Hellblazer : The Fear Machine Volume 3 Paperback
by Jamie DeLano
Illustrated by Dave McKean, Kent Williams
In these tales from HELLBLAZER #14-22, Constantine finds himself encamped with a new-age pagan group that's tapping into their own psychic abilities - but a defense contractor is out to exploit their powers.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 240 pages, colour illustrations
- Publisher: DC Comics
- Publication Date: 20/06/2012
- Category: Horror & ghost stories
- ISBN: 9781401235192
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Review by -Eva-
On the run for murder, Constantine connects with a group of new age travelers whose psychic abilities will be exploited by a defense contractor out to create a Fear Machine. Even if John Constantine as a hippie is on the unlikely side, it's still entertaining to see his acerbic self mingle with more earthy people. Mercury is also a great character and it is interesting to see how Constantine connects with her without being flippant. The first half of the volume is a little slow as Constantine is such a passive character and some "real" magic and action would have kicked the pace up, but after the train "incident," the story picks up properly and comes to a very convincing resolution (other than the absolutely ridiculous egg-situation at the end!). Constantine is one of my favorite comic book characters, though, so I have a hard time faulting his sarcastic, witty self regardless what he does, but I think the story is universal enough to be interesting to all fans of good-versus-evil comic book readers.