Synopsis: This month in Hellblazer. John Constantine faces his final reckoning with the older version of himself who’s been seeding magical chaos all around England, while the lives of all his friends hang in the balance…and that is not a good situation for John Constantine’s friends. Can the evil in John’s heart ever be contained? Or will it reach out and destroy the one life he would give anything not to corrupt?
Picking up from the last issue. Constantine is at Parliament and preparing for the fight of his life against the one person that truly knows him. His elder self. Luckily. Constantine has help from Tommy Willowtree, Noah, and a few other friends that he has made. Furthermore, he also has the help of his magic. But makes everyone fully aware that magic always comes at a price.
Constantine is in for the fight of his life. And it seems that in order to fight this battle. He’ll need to both astral project and take his own life, which is a neat trick. As all the puzzle pieces finally come together and form the truth in this final issue of Hellblazer: Constantine.
Aaron Campbell gets to hit the major freak out button on this final issue as we see Constantine as a spirit, an old man, and a drug-addled corpse. I loved the drawing of Constantine as a spirit and how the same color, inking and style for that was incorporated whenever the spirit Constantine said something. The colorwork from Jordie Bellaire was awesome. I loved the atmosphere that both the artist and colorist managed to generate.
Simon Spurrier does an awesome job of wrapping up this story. It isn’t neat or tidy and nor should it be. As Constantine reminds us during the story. Magic always comes at a price and there will always be consequences for your actions later on down the line.
I loved the ongoing monologue that Constantine carries through in the third person. Especially the little put-downs of Tommy Willowtree, whose new-age ways just piss Constantine off. The back and forth between Constantine and his older self was well realized and you did wonder at times whether or not John was going to make it out alive.
I also really enjoyed how Constantine went about setting the bait for his older self. Overall. This is a satisfying conclusion to what has been a great 12 issue run. In fact, I’d love to see this done as an animated movie at some stage.
You can get hold of this issue of John Constantine: Hellblazer and all back issues at ComiXology.