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John Constantine, Hellblazer: Dead in America #1 (of 8)

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Universal acclaim

Based on 11 critic ratings.

At last, as you demanded: The celebrated creative team of Si Spurrier and Aaron Campbell have returned to Hellblazer! John Constantine has cheated death once again-but his heart’s not beating, his body is decaying, and he, his friend Nat, and his son Noah are on the run in America, wanted for murder. Naturally, it’s all John’s fault-it always is. But as it turns out, Dream himself needs John’s help. Something terrible has taken root in America, and it’s using the sand from Dream’s pouch to impose its will. If John can put a stop to it, he might be able to parlay that favor into a chance to save all their lives-but he’s going to need help from someone he hasn’t spoken to in years. Someone he wasn’t always…all that kind to. Someone…or some…Thing? Spurrier and Campbell’s first run on Hellblazer was the best-reviewed comic of 2020, reintroducing the character to a new generation, and their second act, told in extra-length 28-page issues, is ambitious and unmissable!

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33 pages
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11 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100


    This book is a stunning achievement on multiple levels, including the very fact that it exists at all. ‘Dead in America’ perfectly balances nostalgia and forward momentum, giving us a story with huge stakes. It feels like every ‘Hellblazer’ story ever has led readers (and Constantine) to this point.

  • 100

    Comic Watch

    While John Constantine, Hellblazer: Dead in America is technically a continuation of Spurrier and Campbells run, this issue works as a fantastic debut for readers who may have missed the boat in 2019. Some elements carried over from the previous volumes but this new series works in ideas from the original Sandman run which adds a new layer to this current era. The creative team is giving readers something special. Bidikars lettering is fantastic and adds little touches that nail the nuances of Spurriers script while Bellaire brings Campbells art to new levels. While things might not be looking good for John, it is a great time to be a reader of John Constantine, Hellblazer.

  • 100

    Monkeys Fighting Robots

    This is an outstanding opening issue for a much anticipated series. The previous run by Simon Spurrier and Aaron Campbell was an exhilarating thrill ride of magic, mayhem, and humour. ‘Dead In America’ has started in exactly the same vain. It may cause offense. In fact, it should cause offense. It is offensive in the best possible way.

  • 100


    It remains to be seen if John Constantine, Hellblazer: Dead in America #1 will lead to a new monthly series. Certainly, there’s ample room for John Constantine in the Sandman Universe, and the possibility of a crossover with the Nightmare Country spinoff is interesting. If this is to be the last hurrah of John Constantine, however, it is a hell of a good start.

  • 94

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Spurrier delivers a fantastic first issue with a great connection to the bigger Sandman universe. I loved seeing Dream become part of the story and how it connects to the characters first arc and introduction to Constantine. I look forward to more connections as well as how dark and interesting this story will become with Spurrier at the helm.

    The Art: Campbell’s art is amazing. I love the visual style of the issue and how it perfectly captures the dark and moody tone of the story.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    This is a dense, oversized first issue that feels like a classic old-school Hellblazer story in the best way. This version of the character can be… a lot, but it’s great to have him back in all his filthy glory.

  • 90

    Much like the components of a spell, Dead in America #1 is ultimately about potential. The characters, their dynamics, settings, themes, humor, and style are all displayed, and they are all impressive. As John Constantine’s mostly-dead form lumbers westward across the United States, an array of encounters await readers bound to question the nation’s very nature. If past success is any indicator, then Hellblazer is back in fine form and the answers it’s aiming to uncover will be anything but pleasant.

  • 90

    Wakizashi's Reviews

  • 88

    Graphic Policy

    John Constantine Hellblazer: Dead in America #1 exceeded my high expectations and proves how Spurrier and Campbell are in the hall of fame for Constantine’s creative teams. Considering the deeper ties to the original The Sandman and a fan-favorite character showing up at the end, the pair demonstrate their passion for the overall series and the necessity for telling the story right now.

  • 87

    Major Spoilers

    Having bought all 300 issues of the original Hellblazer off the stands, I am well-versed in your Constantine lore, so I can tell you with authority that John Constantine, Hellblazer: Dead In America #1 is as complex as its title, giving us the Constantine of old with a dark, 21st-century flair. I don’t know how he’s going to survive this one, but I’m going to be reading avidly to find out.

  • 80

    Derby Comics

    John Constantine, the chain-smoking cynic of the occult, swaps London fog for Florida sunshine (albiet with an iconic double decker bus as his ride of choice) in the debut issue to Si Spurrier’s follow-up to his previous Hellblazer limited series. This first issue sets the stage for a road trip into the dark crevices of the American dream, promising equal parts magic, mayhem, and existential angst. Spurrier captures Constantine’s sardonic voice perfectly, lacing witty one-liners with a healthy dose of jaded world-weariness. He deftly weaves the American landscape into the narrative, using its vastness and contradictions as a backdrop for Constantine’s internal struggles. This gritty depiction of the darker aspects of the American experience are visualized perfectly by Jamal Campbell’s designs and Jordie Bellaire’s color palette.

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