- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: DC Comics; 52nd Revised edition edition (27 Feb. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401243231
- ISBN-13: 978-1401243234
- Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 0.6 x 25.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Constantine Volume 1: The Spark and the Flame TP (The New 52) Paperback – 27 Feb 2014
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Award-winning Canadian cartoonist Jeff Lemire is the creator of the acclaimed monthly comic book series SWEET TOOTH published by DC/Vertigo and the award winning graphic novel ESSEX COUNTY published by Top Shelf. He also writes ANIMAL MAN, FRANKENSTEIN AGENT OF S.H.A.D.E. and SUPERBOY for DC Comics. In 2008 Jeff won the Schuster Award for Best Canadian Cartoonist, and The Doug Wright Award for Best Emerging Talent. He also won the American Library Association's prestigious Alex Award, recognizing books for adults with specific teen appeal. In 2010 Essex County was named as one of the five Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade! Recently named one of Wizard magazines 25 "rising stars," Jeff is also hard at work on a new graphic novel for Top Shelf called THE UNDERWATER WELDER, due in 2012. He currently lives and works in Toronto with his wife and son.
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This is very much a mission statement for John, bits and pieces of his past have been revealed in JLD but this is more a explanation of his place in the wider DC universe as the dividing line between the dark and the rest off the world and also set out his methods and real lack of morals and his willingness to go to any lengths to stop the bad guy, now this works well by the end you get a very good sense off who and what John is and why it's dangerous to be around him, less well covered is the actual plot which is a bit thin due to the need to set the scene for the evil cult of the cold flame, which are actually decent enough enemies, and also John's allies who boil down to a bartender and a woman who owns a pet shop, past that there is some twists and turns surrounding a compass and a demon or two but it's all a bit thin on the ground, added to that an issue featuring Shazam which doesn't fit well (Trinity War crossovers on the whole aren't that great) and generally a sense it's all a bit predictable that leaves a bit off a feeling off a missed opportunity. All that said the parts where John is faced with some of the members of the cold flame, especially the bosses work quite well, it's good to see John use tricks and his wits to out manoeuvre the bad guy and even with him being the man he is you still feel you can root for him, which is very important.Read more ›
Constantine here's comes across as much younger and more gun-ho that the previous incarnation, with a magical trinket to pull out for any given situation. The story lines feel dumbed down in favour of action and fast pacing, it still feels like the same character but the plotting is now more like a Michael Bay film than the thoughtful narratives of the original series.
For the new comer there is action and excitement a plenty and this is not a particularly bad title by any means, for Hellblazer fans the change is a bit of a wrench that may not sit well. It's worth giving this series a shot to see where it goes, but treat it like a bit of popcorn fun and not a serious piece of writing. The old series is getting a nice new reprint at the moment so, go buy Hellblazer 1: Original Sins and see which you like more.
The story itself seems to move far too quickly, but then we are thirty years after his early appearances (which I still remember quite well), and life has speeded up. There is a new Society of Evil Magicians at work, and John is out to stop them obtaining a magical artefact, during the course of which adventure he sacrifices a few friends, talks the Spectre into letting him off, steals Captain Marvel's powers - yes, even down to the costume - and manages to cheat death (again).
It is all here, but it feels like the surface of a John Constantine story but without the depth. He does work better with as group, as in Justice League Dark; but as I said, maybe he'll grow on me.
I knew this would happen. They've taken a character that revels in thinking simple and playing dirty, removed any subtlety and essentially put a cape on him and announced "Constantine r my fayvrit super magics man!!!"
It's like they've tried to wedge the character into a "paint by numbers" super hero storyline that has a multitude of characters who, if you don't know them, seem way too try-hard or, in some cases, way too try-not-hard-enough. The artwork is good but gets a bit sloppy in places, in fact it slips between having brilliant splashes and really crappy little throw away panels. For that I should probably give it 2 stars but I'm sticking with 1 because DC have ruined all the good work that people like Garth Ennis and Mike Carey have done fleshing out the character.
I won't spoil anything for you but I will sum it up:
(Ok, some spoilers.)
Everyone else: Hey, isn't that John Constantine? Occult mega-genius and super-mega-magician man?!
Constantine: Yup, that's me, I have no mystery about my character whatsoever.
Everyone else: Hey, are those magical trinkets?! I love magical trinkets that do stuff!!
Constantine: Yup, I'm all like Batman but without the cape... Guvn'or!
Likeable Sidekick: I'm going to die at some point, aren't I? I haven't been fleshed out as a character at all and the plot is telegraphing that there is impending doom. I guess I should just die and come back later to get some sort of revenge I guess.
Constantine: That sounds like a good plan, Squire. I'm an English person... Apples and Pears, cup of tea etc.
Everyone Else: Oh noes!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great read but waited all day for delivery and came at 6pm but it is a great bookPublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
It's OK, but it lacks the energy, grit and character of the original Hellblazers.Published 1 month ago by Aj Finch
Having not read the hellblazer series and only seen the movie, my first look at the re-vamped constantine was in the JLD. Read morePublished 8 months ago by MR C S ALTOFT
This was bought as a gift, it's not a genre of books I am familiar with, but the recipient was pleased with it. The delivery was very quick too.Published 13 months ago by bohanna
Many have given this comic negative ratings and I fail to understand why.
Constantine is a story of a selfish S.O. Read more
Sparked a Flame of Interest.
I was aware of the ‘original’ incarnation of Constantine and had seen some his tales but had never been impressed enough to actually buy a trade. Read more
Well, I thoroughly enjoyed this! I've been with JC since his first appearance in Alan Moore's Swamp Thing and into the first 100 or so issues of his own Vertigo title. Read morePublished 22 months ago by W. Gillies
Okay, so you have one of the most popular and successful Vertigo titles ever, produced by a range of talents featuring the most amoral and cynical anti-hero in comics. Read morePublished 23 months ago by PaulC
I really didn’t get comfortable with this book. Maybe it’s because I’m too used to the vertigo Hellblazer or maybe he’s been diluted by a writer still finding Constantines voice. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Morphilms