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John Constantine, Hellblazer: Dead in America #4 (of 8)

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John Constantine… faith healer?

Disguised as a Catholic priest in a small town near the Texas-Mexico border, John searches for the connection between how a dust-ridden county turned out a massive harvest and Dream’s missing sand.

But this good-natured, all-American town has an ugly secret… one that brings John, Nat, and Noah face-to face with monsters of a very human kind.

Publication Date
Publisher
Format
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
33 pages
Language
English
Amazon ASIN
B0CY929WYM

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5 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    ComicBook.com

    John Constantine, Hellblazer: Dead in America #4 tells a story that every child of small towns in the Great Plains will recognize. The horror at the center of the story is one that’s been covered in national headlines on occasion, like in the case of rapist Brock Turner’s trial and judgment, but those publicized cases are the exception to the all too common rule. It’s a story that stakes itself in familiar Hellblazer territory with a simple con job set to play with occult powers and far more significant events, but the con is satisfying in its execution and the greater stakes provide a sufficient (if not cathartic) response. Every step of this ordeal is executed in tremendous fashion by Aaron Campbell whose nightmarish depictions of small town life and the remembered horrors of this one’s landscape evoke dread without celebrating the terrible acts committed. What’s most impressive about this one-and-done ghost story, however, is how it addresses the question of “What next?”. Even as ghost stories remind us of the worst of our past, there remains a consideration of what should be done now and Dead in America #4 makes an incisive case against falling into despair.

  • 100

    Comic Watch

    John Constantine, Hellblazer: Dead in America continues to knock it out of the park with issue #4. This series needs to be read whether it is now or when it is eventually collected, but preferably now. There needs to be more books like this on shelves, especially from the Big Two. Spurrier, Campbell, Bellaire, and Bidikar are doing important things with this series and readers need to take notice.

  • 95

    AIPT

    Dead in America remains true to Hellblazer and holds up the legacy of those original Vertigo titles and characters. It knows what it needs to be doing, and it does so with just the right air of depressive wonder.

  • 90

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Spurrier continues to craft a beautifully ethereal and deeply immersive story in this issue. The plot has some wonderful moments for the characters as they navigate a really dark narrative and a serious plot that Spurrier does some amazing work connecting the reader to. You could feel the desperation throughout the story and Constantine’s presence created some wonderful moments that make me want more.

    The Art: Campbell matches the dark tone of the story with art that captures that darkness and permeates it through every page and panel. A darkly rich and visually engaging issue from start to finish.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    John Constantine’s tour of the United States has been… thorny, to put it lightly, but nothing like what he finds in a small prairie town in this issue. Along with his son, the two put on a unique scam with John pretending to be a priest accompanying a mute faith healer. He takes advantage of the town’s bigoted nature to present himself as a man of God and starts prodding for answers about a brutal mystery that happened here—and is tied to why Swamp Thing can’t access his full power. I love the visual tricks they’re pulling with Swamp Thing here, making him feel like different parts of different plants. But while the issue starts a bit slow, it hits its stride in a big way towards the end with a brutal reveal about exactly how and why the subject went missing. This issue requires a big trigger warning for murder, sexual abuse, and small-town justice gone horribly wrong, but it’s probably the best issue yet in terms of the hard points Spurrier wants to make.

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