I have always been a fan of weird occult based stories. Not sure why, but they just appeal to me. When I read my first Hellblazer comic as a kid I was absolutely hooked on the character of John Constantine. He went through a few iterations in the comics and even got his own short-lived TV series. I believe they cancelled the series far to early as it was really getting interesting. Matt Ryan was doing a superb job of portraying Constantine.
My fellow lovers of Constantine will be glad to see he is returning with his own comic book series again. The Sandman Universe Presents Hellblazer #1 is due to hit the shelves on October 30th. The Sandman Universe is a line of comics by award winning writer, Neil Gaiman. John Constantine was created by Alan Moore, Rick Veitch, Steve Bissette, and John Totleben. The character first appeared in The Saga of Swamp Thing #37 (1985).
In THE SANDMAN UNIVERSE PRESENTS HELLBLAZER #1, the story begins in a moment originally seen in Gaiman’s miniseries THE BOOKS OF MAGIC. John Constantine finds himself haggard, bloody, and dying in an epic magical war—a battle that will soon consume the world. As he lies there, the vision of a young Tim Hunter stands above him, the naive youth seeing firsthand what his destiny holds. Horrified, Hunter flees back into the past, and Constantine is left behind to die.
Now, years later, Constantine reemerges, physically un-aged but with all of his memories intact—and yet the world has passed him by. Constantine must now fathom a new world torn apart by the same old political and social woes, while attempting to discover how he returned after all this time. But most troubling of all are the rumors of a new young magician named Tim Hunter, a boy destined to be either the greatest sorcerer of all, or the greatest threat to the world. If history is repeating itself, then is it John’s role to die all over again? Or is John here to stop the cycle—and stop Tim Hunter?
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