Constantine (comics)

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Constantine
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
Format Ongoing series
Genre
Publication date March 2013
Main character(s) John Constantine
Creative team
Writer(s) Robert Venditti
Jeff Lemire
Ray Fawkes
Artist(s) Renato Guides

Constantine is an ongoing comic book series published by DC Comics, which started in March 2013. It follows the story of a British magician, John Constantine and replaces the former Vertigo Comics title Hellblazer, which ended with its 300th issue after 25 years, in February 2013.[1] The title character was originally created by Alan Moore in his 1980s run on Swamp Thing.[2]

Publication History[edit]

On November 8, 2012, DC announced that its long running series, Hellblazer would be cancelled following its 300th issue, and would be replaced by Constantine written by Robert Venditti and drawn by Renato Guides.[2] This has since been changed to an opening team including Animal Man and Sweet Tooth writer Jeff Lemire as a co-plotter, with Ray Fawkes scripting the book. Both writers also worked on Justice League Dark, where Constantine is heavily featured.[3] Constantine had been reintroduced to the DC Universe as part of The New 52 initiative to relaunch all their titles with new first issues as the leader of Justice League Dark, and had appeared in most of their 'dark' titles, including Animal Man and I, Vampire.[4] The character will be the 'younger' incarnation seen in recent DC titles, rather than the version from the cancelled title, depicted as being in his early 60s.[5]

Reception[edit]

The announcement was met largely with disappointment from the industry, even by DC's own creators, with I, Vampire writer Joshua Hale Fialkov expressing sadness he would never get to write the "'real' John Constantine", noted crime author and former Hellblazer writer Ian Rankin stating Constantine was the only comic book character he ever wanted to write for, and Alan Moore's daughter, Leah Moore expressing doubt that Constantine could replace Hellblazer, among others.[6] As a result, DC co-publisher Dan Didio issued a statement defending this decision, stating that, "Hellblazer's had a long and incredibly successful run and that's a tip of the hat to all the great creators that have worked on the book over the years. The new Constantine series will return him back to his roots in the DCU and hopefully be the start of another incredible run."[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DC Comics February 2013 Solicitations". IGN. 
  2. ^ a b "DC Cancels "Hellblazer," Announces New 52-Based "Constantine" Ongoing - Comic Book Resources". Comic Book Resources. 
  3. ^ Mullin, Pamela. "Jeff Lemire talks CONSTANTINE". DC Comics. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Peter Milligan (October 2012). Justice League Dark Vol. 1: In the Dark. DC Comics. ISBN 1-4012-3704-5. 
  5. ^ "Justice League Dark interview with Peter Milligan". Newsarama. 31 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "HELLBLAZER Canceled at Vertigo, Industry Reacts Strongly". Newsarama. 
  7. ^ "'Hellblazer' cancellation defended by DC Comics chief". Digitalspy.