Some believe him only a legend, an old tale told by slaves
in days gone by. But the man called Papa Midnite is more than
a myth - he is a magus, steeped in the mysticism of ancient
Africa. For close to three centuries, he has been cursed to
walk the earth, amid blood and destruction, waiting to repay
a debt to people he once coldly betrayed. Tonight, his wait
on a New York walkabout by a ghost from his distant past,
Papa Midnite's vision quest leads him from Harlem to a forgotten
slave burial ground in lower Manhattan - and back through
time itself, to the days of colonial New York when as a young
mystic he incited rebellion and provoked the gods, only to
pay the ultimate price. The secrets of John Constantine's
greatest enemies are revealed in a story that combines the
brutality of slavery, the wonder of magic and finally, the
power of the past.
is an interesting exploration of man's inhumanity to his fellow
man. Over the course of this graphic novel we get a small
glimpse into how racist the USA was in an age not that far
from our own. But
this collection is not just about racial history it's also
a tale of revenge and origins.
Johnson's writing goes around the houses a bit, but gets there
in the end, and on reflection the long windedness of it makes
the pay off all the more satisfying. The main narrative treads
on fairly rocky ground, and Johnson manages to skirt the boundaries
of taste while still getting his message across. Tony Atkins
art is chilling in places. His images of Afro-Americans hanging
from trees is a powerful depiction - a part of American history
that its citizens should never be allowed to forget.
worthy addition to the Hellblazer stable.
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