sqreview's Hellblazer #288 - Another Season in Hell, Part Two: The Lower Depths review

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The Devil's Wager

The second part of "Another Season in Hell" continues as John Constantine makes The Devil's Wager with The First of the Fallen. If John is able to persuade his sister Cheryl to leave her husband in Hell, then John wins. But if John loses his wife Epiphany's soul will be handed over to The First of the Fallen. As John devises one of his clever ruses to win the wager he indirectly digs a new hole for himself to crawl out of once he gets back to Earth.

This issue of Hellblazer was just as good as the last one, if not better. You get the kind of John Constantine that made the Garth Ennis run so enjoyable. Peter Milligan really knows John as a character and it shows in every piece of dialogue and every reaction to the insane situations that the world's favorite con artist and magician gets himself into.

I recently saw the movie Constantine and since I have nothing but good things to say about this book, I'd like to take a moment to clarify the differences for anyone who has only been exposed to the character through the movie. First off, they're completely different characters. Not only is the real John Constantine British, blonde, and a con man, he's far more interesting than anything the film portrays. Second, there's no overlying Heaven versus Hell story going on. John believes in himself and his friends. He doesn't pick sides between the otherworldly forces and really represents man's struggle to overcome the supernatural, while also trying to snatch up the benefits of it.

So if you saw the movie and weren't satisfied with it, please check out this series. Even if you did like the movie, give this book a try. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at how much you enjoy it. That being sad I think I finally understand why people say John Constantine is the greatest character in comic books. This issue gets a 5/5 without a moment of hesitation.

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Posted by Silkcuts

Whats your take on Devil John calling the twin a "Sister" when every writer till that moment made the twin as a brother (the golden boy)
Glad you liked the comic.  Glad you now understand why people like me call John Constantine the Greatest character in comics.

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