Review-a-day: Hellblazer #4

Posted: October 22, 2014 in Review-a-day
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With the Constantine TV series fast-approaching, I’m now four issues into the classic comic book that is Hellblazer, and oh boy did things ever just take a turn, both for the better, and for the disturbing. This was, without question, the most unsettling issue of this series for me to read up until this point.

First of all, let me just say that this is a much more personal story for Constantine than we’ve seen in the first three issues as it involves a member of his family. A very young and vulnerable member, which makes it all the harder to handle. Now, I’m not going to talk too much about the specifics of the issue’s narrative, because frankly I don’t want to take the time to write about the killing of children. It’s bad, that’s all that needs to be said. I would like to say that, despite the subject matter, the story never feels exploitative or like Jamie Delano is specifically using children in an effort to tug at the reader’s heartstrings, and that takes talent, as it easily could have gone the other way. In fact, the back and forth from scenes featuring Constantine to the scenes with his niece Gemma doing a wonderful job of gradually amping up the tension in the issue, just like any good TV drama, showing the victim in ever increasing danger as the hero rushes to save her. Gemma’s kidnapping isn’t the only thing going on here however as not one but two religious factions, the Resurrection Crusade and the Damnation Army, introduced into the series, as well as a potential romantic interest for Constantine in the character of Zed (who is set to be featured in the TV show).

Yes. this was another case of one of the more significant aspects of the issue being setup for things to come (the inevitable clash between the resurrection Crusade and the Damnation Army with Constantine in the middle). The difference between this time and previous entries in the series, is that the portion of this issue’s story that is concerned only with this issue (Gemma’s kidnapping), actually has a satisfying conclusion it. This one was a return to form after the slight dip of the last two issue. It’s nice to once again be as excited for what’s to come from this series as I was after reading the first issue.

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Score: 9.0

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

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