In Review: John Constantine: Hellblazer (2019-) #9

When one disgraced royal cooks up a scheme to re-create the most magical of all horses, it’s up to John Constantine to stop him from unleashing a bloodthirsty horror!

Synopsis: The British royal family has always had an interest in breeding the world’s finest racehorses. When one disgraced royal cooks up a scheme to re-create the most magical of all horses, it’s up to John Constantine to stop him from unleashing a bloodthirsty horror!

 

The Story

In this one-shot story. Constantine recounts an encounter that he had with the Royal Family, which saw him having to save them from themselves when a certain crooked Duke tries to breed a magical horse in order to try and lift the Royal Family’s public image with the press and the people out of the doldrums. But instead of bringing life to a magical Unicorn. The royal mare is ripped to shreds while birthing a bloodthirsty horror.

 

The Artwork

The artwork continues to have a rather edgy and urban feel to it, but it felt a little hit and miss in this book. The best images in the book are of the small details such as the mug that Constantine is drinking from, which plays a key role in the story.

I also found the gorefest of the Unicorn breaking out of his mother’s belly to be particularly gruesome, but not overdone, which leaves some of the work for your imagination to figure the rest out.

 

Overall

Simon Spurrier comes up with a neat story, which plays on many of the conspiracy theories to do with the British Monarchy and takes advantage of some very recent scandals. Namely the whole deal with Prince Andrew and his associations with Weinstein. Lucky not a single Pizza join was soiled with Royalty in the making of the book. The set up of the Royal Family’s fondness of Horse Racing and Horse breeding was brilliantly utilized to give us a Unicorn story, but with a Constantine twist.

Overall. A fun issue.

9.5
John Constantine: Hellblazer (2019-) #9
  • Covers
    9.5
  • Story
    9.8
  • Artwork
    9.2
  • Lettering
    9.5
  • 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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