It's been a strange decade for Liverpool's favorite laughing magician. What started out as a
potentially great idea on paper, turned out to be one that left more
doubts and questions for the future of John Constantine. His most recent
ongoing title, The Hellblazer, was cancelled back in August. Currently John is having to share the spotlight with the Batman in the Damned miniseries for the Black Label imprint. But as for plans for a new ongoing book, there have been no announcements made by the folks over at DC Comics at this time. This can certainly cause fans to voice their concerns in the online forums of their choice. Perhaps the editorial
staff at DC has decided to test the waters with the character by taking
new chances with him on the Black Label. I kind of think of it as some
sort of experimentation. Then again, there's another part of me who
feels that DC may not be sure what John Constantine that they want to
present to the public. On the CW series, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, viewers are given a far more tame and cleaner cut homogenized version of the character. It is as if I don't know what they are trying to sell to me on that show. It's not the John Constantine that I know. The one that I prefer is foul-mouthed, rude, arrogant, and thoroughly disheveled in appearance, all the while wreaking profusely of booze and cigarette smoke.
This month will mark the thirtieth anniversary of John Constantine's tenure in DC Comics. This comes at a time when the direction to proceed is unclear. While sporadic appearances are good to show that he is being used, the cause for concern is that fact that he is perhaps being used improperly. A notion like this is understandably subjective. It is my hope that the character will return to more
So why do a blog about John Constantine? With the exception of the various tribute pages on social media, there is not really all that much in terms of content devoted to our beloved anti-hero. However, there is a blog called The Laughing Magician that has a few informative posts. It has not been updated since the beginning of the New52 era. While there are plenty of those who primarily write about his live action incarnations in television and film, I intend to make a conscious effort to not dwell on those outlets. I may reference or touch on some of that content briefly, but on this site I will be focusing mainly on his appearances throughout DC Comics. I intend to skip around quite a bit, just to keep things fresh and interesting. This is an evolution in progress so I will be making improvements over time. I will do my best to keep the content somewhat organized and user-friendly to navigate. The posts will be sporadic and infrequent. Be rest assured that this site will not be removed or deleted, as I will be keeping it up for other fans. I will be adding content to it over a long period of time. I hope a podcast will eventually spring from all this, but that remains to be seen.