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Information-silkReal NameJohn Constantine
Information-silkCurrent AliasJohn Constantine
Information-silkAffiliationFormerly Justice League Dark
Information-silkBase Of OperationsPaddington, London, England; formerly House of Mystery
Status
Information-silkAlignmentGood
Information-silkIdentityPublic Identity
Information-silkCitizenshipBritish
Information-silkMarital StatusSingle
Information-silkOccupationMagician
Characteristics
Information-silkGenderMale
Information-silkHeight6' 0"
Information-silkEyesBlue
Information-silkHairBlond
Origin
Information-silkUniverseNew Earth, Prime Earth
Information-silkPlace of BirthLiverpool, England
Information-silkCreatorsAlan Moore, Steve Bissette
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HistoryEdit

John Constantine is an occult detective from Liverpool, England. His violent and anti-social attitude makes him a formidable anti-hero, and he's known for doing whatever it takes to get the job done.

The Search for Swamp Thing

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John Constantine had a long history with the Swamp Thing, who had long since disappeared. But on the Brightest Day, the Entity resurrected Alec Holland from death, which in turn lead to the return of the Swamp Thing.

Constantine began to investigate when corrupt polluting executives were found dead - apparently the returned Swamp Thing's victims.[1] Determined to track down his old friend, John discovered that the Swamp Thing had gone mad, and intended to kill him as well.

In his effort to find Swamp Thing, John unsuccessfully attempted to enlist his favourite super-hero, Batman; the world's greatest detective.[2] Superman took him to the Star City forest, where he was attacked once again. They realized there, that without Alec Holland's consciousness, the Swamp Thing had become a brutally savage manifestation of The Green, attempting to eradicate humanity. He wasn't merely trying to kill Constantine, he was trying to absorb him as a host.[3]

Constantine teamed up with Batman and Superman again to calm the Green at its nerve center, while they stopped an attempt by LexCorp to control it. Alec Holland, meanwhile, learned that to bond with Swamp Thing again he would have to die, and instead chose to live.[4]

Flashpoint

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The DC Universe heavily changed its continuity into the DCnU following the events of Flashpoint in 2011. This was part of an effort to make storylines more accessible to newer readers, beginning with the New 52. This new timeline combines elements from the DCU, Vertigo Universe and Wildstorm Universe while drastically changing the origins and histories of characters.

Following the alteration of the Timestream by Reverse Flash, the timeline of the universe was reconfigured by The Flash, into one which differed slightly from what came before.

Beginnings

As a younger man, John had been learning all he could of the occult and magical in Europe when he decided to travel to New York City, and learn under one of the greatest mages in the world: Nick Necro, who had himself studied under the great Zatara and Baron Winters. Nick's girlfriend at the time was Zatara's daughter, Zatanna, who was herself a powerful magician. When John first laid eyes on her, he fell in love, too.

The three of them studied together, battling occult threats like the Cult of the Cold Flame. Nick, however, soon became obsessed with the search for the fabled Books of Magic. His obsession drove Zatanna into John's arms, and by the time Nick realized it, he cared more about the Books. He was not, however, above revenge. He allied with the Cold Flame in order to send John to Hell, in exchange for help finding the Books of Magic. Thanks to John's wiles, though, it was Nick who was sent to Hell.[5]

John and Zatanna were together for a time after that, until they were driven apart by the fact that John's occult activities resulted in her own father's burning to death before their eyes. It would be some time before they would see each other again.[6]

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Alerted by a magical shift in reality that had him falling from the sky in London, John began scrying in search of Zatanna, once again, as he believed she might be in trouble.[7] He managed to track her down in the United States, but she was in a trance state, and he was forced to wake her up with backwards magic. Afterwards, she explained that the danger he sensed was the return of the Enchantress, who was causing havoc in search of her host, June Moone.[8]

John's first instinct, then, was to seek out Deadman, but hecould not find him - and so, he went directly to Madame Xanadu, whom he had already come to understand was responsible for splitting June from the Enchantress, which would inevitably result in a magically tinged doom.[9]

Knowing that June was about to be consumed by the Enchantress, John appeared next to her and drew a protective circle around them both. He realized, then, that a rhyme that she had stuck in her head was part of the spell that Xanadu had used to separate her from the witch, and so he began reciting it himself in order to put them back together. Deadman attempted to stop him, having grown attached to June, but to no avail. Thanks to the efforts of both John and Mindwarp, the Enchantress' threat was nullified, and June was lost forever.

Afterwards, John revealed that the entire ordeal had been Xanadu's fault, and the magicians all parted ways bitterly. However, Madame Xanadu's visions of a future of doom had not ceased, and would not cease unless the team she had alienated remained together.[10]

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Powers and AbilitiesEdit

Powers

  • Magic: Constantine is a magician but unlike most magicians, Constantine rarely uses magical spells, unless he really has to, especially in combat.

Abilities

  • Deception: John Constantine is an excellent con artist and negotiator. These skills are often more useful than his magical ones. Constantine faces most of his challenges relying primarily on his cunning. He is widely considered as the world's greatest con man.
  • Occultism
  • Prestidigitation
  • Hypnosis
  • Escapology

ParaphernaliaEdit


Transportation

Taxi, House of Mystery

Weapons

His trenchcoat housing some demonic powers

NotesEdit

TriviaEdit

  • John's favorite brand of cigarettes are Silk Cut.
  • Pop artist Sting was the visual inspiration for John Constantine. Sting lived in the district of Newcastle, which the character is associated with.[11]

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