In case you just surfed in here and dont know what this is, its a fanboys listing of his favorite comic book characters appearances, both in his own magazine, and others. If this frightens you, run away now. Still with me?
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OKJohn Constantine is the most intriguing character in comics today. Created by comics legend Alan Moore in 1985, Constantine is a working-class mage, a thief, a con-artist, former punk, and savior of the known universe. Constantine is by turns a total bastard, a drunk, a trickster, an adrenaline junkie, a womanizer, and sometimes, when no one is looking, a nice guy. He has no superpowers, only a sharp wit, a little bit of magic, and a reputation Aleister Crowley would envy.
This combination makes him an exciting character to read because he is easy to relate to. Instead of weighty declamations, Constantines dialog is full of snappy comments, nasty digs, and unexpected wisdom. He is, with the possible exception of Batman, the most complex person in the DC family of publications.
So why an index? Obviously, its pretty simple to figure out that Constantine appears in just about every issue of his own book, Hellblazer. Isnt that enough? Why go tracking all his appearances down? Isnt that kind of creepy to follow a character in comic after comic? Not really. Constantine is something you rather rarely see in the DC Comics universehes nasty. Sure, supervillains occasionally get off some zingers, and they design great death traps, but how often do you see someone seriously mouth off in a comic? Has Lex Luthor ever told Superman to get bent in highly explicit terms? John would. Additionally, John is a man of mystery. He is the perfect character to appear out of nowhere, give the hero a vital piece of trivia, and vanish in a puff of cigarette smoke.
Excellent examples of this include Mythos #2, in which John has a little talk with his would-be biographer, and Books of Magic #6, where John lights his cigarette with a Cold Flame dagger. These appearances add to the richness of Johns character, and he adds mystery and menace to any story he appears in.
Of course, some people have added Constantine to their stories in very inappropriate ways. Until now, it has been impossible to tell whether an appearance was worth picking up or not. I didnt expect much from the cameo in Batman: Mitefall, but Alan Grants take on Mite Constantine is hysterical! So Ive rated all guest appearances in other books. One flame for an inappropriate appearance, two flames for a standard John Constantine appear, be cryptic and vanish, and three flames for a well-written appearance that is pure John. Hellblazer fans, enjoy.