Review-a-day: Hellblazer #6

Posted: October 30, 2014 in Review-a-day
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Now being six issues into Jamie Delano’s Hellblazer, I’m beginning to notice something of a pattern…John Constantine doesn’t actually do a whole lot does he. I mean, I didn’t go into this series expecting him to be Superman or anything like that, but really, what does he actually do?

I will give the man his due, he saves Zed not once, but twice in this issue. Both of those situations though are more about Constantine being in the right place at the right time than they are anything else. Now, I’m not trying to look down on the idea of talking your way out of problems. Obviously that’s a better lesson to be teaching readers than punching away their problems. That said though, there is something incredibly unsatisfying about having Nergal create this demonic abomination out of four street thugs only to have it tear itself apart when Constantine points out the conflict between the opposing Chelsea and Arsenal tattoos on the monsters arms. All credit to Jamie Delano, it is a solution that he sets up from the very beginning of the issue, but it just didn’t sit well with me. Maybe it plays better for football (soccer to us North Americans) fans. While I’m giving credit to Jamie Delano though, I’d be remiss to not point out his willingness to tackle some heavy issues in this series. Last issue it was Vietnam, this issue put some focus prejudices in general (hence the story’s name, “Extreme Prejudice,”) and specifically on prejudice against homosexuals and people with aids. Obviously that can be a pretty delicate and touchy thing to talk about, probably even more so in the 80’s when this issue first came out, but it’s handled here with a fair amount of maturity and dignity.

While Constantine may not seem to do a whole lot some of the time, Hellblazer is still a very interesting series and I don’t think we’ve even gotten to the biggest conflicts yet. Last issue the Resurrection Crusaders were in the spotlight, this issue it was the Damnation Army again, just when I thought they may have been put on the back burner in favor of the Crusaders. Clearly things are going to be coming to a head at some point.

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Score: 8.0

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

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