Thursday, December 12, 2013

Constantine #9 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Ray Fawkes
Art By: ACO, Beni Lobel
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: December 11, 2013


Blight Equals Might!


When last we saw that right bastard Constantine, he was being torn out of the House of Mystery with the rest of the make shift Justice League Dark members that John's assembled to take on the menace of Blight.  But what John doesn't know is that Blight has left the collective unconscious, and has taken physical form in the body of Phantom Stranger's pal Chris Esperanza, to take his revenge on Constantine.  Forever Evil: Blight continues here, so let's find out what's going down.

Explain It!:

So the new gang is all confused on what just happened to them.  They were all just hanging out talking about what DC Dark characters talk about when BLAMMO, they're all torn out of the happy home that is The House of Mystery, and find themselves in a park in NYC.  But their given the gift of clarity when the physical form of Blight comes flying in, with the rest of the deadly sins, who appear to be even more disgusting, and perverted than normal.

If that wasn't bad enough, Blight then turns himself into a giant black smoke dragon, and proceeds to wipe the floor with our mystical medley of magic makers.  Ah I love alliteration.  But the group eventually gets their act together and work as a team to bring Blight down.  Swamp Thing uses the Green to wrap plants around the dragon, forcing Blight to break through and come at Constantine using his physical form.  Constantine has a little something for that ass though, and magically zaps Blight down, and Nightmare Nurse conjures a binding spell to keep him down, while Pandora keeps the Deadly Sins at bay.  Just when it seems their going to work together Phantom Stranger doesn't want to see the host being Chris die, but Constantine wants to end this while he can.  Giving Blight enough to time to escape.

In the end, the bickering is their downfall.  Now that Blight is free, he quickly takes out the entire group, leaving Swamp Thing cut in half (which is the funniest moment of this book, just for Constantine's commentary.), and Constantine wondering where it all went wrong, and wanting to hear Zatanna tell him it's all going to be okay in the end.  But the last page we see is Blight about to pounce on top of Constantine, so I don't see anything being okay in the near future.  Check back here for Pandora #6, so we can find out what horrible things Blight has in store for Constantine.

Bits and Pieces:

Well it's about time this whole Blight thing finally took off.  We got a taste in the last issue of Phantom Stranger, but this just comes at you no hold barred.  With that being said, it feels like Blight is just something for the dark characters to do, while everyone else is dealing with the Crime Syndicate, and comes off more as an afterthought.  I know we're a few issues in, but as the series progresses, it just hammers the idea in that this event doesn't belong.  But take it for what it is, and enjoy your dose of badass magic induced mayhem.  

8/10

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