The Hellblazer: Rebirth #1 brings back an old favourite… John Constantine.
Most of the other Rebirth titles have been the prelude to an upcoming story (Nightwing for example). But The Hellblazer: Rebirth #1 manages brilliantly to reintroduce Constantine and include a relatively self-contained story. It even manages to include Wonder Woman, Shazam and Swamp Thing over the course of a couple of pages. It’s this sort of character fluidity that helps create a more cohesive DC universe. Why wouldn’t heroes appear in London if they thought it was in danger? In a world of the supernatural, it makes it feel almost natural.
We can’t get over how brilliant John Constantine is as a character. They’ve brought him back to his original arrogant, arsehole self – and we love it. And whilst the comic does block out the sweary elements of his dialogue, it’s easy to fill in the blanks. What struck us was actually how funny the character is. Even just in his mannerisms. Although it’s hard not to read his lines in the voice of Matt Ryan, the actor who portrayed Constantine in his own series and on an episode of Arrow.
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.
Overall, we loved The Hellblazer: Rebirth #1. It brings John Constantine back into the fold, and just at the time when rumours of a new tv series are swirling… Make sure you keep up to date with the latest DC Comics news and reviews here at Heroes Direct.
John Constantine is back.
- Gambling with London
- Conning the Con Man
- Swearily brilliant