COMICS: Vertigo's CONSTANTINE Series To End As The Affable Con Man Gets Set For A DC New 52 Solo Series

COMICS: Vertigo's CONSTANTINE Series To End As The Affable Con Man Gets Set For A DC New 52 Solo Series

John Constantine is already firmly entrenched in the DCnU as a member of Justice League: Dark but his Hellblazer solo series ran under DC's Vertigo line. That relationship changes in February as his Vertigo title ends and his New 52 run begins.

John Constantine has been part of the New 52 from the very beginning with the Justice League: Dark series. However, prior to the DC universe reboot back in September 2011, Constantine had his own solo title under DC's mature comic book line, Vertigo. Well news today reveals that with issue #300 in February, Constantine's Vertigo series will come to an end and a New 52 solo series for the character will begin.

Issue #300 of Hellblazer will be written by Peter Milligan with art from Giuseppe Camuncoli and Stefano Landini. However in the New 52, writer Robert Venditti will launch the tile with Renato Guedes handling the art duties.

Said Venditti, "He's going to be the same age that he is in Justice League Dark and the same character that people know and recognize - the drinking and smoking, the con man aspect of him - that's going to be very much part of the series.

"He is devious, he is underhanded and he's a very big-picture oriented guy. When you're dealing with things like demons running loose on earth, you need to be that way."

I've read the first 10 issues or so of Justice League: Dark and that was predominantly a Constantine-centric series. He's made cameos in numerous other DC titles and with the looming 'Trinity War' surrounding magic and mythological figures, it seems as if DC is making a conscientious effort to raise his profile.

The news also makes you wonder about the long-term future of Vertigo as a whole.

Here are some industry reactions to the news:

I'm really sad about this. Marvel and DC have had pretty must no titles with a consistent, unbroken run since the sixties. Wolvie, Punisher and Deadpool have all lasted at Marvel and maybe Firestorm at DC, but all have had reboots every one hundred issues or so to boost sales and Hellblazer has been a great success story by somehow coming out every month since 1987 (when I was still at school). It says something about the power of Moore's creations that the legs lasted 25 years. There's been some great runs (Garth's and Jamie's in particular). Very sorry to see it go.

Mark Millar

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dbzmaster789 - 11/8/2012, 7:37 AM
ironpool007 - 11/8/2012, 7:52 AM
This could be good or bad. I always loved Hellblazer but never read it in monthly single issue format because its too far in. This new series could be a new jumping on point, but it risks being watered down and not able to be as risque as the original.
Dynamo - 11/8/2012, 7:55 AM
Seriously, Del Toro needs to do Heaven Sent.
RexMason - 11/8/2012, 8:08 AM
Ok. Kill me now.
dollstix - 11/8/2012, 8:29 AM
What a bloody stupid idea.
Hellblazer worked because it was edgy, dark, damning, erotic, exotic, nasty, brilliant, brutal, nasty, hopeful, gory and a million other things that now run the risk of be de-ballsed for a wider audience.
I like comic books but with limited finance always went for the Vertigo titles because they took more risks.
This is really bad news.
What next ....Lucifer as a chat show? Sandman as a musical? 100 bullets as an opera?
Reckoner - 11/8/2012, 8:57 AM
This is a sad sad news, I´m a fan of hellblazer, i bought this series since the ennis run.

Im sad
SamWinchester - 11/8/2012, 9:10 AM
This New 52 horseshit needs to come to a close. I'm sick of it.
toco89 - 11/8/2012, 9:11 AM
DC doesn't know what they are doing either now. Seems like the big two are suffering from sorry guidance.
Franshu - 11/8/2012, 9:29 AM
[frick] DC. Just [frick] them. Now, a brainless, PG version of him is coming, Im sure. Hell, the plot was going to such cool new places, Constantine being married and all...
soberchimera - 11/8/2012, 9:53 AM
SuperSomething616 - 11/8/2012, 12:31 PM
BillyBatson1000 - 11/8/2012, 1:18 PM
Just when you thought they couldn't f*** the character any more than making a dull movie changing almost every aspect that made him different - they cut off his ***** and dump him back in the kiddy comics. Nice one DC. You're ever closer to circling the drain. Don't they realise that the so-called 'mature readers' are the only people with enough money to buy all of these titles.
toco89 - 11/8/2012, 2:09 PM

The whole point of the article is that he's always had one, its been successful, and because of that they are gonna bring to the mainstream continuity but have to inevitably sacrifice its essence to do it.
SuperSomething616 - 11/8/2012, 2:21 PM
...although hellblazer couldnt have go on forever anyway as it moved in real time (like Judge Dredd) and John is in his late fifties...

Although they are going to have to sacrifice alot fot he mature content at least this keeps the character going!!!
Jollem - 11/8/2012, 2:58 PM
i'm with warren
Greggmcg - 11/8/2012, 3:16 PM
I don't like the sound of this. I bought the first issue off the rack when I was 17 and been reading it ever since.
kylemf88 - 11/8/2012, 3:38 PM
This hurts my heart more than anything they could do in that damn industry...
DetBullock - 11/8/2012, 5:26 PM
O dear, another goes away.
Vertigo is leaving us, from now on only overmuscled guys and overboobed women in spandex on the market, I'm suddenly very very sad.
GetsugaTensho22 - 11/8/2012, 10:27 PM
So a B-list character's growing to be a bigger player in the mainstream continuity and people are still moaning?
Lol i'm just glad you're the sad minority.
loki668 - 11/9/2012, 1:30 AM
And, thus, the watering down of a great character begins.

Lord Loki has spoken
dollstix - 11/9/2012, 3:44 AM
Lord Loki
As ever from your throne is Asgard, you speak the truth
loki668 - 11/10/2012, 12:11 AM

I truly hope, in this case, that I am wrong. I love the character of John Constantine, but I fear that there is no way for him to exist in "mainstream DC" without tempering, or even outright removing, many of the characteristics, behaviors, and habits that make him such a affable (if occassionaly irresponsible) rogue.

Lord Loki has spoken

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