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posted January 3, 2005
Paul Jenkins, Sean Phillips
My old high school acquaintance John Constantine is still hanging around comics shops, and by this time I think both writer Jenkins and artist Philips have a good number of issue under their belts. It's weird with Hellblazer
: most Time-Warner or Carl Icahn-owned properties have undergone periodic re-launches by changing the main character. Hellblazer
creative teams will sometimes change the main character (the always-scrambling Delano Constantine became a very on-top-of-it Ennis Constantine) but most of the major creative runs are marked by wholesale changes in the supporting cast.
This issue is an exercise in a rather simple storytelling conceit, featuring that supporting cast. The old pals of Constantine's that have become much of the focus under Jenkins are having a kid, while another acquaintance of Constantine is losing his mother. The issue deals in the parallels between the two events, and the final supernaturally-tinged joke ending should be really obvious to anyone reading the book or even this review.
In other words, this is a one-off timekiller between issues; nothing to get excited about, but no real reason to run out in the street and punch someone. Tom Spurgeon Sept 20, 1997
(Hellblazer #118 is available from DC/Vertigo and thus at every comics shop out of cyberspace.)
This review was written in the late 1990s as part of a then-ongoing freelance gig; I apologize if it reads oddly or seems incomplete.