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'Hellblazer' writer: 'I'll miss the swearing and f**king'

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Hellblazer writer Peter Milligan has opened up about the cancellation of the long-running Vertigo title.

The scribe insists that he anticipated the title's end and said he will miss the creative freedom of writing John Constantine, as well as the "swearing and f**king".

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Milligan told CBR: "What I like about him is that he's not particularly driven. He's not trying to make the world a better place. He's not going in for self-improvement.

"He's just getting on with what passes for his life, and because of the nature of who he is, he gets involved in these strange stories. I'll miss the looseness of that. And all the swearing and f**king, of course.

"But look, even before I was told they were moving him over to the DCU, I was aware that I'd been on the book for a couple of years and that probably I was coming to the end of my run."

Milligan went on to say that he was "not surprised at all" that the title's cancellation was met with a backlash from fans and creators, and expressed the belief that DC Comics could have kept Hellblazer running alongside its new Constantine series.

He added: "I think the comic-reading public - particularly the kind of reader who reads Hellblazer - is sophisticated enough to have been able to grasp the idea that there are two versions of John Constantine."

Hellblazer will conclude with February's issue #300, before Constantine #1 debuts the following month.

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