By Silkcuts 80 Comments
I've ranted and raved how much I hate the new powers that be at DC, when I got into comics it was about the story at DC, not the money. With Johns recontting everything to make the DCU really "Geoff Johns' universe", Vertigo has be hit hard by it. Madame Xanadu was canceled so Amy Hadley could draw Batwoman, which seemed like a poor investment with the many false starts the new Batwoman series has had. Swamp Thing has returned to a breed of comic readers who didn't know who he was before the hype. Shade The Changing man is going back to the Ditko origin that no one cares about and now I am told Hellblazer is no longer a subscription title.
Why would Hellblazer be dropped as a subscription? Is it because Dan Didiot finally cried for all the toys back that he has ripped away Vertigo's flagship character? Hellblazer may not sell fables numbers, but Hellblazer has history and literal magick within the pages. I really hope the foolish management at DC keeps John in the universe he belongs in. John did not work in the DCU since most people didn't understand his "messiah" role and he has changed from that when he got his own book. To this day John Constantine really is a "in the know character", when guys like Warren Ellis has adapted the Constantine archetype for many of his stories. Many acclaimed writers and artist have worked on John one way or anther. By bringing him back to the DCU, DC comics his hurting his character and that is not what Didiot understands since he wants all comics accessible and easy to digest.
Above I mentioned magick within the pages, and magick it does. The Columbine shooting happened after Shoot was written and illustrated. Tim Bradstreet's brother in law who was the model of John for Bradstreet's covers past away when Bradstreet left the covers. Alan Moore has claimed to meet John in bars in london, and in issue #120 John has met Alan Moore. Those are just examples of how Hellblazer has mirrored life. If DC cancels Hellblazer for greed, I can see them sealing their own death. Wonder why they may be losing Superman? The Gods have not favored DC comics since they left 666 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. The head office where they made their deals with the devil in the first place.
DC Comics does not understand how important Vertigo is and John Constantine to Vertigo is like Superman to the DCU, Spider-man to 616, Spawn to Image and Witchblade to Topcow. Each universe needs their linchpin and John Constantine is that for Vertigo, Constantine has pushed the medium in ways the mainstream is still catching up too. To dumb down his character and bring him back to the DCU would be the equivalent of DC Comics peeing on their future burial grounds. By not respecting Constantine, DC Comics is welcoming companies like Image to steal readers like me.