DC has announced that its resident warlock-for-hire and occult detective John Constantine will be getting his own comic book series once again. Titled John Constantine, Hellblazer, the book’s first issue will be released in November 2019, and will be a part of the Sandman Universe imprint.
Constantine is now perhaps best known for his numerous appearances in television shows throughout the past couple of decades, along with his titular movie starring Keanu Reeves that came out in the mid-2000s. His original comic book series though, Hellblazer, was Vertigo’s longest-running series, as well as one of its most acclaimed (as I’ve mentioned in articles past, it’s also one of my favorite comics ever.)
Since Hellblazer’s end in 2013, the character was featured in the New 52 in the form of a reboot of his series entitled Constantine, which premiered that same year. Fans were generally disappointed with the series, so it was replaced by Constantine: The Hellblazer in 2015. That series didn’t last long either, and ended in 2016. Since then, there hasn’t been a single ongoing comic to feature the character as a central protagonist.
The new series will be written by Simon Spurrier with art by Aaron Campbell, and will begin with a plot point originating in Neil Gaiman’s miniseries The Books of Magic. According to DC’s press release, “John Constantine finds himself haggard, bloody, and dying in an epic magical war—a battle that will soon consume the world. As he lies there, the vision of a young Tim Hunter stands above him, the naive youth seeing firsthand what his destiny holds. Horrified, Hunter flees back into the past, and Constantine is left behind to die.
Now, years later, Constantine reemerges, physically un-aged but with all of his memories intact—and yet the world has passed him by. Constantine must now fathom a new world torn apart by the same old political and social woes, while attempting to discover how he returned after all this time.”
John Constantine is back, and in a rare change of pace, it’s an exciting time to be a fan.