As a fan of John Constantine, and was a faithful reader of the cancelled New 52 Constantine and Justice League Dark series, I had no problem blindly jumping into Constantine: The Hellblazer #1, by DC Comics. Sadly, after reading its debut issue, I wish I hadn’t jumped in at all.
John Constantine. Chain-smoking, witty, trickster, extremely smart and quick thinking, occult detective. That’s the guy I looked for, but did not find. Instead I found a guy flirting with a male bar owner (yes Constantine’s gay now), and banging Blythe, a male demon, moments later. (I’ll be posting my diversity in comics rant soon).
Ming Doyle and James Tynion are the writers of this disappointing title. This poorly written story is queer as queer can get. Poor set-up, slow pacing, and very wordy about a lot of nothing. No page turners.
Amazing artwork by Riley Rossmo. Finely detailed characters. Ivan Plascensia did an outstanding job with the colors.
I was bored reading Constantine: Hellblazer #1 before I even finished it. I was so bored and frustrated that I didn’t even want to read issue 2. The only reason I read it was to see if the writing had improved. I purchased both comics on the day issue 3 was released. I’m glad that I left that one on the shelf at the store.
I didn’t get much out of this story at all. I know that John Constantine is gay, his “ghosties” follow him whenever there’s trouble ahead (which is all the time for Constantine), and he has to find out who’s killing off his ghosts. I like the ghost killer premise. Kind of like the god killer storylines.
I always say that a good story is composed of a well-written script and good visuals. Well, this title has great artwork but is poorly scripted.
I will not continue reading this title.
VERDICT (drum roll please)
I do not recommend Constantine: Hellblazer by DC Comics. I am giving this issue 1/5 stars.