DC Comics released the announcement, and special video, letting fans know that the musician Sting, who was an original inspiration for the character John Constantine as created by Alan Moore, would be writing the foreword to Constantine, Hellblazer: 30th Anniversary Celebration.
Sting’s foreword will “take on the perspective of the Golden Boy, Constantine’s alternate-universe twin, touching on his relationship with the occult detective over the years”, according to DC.
In the video, which he filmed while preparing for his upcoming 44/876 tour with Shaggy, Sting wears the recognizable Constantine trench coat, really reinforcing his resemblance to the character as well as his “look”.
#DCVertigo is proud to announce legendary musician @OfficialSting‘s involvement in JOHN CONSTANTINE, HELLBLAZER: 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION! Head here for all the details surrounding this momentous event: https://t.co/RtdBnS1leO pic.twitter.com/o07NLTzLJx
— Vertigo Comics (@vertigo_comics) June 18, 2018
The commemorative collection will explore the complete history of the series with four one-page essays written by author Rich Handley, a comprehensive timeline of Constantine’s life, and three one-page stories featured in issues #1, 2 and 4. Memorable stories from Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Garth Ennis, Brian Azzarello, Paul Jenkins, Jamie Delano will be included, too, such as issues #11, 27, 41, 63, 120, 146, 229 and 240. Saga of the Swamp Thing #37 will also be in the collection, the story where the character was officially introduced.
The commemorative collection, Constantine, Hellblazer: 30th Anniversary Celebration, will be available on October 30th 2018.
Sting’s 44/876 Tour with Shaggy starts on June 19th. Please visit www.sting.com for more details.