Review: The Hellblazer #21

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

Writer: Tim Seeley

Artists: Davide Fabbri, Christian Dalla Vecchia & Carrie Strachan

 

Summary

“THE GOOD OLD DAYS” part three! London is lovely, and John’s having a fabulous time. And if you believe that, you’ll believe that the Huntress is on his side and the demons aren’t coming after his ex-girlfriend. Some people will believe anything.

 

Positives

The cover by Tim Seeley and Chris Sotomayor is pretty good. I love the trail of demons behind; it’ a cool image.

The interior art features pencils by Davide Fabbri, inks by Christian Dalla Vecchia and colors by Carrie Strachan. The art is solid. The characters look good; they’re expressive and distinct.

I like commentary Seeley makes about how the Bat Family characters act towards criminals. They tend to just beat people up and not think about the bigger picture or the society that put criminals on the street.

Negatives

Is John Constantine really the best person to be lecturing someone on morality. I understand what Seeley is trying to say but it feels hollow coming from Constantine.

The issue feels like padding. Not a lot happens. Constantine teams up with Huntress and we find out what Burke’s ghost is planning. But that’s it. The issue is fairly slow and kind of dull.

I don’t like the direction the story has taken. I was more engaged when it was simple; a ghost from hell possessed a woman. That was working and created tension. This issue makes the story a much bigger thing; it might be too big and it kind of kills the tension for me.

 

Verdict

I didn’t like this issue. The art is fine and there are some solid moments. But the issue doesn’t really move the story along. The pacing is off with this issue and it makes it a little boring.

 

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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.