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Jeff Lemire And Ray Fawkes To Launch CONSTANTINE This March

The JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK writer discusses the new series that will focus on John Constantine.

Last week we spoke to Jeff Lemire about his take over of DC's GREEN ARROW starting this February (you can read that interview here). Yet, it doesn't seem like that's all that Lemire has in store for fans. Earlier today DC Comics announced that the SWEET TOOTH creator will be taking John Constantine to a whole other level with the release of CONSTANTINE this March. Lemire enjoyed tackling John Constantine so much in his JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK series that he will be doing a whole lot more of the character, and he'll be getting a little bit of help from Ray Fawkes and artist Renato Guedes.

John Constantine is my favorite character. He has been since I was sixteen and I grabbed a copy of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's Hellblazer 61 from my local comic shop, Olympic Records in Windsor, Ontario. I was hooked from the moment I saw that amazing Glen Fabry cover with John, leaning, exhausted and bloody, scalpel in hand, against a door frame. I quickly went back and scrounged for every back issue I could, discovering the rest of Ennis' amazing run as well as Jamie Delano's groundbreaking original issues.

"I'd known Constantine from Alan Moore's Swamp Thing run, but his solo book was what really hooked me. The mix of magic, politics, humor and horror as well as John's undeniable cool, really struck a chord with me. I continued to follow Constantine through all 300 issues of Hellblazer and have had the unbelievable fortune to end up writing him in Justice League Dark. And now, along with my good friend and JLDark co-writer, Ray Fawkes, I get to help shepherd Constantine on the next stage of his journey as co-plotter of his new solo monthly comic, CONSTANTINE in March.

The writer cited that Constantine has been a favorite character of his since he was sixteen, and having had the opportunity to write him in the JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK series was simply not enough. According to Lemire, Ray Fawkes will be assisting the writer and artist Renato Guedes will take over on the art for the issue.

== TEASER ==
Ray will be doing the heavy lifting, scripting the book (I've read his first three scripts and they are fantastic!!) along with the talented Renato Guedes on art. As someone who has nothing but respect for the character and the incredible legacy of writers and artists who have worked on him in the past, I want to do everything I can to help create a comic that pays respect to who John was, but also reintroduces him to a whole new audience. CONSTANTINE will be different from Hellblazer. No doubt about it. For one thing JC now haunts Manhattan instead of London (the reason for the move will be explained in Issue 3!). And, he once again has one foot planted firmly in the DC Universe, much like he did in the original Swamp Thing stories. But rest assured, Ray and I are not pulling any punches in Constantine. John's still the same as he always was.

We have a bunch of cool stories coming your way, from the ongoing threat of the mysterious CULT OF THE COLD FLAME, to a brand new Sargon the Sorcerer and a horror called THE WITCHBREAKER, Constantine will have his blood-stained hands full. I hope you come a long for the ride.

It was originally announced in November that Robert Venditti would be writing it. Perhaps it's Lemire's familiarity with the character in JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK that made those plans change. What do you think of the news that Jeff Lemire and Ray Fawkes will be launching a self-titled ongoing series? Are you looking forward to the book this March, 2013?

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Posted by MatKrenz

Good writer, still wont read it. I want Hellblazer.

Posted by noj

Geeze Jeff Lemire is everywhere these days! Though that is by no means a bad thing

Posted by Imagine_Man15

I look forward to trying Constantine out. I'm not expecting it to surpass Hellblazer by any means, but I'm sure it will be good.

Posted by The Mighty Monarch

DC's already talked about the reason, Venditti was just too busy, and Constantine was the easiest one for him to drop since he'd barely started.

Posted by The Stegman

Haven't read too much Hellblazer, so I don't have the emotional baggage tied to it as others do, so I'm definitely giving this a shot.

Posted by longbowhunter

I love Jeff Lemire, but hate to think of him being stretched thin. Writing 4 on goings and writing and drawing Trillium. I just hope his work doesn't suffer.

Posted by InkInk

One writer with four books a month. I just hope he can keep it up and not get burnt out. Pretty soon DC will have 3 writers Johns,Snyder,Lemire on the whole new 52.

Posted by MeloDet

@InkInk: Well, since Ray Fawkes is doing the heavy lifting for this as well as assisting him on JLD, that should take off some of the pressure.

Posted by spinningbirdcake

Yeah Hellblazer was/is amazing but Lemire has done nothing but impress me with JLD so I'm going to get it.

Posted by zodac

Though still very saddened by Hellblazer's cancellation, my indifference about Venditti writing Constantine has now increased to mild excitement with this announcement.

Posted by Kal'smahboi

Said it before: DC gets one issue to impress me.

Posted by Squalleon

Is it right for Dc to stretch its writers so thin?

Let's hope that Lemire will handle all this work.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

IF IT'S LEMIRE, THAN CONSTANTINE IS SAFE.

GOD HE'S WRITING A HELL LOTTA BOOKS. I HOPE HE DOESN'T LEAVE ANIMAL MAN!!!!!!!!!!!one of my favorite new 52 books!

Posted by Spideycap

The perfect pick, yet I feel as though maybe hes being stretched a bit too thin.

Posted by Teerack

So...will in be in the new DCu? or will it be on it's own?

Posted by Mandrewgora

I'm cool with this.

Posted by bob808

I hope Constantine is good as Hellblazer.

