'Hellblazer' Ending, To Be Replaced by 'Constantine'

Yeah, I sorta saw this one as being more or less inevitable, what with John Constantine playing such an important part in "Justice League Dark." But now it is all official-like, according to DC's Source blog:

"HELLBLAZER, Vertigo's longest-running series which currently headlines John Constantine, will end with issue #300 in February. John Constantine has escaped, cheated, narrowly avoided and even reversed death on multiple occasions. Now, in the conclusion of “Death and Cigarettes,” longtime writer Peter Milligan and artists Giuseppe Camuncoli and Stefano Landini will test whether he’s got one more second chance in him, giving him the bloody best sendoff he deserves."

300 issues is not a bad run, though it really marks the end of the "Vertigo Classic" era -- at least for me, who's been following these books since the early 90s. What will be in "Hellblazer's" place? Constantine -- thoroughly integrated with the standard "New 52" DC Universe. Expect less cursing.

The new "Constantine" will launch in March 2013, with Robert Venditti (currently the scribe on Valiant's "X-O Manowar") and Renato Guedes (who's done tons of cool stuff).  Noted Venditti on The Source:

"It's my goal to have the new CONSTANTINE series be equal parts familiarity and surprise. This will be the Constantine we all know and love, but facing new and unexpected challenges from both inside and out."

You have to wonder if there are any "Constantine" movie sequels or reboots or TV shows possibly slinking about in the ether...(MTV Movies blog speculates on this intriguing idea further)

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