Constantine: The Hellblazer #1

Constantine: The Hellblazer #1

Writer: Ming Doyle, James Tynion IV Artist: Riley Rossmo Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 10, 2015 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 27 User Reviews: 24
7.7Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

The dark adventures of DC's foremost occult detective continue in an all-new series as he investigates the cruelest case he's ever come across - his own dark history!

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - King Jul 13, 2015

    From the get go, this issue lets loose and refuses to hold back " not necessarily in terms of straight forward action, but in reestablishing the direction with which they plan to carry forward with John Constantine and gang, as well as setting the tone for the gravity and consequence facing John and his actions/choices. This series touches on all the best parts of Constantine be it blurred morality, fiendish scheming, and even literal getting in bed with the devil. Interestingly enough, Doyle and Tynion even unabashedly explored the character's bisexuality " a fact that I admittedly had to look up to confirm. This is already my favorite release next to Luther Strode, and I am stoked to see where this team takes the Hellblazer next. Here's hoping to no creative team shifts. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Multiversity Comics - Alice W. Castle Jun 11, 2015

    All in all, this is exactly the issue Constantine needed to relight the spark of the character. Ming Doyle, James Tynion IV and Riley Rossmo have breathed new life into the character and world of John Constantine by being respectful of what came before in both the New 52 and “Hellblazer” and using that as a basis to chart a new course for the character. Combining that with excellent writing and a unique, inventive art style and you have a book that you don't want to miss. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Matt Santori-Griffith Jun 10, 2015

    A welcome return to more adult stories set in the DC Universe, with not just sex, but sexiness throughout, Constantine: The Hellblazer #1 instantly convinces me of what every one who encounters John comes to know: hes a right bastard, and theres no avoiding falling for him. Over and over and over. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Daniel Kalban Jun 12, 2015

    For fans of Newcastle's most infamous magician/con man, this book is a treat. It is perfect for long time Hellblazers, new Constantine fans, or those who loved the (doomed before its time) TV series. John Constantine is back, he's a bastard, and we can't help but watch him do his thing. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jun 12, 2015

    Deception is the name of the game when it comes to the world of Hellblazer and the opening issue of Constantine here does that really well. With a great sense of design and particularly panel layout from Riley Rossmo, the book delves deep into things in a great way and makes you feel like you're fully inserting yourself into this other world. Doyle and Tynion bring Constantine to life in a solid way here where you get a solid sense of who he is, but without a massive info dump to bring new readers up to speed. It covers a lot of ground and because of some of the dense panel layouts, it gets into a lot of material and really feels like a strong read that you can go back and re-read and get even more out of. Very recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jun 10, 2015

    This first issue is such a departure from what I expected. DC Comics promised we'd see a fresh and diverse new line of comics, and this series is clearly a key in that. The look is fresh. The voice is fresh and fantastic. The character is finally unique than just a mystique who's a jackass. I'm signed up, and can't wait to see where it goes. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Jun 10, 2015

    This terrific creative team brings a fresh new spin to CONSTANTINE: THE HELLBLAZER. While it is not quite the old school Vertigo title, it is also an evolution from the New 52 version, creating something almost entirely different and immediately arresting. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    The Latest Pull - Nathan Stout Jun 12, 2015

    Doyle and Tynion used this issue to flesh out Constantine's character as much as they could. They show him as a manipulator, a flirt, a con man, and a bastard. They make a point of showing that Constantine is bisexual (an aspect of his character that has been around for a long time, but never talked about much). But most importantly, they showed Constantine as a haunted man, haunted by his past and the friends he's damned along the way. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - David Joseph Jun 19, 2015

    Overall, there is a lot to like for Constantine fans. For the first time in awhile, it is unlikely that Hellblazer plans will hate it. Although, we will miss his trench coat. RIP. The dialogue is pretty good, but some cheesy spots. By the last page, you will feel pretty satisfied that John was portrayed fairly well, and worth your money to pick up. At the very least, for the second issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Jun 10, 2015

    The first issue of CONSTANTINE: THE HELLBLAZER is a promising one. It is extremely new reader friendly and brings the adult element back to the character and book. The first issue sets up an interesting story and the art here is pretty fantastic and fitting for the tone Doyle and Tynion are setting here. I cannot wait to see what's next for the character and find out why it's his fault all the ghosts that follow him are dying. I highly recommend checking this first issue out. It's extremely promising and a very solid issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Jun 10, 2015

    This is a great debut for this creative team and this iteration of the character. It doesn't require any knowledge of Constantine before this point and it's a fun, self-contained story. Doyle and Tynion are clearly attuned to the charms of Hellblazer and put them on full display here. Rossmo is particularly talented at exploring John's corner of the DCU and rendering it in such a way that it looks like nothing else in any other DC book. This Constantine isn't as weathered as many readers are used to him being but this book is sure to satisfy new and old fans. You'll feel like there's real darkness and evil here but that Constantine can handle it with a one-liner, a shot of whiskey and a half-remembered incantation. This is the Hellblazer we know and love and have missed. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jun 11, 2015

