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iFanboy Mini #25 – Pick of the Week: Hellblazer #243

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Hellblazer #243 was an easy choice for Josh Flanagan’s Pick of the Week.

John Constantine invades the Vatican to banish some demons in a room without sin.

Sounds good doesn’t it? It bloody well is!


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  1. So this is a good jumping on point then? I’ve never had much interest in the character of Constantine, which I freely admit I blame Keanu for. And also admit that’s lazy of me. But those panels looked beautiful, so I might get this.

    What’s wrong with double-breasted suits? 

  2. He just never wore one before.

    Also, it makes you look like a mafioso.  

  3. Keanu was pretty good as Constantine, I thought.

  4. For an american, he actually got the attitude pretty close, but he wore his sadness a bit too much on his sleeve I thought.  He wasn’t quite…smug enough I think.

  5. I’m not 100% certain on this one, Josh, but the double-breasted suit goes back to his original appearance in Swamp Thing #37. That’s certainly what Diggle’s been playing up since he brought Constantine back to form in one of his first storylines. He used to wear a full suit, trenchcoat, and — IIRC — white gloves. And I think it may have been double-breasted, but I’m not entirely sure.

  6. OK, did a quick search but couldn’t find any images of original appearance. A few descriptions list him as wearing a pin-striped suit and gloves, so I did remember that right.


    Can I do an image here? Lessee… this is from the end of Diggle’s Ravenscar storyline, where Constantine is "back in form."


    <img src="http://farm1.static.flickr.com/198/500903171_763d372521.jpg"></img>&nbsp;

  7. ok, so that didn’t work…ah well…

  8. I don’t have a problem with Keanu (c’mon, Point Break was great), or his portrayal of the character. I just thought the movie was awful, apart from Tilda Swinton, and ever since I equate Constantine being bad with Keanu. But I’ve never read it. As I said, that’s lazy of me.

    So maybe it’s time to change that by jumping on. The art looks gorgeous, and if the character’s meant to be more smug than Keanu’s performance then that sounds better to me.

    Josh, mafioso’s look cool and you know it! 

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