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Hellblazer #253
By Leroy Douresseaux

May 3, 2009 - 08:55

Publisher(s): DC Comics
Writer(s): Peter Milligan
Penciller(s): Giuseppe Camuncoli
Inker(s): Stefano Landini
Colourist(s): Jamie Grant
Letterer(s): Sal Cipriano
Cover Artist(s): Lee Bermejo
$2.99 US, 32pp, Color


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Cover art for Hellblazer #253.

“Scab” Part 3 of 3, “Infectious”

Writer Peter Milligan closes out his first storyline as the new writer for Hellblazer, a three-issue story arc that finds the title character John Constantine being haunted by his past.  If he is anything, Constantine is a character living in the present, with an eye on the future, but always fighting the ghosts of his past.

In Hellblazer #253, Constantine returns to his home base of Liverpool where he tries to tie up loose ends from a dockworkers’ strike in which he inserted himself, via his magic – for a price, of course.  It seems as if, Mal Brady, who looked like the bad guy may be justified in his actions (to an extent), so who is the bad guy?  And John says good-bye while looking forward to a happy future – at least, a piece of one.

The closing of the Scab storyline might seem like going out with a whimper rather than with a “Bang!,” but in a quiet way, Milligan seems to reminding anyone who has forgotten (or informing new readers) what a bastard John Constantine was, is, and will be.  It’s a good way for Milligan to move onto the rest of his dirty work on this title.  All in all, “Scab” is a good indicator of what’s to come.

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