John Constantine, Hellblazer: Dead in America #1

Writer: Simon Spurrier Artist: Aaron Campbell Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 17, 2024 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 20
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At last, as you demanded: The celebrated creative team of Si Spurrier and Aaron Campbell have returned to Hellblazer! John Constantine has cheated death once again-but his heart’s not beating, his body is decaying, and he, his friend Nat, and his son Noah are on the run in America, wanted for murder. Naturally, it’s all John’s fault-it always is. But as it turns out, Dream himself needs John’s help. Something terrible has taken root in America, and it’s using the sand from Dream’s pouch to impose its will. If John can put a stop to it, he might be able to parlay that favor into a chance to save all their lives-but he’s going to more

  • 10
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Darryll Robson Jan 16, 2024

    This is an outstanding opening issue for a much anticipated series. The previous run by Simon Spurrier and Aaron Campbell was an exhilarating thrill ride of magic, mayhem, and humour. 'Dead In America' has started in exactly the same vain. It may cause offense. In fact, it should cause offense. It is offensive in the best possible way. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Watch - Kevin Rossi Jan 16, 2024

    While John Constantine, Hellblazer: Dead in America is technically a continuation of Spurrier and Campbells run, this issue works as a fantastic debut for readers who may have missed the boat in 2019. Some elements carried over from the previous volumes but this new series works in ideas from the original Sandman run which adds a new layer to this current era. The creative team is giving readers something special. Bidikars lettering is fantastic and adds little touches that nail the nuances of Spurriers script while Bellaire brings Campbells art to new levels. While things might not be looking good for John, it is a great time to be a reader of John Constantine, Hellblazer. Read Full Review

  • 10
    AIPT - Nathan Simmons Jan 16, 2024

    This book is a stunning achievement on multiple levels, including the very fact that it exists at all. 'Dead in America' perfectly balances nostalgia and forward momentum, giving us a story with huge stakes. It feels like every 'Hellblazer' story ever has led readers (and Constantine) to this point. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Super Hero Hype - Matt Morrison Jan 16, 2024

    It remains to be seen if John Constantine, Hellblazer: Dead in America #1 will lead to a new monthly series. Certainly, there's ample room for John Constantine in the Sandman Universe, and the possibility of a crossover with the Nightmare Country spinoff is interesting. If this is to be the last hurrah of John Constantine, however, it is a hell of a good start. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jan 16, 2024

    Campbells art is amazing. I love the visual style of the issue and how it perfectly captures the dark and moody tone of the story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Chase Magnett Jan 17, 2024

    Much like the components of a spell, Dead in America #1 is ultimately about potential. The characters, their dynamics, settings, themes, humor, and style are all displayed, and they are all impressive. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 16, 2024

    This is a dense, oversized first issue that feels like a classic old-school Hellblazer story in the best way. This version of the character can be a lot, but it's great to have him back in all his filthy glory. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Graphic Policy - Brant Lewis Jan 18, 2024

    John Constantine Hellblazer: Dead in America #1 exceeded my high expectations and proves how Spurrier and Campbell are in the hall of fame for Constantine's creative teams. Considering the deeper ties to the original The Sandman and a fan-favorite character showing up at the end, the pair demonstrate their passion for the overall series and the necessity for telling the story right now. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jan 20, 2024

    Constantine's return to the US included old friends, new enemies, a demonic girl scout and the strange sensation of trying to take care of his son before his decomposing body is too far gone. The halcyon days of Hellblazer have returned, and I couldn't be happier. Read Full Review

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