Review: Hellblazer Rise and Fall #1 (DC Comics)

Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Darick Robertson
Colorist: Diego Rodriguez
Letterer: Deron Bennett
On Sale: 01/09/2020

A new series focusing on John Constantine which will appeal to new fans of the character and old school Hellblazers. 

PLOT AND STORY 

This is a story which gives a soft origin story for John Constantine allowing newcomers to get enough background on who he is without going too far into it to risk losing the veteran readers. 

Huge respect to Tom Taylor for creating a fresh new story to one of my favourite characters and keeping his heritage intact. Liverpool, Anfield and football all play a part into John’s past and I love it.

In terms of the story it gives you everything you want from a Constantine story. Magic, Dark arts, some little satanic rituals all embroidered in a not so simple murder investigation.

ARTWORK 

The best thing about the art in this book is how accurate John Constantine looks and credit to artist Darick Robertson who has done his homework. Also, fair play to colourist Diego Rodriguez for getting the red tie and perfect blend of dyed blonde hair.

Along with Constantine the pair also created a very decent looking book with all the right elements of darkness and misery that tend to surround Constantine. I in particular liked the mystical symbols that emanate from John when he is performing a spell and are very reminiscent to the TV series.

FINAL THOUGHTS 

I wish I read this book sooner. I’m a big fan of Tom Taylor and John Constantine so I’m not really sure how this escaped me. Originally released back in September there has now been a second issue released also. I would especially recommend this to fans of the Matt Ryan TV portrayal of the character as the tone and characteristics are very similar.

I read this via Comixology and received no incentive to review this comic.

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