Hellblazer #223

Writer: Denise Mina Artist: Cristiano Cucina Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: August 16, 2006 Critic Reviews: 1
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A stand-alone story from John Constantine's recent past finds him repaying a debt to a fellow magus who's dying--along with the city of London itself. The killer? A terror that at first seems supernatural in origin, but turns out to be all too realistic.

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    Comics Bulletin - Robert Murray Aug 29, 2006

    Cristiano Cucinas art is well done and able, but is definitely a letdown from Mancos fine art over the last seven issues, though Lee Loughridge once again does a great job with the colors. The conventional artwork makes this look and feel like a filler issue, which it is. Add Minas rush to wrap things up in the end, and you really wonder why she didnt wait for Manco and make this issue into a two issue mini before the longer storyline. In the space of five pages near the end of issue #223, Mina resurrects Map into a much more powerful being, disposes of the zealot in a blue sea of mystical energy, and shows a smiling Constantine leaving London to take care of itself. I felt that the ending didnt equal the buildup before it, making this three-quarters of a great issue followed by an amateurish wrap-up. Believe me, I love Minas writing on this series, and I think the tons of ideas she wants to explore with Hellblazer during her brief run sometimes hamper her ability to write e Read Full Review

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