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Constantine Review by Hank Van Hawkins

 

Constantine - Season 1Without me sounding overly excited about another DC product, yet again, I have to say the TV series of Constantine is quite on the mark. The actor Matt Ryan is a superb Constantine; a lot better than Keanu Reeves was in the movie. I have heard a lot of people believe they took some wild liberties with the film version in fact. The TV show is spot on. I haven’t read a ton of Hellblazer myself, save for a few issues here and there.  I knew of Constantine, but I had yet to come to know him. In the New 52 I have run across his character while being a huge fan of Swamp Thing. They are known to run into each other within the DC universe. In all honesty I became a fan of Papa Midnite initially. He is an awesome bad guy/heel.   That is when I first bought something of The Hellblazer series at a brick and mortar shop when it was his title. Without being too much of a spoiler, a few of the high points in the TV show thus far have involved Papa Midnite.  Their relationship with one another is one that runs back and forth from friend to foe with a fury.   It definitely stirs up a lot of enjoyable drama that I enjoy.

Constantine - Season 1

  One of my comic book habits is that I do like to wait until an arc is complete before getting into it. Just knowing the answers in the next issue are already there and able to be bought at the store serves me comfort. I simply hate waiting on comic issues as well as TV episodes now thanks to both Gotham and Constantine as well as the Flash and Arrow for that matter. Yet at the same time, it’s great. Because there is an adrenaline rush on Wednesdays at the comic store. You’re getting that issue you are anxiously waiting for.  That being said, Constantine has me on the edge of my seat. When I get home from my gigs on Friday night, it’s the first guilty pleasure I want on my DVR.  I surely hope people outside the comic book world come to love this character/TV show as much as me so it can have a long life on Friday nights.  The writers seem to be wrapping up the episodes nicely each time with no real cliff hangers continuing over to the next episode, even if the themes are complex at times.  Just to keep my point short each episode is simply a great starter kit to the world of Constantine.   

    It’s a no brainer that this show has to stay on the air. It is miles above the current programming, that’s for sure. With so many detective shows and programs like Grimm, it seems obvious DC’s true talents will come to battle it out with all those guys on prime time.  I firmly believe they will only grow in their viewership over the next few years. Especially considering what else Major networks are offering up.  Mark my words, DC is about to rule the TV roost. I still keep a toe in the water over at Marvel, but the Agents of Shield hasn’t been enough to capture me even for an entire episode. Granted, I have a short attention span.  With all this being said I have to suggest Constantine to anyone who likes a good detective show.  It obviously has its supernatural twist where there are battles over good and evil as well as confrontations with both devils and angels. I’d love to hear some feed back or criticisms otherwise, that’s for sure.

Hank

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My name is Hank Van Hawkins and I am a writer, poet, songwriter and singer and around the DFW and greater North Texas area I can be seen playing my songs in the band The Hazardous Dukes. To me there is not alot out there that ( I find more pleasure in) is any better than playing and making music with my friends, other than playing games, reading books and comics, and sharing opinions on such with one other! That's the reason I have so much fun taking part in our podcast Songwriters on Baseball. Because once we get started talking all sorts of things and interests come to light amid our conversations among our many friends within many a creative field we have as special guests. With baseball being merely the tip of the iceberg or simply the snowflake that gives rise to an avalanche of conversation and opinion. Uncovering the creative within everything. I am a collector at heart as well. Having been raised this way by my father who is a original board gamer and collector of many things, baseball cards, board games and antique toys included. So early on in life I was implored to do the same as my love of all things baseball, gaming and collectibles took shape with board games, comics, and baseball cards of my own. As I have aged my tastes in collectibles have grown exponentially. I graduated high school with a major in Radio. My senior year was spent doing the morning show at Mesquite school sponsored radio station KEOM 88.1 FM. So I have always had an affinity for talking and sharing my opinions as it is. It is my passion not only being creative all the time but constantly taking creative things in that are created by others whether it be art, literature, Film, Television, poetry and the culinary arts as well. In fact I appreciate the fact anything in this world can be undertaken with a creative aim and it helps to spread its influence when it is not only genuine butuniquely creative and considerate to the human condition. So it makes sense that I enjoy sharing my latest fascinations and interests with interested listeners. I read quite a bit and I feel like every book has a absolute truth to share with the reader. I feel the same ties bind me to my love of music. That connection is also very apparent in the world of comic books and always has been. There is a strong connection between the creative and the enlightened. It is my duty to not only share my passions but my opinions in hope they can both become better rounded with time. Not to mention the hopes that a positive impact will be made on our listener's as they too seek to expand their creative knowledge about popular culture and the creative arts well worn place within it. Not to mention I get my competitive juices flowing very easily when we start to talk about Baseball which is my favorite sport of all time. Now I get a platform with which to share my opinions on the integrity and future of the game without hesitation. Basically the podcast affords me a luxury of sharing my tastes and opinions with our guests as well as anyone else willing to listen. We have something for everyone .

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