“I know,you’re unusual. Unique, even. That’s what I love about you. And … it’s not going to be black magic and psycho-horror all the time … is it?”
Well, probably yes … if you’re Phoebe Clifton-Avery, a “bespectacled, middle class doctor” and you are in love with John Constantine, a remorseless, amoral London street thug who dabbles in the dark arts.
Of course, as any good therapist can tell you, acceptance of a man’s true nature is one of the keys to a successful relationship.
Constantine: You said you were a doctor, right? Well, I smoke, I drink. I take drugs. I swallow the blood of crazed animals under full moons. I have been known to make the occasional human sacrifice. All of which must be very BAD for my health.”
Phoebe: And you think I’d try to change you?
Note to John: Mix a crazy little thing called love with that old black magic and you can get more than you bargained for.
Dialogue in italics excerpted from John Constantine HELLBLAZER: Hooked (published by Vertigo, a division of DC Comics)