Hellblazer: Rebirth #1
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Hellblazer: Rebirth #1

Event\Storyline: Rebirth Writer: Simon Oliver Artist: Moritat Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 20, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 27 User Reviews: 31
7.1Critic Rating
6.9User Rating

John Constantine's lost weekend in New York City was fun, but London's where his heart is-only a pissed-off demon and a curse on his soul stand in his way. Even Constantine's questionable ethics are pushed to the limit when he puts eight million souls on the line to get what he wants....

  • 10
    Comicosity - Emma Houxbois Jul 20, 2016

    To say that John Constantine has never felt more relevant or connected to his most iconic self is about as dark a comment on the times as one could make, but thats exactly what Hellblazer was created to do. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Slackjaw Punks - Iron Squid Jul 20, 2016

    Hellblazer Rebirth starts out a little confusing as unlike the rest of the Rebirth stories don't actually follow the new 52 continuity or the Hellblazer reboot before that. That being said it is nice to see them brining back characters and with the appearance of some familiar super heroes, possibly confirms that our favorite Con Artist might get some more attention when it comes to crossing over with the big named heroes. Hellblazer exceeds in a lot of different areas by dropping us into an event and gives us fast paced energy and tons of fun! Pick it up! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jul 31, 2016

    A solid reintroduction of John Constantine, showing how he can be a force for a good, when not being an absolute jerk. Recommended for fans of horror or the supernatural. I want more! Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    BGCP - Dave MacPhail Jul 23, 2016

    All in all I really enjoyed the book myself and could not be more excited to see a truer representation of John Constantine return to the DCU in his original stomping grounds no less. The writing is top notch and captures the character well, the art gives the book a visual edge that feeds into the tale itself and its ideal for veterans and new readers looking for a less than perfect hero. If you have any love for the series I highly recommend you pick this up before it sells out. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    SciFiPulse - Ian Cullen Aug 27, 2016

    I have a feeling that I may be reading a few more issues of 'The Hellblazer' in the coming months. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Pauly D Jul 20, 2016

    Simon Oliver comes out guns blazing, with a tight, concentrated debut for the iconic character. The plot line is a quirky little slice of Hellblazer heaven that is a complete page turner. I am not the biggest DC fan, but this title is a hit. Moritat lends his considerable talents to the artwork: the lines are raw and complex at the same time. You can almost see the thin layer of the veil between the land of the living and that of the beyond in every panel. I'm very pleased with this reboot of Hellblazer and I look forward to the adventures to come. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Jul 21, 2016

    Whilst The Hellblazer: Rebirth#1 isn't exactly the most violent of comics – we get the feeling that the rest of the solo series might be. If Constantine has no qualms with putting an entire city at risk, it wouldn't be surprising to see him chop up a demon or two. Nybbas was quite an interesting antagonist, he seems a little more intelligent than the run of the mill demon – playing mind games with Constantine. Hopefully that's something we see more of throughout the solo series. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Pop Break - Marisa Carpico Jul 20, 2016

    Though we don't get an answer, it's the fact that we don't know that makes Constantine so appealing. His moral ambiguity and self-interest make him unpredictable and there's something thrilling in not knowing if and when he'll choose to do the right thing. Writer Simon Oliver doesn't use the issue to launch some ongoing conflict, he uses it to show us how fun it is to spend time with this character. You'd have to be crazyor boringnot to want to read more. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Jul 20, 2016

    Hellblazer Rebirth#1 is a solid standalone John Constantine tale that has high stakes, plenty of making deals with demons, snarky comments, a twist that will make hardcore Hellblazerfans wet themselves,and even a dash of British culture. Simon Oliver and Moritat get a tiny little political as it's implied that Constantine leaves New York because of Donald Trump's presidential candidacy and a Tory sign waver gets temporarily infected by his contagious curse, but it's no demons watching Margaret Thatcher speeches from hell. (While she was prime minister.) And it's worth the $2.99 alone to see the sense of casual disdain that Moritat gives to his renditions of John Constantine. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Jul 20, 2016

    There's been a few changes to the world of John Constantine, but none to change the same jerkbag pseudo-Sting magician we've known and loved for thirty years. Fans of Vertigo's Hellblazer will be pleased, and I think fans of the character from the New 52 alone should be able to play along pretty easily as well. Some might bristle at the illustration style, but Moritat is a terrific talent that I know will just get better and better as his comfort level with this world and its players increases. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jul 20, 2016

    Hellblazer might not be the weeks biggest surprise or must-read title in the Rebirth banner. Its solidly entertaining and fills a very specific character void thatd been missing in DC Comics. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Jul 25, 2016

    This Rebirth issue is similar to DC's other Rebirth premieres. It's a primer for new readers and allows the creative teams to establish the tone for the series. Oliver and Moritat are able to do this. The ending seems a little too convenient, but also leaves the reader with questions as to just what type of person Constantine is, which I feel is a smart move. Yes he's a hero, but he's also kind of an untrustworthy jerk. Although I didn't love this issue, I like the direction it's headed and am confident that it'll get better now that Constantine is still part of, but farther away from the main DCU. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Big Comic Page - Jules Boyle Jul 20, 2016

