Friday, June 29, 2007

Hell of a Time

John Constantine is the anti-hero's anti-hero. Never afraid to sacrifice a friend for the greater good, or con his way out of trouble, Constantine constantly battles against the dark forces in the world. If this means doing a deal with the Devil, then Constantine will, and he will not use a long spoon. In fact the Devil cured him of his lung cancer in what was one of Constantine's greatest cons, he starts the graphic novel Dangerous Habits finding out he has massive tumours in his lungs and by the end he not only commits suicide but convinces one of the rulers of hell to keep him alive and to cure his cancer. As the graphic novel ends Constantine lights up a Silk Cut (his favourite cigarette brand) and walks off into the night.
The Hellblazer series featuring Constantine are a great read, and some of the great writers have worked on them including, Garth Ennis, Warren Ellis (also smokes Silk Cut), Mike Carey, and Brian Azzarello.
Now you may be mistaken for thinking of Constantine as a wooden American as played by Keanu Reeves, but in reality Constantine comes from the backstreets of Liverpool and is a real scouser. He may not be much use in a fight but once he starts talking then he weaves his own type of magic.
Pick up a Constantine graphic novel and you will be amazed by this interesting and complex character.

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