John Constantine, is a punk-gothic anti-hero. He has a conscience, but it is hidden behind too much cynicism, alcohol, and tobacco. He has seen too much. His world is not the cosy world of nine-to-five jobs, or simple cause and effect. He is a mage, albeit a minor one. In the comics he is first and foremost a facilitator. He is one of the few that can move freely in both 'normal' and supernatural society.
What really made this comic stand how it delivered its political message. All stories in this collection are very political, but they deliver their message in a very allegorical form. They capture so well the atmosphere of the 1980s, or today for that matter! The portray a spiritual poverty that opens up doors for forces both from heaven and hell to enter and exploit. Some stories deal with the people that are just out to make money, other, more frightening stories, deal with the forces of hell and heaven that are trying to take over our daily lives. Yuppies are created by demons from hell and satan worshippers sacrifice runaway children. By far the most dangerous threat is posed by the well-organised and fanatical christian fundamentalists.
Try the truly shocking story "When Johnny comes marching home" which deals with the scars left by the Vietnam war on the US. It is not rotting corpses coming back - it is something so much worse that comes back... The drawings can be very evocative, capturing extremely well the grime and filth of industrial England.