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Thread: DC Cancels Its Longest Running Series, Hellblazer, And Replaces It With New 52 Title, Constantine

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    Default DC Cancels Its Longest Running Series, Hellblazer, And Replaces It With New 52 Title, Constantine

    It's the end of the world as we know it.

    DC are cancelling Hellblazer, the Vertigo mature reader title that has been running since the eighties when it spun off from Swamp Thing. And replacing it with Constantine, starring the lead character John Constantine, created by Alan Moore, Rick Veitch and John Totleben, a new series set in the New 52 and featuring the version of the character recently seen in Justice League Dark.

    When Vertigo were told to hand over the DC character books they were publishing, and cancel and such projects in production, the one that survived was Hellblazer, well into its two hundreds. And when all the DC Universe title relaunched, Hellblazer remained as the highest numbered comic on DC's publishing slate. But that will end with Hellblazer #300.

    First Brightest Day and then Justice League Dark featured a DC Universe John Constantine, younger, unmarried, less sweary and more open to working with a team of superhero types. Much of the character's history was wiped clean. Now it seems they have gone one step further.

    Robert Venditti and Renato Guedes will write Constantine, a new series in the New 52. Venditti, as well as writing comics such as The Surrogates and Iron Man, works at Top Shelf, the publisher of a number of Alan Moore's creator owned books. Which should make for some fun conversations....
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    ah i guess it was time to get constantine his own new on going. Who's going write it though?




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    In the rebooted series does it take place in Los Angeles and have him living over a bowling alley?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Johnston View Post
    It's the end of the world as we know it.

    DC are cancelling Hellblazer, the Vertigo mature reader title that has been running since the eighties when it spun off from Swamp Thing. And replacing it with Constantine, a new series set in the New 52 and featuring the version of the character recently seen in Justice League Dark.

    When Vertigo were told to hand over the DC character books they were publishing, and cancel and such projects in production, the one that survived was Hellblazer, well into its two hundreds. And when all the DC Universe title relaunched, Hellblazer remained as the highest numbered comic on DC's publishing slate.

    First Brightest Day and then Justice League Dark featured a DC Universe John Constantine, younger, unmarried, less sweary and more open to working with a team of superhero types. Much of the character's history was wiped clean.
    Kinda disappointing, but then I can't say I've been that excited by it for a while. What were it's sales and trade numbers like?
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    DC Comics unveils latest addition to The New 52 - CONSTANTINE | DC Comics

    Launching in March 2013, CONSTANTINE will be written by upcoming DEMON KNIGHTS writer and New York Times bestselling author of The Homeland Directive and the sci-fi graphic novel series The Surrogates, Robert Venditti, with incredible art by Renato Guedes (SUPERMAN).

    There you go guys. Happy about the new team?

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    Let me guess, with issue 300? or are they past waiting for such things now?
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    Oh come on, JLD is practically a Constantine book as it is! BLASPHEMY, DC! BLASPHEMY!

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    What a load of shit!
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    Trish Mulvihill

    ""Hellblazer" is ending? "

    Joshua Hale Fialkov

    "one of my great regrets is never getting to write the "real" John Constantine."

    Warren Ellis

    HELLBLAZER cancelled, replaced by PG version. Sad to see that place for British horror stories go.

    Brian Wood

    "Ugh! [in reply to Ellis]" "Seems very likely if I had launched The Massive at Vertigo as originally conceived, they would have cancelled it by now."

    Ryan Kelly

    "The only Hellblazer I'll ever get to draw is crappy fan art. I'll be at the bar, sobbing."

    Kieron Gillen

    "RIP Hellblazer. One of the greats. The end of Planetary 7 comes to mind. "Time to be someone else". http://readrant.files.wordpress.com/...seeing-you.jpg ...

    (Part of me also thinks "You're not a real British Comics Writer unless you've written Hellblazer". So that's me doomed)"

    Declan Shalvey

    "What the...... god dammit"

    Jock

    "sad news about HELLBLAZER."

    "would it be crass to say that HELLBLAZER: PANDEMONIUM, by @jamiedelano and myself is still out, full of swearing, politics and blood?"

    Dave Gibbons

    "[in reply to Andy Diggle] Know what you mean. I wrote a couple of short stories and it's a cliche, I know, but Constantine just spoke for himself."

    Jordan White

    "I cannot tell you how upset I am that Hellblazer is ending. It's probably my favorite book DC is doing. I hope they give it a good ending."

    David Gallaher

    "Bummed about the loss of Hellblazer. Image Comics has largely made Vertigo irrelevant. Can't say I'm surprised."

    Paul Cornell

    "I guess I always sort of assumed that one day I would write Hellblazer."

    Si Spurrier

    "[in reply to Cornell] Me too, mate. Closest I ever got was a pisstake in Bec and Kawl. Now I feel bad."

    Tim Seeley

    "That's kinda the nail in the Vertigo coffin, yeah?"

    Mark Millar

    "WTF? Hellblazer CANCELLED"

    Ian Rankin

    "Just heard Hellblazer comic book is for the chop. Only series I've ever written for. Only one I wanted to write for. Constantine RIP..."

    Leah Moore

    "Really don't see point of ending Hellblazer. Really doubt Constantine will replace it."




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