Review: The Hellblazer #23

[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 five! John’s trying to listen to the angel on his shoulder, but Helena Bertinelli’s a bit bloodthirsty. And when she’s the better option, you have to ask yourself: What’s wrong with your life?

 

Positives

The cover by Tim Seeley is pretty cool. The angel and devil on the shoulder is usually a fun image and I like that the Huntress is the angel; there’s humor in that. It’s an eye-catching image.

The interior art features pencils by Davide Fabbri, inks by Christian Dalla Vecchia and colors by Carrie Strachan. Their work is solid. The book looks good.

The ending is really exciting. It’s a fun idea to blow the story up to the largest stakes possible and then bring it back down for a more personal finale.

It’s fun to see Huntress beat the crap out of demons. Huntress gives the book some energy and a decent amount of humor. She feels really out of place but that ultimately works to the issue’s advantage.

Negatives

The story still does still feel a little generic. I have hope for next issue since the demons won’t be there but this issue is a little dull. There’s even a virgin sacrifice; that’s how obvious these demons are. And John has to make a deal with a demon to save the day and that feels a little typical as well.

 

Verdict

This is a solid issue. It looks good and there is some fun in the action. I like Huntress kicking ass and the ending has potential. Additionally, the art provides a solid tone for the piece. The issue is a little boring in certain elements due to its use of certain tropes but there’s fun to be had with it.

 

 

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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.