Review: The Hellblazer #11

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

Writer: Simon Oliver

Artists: Davide Fabbri, Jose Marzan Jr. & Carrie Strachan

 

Summary

Constantine and Mercury try to go viral in order to find the owner of the magic shoe.

 

Positives

The cover by Tula Lotay is fantastic. I love the weird color scheme especially the purple on Mercury. The grave site is creepy as hell as is the image of Constantine crawling out. The pencils on Mercury and Constantine are fantastic; they look so good on this cover. I love this image.

The interior art features pencils by Davide Fabbri with inks by Jose Marzan Jr. and colors by Carrie Strachan. There’s a nice contrast with Paris. The part that Constantine and Mercury are in looks great. The sun is shining and it looks inviting. The part that Dante and Sam are in looks less than great. The art is great but the city is clearly run down, there are cracks in the wall, graffiti everywhere and it’s always dark and creepy. The contrast works really well for the book. The characters look good as well.

Negatives

Most of this issue is focused on Dante and Sam who aren’t horrible characters, but they’re not all that interesting. Constantine and Mercury feel like foot notes but they’re the only character I’m invested in. I don’t care about this villain so the book ends up feeling really dull.

 

Verdict

I didn’t enjoy this issue. It’s not terrible or poorly drawn; I just don’t care. Most of it is focused on auxiliary characters who aren’t all that interesting fighting over a journal while the engaging characters sit around watching a shoe dance. The art is pretty good though. Despite that, I don’t recommend reading the issue.

 

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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.