The Sandman Universe: Hellblazer #1

Writer: Si Spurrier Artist: Marcio Takara Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: October 30, 2019 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 15
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The second year of the Sandman Universe begins with the long-awaited arrival of one of DC's most iconic characters...John Constantine, Hellblazer!
He's cheated death and damnation more times than he can count, but never like this. Long ago, in the crucible of a magical war waged across countless futures, Constantine was murdered by an all-powerful adversary: a twisted version of Timothy Hunter, bloated with evil.
But over the past year strange forces have conspired to restart Tim Hunter's tale, and somehow-amid sorcery, insanity and secret agendas-this older, wiser, wilier shade of Constantine has been dragged back with it. Unlike you more

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Kate Snchez Oct 30, 2019

    Overall, The Sandman Universe Presents:Hellblazer #1is a gorgeous exploration into John Constantine's mind, his torment, and how he constructs his identity. I'm in love with this one-shot's beauty but also the pain that is shows Constantine moves through. I'm a trauma-mangled person too and the way that Spurrier explains Constantine's constant state of madness, as well as the world inflicting it on him, is well-done. Spurrier's Constantine is someone I've bought into because of this one-shot and now, I can't wait for John Constantine, Hellblazer. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Nov 1, 2019

    Highly recommended to neophytes and old mates, this is the Constantine comic we've been waiting for! Read Full Review

  • 10
    AIPT - Nathan Simmons Oct 30, 2019

    This could be the best Hellblazer story in at least a decade. Longtime fans will be ecstatic to see the return of an older and more jaded Constantine, while new readers will have a rich and exciting jumping-on point. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Nick Devonald Oct 30, 2019

    This is a welcome return to Constantine of old, a chain-smoking, swearing, back stabbing, conniving, haunted, snarky, lying bastard. Welcome back. Can't wait to see what you do next. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Jason A. Fleece Nov 1, 2019

    The Sandman Universe Presents Hellblazer #1 is a strong reintroduction to John Constantine, and bodes well for a strong new John Constantine, Hellblazer series launching next month. It doesnt bode well for Constantine himself, though, as his new status quo is as uneven as ever, and hes got a terrifying new antagonist. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Rogues Portal - Stephanie Pouliotte Oct 30, 2019

    The art and colours are the best Ive seen come out of the Sandman Universe. Some pages seem to barely contain the swirling kaleidoscope of chaos as realities are torn apart and stitched back together. The set pieces and visual elements are utterly mesmerizing, and there are quite a few details referenced from The Road to Nowhere. The heavy-handed dark shading and thick, black backdrop swallows this comic in darkness, with flares of colour illuminating the panels like the strike of a match. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Oct 30, 2019

    This is a Constantine we haven't seen in a while " a desperate, depressed man neck-deep in bad deals and all too willing to sacrifice those closest to him. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Oct 30, 2019

    This is a good one, full stop. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    GWW - Deron Generally Oct 30, 2019

    Marcio Takara provides some impressive, dark and beautiful visuals throughout this issue and many of the pages are a feast for the eyes. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Darryll Robson Oct 30, 2019

    This special is an easy access to the world of John Constantine while also referencing the characters long history within comics. It is beautifully written and expertly rendered by the art team. It is almost a masterclass in modern comic book storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Christa Harader Oct 31, 2019

    Hellblazer #1 features Spurrier at his sharpest, dazzling visuals from Takara and Peter and excellent lettering from Bidikar. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Christa Harader Oct 31, 2019

    Hellblazer #1 features Spurrier at his sharpest, dazzling visuals from Takara and Peter and excellent lettering from Bidikar. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Nov 4, 2019

    Overall, this is a pretty good issue and a definite step in the right direction for this character. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Watch - Kevin Rossi Oct 31, 2019

    John Constantine seems to be a perfect addition to The Sandman Universe. The Sandman Universe Presents Hellblazer one-shot sets up what is expected to be a great series with a classic character. With a great creative team, the one-shot is perfectly paced with great writing and art. New and old readers should have no problem with getting into the one-shot as well as the series starting in November. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Oct 30, 2019

    Readers might have to wait for John Constantine, Hellblazer #1 to know if the first readable Constatine comic in years has finally arrived, but this one-shot makes it seem far more likely as all of the right elements are finally back on the page. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Oct 30, 2019

    If you know your history of John Constantine, then I think we're in for some interesting times ahead. Regardless, don't forget to pick up Books of Magic #14 in November before starting this regular series next month.  This has some potential! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Simon DelMonte Oct 31, 2019

    As much as I like some of Constantine's appearances in the DCU, and loved the short lived series by Tynion and Doyle and Rossmo, we need to have back full on classic Constantine, don't we?

  • 8.0
    Spacey Medicine Nov 2, 2019

    The one good thing about the New 52, literally the only thing, was how it erased Milligan's taint from Constantine's history. Please don't screw me on this, Spurrier.

  • 10
    gustave154 Oct 31, 2019

    DC finally gave fans what they wanted. HELLBLAZER BABYYY

  • 10
    The 20 Issue Ceiling Nov 9, 2019

    Very meta while remaining very true to Hellblazer's past.

  • 8.5
    Azrael Oct 31, 2019

    A great start to the series albeit a bit drawn out in parts. However I love the darker tone and especially the Brexit jokes.

  • 8.0
    YourGreenMuse Oct 30, 2019

    There's a lot to talk about with this issue. I'll start with the most positive thing about it. John Constantine is written well here. And I don't mean DCU/New 52 John Constantine. I mean, this Constantine mostly acts like Vertigo Constantine. And that's a good thing! This is the Constantine readers want and deserve! From here on out, I'll refer to this Constantine as NuConstantine. Because there's multiple Constantines and that's a problem I have with this issue. I don't know much about NuConstantine and the 90s Books of Magic series that this issue ties into at the beginning, so I can't say much for how the characters are here. But it seems like peak Constantine. The trouble begins when the original Vertigo Constantine shows up. He's old, more

  • 10
    darkfire369 Oct 30, 2019

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  • 10
    Radar Nov 1, 2019

  • 9.0
    sebastianorellana95 Oct 30, 2019

  • 9.0
    BernardoMarra Nov 5, 2019

  • 9.0
    Jason The Dude Nov 7, 2019

  • 8.5
    Ash Gb Williams Oct 30, 2019

  • 8.5
    Walt's Comics & Books Nov 1, 2019

  • 5.0
    Moonlight Nov 1, 2019

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