Story: Tom Taylor
Art: Bruno Redondo & Vicente Cifuentes
What They Say:
John Constantine confronts a deadly demon and later takes a meeting with Batman.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
After getting to sample the first issue for free, I admit I was curious enough to check out more of the book, especially since it’s such a low barrier to entry and there’s a good bit of frequency with it. Coming from my early days where comics were skyhigh at 65 cents an issue, 99 cent issues are appealing. This series even more so since it’s existing in its own continuity and I don’t have to get involved with other events and spinoffs and so forth. I just get to have fun with something that plays well with the characters and mythology in a way that changes it up a good bit based on the premise of the game itself.
With Constantine as the central figure here, he started to put things into motion before after what happened to his daughter’s mother and that’s put him in cahoots with Detective Chimp. But before things can go further, since there is some big bad evil out there that’s coming their way, he knows he needs more than just your usual superheroes to try and deal with it, particularly since it may be tied to other events. That provides for a comical interaction between him and Trigon in the first few pages. With the connection they have, both in Raven and the fact that Trigon has a portion of his soul that was sold to him, there’s definitely an upper hand issue going on here. But Constantine’s nature is one that lets him push back and almost be playful about it in order to survive and make it through, which is off-putting for many. While he doesn’t quite secure help here, things are moving in the right direction as it’s properly seeded.
Thankfully, things get back to the real world and we get a good mix of seriousness, as we see Superman and the other Yellow Lanterns trying to figure out what’s going on, while Constantine brings Batman into the fold with him and Detective Chimp. Because of the bad magic starting to make its move into the world and those being aligned with Superman, Constantine actually did the smart thing in grabbing and binding Raven to a secret, protected location. Considering her lineage and power, having her on the bad side is really dangerous. Most of what we get here is a moving of the pieces into place with what’s to come, firming up Constantine’s side, cementing his motivation and making sure Batman knows what’s going down to provide the right kind of help. But it also gives us a man in a bat suit and a chimp in a Sherlock suit sitting in the back of a car being treated seriously. Which is great comedy.
While the opening issue didn’t knock it out of the park for me, and neither did this one, it’s setting up some good stuff and is definitely the kind of smooth, easy and fun read that I wanted. So many books are so mired in the grim and angst that it forgets how to do that while not being consumed by it. Tom Taylor brings it together well here once again with Bruno Redondo as we get an expansion on events from the first, some great time with Trigon and a good bit of snarky but appropriate dialogue from Constantine as he plays his own loose, larger than life game. I’m definitely curious to see what path it takes here as this series goes on.
Age Rating: 13+
Released By: DC Comics via ComiXology
Release Date: October 7th, 2014