By Leroy Douresseaux
January 24, 2008 - 14:04
|Lee Bermejo offers up this striking cover image for Hellblazer 229.|
The story begins with series star John Constantine having a few drinks at the pub with his friends, when one of them asks for a favor. John is reluctant to get involved, but he will do the favor. Still, as he always does, John has a unique way of illustrating a point, or few points, as is the case here – about good deeds…, helping a stranger, minding your own business, etc.
John once met twin sisters, who were seemingly in the midst of a feud. Wheel chair-bound Ella wanted John to retrieve something from her sister, Anna that belongs to Ella. Anna is willing to give up the goods, but she wants the highly-resourceful Constantine to obtain a holy relic for her. The relic’s keeper also wants something, and before long, John is up to his stomach in demon flesh and hungry wolves.
THE LOWDOWN: A tightly paced tale, Hellblazer #229, literally drags the reader across the span of 22 pages in just a few minutes. Like a dastardly Elliot leaving a trail of candy for E.T. to follow, Carey introduces a steady flow of sweet nothings and candy-coated elements that keeps us following the intrigue he’s created. It’s not perfect; it’s just perfectly entertaining.
The art team of John Paul Leon (pencils/inks) and Lee Loughridge (colors) mixes a noir-ish sensibility (Leon) with a 2-color and monochromatic rhythm (Loughridge). It’s the perfect palette for this supernatural hardboiled detective/hired gun tale.
POSSIBLE AUDIENCE: Long time fans and those looking for a $3 comic that delivers the entire package in one sitting.