The Sandman Universe Presents Hellblazeris a one-shot reintroducing the self-absorbed asshole street magician who’s secretly one of the most powerful sorcerers in the universe to the world of comics that birthed him. Constantine’s first appearance was in the pages of Alan Moore and Rick Veitch’s Swamp Thing, but he quickly migrated to Vertigo, and his family played an integral part in Neil Gaiman and company’s original run of Sandman comics. This late October one-shot will be written by The Dreaming‘s Simon Spurrier, with art from Green Arrow‘s Marcio Takara, and followed by a John Constantine, Hellblazer ongoing series from Spurrier and Aaron Campbell (Infidel).
“Hellblazer’s the one title I’ve always aspired to write. Ever since John Constantine slunk from Alan Moore’s brain into Swamp Thing, dropping secrets like grenades, bewildering vegetables, and spinning mysteries, I’ve been drawn to his misadventures with eerie gravity. John Constantine is the cynic’s magician: a man of selfish drives and cataclysmic self-knowledge, who tries to do the right thing in spite of himself, in spite of the cost, in spite of the vile and violent world he occupies. He may not be the hero we need, but he’s definitely the bastard we deserve,” said Spurrier.
“In this new era, everything is different. Everyone and everything he loved and knew is dead or despises him. Alone, angry, older, and wiser, he beholds a world that is clearly going insane. The shadows are deeper than ever. So he does what he does. He breathes smoke. He grins to himself. And he goes to work.”
The first issue of the new Constantine book is out at the end of November. November also sees new story arcs for the four Sandman Universe ongoings.
Dan Watters and Max and Sebastian Fiumara continue Lucifer with the lord of Hell wandering the English countryside, ignoring his responsibilities and hosting a dinner party for a group of shady guests, including Constantine, as a Wild Hunt heads his way to bag its thousand-year god limit with Lucifer’s head.
Kat Howard and Tim Fowler’s Books of Magic has Constantine pay Tim Hunter a visit to maybe kill him in case he becomes too powerful later on.
Waters, Nalo Hopkinson and Domo Stanton’s House of Whispers turns into House Hunters: The Dreaming, with intrigue between Erzulie, the Corinthian, Papa Midnite and Shakpana.
And in Spurrier and Bilquis Evely’s staggeringly good The Dreaming,a sentient algorithm has taken control of the realm and who really cares, Evely’s still drawing it so holy crap it’s amazing.
“Year One was just the start. Now you get to inhabit the worlds, books, and houses we built for you,” Gaiman said in a statement. “I was thrilled when I was told that John Constantine—the original, demon-haunted one who first showed up in Swamp Thing’s “American Gothic” story—is coming back to his murky and dangerous roots. More magic and more darkness and not a few gods and dreams are here for you to explore.”