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DC Cancels Hellblazer: "Yours is the Kind of Life Serial Killers Wank Off To"

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trade News | December 3, 2012 | Comments ()


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This news is a couple of weeks old if you follow the comic book industry, and even if you only half pay attention to it, you probably saw this coming a mile away. DC Comics is cancelling Hellblazer and rebooting it with a New-52 title called Constantine.

Rumors swirling around the Internet (which are always true, by the way) are that the title is being gelded, torn down to a PG-13 level of content in order to fit with the new vision of watered down crap delivered on iPads and test-marketed into oblivion into preparation for a mass market film release schedule. This for a comic that is best enjoyed slipped out of a brown paper bag at around two am when the gin really kicks in.

Hellblazer has been running since the 1980s, with the reins handed off to a dozen different authors at this point. It's the sort of comic that would have justified every concern parents used to have about comics corrupting their youth. And it does not have the slightest thing to do with that tainted twat of a Keanu Reeves movie of a few years ago.

John Constantine was a magician. But more than that, he was a grinning chain smoking avatar of joyous anarchy tempered with the terrible sadness of everything he had seen. John Constantine is what Harry Dresden wants to be when he grows up. Dying of cancer, he sold his soul to the second and third most powerful demons of hell so that the first would have to keep him alive in order to avoid a war that would bring down hell itself. After enduring the cure? He flipped off the devil with both hands and lit another cigarette. Yeah, that character is totally going to work in a sanitized universe of playing nice with other titles.

Hellblazer will conclude with its 300th issue in February.

(source: DC Comics)

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