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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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  • For fuck's sake.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    I like to think that Harry Dresden is just better adjusted. I think it's the level of organization that saved him-- he'd have been fucked without a White Council sword over his head for a decade.

  • BlackRabbit

    I didn't hate the Keanu movie. It was as good as a big-screen Hellblazer was gonna get. Faint praise, but still. Also Peter Stormare, so shut up.

  • TheOriginalMRod

    It is one of guilty pleasure movies... I own it on DVD... there I said it...

  • Anne At Large

    I thought it was mostly a waste of my time, but for the excellent Peter Stormare AND SWINTON.

  • Yes, for Stormare and SWINTON.

  • BlackRabbit

    No no, STORMARE and SWINTON. Equal props.

  • "John Constantine is what Harry Dresden wants to be when he grows up."

    Ow. That stung.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Not really. Even Harry knows that he has a lot to learn yet, and he's managed to stave off chronic cynicism so far, despite all the shit that gets dumped on him every time he so much as turns around.

  • Rooks

    Fabius, without wanting to be blunt, wir sollten uns mal treffen. You read Jim Butcher and Suzanne Collins and you watched Misfits, and it gives me feelings.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Sorry, das hat etwas länger gedauert.

    Wenn das ernst gemeint war: Können wir gerne machen.

    Wenn nicht, hast Du mich wenigstens ein wenig zum Erröten gebracht. (Wobei: Du hast nicht geschrieben, was das für Gefühle sind ;) )

  • 'he was a grinning chain smoking avatar of joyous anarchy tempered with the terrible sadness of everything he had seen'
    What a fantastic fucking character profile. I'd pay good money to have an anonymous stranger in a trench coat describe me like that at my funeral before dropping his cigarette and walking off into the rain.

  • Dragonchild

    Yeah, it's only been done a thousand times. SLW, at least, seems to freely admit it's more a guilty pleasure ("slipped out of a brown paper bag at around two am") than high literature, which is fine. I think I'm too jaded to find such a character likeable at this point.

  • PyD

    Its really our fault for only buying the trades

  • MarTeaNi

    Vertigo has rapidly become DC's creator-owned imprint. The canning of Hellblazer was inevitable once they began taking back characters.

  • jackdow

    Also, that John Constantine is one of the few comic book characters to age in real-time.

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