- Writers: Ming Doyle & James T Tynion IV
- Artist:Riley Rossmo
- Cover: Riley Rossmo
- Colourist: Ivan Plascencia
- Letters: Tom Napolitano
- Publisher: DC Comics
- Release Date: 8th July 2015
Hellblazer Hurts. You wouldn’t think that a comic based on an anti hero who has a penchant for being a right D*** most of the time would be so easy to get attached you. You’d be wrong. Constantine is one of those characters you just can’t help rooting for despite the fact he really doesn’t deserve it.
Doyle and Tynion manage to make a great mystery and pepper in a little humour along the way. The issue opens with John begging his ghosts to help him so that they won’t redie and leave him alone, so of course all of them but his oldest friend get the hell out of there. From here the issue continues in the vein of John being stubborn and going from place to place trying to figure out what could possibly be breaking the rules of the supernatural now, and also mildly pining over the cute guy from issue one.
They couldn’t of chose a better artist for this series. Rossmo has a great style for the dark atmosphere of Hellblazer and makes this DC You title even more worthwhile. One of the best aspects of his art is that he really captures the ‘I am so done with all of this’ of Constantine. In this vein he manages to add to the more funny aspects of the comic and he renders the sad parts of the comics even better, really letting it hurt.
This issue manages to balance the suffering of losing all your weird ghostly friends with Constantines usual bored with all the supernatural crap he has to deal with. There’s even some subtle Black Canary references with posters of Dinah’s band cropping up in the issue. This is currently looking to be one of the best titles of DC You it can only go further up from here!
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