one knows that the hearts of men are colder than ice better
than John Constantine, who has forgotten more about evil than
most people will ever know. The cost of that knowledge has
been high, but luckily for Constantine there have always been
plenty of others around to help share the pain. Now, as he
continues his cross-country trek through America's darkened
backroads, he continues to find that the one thing he can
count on - and exploit - is mankind's everyday viciousness...
together two Hellblazer stories. First up is the four
part Freezes Over, which is followed by the two part
Lapdogs and Englishmen. Strangely enough I felt that
the two stories should have been switched, as Freezes Over
really does drag over four parts and Lapdogs and Englishmen
tries to cram a little too much into its two parts.
really isn't enough material in Freezes Over, a problem
that could have been resolved if more use had been made of
some of the other characters that were stranded in the pub.
The writer could have delved a little more into their backgrounds
to see whether they were all as innocent as they claimed.
The conclusion is neat and will produce a wry smile, but there
are many questions left unanswered.
and Englishmen takes a dive into Constantine's past, when
he was a punk. The story doesn't gel as well as previous Hellblazer
stories, but then that may be due to the fact that the darker
side of his persona is absent. Here we see Constantine as
a young, fairly average, teenager without a care in the world.
It could have been a story about any youngster growing up
- the fact that it is Constantine is neither here nor there.
in all this graphic novel is not as smart as it could have
been - although it gives the impression that it is trying
to be a lot smarter than it actually is.
in a word.
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