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A comiXologist recommends:
Constantine: The Hellblazer #1

by: Michael Crowe

Everyone’s favorite occult detective, John Constantine, is back with an all-new comic series. Co-written by Ming Doyle & James Tynion IV with art by Riley Rossmo, Constantine: The Hellblazer updates this classic character while still staying true to his essence.

In this first issue John finds himself on the other side of the pond, far from his native home of England. But try as he may, trouble always seems to find him. A familiar flame from the past solicits his help, but not all is as it seems, especially when your old lover just happens to be an ex-pat from the pits of hell. This issue is a perfect introduction for new fans, showcasing exactly what makes John tick. Doyle & Tynion are able to deliver a stand-alone story that reintroduces us to the dark universe John Constantine inhabits. Although the book deals with all sorts of darkness & demons, humor is never lost in the equation. It’s this delicate balancing act that adds heart and interest to the character. John doesn’t always begrudge his lot in life, and it shows through the tongue in cheek comedy peppered throughout.

Riley Rossmo’s art and character designs are perfect for this series. Well known for his horror work, Riley jumps in headfirst and manages to craft a visually gripping story. Riley gets to work updating characters, while still staying faithful to certain visual cues. Gone is John’s classic trench coat, replaced with a more modern sports jacket. John also looks a bit less haggard than we’re used to, a bit younger and sexier. It’s these subtle changes that point to a newly restored John. But rest assured, the outside may have changed slightly but his soul is just as dark and snarky as ever. Riley’s art has a certain energy to it, never static, always visually interesting. Ivan Plascensia’s colors bring the art to the next level. His color choices vary from page to page, sometimes imbuing the narrative with a bright neon tone and other times bringing it back to a more classic, desaturated grey tones typically associated with supernatural fare.

Together this creative team has produced a book that is visually stimulating and a pleasure to read. It’s the perfect introduction for new readers as well as a welcome home for established fans. For more work from stellar these talented creators be sure to check out The Kitchen: an ongoing series penciled and inked by Ming Doyle, The Eighth Seal: a guided view native comic written by James Tynion IV, and Rasputin: acclaimed horror comic illustrated by Riley Rossmo and colored by Ivan Plascensia.

[Read Constantine: The Hellblazer #1 on comiXology]

Michael Crowe is a member of the digital assets/launch team. In his free time he enjoys reading, watching and writing science fiction and horror.

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A comiXologist Recommends:
Karrie Larsson recommends Andrew Jackson Throws a Punch

Back when I was an AP US History student, my friends and I (being the very cool kids that we were) would create tournament brackets for US Presidents. We liked to imagine which founding father would beat all others in a hypothetical series of brawls, and Andrew Jackson was almost always declared the winner.

Thus I felt very validated after reading the hilarious Andrew Jackson Throws a Punch by Andrea Tsurumi (andreatsurumi) , creator of Zootrop and Yakitori, which seems to endorse this outcome as well. Incorporating historical fact, Tsurumi retells the story of Jackson’s boisterous inaugural ball, wherein the White House was opened to the general public. The spirit of celebration is soon replaced by one of anger and violence, as Jackson’s hot temper is unleashed on the revelers. Tsurumi playfully points out, that despite being a popular president, Jackson’s penchant for violence and morally dubious decisions was indeed very real.

Winner of the 2013 MoCCA Award of Excellence, Andrew Jackson Throws a Punch demonstrates Tsurumi’s exceptional talent as an illustrator. Her renderings of crowds and fight scenes create a dynamic sense of movement, which is further accentuated in Guided View Native. In addition, I love how Tsurumi creatively integrates words into her art; much of the story’s text is written on signs held by the guests of the ball. If you are a fan of indie humor and appreciate really well-done illustrations, I definitely recommended Andrew Jackson Throws a Punch !

[Read Andrew Jackson Throws A Punch]

Karrie Larsson is an International Production Coordinator at comiXology currently living in Brooklyn. In her spare time, she makes ceramics and searches for the city’s best ramen.

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SXSW2014 is all done and giving away all these comics has left us completely exhausted, but man! Y’all are the best, and we’re so glad you love these books. Here’s a recap of all the codes we announced yesterday. Hurry up because they expire tonight at 11:59pm EST. 

Saga #1, Black Science #1, Deadly Class #1, Alex + Ada #1 - SXIMAGE

10 Monkeybrain Favorites - SXMBRAIN

Lookouts #1 - SXLOOK

Star Trek: Ongoing vol. 1 - SXTREK

Grimm Fairy Tales vol. 1 - SXGRIMM

Three Guided View Native Favorites - SXGVN

All you have to do is head over to the comiXology redeem page at comixology.com/redeem and use those bolded codes to get all of those comics for absolutely free! All the above codes expire today (3/10/14) at 11:59pm EST!

And hey! Don’t be selfish! Share with your friends! Comics are great! Friends are great! #great