No Rest For The Wicked
Art By: Riley Rossmo, Ivan Plascencia, Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 11, 2015
Our issue begins with a monster creeping through the halls of Constantine's apartment building, that's really reminiscent to the Boogieman from The Real Ghostbusters...... at least to me and that won't be the only thing that reminds me of Ghostbusters from this issue. So yeah, after Constantine comes home, sees the monster acting against his and it's agreement for it to stay in this reality, our pseudo-hero uses what looks like the puzzle box from Hellraiser to trap the monster before doing what everyone likes to do once they get home from a long trip........ and of course that thing is sitting around the house naked......... that's a thing people do right? Anyway, after dealing with his ex and traveling to another county to do it, Constantine simply wants to get back to basics and there isn't anything more basic than paying the rent. With that we jump to a Ghostbusters type montage of Constantine taking job after job and dealing with nasty after nasty.
It's a very simple thing where we see Constantine check the inbox of his email and see a single panel depicting him taking care of the job and for how simple it is, it's perfect and hilarious at the same time and I found myself loving the hell out of this issue almost right from the get go. We have face stealing doppelgangers, a dragon entity at a karaoke bar, mystical overdoses, dog eating demons, a possessed washing machine and a whole lot more than includes an actual raccoon with no supernatural tendencies at all........ it's fucking ridiculous and I love it.
Eventually though, we wind down to a simple conversation between Constantine and a gargoyle named Bartleby, where we get another Ghostbusters reference and some exposition about something in the city that's making things more wonky than they should be....... hence all Constantine's clients as of late.
In the end, Constantine goes on more jobs, refuses to go see Papa Midnite and breaks my heart, but it isn't as bad as it could be because at least we know that Papa is coming and our issue closes with Constantine finally coming home and having the Universe shout in his ear about what it wants. Throughout this issue we kept seeing that big bag of sex Oliver, who we saw in the first two issues show up and even though it will probably mean his death in the end, Constantine says what the hell and welcomes Oliver inside his home and inside his world. Oh yeah, Oliver is totally going to die.
That's it for this issue of Constantine: The Hellblazer and even though not a lot went down besides a bunch of single panel shots of Constantine going to work, this was such an enjoyable issue that it's beyond comprehension to me how the creators got away with it. It's like they tapped into some mystical force and made this comic come alive........ yeah, and maybe it's do to how much I like Ghostbusters and how this issue reminded me of it, but fuck it, it worked and I'm happy as hell. I'll tell you something else I'm happy as hell about...... Riley Rossmo is back on art in this issue and it was beautiful. I had no idea who this guy was before this series and even pish poshed his style when the June Sneak Peek came out, but he has won me over so much and I found myself almost needing him when he took some time off of this title to finish up work on another book. He's back now though and I hope he never leaves because he is apart of the magic that makes this book so good. On top of all this other good shit, we also have teases of something big and bad coming to Constantine's city and life and the promise that Papa Midnite is coming and who doesn't love Papa Midnite?
Bits and Pieces:
While you won't actually see all the cases that Constantine worked on in detail in this issue, you'll definitely get the gist from an awesome montage that worked way better than it ever should have........ Yeah, I don't know what I mean by that, but I had a blast with how humorous and straight forward this issue was. Riley Rossmo is back on art on this one and if all that other stuff I said didn't sell you already, then Riley Rossmo being back totally should............. So yeah, go get some Constantine and see what all this nonsense I've been talking is all about.