Posted by benblanks

My experience with Hellblazer is about the same as Lemire; I started with Ennis/Dillon's run then went back to Delano, and have been lucky enough to find a great deal of newer issues in 25 or 50 cent bins in the area, unfortunately this wasn't all that long ago, so I have a lot of catching up to do (luckily I've heard DC plans on releasing the entire series in a coherent numbering of trades at long last). As far as Lemire himself I've only ever read Animal Man (because I loved Grant Morrison's run on the character) and have been picking it up since #1 and can't let go! So anyway I'm familiar enough with Constantine to really adore the character and Lemire's writing hasn't let me down yet (however I am starting to think Rot World is starting to overstay it's welcome) so I think this is a good decision by DC, especially since I'd never even heard of this Robert Vendetti guy they were going to get to do it. To be perfectly honest though, Constantine has been in the last couple issues of Animal Man and while it DOES feel like Constantine it's definitely different seeing him with a team (keep in mind I haven't read JLD for this reason also, Constantine is almost like the Punisher to me in that I don't see him as being a team kind of guy) having to cope with this New 52 universe, when he was usually on the sidelines of the DCU off in his own little occult corner. So I'm hoping they're able to put him back in his element, regardless of the fact that he'll be in Manhattan.

Posted by blur1528

I'm down!!!

Posted by SmashBrawler

I may buy this.

But I probably won't.

Edited by The Lobster

Son of a puppy dog!!
 
I was going to skip this series, mainly because I just didn't trust the writer and I didn't think I'd need it since Constantine is on JLD and I could just go to that to get my Constantine fix but now.....dang it. Jeff Lemire is such a great writer and I enjoy his work and even after juggling JLD, Animal Man, Sweet Tooth and The Underwater Welder not a single series dropped in quality.
 
Guess I gotta shell out more cash every month and pick this up.

Posted by Blood1991

@The Stegman said:

Haven't read too much Hellblazer, so I don't have the emotional baggage tied to it as others do, so I'm definitely giving this a shot.

My feelings exactly. After reading JLD I really took a shine to to him so I see this as a way to jump onto his character.

Edited by secondfallen616

Great news! Lemire is the more than capable of writing Constantine and hopefully keeping the feel of Hellblazer for a new generation of readers. I know its hard for some to let go of the incredible run Hellblazer had, those stories still exist, but its about keeping the character around for another 30 years and if that means getting the New 52 treatment then i say its totally worth it. Can't wait and have high hopes...........of course if it turns out to be a stinker, i've got my Lemire voo-doo dolls ready!

He's got a co writer so he should be able to keep churning out his other superb books.

Posted by CitizenJP

Yes.

Posted by dreamfall31

Awesome! Though I gotta drop something if I'm gonna get this...

Posted by Billy Batson

Bollocks.
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Posted by the_fallen11

Yes yes yes

Posted by spetsnaz_gru

@bob808 said:

I hope Constantine is good as Hellblazer.

Doubt it. But still. I also hope the same as you.

Posted by LarryDavis

@MatKrenz said:

Good writer, still wont read it. I want Hellblazer.

Same.

Posted by Krakoa

Constantine grew and matured with each issue of Hellblazer. Now that progression will be lost like tears in the rain...

Posted by The_jackolantern

I listened to a podcast on comic geeks with jeff lemire and he said Ray Fawkes is doing the most work on JLD and another book that they are on together,(which we have found out is Constantine now)so that he so not he doesn't spread himself to thin.and trillium he's new book he's writing and drawing sounds amazing

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

It's just not Hellblazer :/ Sorry...I mean I may try the volume 1 trade just for fun's sake, but its just not Hellblazer.

Posted by dannonzzz

I literally would read anything Jeff Lemire puts out, even a comic about his poo. Especially a comic about his poo.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

If Constantine is his favorite character how come he can't right him'

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Posted by Squalleon

@dannonzzz said:

I literally would read anything Jeff Lemire puts out, even a comic about his poo. Especially a comic about his poo.

That's not healthy man :-P

Posted by bunkerbuster05

This is GREAT news. I've gotten over Hellblazer ending, I'm just glad a talented writer is picking it up after. He obviously loves the guy, so I'm gonna give it a chance.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@Billy Batson

Bollocks.
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Posted by TDK_1997

Then I will be picking this up.

Posted by Callisto.

@MatKrenz said:

Good writer, still wont read it. I want Hellblazer.

THIS

Posted by Mucklefluga

Jeff Lemire is such a good writer! And man he's doing so much stuff now. Can't wait for this series.

Posted by frochez

Sorry, but one of the central aspects of Constantine's character is that he's a London resident. The idea of taking him out of London and dropping into New York is just stupid. I didn't work for the Constantine movie, after all.

Posted by MrArrogant

I'll probably pick this one up in trade along with JLD. Don't want to miss another Lemire series but already added his Green Arrow to my already big pull list and I can wait to read this.

Posted by pspin

If I had the money, I would read this.

Posted by dondave

Picking this up

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Posted by Billy Batson

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

If Constantine is his favorite character how come he can't right him'

Fan writers get the characters right half the time or even less. Diggle managed to have an excellent run while Lemire and Fawkes haven't.
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Posted by NewComicGuy

Is Constantine going to remain in JLD or just go solo? If he remains, then I will probably just stick with that, Zatanna is my favorite character from that book but I would find it much less enjoyable without Constantine.

Posted by The_Vein

John had better say fuck. That's all I'm asking.

Posted by davidgrantlloyd

I'll check it out for sure.

Posted by you_want_elvis

@noj said:

Geeze Jeff Lemire is everywhere these days! Though that is by no means a bad thing

TRUE AND FRESH #SUPERFRESH

Elvis

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