Art By: Vanesa Del Rey, Chris Visions, Ivan Plascencia, Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: September 16, 2015
Give Up The Ghost
We find out in this story that once John and Veronica started getting in deep with the magic that Veronica wasn't able to cope with it as well as John and that became really apparent when she began falling through the cracks in reality. The more they experimented, the more that the "real" world forgot who she was and she realized when she tried to call home and her parents didn't really remember her that it was time to call it quits. Obviously, John being all high on himself about how well he was taking to magic, not to mention the new avenues of debauchery it was opening up, threw Veronica to the side if she wasn't able to hang like the rest of the cool kids. It's really sad though because this whole scene really felt as if Veronica was coming to John to tell him she was pregnant and John being like that's your problem and I don't want to deal with it....... Obviously, that's not what's going on here, but there are similarities.
In the end, we see John completely give up as he checks out some of his old haunts before serving up his ghosts to the monster pretty much on a platter. After what we saw Gaz go through in the second issue, this act really made me hate John...... more than we're already supposed to and I don't want to hate John. I want him to be a dick, we have some laughs and at the end of the day I know that for all his faults I can trust him to do something that resembles the right thing......... which he kind of does when he then offers himself up to the monster as his final surrender. When the monster comes though, we all get a great shock when we find out that the monster is actually some part of Veronica, who took her own life a handful of years earlier.
That's it for this issue of Constantine: Hellblazer and while I hated seeing John give up on his ghosts the way he did after traveling to London to come up with a plan to keep them all ecto-plasm-y safe, this really turned out to be a good story. On what could be the last day of John Constantine's life, we get a great back and forth to the things that brought him to the place where he's willing to surrender. I had a few problems with the way that the art was presented due to me thinking that it meant more than it did, but overall it was a cool artistic choice and as long as you don't get wild thoughts in your head that there's more to this than what the creators are actually telling us, I think you'll be alright and enjoy this issue for exactly what it is........ a interesting look at the shit bag that Constantine is, presented with really cool art all the way through. Anyway, for all this jibber jabber it all comes down to me really looking forward to the next issue.
Bits and Pieces:
Come take a walk down memory lane with our brash Brit as he comes to terms with the things that he's done that have left him the selfish son of a bitch that we all know him to be. This is a pretty cool story going back through John's life as we've been seeing this book do lately and it's presented to us with some interesting art that really makes you want to continue your journey down John's ghost killing rabbit hole.