Review-a-day: Hellblazer #2

Posted: October 21, 2014 in Review-a-day
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Continuing our look back at the very first arc of Hellblazer we find John Constantine a haunted man. Haunted by his past failings and by what he now has to do. And that. without question, is the most interesting aspect within this issue.

While the story’s focus remains on Gary Lester and the Hunger Spirit, that attention in this issue amounts to a lot of buildup with not a lot of payoff. What payoff there is, is in seeing the horrible state which the entire situation puts Constantine into, literally drinking himself into unconsciousness while Gary Lester suffers. The more important plot thread here, as I’m sure it’s what will be continuing through the rest of the arc, is the ghosts that are haunting Constantine’s life. We already established the existence of Emma’s ghost in the first issue, but Jamie Delano steps things up here, initially adding three more ghosts to the party, including a nun, which I’m sure won’t be something of significance at any point in this series. And the ghosts don’t just get one, but three scenes in this issue. First before the resolution of the Hunger Spirit situation, then as Gary Lester dies, and finally the payoff as the recently deceased joins the ghosts haunting Constantine. The ghosts here are far less social than Emma was in the first issue, instead standing by in silent judgement of Constantine’s actions, but no doubt they are going to become very important as time goes on. Aside from the ghosts and the lackluster resolution of the Hunger Spirit situation, we have Papa Midnite, in all his glory sacrificing chickens for the performance of rituals, but he has a pretty minor role to play here. What face time he does have though, is enough to allude to the potential of future conflicts between him and Constantine.

Not as strong as the book’s debut issue certainly, there just isn’t enough payoff from the Hunger Spirit, but the threads that are beginning to be woven here speak to the great potential that is coming from this story. Even if there was a little bit of disappoint for me this issue, I still have plenty of enthusiasm to continue the series and high hopes for greater payoffs to come.


Score: 7.5

Written By: Jamie Delano
Art By: John Ridgway and Lovern Kindzierski
Letters By: Annie Halfacree
Price: $1.99 (on ComiXology)


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