Friday, May 13, 2011

Flashback Friday--Hellblazer #1

Hellblazer #1
Let's go back far in time, to a few months before I was born, January 1988. A comic launched that spun out of Swamp Thing that is the longest-running Vertigo title ever--so long running it existed before Vertigo even did! I was at a bookstore and they had a bunch of old comics, and mixed about there was this first ever issue of John Constantine's adventures. Seeing as how he is now in the main DC universe, and DC is re-releasing all the Hellblazer books in chronological order (a good thing as apparently the current ordering is a huge mess) this seems like a great time to talk about this first-ever issue.

The cover bills this as 40 pages of sheer terror, and while I wouldn't say this is quite terrifying it has some creepy moments and starts off an interesting story that I am curious to see more of--and can in the new trade of the first issues of this series! Basically a demon has broken out and causing a whole lot of trouble and its up to Constantine to find it and put a stop to it, going to Africa to learn more about it, and then NYC to try and face it down. Its cool stuff.
This was a good start to the series and I can see why it has been running for so long. With Constantine in the main DC universe there are also bound to be plenty of interesting resulting stories, and I am intrigued to see more.
3.5 out of 5 stars.
John Constantine, Hellblazer Vol 1 (Hellblazer (Graphic Novels)) The first of the new trades, if you want it.

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