Vertigo Ending “Hellblazer” with #300, DC Launching “Constantine” from Venditti and Guedes

Constantine by Renato Guedes

“Hellblazer” is dead, long live “Constantine.”

The Associated Press announced this morning that the long running “Hellblazer,” starring an older John Constantine, would end this February with issue #300. However, the character won’t be without a solo series for long, as “Constantine” will launch as a new ongoing series set in the DC Universe.

“Hellblazer” is currently being written by Peter Milligan and illustrated by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Stefano Landini, but has been in the hands of dozens of creators since its inception in 1988. Unlike so many modern characters, Constantine aged along with the book, and therefore presented a far different version of the character than currently being featured in “Justice League Dark.”

That younger Constantine currently seen in “Justice League Dark” will be the same one starring in “Constantine,” from writer Robert Venditti (DC’s “Demon Knights,” Valiant’s “X-O Manowar”) and artist Renato Guedes (most recently seen pencilling “Green Lantern” #12). Launching in March, “Constantine” seeks to give a contemporary focus to the character outside of the team book setting.

“He’s going to be the same age that he is in Justice League Dark and the same character that people know and recognize – the drinking and smoking, the con man aspect of him – that’s going to be very much part of the series,” said Vendetti.

Stay tuned for more news about the upcoming series as it becomes available.

About The AuthorBrian SalvatoreBrian Salvatore is an editor, podcaster, reviewer, writer at large, and general task master at Multiversity. When not writing, he can be found playing music, hanging out with his daughter, or playing music with his daughter. He also has a dog named Lola, a rowboat, and once met Jimmy Carter. Feel free to email him about good beer, the New York Mets, or the best way to make Chicken Parmagiana (add a thin slice of prosciutto under the cheese).

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  • Ian

    I had a feeling this would happen. At least they let it end unlike so many other long running comics. I guess Fables is the new Vertigo flagship, some might argue it has been that way for awhile now.

    Also Vendetti seems to be rising quickly, I’m enjoying X-O Manowar but now he is on both Demon Knights and Hellbla- uhh Contsantine.

  • Esteban Pedreros

    Robert Venditti

  • Nephillim

    just when he was getting so awesome!! Nice wife and all…Cool stories!! Noooo! Now here he goes for the kid!! Constantine will probably die at number 300 for real..The REal one!!

  • Nullify

    Crap. Just heard the news. I took a break from comics for a few months to dedicate myself to my studies, and I come back to this? They’re ending one of the best ongoing comics of all time and replacing it with…. a neutered, PG version set in the DC universe? Disgusting. Screw you, DC.

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