John Constantine: Hellblazer #1

Writer: Si Spurrier Artist: Aaron Campbell Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: November 27, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 50
9.0Critic Rating
8.7User Rating

John Constantine is back in London, back to his old tricks-and just in time, as things have become very dark indeed in his old stomping grounds. A small-time gang lord has found himself dealing with a big-time outbreak of supernatural weirdness...and without any allies to call on and nothing left to call his own, John doesn't have much choice about taking a paycheck from one of London's worst, or accepting the help of one of the gang lord's would-be foot soldiers. But what should be an open-and-shut exorcism turns out to be nothing but...and the author of this madness may just be getting started on their terrible masterpiece!
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  • 10
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Nov 27, 2019

    This is the John Constantine series that I've been waiting for; with gorgeous, haunting artwork, and a well-crafted"and at times, poetic"script, John Constantine: Hellblazer (2019-) is breathtaking. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Nov 28, 2019

    A welcome return to form and a sign that DC Black Label might be worth something ignoring all the Harley Quinn mini-series after all. It's also a must read for all John Constantine fans, of course. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Nov 27, 2019

    Vertigo may be shuttered, but the spirit of one of its icons is alive and well in the pages of John Constantine: Hellblazer. Armed with timely humor, engaging characters, and impressive production values, it’s like Constantine never left for the “big leagues.” He’s back to doing what he does best, which is conning his way through shocking tales of British horror. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Nick Devonald Nov 27, 2019

    I can’t rave enough about what a good issue this is. I don’t think I realised how much I needed this series until I started reading it. If this is the standard from DC’s Black Label I think we’re in for a real treat. I am so excited for the future of John Constantine. If I could award more than 10/10 I wouldn’t hesitate. I can’t remember the last time I read a #1 and felt this excited about what’s to come. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Sirens of Sequentials - Jenn Marshall Dec 5, 2019

    Constantine starts this story getting kicked out of a pub for a tasteless joke. We meet Barry outside the pub and find out that Constantine promised to remove a curse, but only made it worse. The art and colors also show this darker side. When Constantine is taken everything shifts to dark backgrounds with bright shades of red. It makes the horrible things done by the villain so much more powerful. If you are a Constantine fan or someone new to his stories John Constantine Hellblazer is a must-read. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - Nathan Simmons Nov 27, 2019

    This first issue feels like classic 'Hellblazer' at its finest. Fans should rejoice, but also cower in fear. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    SciFiPulse - Ian Cullen Nov 28, 2019

    A solid if not a slow start with some really impressive artwork. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Nov 27, 2019

    Aaron Campbell delivers some beautifully dark art in this first issue. There are some beautiful scenes filled with details and shadows working together to give the issue a noir feel that is visually engaging. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Geek'd Out - Stephanie Pouliotte Nov 27, 2019

    Aaron Campbells dark and dingy artwork makes you feel like youre flipping through an old Hellblazer comic. There are some absolutely gruesome panels, which help earn this series its mature rating, that you cant keep from trapping your gaze. To cap it all off, Jordie Bellaire lifts Campbells ethereal monstrosities off the page with a soft glow, revealing the horrors that lie in the dark. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Sequential Planet - Danilo To Nov 29, 2019

    Comic readers and fans of Hellblazer from every corner of the Earth may rejoice. It is back and it is looking incredibly promising. Counting on a highly talented team, the title should bring up the quality standards back to Vertigo times and if that won't convince you to pick up this new series, I don't know what will. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Christopher Rondeau Nov 27, 2019

    I applaud the fact that the team kept the story high tension throughout the whole issue. All I needed was creepy incidental music to really set the mood. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Jason A. Fleece Nov 29, 2019

    John Constantine: Hellblazer #1 is an excellent debut. Whether the story can continue to sustain itself for an entire arc or two remains to be seen. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Nov 27, 2019

    I never read John Constantine's adventures in its Vertigo roots. I've only experienced him as part of the DC Universe. Whether those adventures are over remains to be seen but this is a solid debut that delivers a horror comic that creeps but doesn't scare. While the greater Sandman Universe hasn't been my cup of tea, I'm all in on this series. I'm sure there's more for long-time fans that I don't know but as a debut issue, it nails being open to new and old readers alike. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Darryll Robson Nov 27, 2019

    In John Constantine Hellblazer #1, the creative team have produced something above and beyond a typical monthly comic from one of the big two publishers. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Outright Geekery - Joshua Rathbun Dec 3, 2019

    This issue returns Constantine to his proper place in the dark, seedy places that the heroes don't venture. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Christopher Egan Nov 28, 2019

    A unsettling, violent, and welcome return to the world of "Hellblazer." Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - Nick Friar Nov 29, 2019

    John Constantine: Hellblazer #1 is exactly what fans needed after the layoff from DC's previous run with the character during Rebirth Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Dec 2, 2019

    The ending does have a nice twist. However, as much as I enjoyed this, I still had the nagging feeling that this still wasn't the John Constantine that I remember. But that is okay. It is the closest that they have had to classic Constantine in quite awhile. And that is a step in the right direction as far as I'm concerned. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Nov 27, 2019

    One thing's for sure, though " this is a darker Constantine than we've seen in years, and he's a perfect fit for the Sandman Universe line. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Kate Snchez Nov 27, 2019

    You can pick it up at comic book stores and online through our affiliate link. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Chase Magnett Nov 27, 2019

    John Constantine: Hellblazer #1 is the closest a new series featuring the character has come to recapturing what made the original series work in quite some time. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Comic Watch - Kevin Rossi Nov 30, 2019

    Sandman Universe is quickly becoming one of the strongest series of titles in comics. Spurrier is at the top of his game with both The Dreaming and John Constantine: Hellblazer. Whether you are new to the series or a seasoned fan, this issue jumps right in without leaving anyone out. Pick up a copy at your local comic book shop or however you get your comics. Read Full Review

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