The Obnoxious And Hopeful Next Generation: ‘John Constantine: Hellblazer #4’ Reviewed

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead
John Constantine attempts a change of wardrobe before being attacked by gnome elementals made of excrement. John is aided by Tommy Willowtree, a skilled magic practitioner who deeply admires John. Tommy follows John, explaining how he performs his magic and telling him of a new threat that has arrived in London. Various landmarks have taken to attacking immigrants and the situation in Peckham Rye may be connected. Tommy thinks that John is the only one who can stop this emerging evil, but John thinks that Tommy is just a prick.

John Constantine: Hellblazer #4 cover by John Paul Leon
John Constantine: Hellblazer #4 cover by John Paul Leon

John Constantine: Hellblazer #4 finds our reluctant hero with a new protege of sorts in Tommy Willowtree. Tommy is a crunchy hipster committed to healthy living and progressive magic–the polar opposite of John Constantine himself.
Much of the comic is Tommy following John and attempting to plead his worth while showing John the new threat that has arisen in London. John can barely hide his contempt, but no insult muttered under Constantine’s threat is enough to drive Tommy away.
It’s a fairly slow-moving issue as a result. Dialogue is the major plot driver and a lot of the runtime is dedicated to comedy. Tommy acts like a ponce and John calls him a ponce under his breath.
John Constantine: Hellblazer #4 art by Matías Bergara, Jordie Bellaire, and letterer Aditya Bidikar
John Constantine: Hellblazer #4 art by Matías Bergara, Jordie Bellaire, and letterer Aditya Bidikar

Matías Bergara rejoins Simon Spurrier in this comic for a Coda reunion. Bergara brings a unique fluidity and ugliness that is well-suited to John Constantine. The visual design for Tommy is fantastic, as you know the exact kind of guy he is before he even opens his mouth. Jordie Bellaire gives the book a bright and blinding color palette, creating an atmosphere well-suited to Tommy Willowtree’s personality.
John Constantine: Hellblazer #4 is another strong showing for this revival. We meet a well-meaning if misled young man who worships John Constantine and thinks the Hellblazer is the only one who can save London. It’s an entertaining read with a unique and grabbing visual style and it earns a recommendation. Feel free to check this one out.
John Constantine: Hellblazer #4 comes to us from writer Simon Spurrier, artist Matías Bergara, color artist Jordie Bellaire, letterer Aditya Bidikar, and cover artist John Paul Leon.

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