It’s been three years since DC turned their line of comics off and back on again in a massive reboot, following the events of The Flashpoint Paradox. Three years of the New 52, in which DC launched all new comics, cancelled most of them and figured out what to do right. After that period of time, DC is now finally ready to move on, abandoning the New 52 moniker now that their line of comics have had an extended period of settling in. But they’re bringing a ton of new series with them in the wake of their upcoming Convergence event.
You think of comic books, and you immediately flash to capes, tights and female heroes wearing leather jackets over tight spandex thanks to an awkward design phase from the 1990s. But comics are so, so much more than that. You’ve got a side of the medium that is all colourful and high in action. Then you’ve got another side, a darker reflection for more mature audiences where actions have consequences and there isn’t always a happy ending. And that’s the side where you’ll find John Constantine, the Hellblazer.
If there’s one comic book series that has always been right on the edge of dark, adult material, it’s Hellblazer: John Constantine. The Vertigo series has been running since 1988, but that’s all coming to an end soon. As of the 300th issue, the British con-mage will be saying farewell to the line of comics that he’s been a part of for 24 years. And that’s because he’ll be moving on up to the east side, to finally get a slice of that new 52 pie.