Comic Book Review (6.5/10) “Okay,”
The Hellblazer #4 “The Poison Truth Part 4,”
Writer: Simon Oliver,
Plot: John Constantine and his friend Chas has been captured by thugs who want to know the magical spell to identifying the winning horse in the horse races. Meanwhile, Swamp Thing must fight the Rot to distract them away from Mercury who is searching in the Rot for his girlfriend Abigail. Can Constantine rescue Chas and himself in time before the thugs decide to kill them both?
For a seemingly unconventional hero, this issue flows like a very conventional story. No real surprises here as you know that since this is a Constantine book you already know Constantine will not die at the end of this book. The book spends a lot of time with Constantine and his captors though the part of the story that interested me the most was the Swamp Thing story. I usually expect supernatural elements in a Constantine book, but this issue had the least amount of supernatural elements. In fact Constantine’s story was very mundane and did nothing to push this story.
This is Moritat’s best work yet, and his best page was probably the spread with Swamp Thing fighting all of the monsters in the Rot. Sadly, you get very little of the adventures into the Rot due to the focus being mainly on Constantine and his dumb, human captors.