You know how excited you get when you find out one of your favorite writers is about to take over writing one of your favorite characters? All that giddiness, all the expectations? I was so excited for this volume because Paul Jenkins meets John Constantine. What could be bad about that?
Well..... this is probably my least favorite volume of this series so far. For some reason, this just didn't click with me. It didn't ring true. The volume starts off with an Eddie Campbell tale. That just didn't do it for me at all. I know of Eddie Campbell, but I can't say that I've read much by him. So I don't know if this is typical of him or not. The story didn't feel right. John didn't feel right. The circumstances didn't seem right. But I was willing to overlook it. I can't like everything, right? Paul Jenkins arrives and starts his story right where Eddie left off. I appreciate things like that. More than I can express. But at the same time, this just didn't feel like John Constantine to me. I really can't put my finger on it. Maybe say that this character was Jack Cunningham or something like that and I might like it more, but as a Constantine story, it just didn't work for me.
On the plus side, Sean Phillips' art is amazingly beautiful. I could just stare at the pages all day long. I just would rather not read them again. LOL.
I'm very much backlogged on this series. Volume 17 or 18 just came out, so I need to catch up on Constantine's adventures.
John Constantine, Hellblazer Vol 9: Critical Mass
Writer: Paul Jenkins, Eddie Campbell, Jamie Delano
Artist: SEan Phillips, Pat McEown