    This series certainly started off on the right track!  The tone, the humor and the lack of empathy was spot on and man did I have to eats my words about not digging the art from the Sneak Peek because while I initially thought that the style didn't match the dark tone of the book, I found myself really getting into the art as I read this issue.  So yeah, top notch Riley Rossmo and Ivan Plascensia, top notch.  I'm really looking forward to this series and anyone who hasn't checked this out yet, should. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jun 11, 2015

    If Constantine The Hellblazer has a weakness, it is that it lacks broad appeal. It's a great horror book but those readers who aren't fans of the character or the genre will have little reason to give this one a try. That being said, this book will be a welcome treat for old-school Hellblazer fans as well as recent converts from the Constantine TV series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Infinite Comix - Russell Troxel Jun 12, 2015

    Constantine: The Hellblazer#1 is a very promisingfirst step for the return of a wonderful character. If Doyle and Tynion can keep the series skirting the edge of decency and sanity, this new Constantine could have a very good chance of rivaling his previous success. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Milo Milton Jefferies Jun 15, 2015

    Looks like were off to an interesting start, then. Constantine: The Hellblazer #1 hits the ground running with a solid first issue that pleases both newcomers and old fans alike. Thanks to the work of Ming Doyle, James Tynion IV, Riley Rossmo and Ivan Plascensia, readers should get the most out of this issue and will find themselves coming back for more. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Noah Sharma Jun 17, 2015

    Constantine: The Hellblazer accomplishes its mission, reintroducing the real John Constantine into a world full of even more strange and frightening creatures. Some of them come from Hell, some of them are regular humans, and some of them wear capes and tights. The character of John Constantine is overwhelming and the plot, while simple, engages the reader. I imagine some readers will take longer adjusting to Riley Rossmo's art than others, but the entire creative team has done some excellent work in establishing a character, a tone, and a little corner of this shared universe for them to inhabit. Constantine: The Hellblazer #1 is that book you would have gone crazy for in high school, without the pandering philosophy or pretentions of invulnerability. It feels like a horror story, like a modern story, like a queer story (in both meanings), like a Vertigo story. It's a great debut issue and a promising start to a new series with plenty to prove. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 11, 2015

    If you've fallen away from John Constantine since his Vertigo days ended, this book might pull you back in. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    We The Nerdy - Jose' Rodriguez Jun 11, 2015

    In the end, I will continue to look forward to the next issue of “Constantine: The Hellblazer”. Constantine seems like a genuinely intriguing character, although I didn't find myself caring for the mystery the book is presented by the end. Hopefully the next issue will change my mind. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Jun 10, 2015

    Constantine: The Hellblazer #1 is not a bad start at all to this new series. It feels much closer to the original comic, being far more adult and serious than the other Constantine book DC put out, while also having some pretty good writing. While I freely admit to not being a fan of the artist, people who definitely like Rossmo's style will definitely enjoy this. Overall, I recommend this comic for those seeking a darker, but also mature title from DC Comics right now. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Bin - Leroy Douresseaux Jul 8, 2015

    Ming Doyle and James Tynion IV strike the right tone by recalling John's troubled past while offering to take John and their readers to new and imaginative places. I gave up on Constantine after about four issues. I plan on giving Constantine: The Hellblazer at least one entire story arc. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jun 11, 2015

    Well-written and moody, with effective (if oddly crude) art… A nice return for the Hellblazer. Read Full Review

  • 7.0 - Chase Magnett Jun 10, 2015

    John Constantine is back and in good form. Doyle, Tynion, and Rossmo capture the essence of Alan Moore's creation and spin him into a perfectly suitable corner of the DC Universe. Constantine: The Hellblazer is mean, funny, and beautiful to behold. It's just too bad that so much of the story is over-told when it is already being shown so well. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jun 11, 2015

    "Constantine: The Hellblazer" #1 is a fun kickoff to a new series, and I'm pleased with the direction that Doyle, Tynion and Rossmo have quickly established. They clearly understand the character and, if they can keep this up, we've got a lot of entertaining occult adventures ahead of us. So far, so good. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Brett I Jun 10, 2015

    Im not 100% how Doyle and Tynion are breaking up the writing duties; if maybe one is scripting and the other plotting, or if each are doing both. What I do know is that they are certainly verbose, sometimes to a slight fault. Even though this first issue isnt perfect, its certainly worth a read or borrow. As a diehard Hellblazer fan, it may not be what I loved from the original series, but I still found myself enjoying it, for the art alone. I do wish this could just be a new character and we can leave John Constantine with the Vertigo stories we all loved so much. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Taffeta Darling Jun 16, 2015

    It's definitely intended for mature readers and does a decent job giving the hardcore fans what they've been missing with this character"especially in the absence of the ill-fated NBC series. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    PopMatters - Matthew Fay Jun 22, 2015

    Constantine the Hellblazer #1 hits all the right notes concerning John Constantine's character, and is an encouraging return to form. Once it begins to change its look, it could be a worthy successor of, if not replacement for, the Hellblazer of old. Read Full Review

  • 1.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jun 15, 2015

    This was a disappointingly rote story involving the supernatural with Constantine portrayed to over-the-top absurdity. The visuals were equally bad. No threats = no fun. This was awful. Read Full Review

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