Graphic Novel Review: Constantine: Distorted Illusions written by Kami Garcia and drawn by Isaac Goodhart
Posted on January 31, 2023 at 6:32 am by Gene Ambaum
Constantine: Distorted Illusions written by Kami Garcia and drawn by Isaac Goodhart. DC Graphic Novels for Young Adults, 2022. 9781779507730. 192pp.
This graphic novel reinvents Constantine as a hot, eighteen-year-old, bisexual British musician/song writer who dresses in black and favors punk music. He’s also a talented magician like both his father and stepfather, Roderick. Constantine’s relationship with his father is not good, and when Roderick tries to set up an apprenticeship for Constantine, he rejects that, too. But his friend Veronica gets him to reconsider — if he does the apprenticeship to learn about magic he can be the lead singer for her band. The story is a mix of drama involving the band, its gigs, and demonic magic gone awry.
The way creative teams weave in LGBTQ+ content into so many of these DC graphic novels for young people is great, and this is no exception. The weirdest thing about it is seeing Constantine without his cigarettes (read an adult Hellblazer graphic novel if you don’t know what I mean), but seeing him cast as a teenage bad boy who mostly does the right thing is fun. I enjoyed this book, and would have absolutely loved it when I was about fourteen.