Posted by jpblair88 (50 posts) - - Show Bio

im trying to summarize my feelings on the news of the cancellation of Hellblazer and the creation of Constantine.

im personally very excited about Constantine by Venditti. hes a great writer and i really love how they have incorporated Constantine into the Mainstream DC. BUT cancelling Hellblazer isnt necessary. its a hit with the readers and has been one of the go-to books for those of us wanting more mature themes. its also of note that its the series gone the longest of both big publishers that has had no reboots or renumberings and John has never been de-aged at all. and its really sad that they feel the character cant support two books. if anything Constantine should only help Hellblazer's sales.

The biggest problem is that even though im sure Venditti is more than capable of writing good Constantine stories, the editorial mandates on material published in the Mainstream universe are far too restrictive. they would never today allow someone like the extremely morally ambivalent Constantine to have adventures along side Superman and Batman. even though the newer younger Constantine has a core like the original he is still far more in your face heroic than the original version. organizing the heroes and acting like a general is kind of like the original but the original is far more subtle in his machinations. i like it but its not the same.

ive heard the argument that they dont want to confuse the readers. but Constantine has been in the mainstream DCU since after Brightest Day and there was never confusion then! DC publishes out of canon Batman monthly. Marvel has an entire line dedicated to a different Ultimate universe. why would this suddenly confuse people?

another issue is Venditti is not British. the character is proven to be best written by British writers, Milligan, Gaiman, Ennis Ellis, etc. when an American like Azzarello or Lemire writes him its still good but it doesnt FEEL like John Constantine.

Im excited about the new series but i am very bitter they are ending the original Hellblazer series. its well before its time and there are, i believe, plenty of stories left in the old man.

#1 Posted by Billy Batson (59514 posts) - - Show Bio

Lemire is a Canadian. And Azzarello's run was tied with Ennis' run as my favorite Hellblazer run after Milligan's (though I haven't read Diggle's run yet). His Constantine felt like real thing and this comes from someone who's read almost the entire (will be soon).
Otherwise agreed.

#2 Posted by Jorgevy (5165 posts) - - Show Bio

I had the idea that Constantine was already in the main DCU, in the JL Dark... I like that guy

#4 Posted by jpblair88 (50 posts) - - Show Bio

@Jorgevy said:

I had the idea that Constantine was already in the main DCU, in the JL Dark... I like that guy

he is. but this is a different version. a newer one created at the end of Brightest Day to fit him into the main DC continuity. the original version was at first in the DCU back in the late 80s. Hellblazer quickly left the DCU proper and went into its own continuity. and it has evolved separately ever since.

im fine with a new version in the DCU. its handled well and entertaining but its not the same.

#5 Posted by Jorgevy (5165 posts) - - Show Bio

@jpblair88: okay, but I really like the JLDark Constantine, hopefully he won't be erased

#6 Posted by jpblair88 (50 posts) - - Show Bio

@Jorgevy: i like him too. he fits well with the DCnU. and hes the version they are using for the new series. but im telling you if you like this version you would probably love the original in Hellblazer. i recommend checking out the entire run by Garth Ennis then start with Mike Carey's run and go until the present. its a wild ride.