THE SEASON IN HELL ENDS
This issue is the epilogue of “Another Season in Hell,” which dealt with John Constantine traveling to the eternal pit to face his tormented sister and discover the shocking truths about his family. In this story he teams up with his niece Gemma to try and stop Constantine’s evil twin, the same one that raped Gemma and ruined the trust she had in her uncle. The stakes have never been higher for Constantine than at this moment.
Peter Milligan has been doing a wonderful Hellblazer run. It’s always one of my favorite comics every month, and all though this was a little slow in terms of pacing, it was still very enjoyable. I really liked seeing Constantine perform all of the horrible tasks of Dark Magic in order to help Gemma try to get over the trauma she went through.
The artwork by Gael Bertrand was very stylish and fit the Hellblazer universe very well. Bertrand’s artwork had sharp lines and grim atmosphere that rang true to the characters and story throughout the issue. There was a great moment where we got to see a cross section of the evil Constantine’s head and brain when a syringe goes through his eye.
This wasn’t the most exciting or witty issue of Hellblazer, but it was still entertaining. It was the necessary epilogue to the plot line that had been going on, though I would have liked to have seen Constantine’s wife in it for at least a couple of scenes. But hey, that’s a small complaint.