    I'm in for the long haul with this one anyway. It's been a long time, but John Constantine is back. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Wilson Jul 26, 2016

    The Hellblazer: Rebirth #1 is a great relaunch for the title and brings John Constantine closer to his roots, even if in a toned down fashion. The original setting, returning characters and classic Constantine games are present which makes it the closest to the original Vertigo run that DC has gotten. First time readers will find a great introduction into the magician's twisted world won't be lost. Long time readers should enjoy it too, as long as they don't mind a slightly tamed version of Hellblazer. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl Jul 20, 2016

    Anyways, I know this review has been pretty brief, but until the actual series starts, it's difficult to evaluate this book. Constantine reads like Constantine, and the art is solid, but it has the same issues as so many other Rebirth one shots so I can't really call this a great comic. It's certainly good enough to make me want to come back for the actual debut issue of the series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Liam Budd Jul 22, 2016

    This new version of Constantine may not be breaking the mold but its off to an intriguing start. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Doom Rocket - Molly Jane Kremer Jul 22, 2016

    Moritat and colorist Andre Szymanowicz (coloring parts Moritat didn't) do an enjoyable if not incredibly exciting job on the art. The colors are a bit muddier than necessary, but the entire issue is still readable, and entertainingly so. This series feels the closest yet to the original Vertigo Hellblazer series, so obviously I'm looking forward to more. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 20, 2016

    Like a great many characters, John Constantine is getting back to basics for DC Rebirth. But unlike many of his colleagues, Constantine didn't necessarily need a refresh in the first place. This new series succeeds in returning to a more familiar status quo for the character, but so far there's not nearly enough about The Hellblazer that feels exciting or different. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Jul 22, 2016

    Hellblazer: Rebirth resets the status quo for John Constantine.  I am not up to speed as to where he was in the DC Universe prior to this issue, so some of the setup, such as the brief stint in New York, feels strange and out of place.  It's like they needed to quickly explain where he went when he left London, but that wasn't really necessary.  The stakes are high and he's on his own.  His enemies are not things that Superman can swoop in and punch.  These are monsters capable of real terror. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Flickering Myth - Tony Black Jul 21, 2016

    Honestly, I don't know if I'll follow Hellblazer. As a newcomer I'm left indifferent to it, and to John Constantine, when I was hoping for a little more. It's an issue that may well reward fans of the character and the tone of the comic historically, as it's well written and quite often looks nicely grim and sardonic from artist Moritat, especially drawing the British locations, but in terms of narrative and establishing the run to come, it felt a little wanting. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Sean Blumenshine Jul 20, 2016

    Overall, I think this is great for new readers. If you've never read a Constantine comic but loved the show, this is a solid place to start. However, if you're more familiar with the character, this feels like a lot of other stuff. It's well written and the art is cool but I would recommend waiting for the trade on this one. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Allen Wiggs Jul 20, 2016

    All in all this was a pretty good issue. If you have literally never read a comic about John Constantine this issue will let you know the basics of his story and his character. If you are an old hat, it isn't the most engaging of plots, but it does show that this take on John will be pretty consistent with what you would expect. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Joey Edsall Jul 24, 2016

    Overall, it works as a good, if not completely compelling starting point. Moritat's artwork is solid throughout, with faces being particularly strong. It's not a bad comic, but it doesn't give much indication of where the series as a whole is going to go. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Bin - Kevin Scott Jul 24, 2016

    The thing is though, this is the first issue, the reintroduction. It is great to have a John Constantine that comes across more akin to the golden years. Add on that, hes back in England, so we get to see some of his classic supporting cast, like Chas. So yes there are stumbles, but there is also promise. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Jul 20, 2016

    As far as a Rebirth issue the creative team establishes the new direction and reminds us of important details we'll need to know going forward. That said, this is a skippable issue unless you're a die hard Constantine fan. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    All-Comic - Matthew iung Jul 24, 2016

    This is the third series that has been about John Constantine since 2013. That can be a difficult undertaking especially when one only just ended a month or so before this debut. Overall, this issue was confusing and didn't really give any impression of the direction that series will be going in. It leaves the reader asking questions. Were the cameos from Shazam, Wonder Woman and Swamp Thing just a nod to the larger universe or an indicator that John will be more involved with it? Why didn't Mercury receive a proper introduction and will we see more of her? What was the point of show us that John cares about nothing but his first major mistake that he made with magic? If this was an attempt at a refresh, it missed. There wasn't enough here to really impartan impression and that's disappointing to say the least, considering the rich history there is to mine. We will just have to wait and see where The Hellblazergoesfrom here. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jul 20, 2016

    The poor writers tend to portray John as a right selfish bastard. The great writers showed John to be a bloke with good intentions who honestly tried to make things better only to have things go wrong. By that definition, Simon Oliver is a poor writer, who has no real grasp of Constantine's character. John is a scoundrel but he'll ultimately try to do the right thing. The final panel of this issue tells you everything you need to know about Oliver's take on John Constantine and whether or not you should keep reading this series. Read Full Review

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