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John Constantine Hellblazer: Empathy is the Enemy


It’s easy to fall into the trap of believing that John Constantine, the Liverpudlian working class occultist created by Alan Moore during his run on Swamp Thing, might have run out of scrapes to get himself into and demons to offend. Then a new writer leaps on board the monthly comic and takes Constantine on a new journey through the horrors of life on the edge of reality.

In this volume, collecting issues 216-222, it’s the turn of award-winning novelist Denise Mina, who brings Constantine to Scotland and makes him suffer the most humiliating of fates: for the first time in his life, he feels empathy for his fellow human. For Constantine, this could be a fate worse than death, but he needn’t worry – death’s never too far away if you’ve got ghosts, cults and rival modern-day sorcerers baying for your blood.

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Andy Shaw

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