Synopsis: ‘In Hellblazer Rebirth #1′. John Constantine’s lost weekend in New York City was fun, but London’s where his heart is—only a pissed-off demon and a curse on his soul stand in his way. Even Constantine’s questionable ethics are pushed to the limit when he puts eight million souls on the line to get what he wants…
Review: After having enjoyed the brief series ‘Constantine’ last year on Amazon. I felt it would be fun to jump into my first experience of a ‘Hellblazer’ comic with this first issue of the new DC Rebirth range.
If Simon Oliver’s writing of the characters is anything to go by. The NBC series chose well when casting Matt Ryan as the protagonist because every time I read some of Oliver’s dialogue for the Constantine character. It was Matt Ryan’s accent that I was hearing.
The story sees John Constantine having to return a favour and help out his old mate Swamp Thing. Now not knowing what has come before in Constantine’s relationship with Swamp Thing. The in jokes were kind of lost on me, but I did find their banter to be a lot of fun.
The story is book ended by something that is potentially bigger, which has already had me hit subscribe on comixology so I can get further issues of the series. At the start of the story we see two brothers at the outbreak of the first world war. One brother is trying to stop the other from doing something that he will later regret and seemingly succeeds, but is not able to prevent the outbreak of the war. In the final pages it is revealed that the two brothers are fallen angels, but one has gone over the edge and looks like he could be causing John some trouble in future issues.
Back with the main story of this issue. We get some fun flash backs to New York in which John meets up with Swamp Thing and enlists his help with something. Then just as fast we are in present day London where Swamp Thing has recruited John to help him find his ex girlfriend Abby. She’s mysteriously gone missing. Unfortunately for him John has to go to Mercury to ask her to help Swamp Thing in his search.
The whole mystery of this particular story though is what happened to Constantine in New York and why is he reluctant to talk about it when Chas asks him.
The art, inks and colours are done by Moritat.
I liked his drawing of Swamp Thing, but felt some of the drawing from different perspectives could have been a little tighter. And I think I’d have liked a slightly darker pallet for some of the stuff that was happening in New York.
I enjoyed some of references that Simon Oliver had Chas and John make toward the British stuff. Such as a reference to the old ‘Blue Peter’ Gardener Percy Thrower and of course the late Paul Daniels. These were fun touches which helped me relate better to the main protagonist.
In conclusion. I have a feeling that I may be reading a few more issues of ‘The Hellblazer’ in the coming months.