Saturday, September 17, 2011

Hellblazer #275 - 279

Written by Peter Milligan
Art by Giuseppe Camuncoli, Stefano Landini, and Simon Bisley

I find it odd that I enjoy Milligan's run on Hellblazer, but actually have no desire to purchase the book each month.  Instead, I scour bargain bins at poke around used book stores for it, and usually score small runs at conventions.  That's how I amassed these five issues, which start with John's wedding to Epiphany, and move through their first few challenges as a married couple.

The notion of Constantine being married is an interesting one, especially since he married the alchemist daughter of a notorious gangster.  There is a lot of story potential in that sentence, and Milligan is slowly unpacking it.  We see the desire they both have to remain independent in dealing with their own issues, the first of which is John wanting to retrieve the thumb he cut off a little while ago.  This leads to an odd sequence of events involving crashed cars, thieving art managers, and Epiphany's father.

This comic remains fun (when it's not dealing with topics like John's demonic side molesting his niece Gemma at the wedding), and very well put together, but for whatever reason, it's not enough to attract me to it on a more regular basis.  I'm also not sure what it would need to do that.

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