Of Angels And Bastards: John Constantine Hellblazer #2 Reviewed

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead

John Constantine reconvenes with K-Mag to talk about what he saw at the commons and John catches K-Mag in the process of his haruspex practice. John tells K-Mag what he found and agrees to meet with Noah again tonight. He tells Vestibulan, the demon that lives in his phone, to research a number for him before meeting the bouncer at the bar again. He gets a warning in the bathroom from a bobby to leave Noah be and he returns to Peckham Rye Commons to meet with Barry the Traffic. There, the angels return and John allows Vestibulan get a shot at them.

John Constantine: Hellblazer #2 cover by John Paul Leon
John Constantine: Hellblazer #2 cover by John Paul Leon

John Constantine: Hellblazer #2 continues John’s investigation into the angels at Peckham Rye Commons and the horrific murders they’ve perpetrated. He’s still not happy about working with K-Mag, but he’s begun to feel for Noah.

It’s still nice to see John Constantine in full bastard mode again, making crude jokes and exploiting unsuspecting wankers. Also, yes, I am going to be the ugly American using British slang while talking about Hellblazer.

Anyway, we get a hint at what’s behind the angels in this issue and it’s an interesting twist to be sure. John’s means of fighting them is quite clever too. 

As always, John is a compelling bastard throughout. He may be cruel and crude, but he has his standards, limits, and moments of compassion.

John Constantine: Hellblazer #2 art by Aaron Campbell, Jordie Bellaire, and letterer Aditya Bidikar
John Constantine: Hellblazer #2 art by Aaron Campbell, Jordie Bellaire, and letterer Aditya Bidikar

Aaron Campbell’s artwork is once again brilliant and horrifying at the same time. He makes sure to render John as the old, grizzled, and scarred street wizard that he is. The angels look fantastic, and the color work of Jordie Bellaire brings it all together brilliantly.

John Constantine: Hellblazer #2 is another impressive issue by Simon Spurrier and Aaron Campbell. Spurrier shows proficiency in tapping into what makes John such a wonderful lead, and Campbell’s artwork ranges from frightening to breathtaking, often at the same time. It’s an excellent book that easily earns a recommendation. Check it out.

John Constantine: Hellblazer #2 comes to us from writer Simon Spurrier, artist Aaron Campbell, color artist Jordie Bellaire, letterer Aditya Bidikar, and cover artist John Paul Leon.

Final Score: 8/10

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