Hellblazer, one of the longest-running books in mainstream comics history and one of Vertigo’s launch titles, will be cancelled in February 2013, with issue #300.
Although… cancelled may be the wrong word, as DC say this will be the finale for the book, which has been overseen by an incredible range of writers and artists over the year. Current creative team Peter Milligan, Giuseppi Camuncoli and Stefano Landini will usher in the end for John Constantine this February, with a landmark issue #300.
Strangely enough though, DC have at the same time announced that Constantine will be getting his own eponymous series as a result, this time set inside the main DC universe. Taking the Constantine from Jeff Lemire and Mikel Janin’s Justice League Dark as the basis for the character, this new series will be be Robert Venditti and Renato Guedes.
This is a very interesting move, essentially taking a well-known property away from the mature imprint and into the mainstream universe. People have been recently wondering about the future of Vertigo, now the publisher seems to be becoming more and more invested in revisiting old successes than in building new ones. Well, now their core title is ending, to be reborn outside their jurisdiction.
Will Constantine be the same now he can’t swear or use magical orgasms to stop demons? We’ll have to see. I’m sad to see Hellblazer go – but if anyone is going to finish the series, I’m glad that it’ll be Peter Milligan.