McKegan wrote:See, for me, Azz's run was the closest to capturing the real Constantine. Ennis had the habit of getting too cutesy with it at times, with Kit and Christmas parties and what-not, Jenkins took that same feel and went even further with it (Constantine hanging with hippies), Carey kind of did a greatest hits version of Constantine. Azzarello portrayed John as a the real bastard he his.
Plus, I really liked how he used magic in the book.
Yeah. Also, the best thing about Hellblazer is how different
everyone's take is. Anyone who tries something new automatically gets points for me. This is not Spider-Man. You can get away with shit here that you could never get away with on a mainstream book. There's absolutely no excuse to play it safe as many writers seem content to do.
The best runs are the people who really brought something new to the table and found a remarkably versatile central concept that was more than capable of supporting them.
Azz made Constantine the scariest thing in the whole book. He showed what he must look like to other people, instead of wasting pages and pages with caption boxes internalising, humanising and ultimately ruining the enigma of Constantine. Certainly, you need to do that every now and then but Constantine works much better when you don't
know what he's thinking.