I think you're probably right, and it's a decent move for the current creative team. And if that means Constantine's Britishness continueing to be a "wacky gimmick", then I'll just have to hope that they're good stories for Constantine to "Gor Blimey, Mary Poppins - it's a bleedin' monster!" through.
Yeah he's hanging out in NY in his first appearance in Swamp Thing, so that's the last thing i care about.
I've read all of Hellblazer run, but I'm not familiar enough with british accents to say; has Constantine had a consistent Liverpool accent?
I'm honestly hoping that "Constantine", like many of DC's properties, gets a creative change up after the first arc, unless it's amazingly good. Perhaps bring in even a marginal 2000 AD star like Rob Williams (whose work for Marvel and ComX was very unremarkable, I admit), or even my personal choice, John Smith.
But the whinging has all been about the loss of age, or cursing, or sex, and none of that was part of Moore's Constantine, which remains my personal favorite.
I'll try the first issue (I try virtually all the first issues of DC's New 52) but I really doubt I will stick with this. I'm not a huge fan of the character in a starring role (I get kind of burnt out on his cynical personality really quickly), and the creative team doesn't really appeal to me. Although I admittedly don't know much about Venditti...I'm just hoping he does an alright job with my beloved Demon Knights.
Indies: Saga, The Private Eye, Chew, The Black Beetle, Pretty Deadly, Umbral, Velvet, Satellite Sam
Marvel: All-New Ghost Rider, Wolverine, She-Hulk, Daredevil, The Punisher, All-New X-Factor
Again, I'll give this a chance. I don't mind a team-up or two. It's always fun to watch Constantine call Batman "squire" but I don't want it to be an every other story arc thing.
I don't know, Animal Man and Swamp Thing are pretty superhero-y.