Feb 27, 2013
This is the first of what will become a monthly supplement to our regular episodes of The Comics Alternative: an on-location recording at Lone Star Comics in Plano, Texas. On this inaugural outing, Derek discusses the final issue of Hellblazer with Lone Star Comics associate and all-around John Constantine expert, Shea Hennum. Over the course of their discussion, Shea and Derek — unfortunately, Andy is unable to join the talk — look back at the history of the title, its significance in the Vertigo line of comics, and how the character of Constantine has evolved through the hands of a variety of writers and artists. They also plunge into other topics such as the New 52, manga, the Franco-Belgian tradition, and customers of Lone Star Comics who are too paranoid to share their opinions on the podcast. Finally, they are joined by the location’s manager, Rick Cromack, and from there the discussion becomes a strange, fun, rapid-fire, free-for-all.