So we blinked and it's February. Time to introduce you to a new Legend. This month sees the release of the last Hellblazer comic released through DC's Vertigo imprint before its relaunch as part of the new DC 52. We thought what better chance to showcase a tale that shows why Hellblazer has been Vertigo's longest running series then with this volume, Hellblazer: City Of Demons from Si Spencer and Sean Murphy.
The protagonist of Hellblazer, John Constantine, has 300 plus issues to choose a great story from. Thankfully due to the nature in which past creators have approached the series previously most of his tales serve as good jumping on points. All you need to know in terms of back story is that Constantine is a con man mage with a bad attitude. This collection is no exception. The story is set on the grimey streets of London after Constantine is hit by a bus and admitted to hospital. Once released it is apparent that something is not right and against his better judgement John proceeds with an investigation.
Si Spencer tackles the character with heavy internal monologue and gives us a great understanding of the torment experienced by a bastard that just can't help but try to do the right thing. Reading the story of someone that won't back down from a fight will soon have Constantine rising to the top of your favourite anti-heroes list!
Sean Murphy's art will truly have you reeling in the horror. At times you'll find it hard to turn the page because of the all-too-realistic take on the carnage surrounding John but at the same time you won't be able to resist peeking at what happens next. You couldn't ask for more from a horror story and this tale has it all.
Also to complement this Legend is the release of some new collected editions of superstar Sean Murphy's most recent work. Joe The Barbarian (written by Grant Morrison) and Punk Rock Jesus (written and drawn by Murphy) are both critically acclaimed books and well worth checking out.
If you take a liking to this Hellblazer tale there is a multitude of other Constantine for you choose from:
-John Constantine, Hellblazer: Original Sins
If you have any questions, you know where to ask them. You can start to buy the Legend from this Thursday the 7th of February.
All Star Legends. The legendary titles of the highest recommendation.