Comic Recommendation: Constantine

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Today’s comic recommendation is DC Comics’ Constantine, written by Ray Fawkes and art by Renato Guedes. See why this book is one worth picking up.

Liar, cheater, manipulator…John Constantine is all of these, and yet he uses these skills and more to protect the world from the darkest corners of the DC Universe. This book takes advantage of everything that makes this con-artist great. The one man who is almost always able to pull off the impossible. Be it talking his way out of trouble or being the sly opportunist he is by nature. When it comes to the world of magic you’ll always find him at the center of it or the cause of something which affects it. He’s a tough guy though for the most part this is a front which Ray displays consistently. As someone who doesn’t even rely on magic that often it is a trait which makes his character feared by those who would dare disrupt the balance in magic.

constantine 2He’s younger and he isn’t married, but he’s still a bit of a con-man and a double-dealer. He’s gruff, he likes his whisky and cigarettes, and he absolutely will do whatever he has to do to achieve his desired end. That means that you don’t want to be in his way and you don’t want to be standing next to John when he starts plotting. If you’re one of the uninitiated and you don’t dabble in the dark arts, you probably don’t have much to fear from Constantine. He’s not interested in tormenting the blissfully unaware or those who he deems not up to par with his intelligence. But if you’ve decided to swim in his waters, then all bets are off. He’ll show you no mercy.

What you come to like is that he’s a brains over brawns kind of guy. He’ll step over anyone to get what he wants and if he can’t step on you, he’ll find someone who can. This includes treating any and all allies who have no real connection to him as scapegoats if he deems the act necessary.

Constantine 006 (2013) (Digital) (Darkness-Empire) 001Constantine is a lot of things, but he isn’t a hero by anyone’s standards, least of all his own. Ray Fawkes really captures this anti-hero nature which makes him so infamous across the world. He’s very much a big-picture guy, and his focus in on the long-term. When you’re dealing with forces of good and evil that stretch back to the beginning of time itself, you have to be that way. This is why you see him as the lone wolf, only on a team if he has no other choice and those working with him are probably not acting on their own will. In fact, most heroes would avoid contact with John just knowing that he brings trouble with him where ever he goes. An agenda is always there and for good or bad, his approach isn’t all too agreeable.

The only problem you might face with this series is that the pacing moves a bit slower than you’d expect. It could be due to his involvement in other books, but it’s something you have to adjust to in order to stick with his story. Aside from this, give the book a chance and get engaged in the mystic side of the DC Universe because it has a lot to offer.

Jideobi is the Comic Editor at Analog Addiction where he writes all things comics and comic related(especially if X-Men). Also follow him on Twitter @Siphen0.

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