Constantine Issues 1-3
Constantine, one of recently new comic book titles from DC new 52 has some pretty interesting covers (with the exception of the first issue). Issues two and three have these images of John Constantine being killed, even though none of the events of him being killed actually happens. It’s almost like the artist has some vendetta against Constantine himself! I don’t know where I was going with that, but I thought I would just give it a mention. Since the reboot came about, John Constantine came back to the main DC universe (well the reboot universe anyways) after close to 20 years in the Justice League Dark title. Then after a year gets his solo title again and so far it’s actually been pretty good.
The story line so far: John has to go to three different areas around the world in order to get the pieces of the Croydon’s Compass. Whoever possesses it can find every magical resource they can get; and in the wrong hands, well the universe is screwed. Simple right? Nope, not even close. John has to face the Cult of the Cold Flame, a powerful group of evil mages and want the compass for themselves. Gee, I wonder if Constantine will win this battle over the compass?
All kidding aside, Constantine is a really good read. The writing is solid. Issue one sets the character and the story line up. The writing team of Jeff Lemire and Ray Fawkes gives us a bit of an older, bitter John Constantine. He’s a bastard with a charm. The art is colorful, which is kind of odd since Hellblazer’s art was very gloomy and gritty.
Pick up this series. Mind you, the story so far is not “OH MY GOD!! IT’S THE BEST!” But it’s a good beginning and one of the better comics that DC is putting out.
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