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John Constantine: Hellblazer Written by Garth Ennis Art by William Simpson and Steve Dillon Published by DC Comics, Vertigo Imprint

 

John Constantine is one of those comic characters a lot of people have written, but relatively few have really gotten right, like Wolverine or Paste Pot Pete. Originally cooked up by our old friend Alan Moore for his seminal (which is to say, bloody insane) run on “Swamp Thing”, Constantine is easily described as an “urban magus” but more accurately described as “a burned out, hard boiled ex punk-rocker in a trench coat that couldn’t be more dirty if it had been dragged through every major conflict in world history, who messes about with magic and gets in over his head 99% of the time and has to squirm his way out of it, usually getting people he cares about hurt or killed in the process”.

Or just “Bastard” as his friends might say. »

- Thomas O'Connor

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