Graphic Novel Review: John Constantine, Hellblazer: Death and Cigarettes by Peter Milliganon July 2, 2013 at 7:00 am
Author: Peter Milligan
|Book Rating: 4/5|
|Bottom Line: The Final and Volume with an Ambiguous Ending|
In this penultimate chapter to Vertigo’s longest series, Death and Cigarettes is the latest chapter in critically acclaimed writer Peter Milligan’s run on HELLBLAZER.
Luckily, each HELLBLAZER volume tends to be self contained. They do make mention of previous events, but the lack of knowledge didn’t hinder enjoyment or understanding of the different volumes. Death and Cigarettes follows suit, but there is a difference. This isn’t just another volume, this is the final volume.
Knowing that fact, this volume feels rushed and incomplete. I haven’t read all 300 issues, but I was still able to tell that this was not an appropriate send off for John. The story felt like it jumped around from point to point and some parts felt unexplained. Even with all that, the story was dark and enjoyable for fans of the occult.
The art duties are split between two artists. I am not a fan of this, I like one clear art style though a book. The second artist, Giuseppe Camuncoli, has a great style that really works for HELLBLAZER. The first artist has a darker, murkier style that didn’t really resonate with me personally. But it was still easy enough to follow.
The ending was ambiguous, very ambiguous. Knowing what little I do know about the HELLBLAZER heritage that may be a perfect ending for Constatine. I could see many fans tearing their copies into little pieces. Think the ‘LOST’ season finale.
All isn’t lost though; Constantine is being reborn as a DC character. Is this a good thing? Only time will tell.
Book Received: For free from publisher in exchange for an honest review