The siege of the Faerie Queene has gone on for more than 15
months, and the last stronghold of humanity is near total
collapse. Their one hope is that the Hunter - the very embodiment
of magic itself - will come to save them. But hope is not
enough for their battle-fatigued leader, John Constantine.
Only reassembling the lost Books of Magick can guarantee the
Hunter's return, and Constantine is prepared to sacrifice
anything to make that happen - just as the Queene of Faerie
will stop at nothing to prevent it. But Constantine has the
edge: only he knows the Hunter's whereabouts and true nature
- the blissfully unaware postgraduate Timothy Hunter, safe
in another world where magic cannot reach... for now...
Life During Wartime is
a queer beast. It's trippy and will go over the heads of anyone
who isn't a Books of Magick follower. While the author
attempts to set things up, so that the reader isn't left scratching
their head, you'll probably need to read this twice to actually
Ormston's crude, almost childlike, illustrations do the job,
for the most part. His renderings for the other realm are
weird, twisted and generally look great. But, when given a
more earthier subject his work comes up a little short. Without
giving too much away... there is a torture scene which would
have had much more impact if the illustrations had been a
bit less crude (Okay I know these scenes were set in the other
realm - but not the trippy aspect of that realm).
heart of Si Spencer's script is not very original - it just
feels that way because he cloaks it in so many watered down
plot threads. Strip away the candy coating and underneath
there is a story as old as time itself.
yeah. And I'm also right royally bored now of Constantine
popping up everywhere (Hellblazer (obviously), Swamp
Thing and now here). Sure he's a good character, but he's
not that bleeding fantastic that you have to plaster him all
over the place.
a shame, because this could have been so much more. As it
stands, it's not quite average.
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