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Sunday, January 27, 2013

John Constantine, Hellblazer: Hooked

Title: John Constantine,
Hellblazer: Hooked

ISBN: 9781401227289

Price: $14.99

Publisher/Year: Vertigo,

Artist: Guiseppe Camuncoli, Stefano Landini

Writer: Brian Peter Milligan

Collects: Hellblazer

Rating: 3/5

Urban occultist John Constantine has straddled the fine line between
right and wrong since his debut more than 25 years ago in the pages of Alan
Moore’s acclaimed run on Swamp Thing. A conman and a trickster, he has proved
willing to make any sacrifice to achieve his objectives, whether that be friends,
family or even his own mortal soul. The jaded, cynical Constantine has allowed
himself to get close to someone, but the old weaknesses are hard to abandon,
and he resorts to using a love potion to win her commitment, something he would
never have needed to resort to in the past. But Constantine is getting old, and
for the first time he appears frightened of being alone, leading him to take
dangerous risks and sinking to new moral lows.

As anyone who has followed the character will know, things never end
well for the streetwise shaman whenever a woman gets involved, and this story
is no exception…

Writer Peter Milligan obviously has a long game plan for his run on
Hellblazer, and there is much set up here which will only be resolved in
subsequent volumes, but that shouldn’t discourage new readers from exploring
what dark and deadly corners of reality he is taking John these days.

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