Review: The Hellblazer #2

[Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers.]

Writer: Simon Oliver
Artists: Moritat & Andre Szymanowicz

Summary
A mysterious group is interested in Constantine while Swamp Thing continues his search for Abby.

Positives
I like the cover by Moritat. It’s a cool group shot that works well. I especially like that Swamp Thing is just a head with a lot of spooky vines.

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The art is by Moritat with colors by Andre Szymanowicz and Moritat. There’s a nice style to the art. As usual, my main response is to the colors. They’re so good. The colors during Swamp Thing’s scene are beautiful. It captures a sunset well while still feeling otherworldly. I also love that London is mostly flat and grey until a character comes across the supernatural or something dark. Then, the color changes. It’s really cool.

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Swamp Thing’s scene is actually very sweet. His optimism is endearing and very welcome in this book. That’s probably why he has always worked so well with Constantine. Swamp Thing’s optimism and Constantine’s pessimism balance each other out and create a cool dynamic.

Negatives
It really feels like nothing happens in this issue. I had a terrible time coming up with a summary because this issue went in one ear and out the other. I just found this issue to be dull. There is a lot of set up and that’s about it. Maybe it will read better in a trade like I talked about in my review of Batgirl #3 but it does not work on its own for me.

Verdict
This issue really bored me. The art is amazing and there a couple of nice moments. But that’s about all that’s offered. There is a mystery that is set up but it’s not particularly interesting yet. This could go somewhere and maybe become interesting but I am fairly bored right now. I don’t recommend reading this issue.

 

2outof5

 

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Sean Blumenshine

I am currently a senior at Wichita State University studying communications. I started reading comics in 2013 because of how much I loved Man of Steel and season one of Arrow. My favorite hero is the Green Arrow and my favorite villain is the Joker.