Distorted Illusions YA Novel Reinvents Its Punk Rock Origin

A new YA graphic novel from Kami Garcia and Isaac Goodhart will give DC’s John Constantine a revamped origin story with a punk rock twist.


John Constantine gets an all-new origin story with a punk rock twist in an upcoming young adult graphic novel titled Constantine: distorted illusions.


Constantine: distorted illusions received an animated trailer on September 17, announcing a new take on the DC Universe’s favorite occult investigator. This Constantine isn’t the grizzled former cynical fans know from his appearances in everything from Swamp Thing at The sand man. Instead, he’s a young man who joined an underground punk band called “Mucus Membrane” to defy the expectations of those around him. Playing for Mucus Membrane, Constantine seemingly finds “a cool spellbook,” inevitably setting him on the path to the tragic magic he’s been walking in DC comics for over thirty years.

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Constantine: distorted illusions is written by Kami Garcia, who is perhaps best known for her work on the young adult novel series Chronicles of spell casterswhich began with the best-selling 2009 novel beautiful creatures. Garcia has also received accolades for her previous work with DC, which includes the graphic novels Teen Titans: Raven, Teen Titans: Beast Boy and Teen Titans: Beast Boy Loves Raven. A fourth Teen Titans graphic novel, Teen Titans: Robin, is expected in the future. Garcia also worked on the miniseries Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity. Garcia will be joined by frequent DC illustrator Isaac Goodhart, who has previously lent his talents to unique DC character-focused titles like Deadman and Catwoman.

Constantine gets a bit of a second wind as a character. Recently, two different parents of the character, both named Johanna Constantine, appeared in Netflix’s television adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s beloved comic book series. The sand man. The first, Lady Johanna Constantine, is a character straight out of the comics, while the second, an occult investigator with striking resemblances to her more famous relative, is an original character from the series.

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John Constantine was last seen on the big screen in 2005 Constantine, where he was portrayed by Keanu Reeves. Reeves returns to the role for an upcoming sequel to Constantine. Another incarnation of the character was originally slated to appear in an HBO Max Constantine series, but, like many HBO Max projects, Constantine was recently shelved. As of this writing, it’s unclear whether or not this series will move forward on another streaming service.

Constantine: distorted illusions is currently available for pre-order. The graphic novel will arrive on October 4, 2022.

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