Suicide Squad: Rebirth artist Philip Tan will take over Hellblazer with February's #7 in an arc titled "The Smokeless Fire." The arc will continue John Constantine' search for Abby and the Djinn, as he and Mercury venture to Paris. Tan states that his work with John Constantine is inspired by the character's early appearances in Saga of Swamp Thing.
"I’ve recently read the original run of Alan Moore's Swamp Thing, and can’t believe how amazing John Constantine's first stories were,” said Tan. "It's the version that has inspired my artwork for this story. I think people will find a fresh, yet nostalgic, version of John Constantine, as Simon Oliver and I bring the readers along on his adventures."
Tan follows Moritat (artist of #1 through #4) and Pia Guerra (artist of #5 and #6).
“After a successful, record-breaking reboot, the irrepressible Moritat will be moving on and the pencil and ink duties will be passing into the capable and diligent hands of the one and only Philip Tan,” says Oliver. “As the book progresses onwards and upwards, strap yourself in and be prepared to be excited, thrilled and all-around awed by Tan’s work.”
Tan was originally announced as a rotating artist of Rebirth's Suicide Squad title, but to date has only contributed to Suicide Squad : Rebirth and Suicide Squad #3.
The Hellblazer #7 is scheduled to hit shelves February 22.