The Return of the Hellblazer?
Word on the street is that John Constantine’s about to come down with a bad case of Vertigo.
It’s no secret that I consider the whole “New 52” relaunch of the DC Universe a colossal disappointment and failure on a grand scale. No title has epitomized this disastrous turn than Constantine. The Comic formerly known as Hellblazer was reimagined as a smug Conjob-lite with Dr. Strange tendancies, showing up not only in his own title, bu also headlining and guest starring in other books, like Justice League Dark, Injustice: Year Three, and Future’s End, for example.
Since Hellblazer was stolen away from Vertigo and whored out to the greater DC Universe, everyone’s had their mitts on him. And it’s not been pretty.
Hopefully, that’s all about to change.
DC Comics has announced, in the wake of “Convergence”, a mini-relaunch in June. A bunch of titles are getting the axe, a bunch more are getting fresh coats of paint, and it looks like the New 52 is getting scuttled. What does this mean for Constantine?
DC has announced that Constantine will be relaunched as Constantine: The Hellblazer. Helmed by Ming Doyle and Riley Rossmo, I’m afraid that John will still be housed alongside the Capes Crowd, but talk around the proverbial watercooler is that editorial is looking for John to more closely resemble his former Vertigo-era self.
While that’s all well and good, I can’t help but wish that Constantine would be set apart from that crowd, along with the rest of the supernatural-flavored characters. He works best when he’s not rubbing shoulders with Batman and company.
Until he is back fully into Vertigo’s control, I don’t see this as a return to form that will satisfy his fans from the original Hellblazer run.
Let’s face the cold hard truth of it. Comics are broken and they don’t look to be fixed anytime soon, if ever. Thankfully, no matter how they muck things up, we’ll always have the original stories to return to.