy hippy stuff but I loved Coyote Old Man's character. Really liked the ending too, which sets up for future tales, but I doubt that will ever happen.
  38. 1 point
    Let's see....Mourning of the Magician was in 1990. It's not as if John looks that young at the end of Hellblazer either. It was just the stupid reboots that made John look so young while pretending that his age was still the same as Vertigo John. That was just an easter egg for long-term readers though. There's no way that John was really meant to be in his 60s during those three reboots. He was written and looked in his 30s or 20s, depending on which series. Those stories just need to be ignored.
  39. 1 point
  40. 1 point
    Bet he gets a nice cheque every month from the trades.
  41. 1 point
    No, I'm sorry. You must explain why it was not a mistake, not just point out the mistake. Example: Why is Neil Gaiman's pen costing so much not an error, but actually a justifiable decision. How can the value be maintained, even with heavy usage? Most explanations will require some variant of time travel or fifth dimensional quantum entanglement in order to qualify for a No Prize. Sorry, pal. Excelsior!
  42. 1 point
    A direct continuation from the OG series like that would be aces.
  43. 1 point
    C3P0's girlfriend, I think.
  44. 1 point
    Nice art: definitely a bit more lived-in looking than the post crisis Hellblazer Constantine, never mind the guy in all those tiresome DCU comics, isn't he?
  45. 1 point
    Renewed for a second season.
  46. 1 point
    I'm not sure if anyone else realizes it or not, I didn't see anyone mention anything about it on here, but Russell's Second Coming #1 was released (I think) two weeks back. I missed that it was finally going to be released, myself. I did find a copy. So, anyone else interested in that book, know that the first issue is currently available.
  47. 1 point
    -I would also recommend his X-Men: Legacy run, which was a solo series for the X-Men character Legion. It was quite different than any of the usual X-title fare. While I haven't watched the TV show, I'm pretty sure that a lot of the show's concept of the Legion character is based on Spurrier's reinterpretation of said character, because the show's character seems to have very little based in Chris Claremont's original characterization (besides the basics). It's really about trying to find your place, or purpose, in the world when you feel like (or are) an outsider. It tackles the fact that David Haller deals with both mental illness and being a mutant, and his attempts to move beyond such, by making his purpose to find a way (an actual way, and not just by fighting) for a minority like mutants to gain acceptance in the "normal world" of humanity. -Plus, Spurrier's run on X-Force was pretty good. Once again, don't let preconceptions about "X-Men" and "X-Force" make you prejudge the title. Spurrier did some quite good work with that series, using the original concept of X-Force back in the bad ol' Liefield days to create a commentary on violence. It shared a lot more in common with his Legion series than with the usual X-Men books. Also, there were some wild and crazy plots that Spurrier used. This one new mutant character (I won't spoil the plot), named Forget-Me-Not, was a very clever idea. -And, there was his Cry Havoc series from Image, which I highly recommend, and was a good showcase for Spurrier's use of his politics, mixed with elements of mythology and folklore.
  48. 1 point
    Ellis & Hitch doing a 12 issue Batman series, The Batman's Grave.
  49. 1 point
    This shit gets me hot, angry John stomping around a Brexit Britan in the shadow of Trump's America has so much potential. Constantine sat slumped over a filthy bar, snarling at a party political broadcast on behalf of Boris Johnson's Conservative party while a gang of Gammons sat next to him, bleating on about the good old days and the problems with foreigners, wear down the very last of his frayed nerves... Just think of all the new friends he's going to make and how they're all going to die horribly!
  50. 1 point
    Oh good lord no, nothing is that sacrosanct for me. What works in one medium won't necessarily transfer well to another or maybe the creatives just want to put their own spin on it - as long as thay make something I enjoy, I don't really care! Was just going to ask how similar it was to AHE isall!
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