“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.