“Constantine: The Hellblazer Vol. 1: Going Down” by Ming Doyle and Riley Rossmo

Constantine: The Hellblazer Vol. 1: Going Down written by Ming Doyle and illustrated by Riley Rossmo

Published by: DC Comics on February 16, 2016

Review Source: Publisher, Edelweiss

Genres: Graphic Novels, Superheroes, Magic

Plot: John Constantine is back and he now has to tackle all the dirty tidbits form his past.

Review: In general, reboots make me nervous and as a longtime fan of previous Hellblazer runs (Jamie Delano and Garth Ennis) I have high expectations for all things Constantine. In the wrong hands, it can quickly turn dark and dangerous into cheesy and lame (*ahem the TV show*) Happily, Ming Doyle delivers quality content and a new spin on the character that I really enjoyed. Doyle’s Constantine is edgy, sexually fluid, and feisty AF. I’m into it. I find it refreshing to see a character that isn’t the vanilla archetype we see everywhere, but still manages to be a believable adaptation of the original concept. While the illustrative work has received some criticism, I found that I rather enjoyed its wobbliness for the most part and I think that Rossmo’s work will only get better from here. Palatable enough for longtime lovers of Hellblazer, yet inclusive and modern enough for those new to the character, this series is one to watch.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Who Should Snag It: Those looking for a fresh take on Constantine or fans of the darker sides of DC will probably want to take a gander at the series.

*I would like to thank Edelweiss and the publisher for providing me with a free ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review*

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