Bloody Carnations Part Five: Confetti and Brimstone
Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI & STEFANO LANDINI
Cover by SIMON BISLEY
On Sale January 19, 2011
Vertigo; 48pg.; Color; $14.99 US; Mature Readers
Once again, the truth must be told from the very beginning. I do not read “Hellblazer” on a regular basis. I enjoy the stories and one-shots that I’ve read but the title is not on my monthly rotation. The movie “Constantine” that was based on the comic was very entertaining. “Hellblazer” is not the kind of comic book you can just jump into at any time. It is deeply rooted in it’s continuity and complex plotlines. You’re talking about a series that has been moving forward storywise for 23 years now. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy my time in John Constantine’s universe.
“Hellblazer #275” is a chunky 48-page special where John Constantine finally ties the knot with his love, Epiphany Greaves. Vertigo puts it best when they say that “many things have conspired to stop John Constantine from getting married, not least of which is John Constantine himself. But this time it’s different – this time it’s the young, beautiful alchemist Epiphany Greaves. Even as the church fills and the blushing bridegroom slips a carnation into his buttonhole, things can go horribly wrong. Uninvited guests from Heaven and Hell threaten to ruin the wedding of the year. Confetti and brimstone and the smell of blood (will) fill the air.”
It’s hard to judge one book out of 275 when you really just jumped into the River Thames. There’s so many different plot threads and character developments that I’ve never been exposed to. One thing I can tell you for sure was that “Hellblazer#275” was an entertaining and action-packed issue. Writer Peter Milligan obviously loves the long-running series, as he has been writing for it since 2008. His passion for the book definitely shines through on every page.
The penciling for “Hellblazer#275” was handled beautifully by Giuseppe Camuncoli. It is very much on the side of realism. The coloring was done by four different artists for some reason. Stefano Landini, Shawn Martinbrough, Trish Mulvihill, and Lee Loughridge all lent their talents to the task. There are some differences in tones and hues throughout the book, but nothing too noticeable. Simon Bisley was responsible for the eye-catching cover art that would most definitely attract your attention on the comic shop shelf.
Being someone who runs a website that concentrates on “our obsession with religious themes in movies, books, comics and more,” I would say that the characters and stories that run through the veins of “Hellblazer” do fascinate me. Obviously, most of the happenings in the book aren’t very theologically sound. It is still an entertaining read now and then. Fans of John Constantine and his world will not be disappointed by “Hellblazer #275.” As a matter of fact, somehow I felt closing the comic that there was an unspoken air of something bad coming on the horizon. A feeling of anticipation is always a good way to leave your readers in the end.
You can get “Hellblazer #275” right here.