Though he's more well known for slapping the bass and rocking out, Sting is no stranger to our genre world, most notably as Feyd Rautha in David Lynch's Dune. But did you know he also has a long history with John Constantine, the occult detective antihero created by Alan Moore and Stephen R. Bissette?
So it's not totally out of left field that DC's Vertigo Comics recently revealed the Rock n' Roll Hall of Famer is celebrating the anniversary of Constantine's series, Hellblazer, by writing the foreword for the upcoming commemorative collection. The first issue of Hellblazer was released in January 1988, making this year the 30th anniversary of the long-running comic book series.
As you can see in the video announcement below, Sting took the time to don a trench coat and let fans know he'd be penning the foreword for John Constantine, Hellblazer: 30th Anniversary Celebration. In the video, Sting jokes that "[he] and John have a long history" and the foreword will detail more about their relationship. The foreword will be written from the perspective of Constantine's twin from another universe named Golden Boy.
Considering Sting's style was a major influence for the character of Constantine, especially his look in the 1982 film Brimstone and Treacle, it's nice he's taken a quick break from preparing for his upcoming tour with Shaggy to send his best and announce his participation in this momentous project.
John Constantine, Hellblazer: 30th Anniversary Celebration will "explore the complete history of the series" with tons of fun items for fans including essays written by Hellblazer writer Rich Handley and fond reflections from Moore, Neil Gaiman, Garth Ennis, and Jamie Delano, just to name a few. The collection will also be a timeline of Constantine's life and stories from John Constantine: Hellblazer issues 1-3.
John Constantine, Hellblazer: 30th Anniversary Celebration will be available October 30.