John Constantine: Hellblazer #8 (REVIEW)

John Constantine: Hellblazer #8
DC Comics

Written by: Simon Spurrier
Art by: Aaron Campbell 
Colors by: Jordie Bellaire
Letters by: John Paul Leon


John Constantine: Hellblazer #8 picks up right where last issue left off. No refresher about John Constantine: Hellblazer #7, which is perfect.

If you haven’t been reading Simon Spurrier’s run with Constantine, but you like the character, pick up these two issues. It’s a self-contained story, so you don’t have to know what happened in the title’s first six issues. And if — for some strange reason — you don’t want to keep reading John Constantine: Hellblazer after these two issues, this short story gets wrapped up at the end of John Constantine: Hellblazer #8.

(WARNING: Spoilers for John Constantine: Hellblazer #8 ahead.)

In John Constantine: Hellblazer #8, Constantine gives this whole spiel about the magic of love, and then there’s this whole bit about the salmons.

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What’s truly magical is his ability to manipulate others.

We all know Constantine’s background as a conman is just as much of an asset as his mystical abilities, but I always find it amazing when he can con someone into obtaining what they want for themselves. That may be when I like him most — where he’s showing compassion for miserable castaways, and helping them realize they are capable of much more than they’ve been led to think.

That’s not because I like seeing Constantine play the nice guy. I don’t think that’s what’s going on in John Constantine: Hellblazer #8. He just knows how to give others what they think they really want — and helped an unfairly treated creature do so in this issue.

Score: 9.0

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