So you don’t like comic books. You don’t like all these capes and metal skeletons running around, with a 24 page plot that is easily rectified with a light sprinkling of Deus Ex Machina that puts everything back in place. That describes a lot of comics these days. But the thing is, some of the best comics out there, don’t star super heroes. Not in the traditional sense anyway. There’s a comic book that wrapped up a few years ago, that centered on a drug-addled madman in search of the truth in the distant future. And it’s one of the best damn comics that you’ll ever read.
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.
Everyone has that one comic book, that shows them the medium can be more than capes and tights action. For me, that particular series will always be Preacher, a sacrilegiously entertaining romp through America and the afterlife.
There’s no denying that those extras for Call of Duty Black Ops 2 are a tad pricy. A season pass is going to cost you a pretty penny, so it better be worth it. Revolution was the first map pack released for the game, but it wasn’t exactly the best example of DLC, appealing to hardcore fans only in the long run. Uprising follows in those footsteps with an approach that only hits some of the necessary targets.
It’s good to be Telltale Games right now. After hitting all the right chords with some nostalgic new takes on Sam & Max, as well as Monkey Island, the studio then received too damn much praise for their adaptation of The Walking Dead. And while a second season is on the way for that hit series, they’ll also be tackling some fairy tales soon, as they adapt Fables into a new set of games.
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.