Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Hellblazer #19 Review and **SPOILERS**


Love What You’ve Done With the Place

Writer: Tim Seeley 
Penciller: Davide Fabbri 
Inker: Christian Daila Vecchia 
Colorist: Carrie Strachan 
Lettering: Sal Cipriano 
Cover Artist: Tim Seeley with Chris Sotomayor 
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: February 28, 2018


If you’re reading my reviews for this series, you know I wasn’t too keen on the last three issues. But now, Tim Seeley is back, and he’s written the best John Constantine that I’ve seen since Tynion IV and Riley Rossmo were on this title (when the title was actually different.) So I am feeling very positive about what may lie between the covers of The Hellblazer #19, but are these good feelings warranted, once the comic is read? Check out my review and find out!

Explain It!

Look, John Constantine should be in London most of the time. It’s the only place his trench coat and penchant for chain-smoking make sense. And it’s not like London isn’t rife with perils for the guy, as proven in this issue when he goes to chat up an old flame who now hates his guts, Margaret Ames. Margaret isn’t home, however, because her flat’s turned into a portal to Hell. It’s all the work of a priest, the youngest member of a trio of crime-committing brothers, who swapped her soul for his brothers during an exorcism of Margaret’s home. And that sort of pisses Constantine off.
At the very end, it looks like Huntress is going to get involved in this one, which is cool. I guess the Day brothers, the ones who got to crime-committing, were mixed up in some mafia mishegoss back in the day, that’s usually why she loads her little crossbows. There was a lot to like in this story: Constantine uses a little bit of magic, there’s a little bit of contained apocalypse, and a little crossover with the rest of the DCU. The biggest disappointment here is the artwork, which is more than a little rough in parts. All told, it’s nice to have Tim Seeley back on the book, and I’m definitely interested to know how Huntress fits into this business. But man, I’m not necessarily interested in seeing it.

Bits and Pieces:

A pretty simple but satisfying story that's hampered by some rough artwork. I suppose if you're going to give an artist some practice, this title is a good candidate for it. But lord, we've got to expect better than this.


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