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Constantine: The House of Mystery                         review by Bobby Blakey


DC continues to churn out the animated features with some of them being a part of an ongoing story that ended with Justice League Dark: Apokolips War. The latest Constantine: The House of Mystery brings John Constantine back to the forefront with the aftermath of Apokolips War. Could this latest entry keep their winning streak alive or will it fail to conjure up a film worthy of their filmography?

Constantine: The House of Mystery follows John Constantine who wakes up in the eerie House of Mystery with no recollection of how he got there. Fortunately, Zatanna and his friends are all there. Unfortunately, they have a bad habit of turning into demons and ripping him to shreds, over and over again!

Anything with Constantine is always a blast and this is no different although not sure why they changed his look up this time around via art style. With these ongoing connected stories they had been keeping them pretty close to the same, but this one looks quite different. It’s not bad or anything just kind of caught me off guard sicne I was expecting the same style since this is a direct follow-up to Apokolips War.

Stepping away from that this is pretty much everything you expect from anything with Constantine including magic, monsters, drinking and chaos. This is a shorter feature that falls more in line with the DC Showcase line of animated shorts, but an extended edition. Matt Ryan once again returns to voice the character that he plays so perfectly and keeps it feeling like the character we’ve come to love.

This extended short film isn’t bringing anything new to the game or even one of the better ones, but it entertains and brings more to Constantine’s

consequences from the Apokolips War and that helps to elevate it past the usual shorts.  In addition to the main film this release also collects the previously released Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth!, The Losers and Blue Beetle animated shorts as well as a featurette on the DC Showcase.

Grab your copy of Constantine: The House of Mystery available now on Blu-ray and DVD.

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