Hellblazer #1
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Hellblazer #1

Writer: Simon Oliver Artist: Moritat Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 24, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 25
6.9Critic Rating
7.4User Rating

"The Poison Truth" part one! London may have recovered from Constantine's return, but he hasn't. Mercury hasn't forgiven him, but she won't leave him alone, and Swamp Thing is calling in a favor. And all the while, bigger things are brewing...

  • 9.5
    Slackjaw Punks - Iron Squid Aug 25, 2016

    In a nutshell I really enjoy HellBlazer's first issue, my only grip would be if you are not fan of slow builds or unfamiliar with Swamp Thing or Constantine lore and writing style than you might be turned off, so for newer readers you have to go into it with the mindset of a detective! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Aug 25, 2016

    A perfect start to a brand new solo series, we can't wait to see what else is in store for John Constantine. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Emma Houxbois Aug 24, 2016

    With its second issue, Hellblazer improbably stakes a claim for being the title that reflects the ethos of the Rebirth initiative the most effectively by finding ways to call back to the virtues of the titles most iconic stories while remaining fresh and relevant to the world it finds itself in now. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - John White Aug 24, 2016

    When you have a character as cherished and with a back catalog so large as John Constantine, you owe it to the fans to put out a spectacular book, and that is exactly what DC and Oliver have done. Hopefully this is just the first great issue in what turns out to be a phenomenal series. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Sep 2, 2016

    While I personally don't think that the grandeur of storytelling and literary, social, and political heft of the original series will ever be achieved again in a Constantine starring book, The Hellblazer looks to be perhaps the closest we will get to the glory that was Vertigo's Hellblazer. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Aug 24, 2016

    I'm looking forward to seeing where Oliver takes the title. Hellblazer has tremendous potential and it could be a big sleeper hit for DC. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Brett I Aug 24, 2016

    The Hellblazer was a welcome return to form for Constantine, and the story grabbed me from jump. Even with the art issues, that Im sure will be solved quickly, I have no doubt that this will be one of the stronger of the new DC titles. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Aug 24, 2016

    Now that John is safely in London, he's in debt (as usual) to the Swamp Thing (as usual.) To make good on a promise, John connects his old Swampy pal with another frenemy that we met in the Rebirth issue. Plus: an alternate take on world history. All that, and it's rendered expertly by Moritat and colored divinely by Andre Szymanowicz. Now who could ask for more? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Aug 24, 2016

    After some fits and starts with the "New 52" and a return to form as he stalked New York, The Hellblazer #1 continues to move John Constantine back to a place where readers want him; on the streets and pulling fast ones on those more powerful than him. Simon Oliver, Moritat, and Andre Szymanowicz strike a nice balance between what came before and what lies ahead from the trench-coated magus with a focus on character, slick pencils, and moody colors. Things may be quiet for now, but it is only a matter of time before the dam breaks and John Constantine is standing where he always it, at the center of the whole bloody mess. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Sean Blumenshine Aug 24, 2016

    Overall, this is a pretty fun book. The dynamic between Constantine and Swamp Thing is hilarious, there's some interesting plot set up and the art is fantastic. I have a couple of issues but I still recommend reading the issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    We The Nerdy - Chad Waller Aug 24, 2016

    Hellblazer #1 is good but not great, but it's a first issue. It had an almost impossible-level of work to do, and the fact that it pulls most of it off makes me happy. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Aug 25, 2016

    So far, The Hellblazer doesn't boast the most compelling conflict John Constantine has ever faced. The series is smaller in scope than its predecessor and in no real hurry to tip its hand to readers. Luckily, the strong characterization makes it an enjoyable read all the same. It doesn't hurt that Moritat's distinctive art style is such an ideal match for the series. Given time and room to grow, this book could easily become something special. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Aug 24, 2016

    With an ending that could be described as theological and also doesn't connect to the Constantine/Swamp Thing/Mercury plot line at all,Hellblazer#1 has shown itself that it is a comic that both reveres the comic and character's past while also treating its main character with the irreverence and disdain he kind of deserves. Simon Oliver, Moritat, and Andre Szymanowicz seem to be playing the long con inHellblazer, and hopefully it pays off without skimping on the stellar characterization of Constantine and his not-so-merry band of brothers. (And a sister.) Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Aug 26, 2016

    Simon Oliver " of British decent, I'm happy to say " is on writing chores, and he's bringing some R-rated naughtiness back to the Trenchcoated One. I applaud his willingness to toss in the errant fuck or shit, even if DC makes letterer Sal Cipriano cover them up with skulls and pentagrams. There's even some mild nudity to be found here (some Constantine side-fanny can be seen), which simply has to push that T+ rating to the literal brink. And Moritat brings some Heavy Metal-esque cartooning might to the proceedings (his Swamp Thing is a thing of beauty); every character has their own body type and character, which gives The Hellblazer a look and feel of its very own. Oliver and Moritat snuck some Vertigo into the DCU. I suppose that's the best we're gonna get. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Flickering Myth - Tony Black Aug 31, 2016

    Alongside the good writing from Oliver, you have some excellent artwork from Moritat which paints in dulled greys and browns, dark greens, emphasising the washed out, stained world of John Constantine in impressive fashion. Hellblazer, much like the ‘rock star magician' theatrics one character describes Constantine as imbuing, has a style and chic all of its own and though I'm lacking historical context, there was enough in this issue to make me want to discover more about these characters and this story. A definite improvement over the Rebirth issue – consider me in for the ride. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    AIPT - JJ Travers Aug 25, 2016

    Moritat's art style isn't my favorite but it's clean, simple and consistent throughout the issue. As far as a first issue goes, the setup was acceptable but I wasn't blown away by the writing. I enjoy crossovers like anyone else, but the writing feels a little lazy using that and a flashback to set the stage. But hey, this is the first issue and I need to be patient. Hopefully Oliver will pleasantly surprise me. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    The GCRN - Daniel Clark Aug 26, 2016

    This issue is not void of appeal. Swamp Things appearance does bring life to the series and his interaction with Constantine made for some great laughs. Including Swamp Thing ensuring that he did not need Constantines help to have sex once again. For a first issue there is not much setup to get excited about. Hopefully with Simon Oliver getting more time with the character he can better develop what this series is going to be about. If things dont improve soon I can see this being another forgotten installment for the character of Hellblazer. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Sep 1, 2016

    I've read a number of the DC Rebirth titles.  Hellblazer is the only one that I'm not all that impressed with.  It has nothing exciting or overly interesting going on in it.  The most intriguing elements have nothing to do with the main character.  John Constantine's hey-day was when he was off in his own little world in the more mature Vertigo line.  Maybe the DC Universe with its capes and tights is just not the right place for him. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Brett Bruton Nov 1, 2016

    The Hellblazer #1 ends with John Constantine cursing in infuriating emoticons, breaking the fourth wall to talk to the reader, and a little part of me dying inside. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comic Bastards - Chris Tresson Aug 24, 2016

    It's going to take something really special to keep me on-board, which is sad because I really like the character and the world which he inhabited in the Vertigo series. It should never have moved from Vertigo, and until they move it back, you aren't going to get another decent Hellblazer series. If you're buying this book, prepare to be spoon fed a PG-rated, not really John Constantine, John Constantine. Read Full Review

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