Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Constantine #10 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Ray Fawkes
Art By: Beni Lobel
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 15, 2014

Heaven Help Us.

Continuing Forever Evil: Blight, from Phantom Stranger #15, we saw the Stranger try and fool Blight in believing he switched sides, and was all Team Blight.  But the ruse didn't last long, and The Stranger found himself among the JLD once again.  In the end of last issue Phantom Stranger opened a portal to get answers from god about why heaven would let this evil continue.  Wow, this should be fun.

Explain It!:

This issue begins with the Phantom Stranger taking the team to the gates of heaven, but they're not alone.  Waiting for them is The Spectre, and the archangel Zauriel, and if you remember the last time the Stranger went to heaven Zauriel erased him from existence.  The Stranger is ballsy as hell.  Since the JLD is trespassing the Spectre doesn't find anything wrong with killing everyone, starting with Constantine.  But lucky for our heroes, that Scottish Terrier god shows up.  

So Constantine being Constantine begins mocking the voice of god, or god, whatever you want to believe, I tend to side with David Berkowitz, the Son of Sam killer.  God likes to take the form of a dog, and tells you to do things.  Think I'm wrong?  Ask the Stranger.  But it's never a good idea to mock a god.  So Constantine is put in a sort of stasis field, and shown hidden truths about his team, and himself, while god asks mysterious questions.  Mysterious ways people, mysterious ways.  During this enlightening experience, Constantine plans on capturing The Spectre, and using him to destroy Blight, but then he realizes that god can read his mind, and thinks twice about it.  

Having enough of god's quirkiness, Constantine escapes, and Zauriel follows in a attempt to bring him back.  Falling through the aether, Constantine quickly summons the House of Mystery, and Zauriel and him fall back through the mirror they entered to get to heaven.  Once there Constantine uses a binding spell to trap Zauriel.  

In the end Constantine realizes that the rest of the team were transported back as well, and each of them were given their own experience on the edge of heaven.  Zauriel tells Constantine that since he fights for the love of Zatanna, that he will help him on his quest to destroy Blight.  God works in mysterious ways.  So now that the new Justice League Dark is complete, it's time to find Blight.  Hopefully this next attack works out better then the previous.  Join me in Pandora #7 to see how it all works out.

Bits and Pieces:

Even though I accused Forever Evil: Blight of just being a thrown together story, so that the Dark characters would have something to do, I find myself enjoying it more and more with each issue.  We now have the newest member of the team, giving us the lucky number seven, we've become accustomed to for a Justice League team, and I'm really excited to see where this goes.  Beni Lobel left a lot to be desired with his artwork on this issue, but the story more than makes up for it in the end.  Go and get this issue, and join the fun of Blight.


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