Review: Hellblazer Rise and Fall #2 (DC Comics)

Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Darick Robertson
Colorist: Diego Rodriguez
Letterer: Deron Bennett
On Sale: 03/11/2020

The deeper down the rabbit whole we go the tougher it will be to find our way back. With the nation tearing itself apart and the irredeemable one percent falling from the sky, will John Constantine lift a finger?


Well done Tom Taylor in crafting a story centred around Satan without it being a cheesy mess. Seeing Lucifer and Constantine work together is like the dream pairing you never knew you wanted. It’s not the differences in their personalities that stand out for me it’s the similarities that shock you and help put some of the story in perspective. 

The best portrayal of John Constantine is when he has the “I don’t give a shit” personality but knows exactly everything that’s going on, even before things have happened. This helps feed more of the mystery around his persona and only a few writers over the years have mastered that in my opinion such as Garth Ennis, Warren Ellis and Jamie Delano. After two issues Tom Taylor is getting very close to joining that list.


Darick Robertson and Diego Rodriguez once again combine to create a dark, haunting issue which ramps up on the blood and gore. As we go to Hell, literally, there are a couple of pages which really stand out and encapsulate everything you imagine Hell to look like. Hard, bold Reds and Blacks with the orange fiery pits look absolutely stunning.

The other stand out panels for me are when we are treated to some beautifully detailed angel wings.

Letters by Deron Bennett, who I forgot to mention on my review of issue #1 are a perfect compliment to the story, especially the red text boxes in Hell which stand out.


DC Black Label is producing some of the best content right now with books like this and Rorschach. Two issues in and I’m hooked, Rise and Fall has become my new modern favourite Constantine story and I can’t wait for the third issue.

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

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