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‘The Hellblazer #22’ (review)

Written by Tim Seeley
Illustrated by Davide Fabbri
Published by DC Comics

 

Oh, how the wicked have fallen.

Hellblazer used to be my favorite comic book. It was where top notch talent cut their teeth and honed their skills. It was a place of creativity! Horror! Powerful, evocative stories!

So, that’s why I’m so put off by this title as it presently stands.

It’s a toothless redo of something that didn’t need to change. John Constantine is a great character who hasn’t been used right in pretty much forever at this point.

In this issue, which is part four of a story called “The Good Old Days,” John is reunited with an ex girlfriend! And she’s possessed by a demon.

I stopped caring about page eight of this comic. Constantine has become a guest star in his own book. He barely does anything. Except look neutered.

Seeley doesn’t have a handle on the character so this falls short. I was bored until the “cliffhanger.”

Constantine doesn’t act like my Constantine that I love here. It’s like he’s been possessed too. And by a boring person.

The art is pretty good, but it doesn’t fit this title at all. I understand DC trying new things to get more interest in a character, but it doesn’t work. Again, Fabbri isn’t a bad artist, it just isn’t the right thing for this character.
I was bored and tuned out.

I have very strong feelings on how a Hellblazer comic should work. That’s just my genetic make up and others may like this book as it is now. I just don’t see how they could.

RATING: D

 

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