In Review: John Constantine: Hellblazer (2019-) #8

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned-especially one with gills, claws, and the teeth of a shark.

Synopsis: Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned-especially one with gills, claws, and the teeth of a shark. Will John Constantine protect the fishermen who are in the siren’s sights? Or will he lead them right to her?

 

The Story

Picking up from where last month left off. Constantine has just helped a Mermaid get free from the lover who betrayed her and is now laying out what happened and going to some effort to help facilitate her revenge. This issue plays out like a conversation between Constantine and the Mermaid as the two shares how events transpired.

 

The Artwork

Aaron Campbell’s art for this issue was as compelling if not more so than the last issue. I really liked the imagery of the Mermaid swimming under the water, which had a hauntingly romantic quality to it. I episode liked the panel concerning the school of Salmon when Constantine compares the migration of Salmon to magic. Also enjoyable was the brief series of panels within the bar where we get the politician on the TV banging on about EU stuff and the reactions of the customers to it.

 

Overall

This has to have been the most interesting Constantine story to date. I really enjoyed the tragic love story and how even though she has been mistreated the Mermaid was willing to give her lover the benefit of the doubt. At least until Constantine came along and drew her a very vivid picture.

I really enjoyed the analogy that Constantine uses to describe magic. How he compares magic to a school of salmon and the miracle that is migration in terms of all the crap that they put up with only to move to the exact same spot that they left the year prior. Overall. A fun read and perhaps one of the more tragic Constantine stories that we have had to date.

9.5
John Constantine: Hellblazer (2019-) #8
  • Covers
    9.2
  • Story
    9.8
  • Artwork
    9.6
  • Lettering
    9.4
  • Colours
    9.6

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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