Review: Hellblazer: The Devil’s Trenchcoat

Hellblazer: The Devil's Trenchcoat
Hellblazer: The Devil’s Trenchcoat by Peter Milligan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Better than the previous Milligan Graphic Novel I read– Hooked– but still reads as if Milligan can’t be arsed coming up with his own ideas and simply settles for retreading as many Delano ideas as he can cram onto the page. We even get a cameo from Blathloxi and a supporting role for the First of the Fallen in the second of the two arcs that make up the book,’Another Season in Hell’, which is at least superior to the titular tale: ‘Another Season in Hell’ takes Constantine on a journey into the dark heart of his own family, finalising threads begun when Delano was helming the title and delivering the suitably nasty comeuppances that Milligan hands out without much in the way of logic because that’s what Hellblazer is all about, right? Never mind that the narrative climax is hastily assembled, too easily accomplished and makes a mockery of what’s come before last time Constantine braved the rigours of Hell it was a journey that cost him his body, mind and split his post-mortal soul three ways, this time it’s a jaunt and a flippant wager and over within a dozen pages; whereas ‘The Devil’s Trenchcoat’ is a bloodied frippery wherein the coat of the title gets over being separated from our hero by going on a killing spree. It’s all rather tired and mundane, and there’s nothing here to get the blood pumping. Standard Peter Milligan fare.

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