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John Constantine, Hellblazer: Dead in America #2 (of 8)

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Based on 6 critic ratings.

With the specter of mortality breathing down his neck, John heads to the Big Easy, where he enlists the skills of old friend Clarice Sackville to heal the fractured mind of Alec Holland, the Swamp Thing, and use that elemental power to kickstart his own dead heart. Perhaps she can do that-but it will require a drug-induced journey into distant realms that’ll shake John to his rotten core. And meanwhile, Nat and Noah learn the magical lengths Clarice is willing to go to in order to extend her own terrifyingly long life…

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6 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Comic Watch

    John Constantine: Hellblazer - Dead in America #2 is packed with incredible dialogue and visuals and a climax that will have readers lingering on every panel to take it all in. It is only two issues into the series so this is a great time to jump in for readers that may have been waiting to read. The entire creative team is doing something wonderful and brilliantly takes the reader on a magical, horrifying, psychedelic trip.
  • 90


    This does feel very much like a middle chapter of a longer arc here, and so there are some scenes of the various pieces being put into place or the characters reminding one another of the stakes. At this early point, it’s difficult to tell where these various threads are leading, but I’m fully along for the ride on this new American Gothic tour. The visuals are terrifically unsettling, the characterization and use of mythology mixed with ugly real-world history is brilliant, and John Constantine himself is clearly ready to fall further than he ever has.
  • 90

    Geek Dad

    John Constantine’s undead American adventure has taken him to the most haunted city in America—New Orleans, where he and his allies are encountering racism, gentrification, and even darker threat in the form of the supernatural. While they’re battling to survive, John’s quest leads him to Clarice—a wise and dangerous old woman with a dark origin story that dates back to ancient Greece. Clearly the two have a long history, and one that likely involves John screwing her over, but she’s still willing to help him with a vision quest that will take him into the Green—in search of Swamp Thing. This is shaping up to be an all-star Vertigo reunion here, but it also seems like Spurrier has a lot of heavier things on his mind about the state of the two countries crossing over here. It’s a fitting successor to his acclaimed first run, but it also seems to be one of the more ambitious Hellblazer runs in a long time.
  • 90

    Dead in America is moving very quickly as issue #2 delves into New Orleans' lore alongside a slew of familiar characters from both DC Comics and mythology. It's an incredibly dense read and one that rewards repeat readings with seemingly disconnected stories converging in surprising manners. That density reiterates the ambitions laid out in the first issue as Constantine's road trip lays out a thesis on the United States as a 20th century empire slouches forward into the 21st. Even a first glance will be immensely rewarding to readers, though, as artist Aaron Campbell depicts each new encounter in peerless style – an auteur of comic book horror. Both psychedelic trips and brutal monster attacks are depicted in a tense style that simultaneously captures an absurd sense of beauty amidst so much darkness and blood. While readers familiar with Saga of the Swamp Thing and Hellblazer will benefit from how this new saga is in conversation with those classics, all that is required to appreciate this issue can be found on the page in a terrifying sophomore outing.
  • 89

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Spurrier continues to craft a thoroughly entertaining story for Constantine in this issue. The story contains all of the elements that make the character entertaining including the inevitable betrayals and double crosses. I love the connections to the Sandman universe as well as the ominous nature of Constantine’s mission. I find myself fully immersed in this series and cannot wait for the next issue. The Art: Campbell’s visuals are stunning. The art is immersive and filled with fantastic imagery throughout.
  • 80

    Wakizashi's Reviews

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