'Hellblazer' wraps its run, Constantine continues


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The infernal fire that has blazed beneath cynical detective John Constantine for years is being extinguished.

But not for long.

The chain-smoking British occult detective, long a staple of Vertigo's "Hellblazer," is getting what promises to be a duly deserved send off as the title ends at No. 300 in February.

But Constantine, a somewhat sorcerer more at home fighting demons than socializing with people, won't be fading away with the title's end. Instead, the ending is a beginning of sorts for the character.

That's because writer Robert Venditti, a best-selling author whose works include "The Homeland Directive," will launch "Constantine" with artist Renato Guedes, a new DC Comics series focusing on the detective's adventures in the relaunched DC universe.

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