Hi world, my name's Mimi Schweid and I have been a John Constantine fan since June of 2014 thanks to an essay I got to write on the original comics vs the Constantine movie from 2005. So to say the least I consider myself pretty qualified to write this review for the brand new Constantine series, Constantine The Hellblazer by Ming Doyle & James Tynion IV as the writers, Riley Rossmo as the artist, Ivan Plascensia as the colorist, Tom Napolitano as the letter, Brian Cunningham as the group editor, Amedeo Turturro as the assistant editor and Andy Khouri as the editor.
This issue is a great introduction for new fans of the series thanks to the television show. It's witty like the original run of the series with some great art on every page. I personally am 100% thrilled with how this issue was written and that the series FINALLY has a women writer on the team!
Now for the actual review!
John Constantine is bisexual, he is one of the few confirmed bisexual characters of the DC universe, he's one of the only characters that ages in real life time and he's an over all asshole from start to finish of his original John Constantine Hellblazer run. Now, in this new amazing series we get to see John being truly open about his sexuality. In the original run, John's bisexuality is confirmed but he hardly ever hits on men. It's refreshing to see him being open about his sexuality in this new part of the John Constantine universe.
The issue opens up with John, naked with only socks on covered in blood inside a store in New York City. He manipulates the women at the cash register with the power of suggestion and hands her a bloody piece of paper that say's CREDIT CARD on it. He cleans off the blood in the fitting room with Gary Lester lecturing him as he changes. It made me so happy to see John having his Ghosts following him around again! It's something I missed dearly from the original run.
I really wish that power of suggestion thing worked that easily for me on people!
After pick pocketing a man he bumps into while his ghost buddies trail around him, John walks into a quaint bar and gets curry and chips with a salad. His internal voice over about the whole ghosts ordeal is a lovely thing to read.
''My dear, only slightly departed friends, acquaintances, and failures however I could do without. They don't usually hang about so much. Prefer to save their hauntings and recriminations for when I'm really down. It's strange, Gary blathering on in the cold light of day. Could be he's actually trying to tell me something.''
John breaks off from that to tell another 'poster-gits' to 'sod off'' and gets interrupted by an oh so attractive and adorable bar tender, named Oliver. They are so ridiculously cute I got so upset that an old flame of his had to walk in and ruin the moment.
Blythe and John have sex inside the back of her little art club in Chelsea named Inferno before she gets him involved in helping her with a mess she's in. Blythe leads John through her current work establishment through a page that you have to turn the comic sidewise to read, than read in a zig zag pattern as the two walk down through the page. It's such a cool scene to read that it's honestly one of the many reason's I've re-read the issue three times today since I bought it. I'd post a photo but I'd much rather you buy the issue yourself to see it!
I'll stop talking here with a page by page reaction to not spoil the ending of it for you. Over all, I'm giving this a 5 out of 5.
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