Review: Hellblazer Rise and Fall #3 (DC Comics)

Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Darick Robertson
Colorist: Diego Rodriguez
Letterer: Deron Bennett
On Sale: 03/02/2021

A rapturous concluding chapter to Rise and Fall, a quality John Constantine mini series.

PLOT AND STORY

Issue #3 is a fantastic conclusion to what has been an incredibly fun series. The beauty of this series is how self contained it is and that anyone can pick it up with no prior knowledge of John Constantine. Tom Taylor once again knocks it out of the park with his take on the Hellblazer.

This issue opens with all the cards on the table. There are demons on the loose, Satan walking the streets and John risking his friends safety once again. I love how this issue wraps everything up in a way which ties up all the loose ends without simply being a fairy tale happy ending. The subject of wealth vs poor is an underlying message in the narrative and there are a few messages which make the easy transition to real world relevance today.

ARTWORK

Darick Robertson and Diego Rodriguez have made a wonderful artistic team on this book bringing John Constantine into a modern setting without losing the old timely tone often associated with the character. Unlike most other comic book characters Constantine is timeless. He is not a character reliant on technology. His powers lie in the realm of magic which very often only require words, candles and books. This is what I have enjoyed the most about the style of this book, its ability to fit in the modern world without making it essential to the story. Rise and Fall could have been set in 1960 or 2020 and it would have made no difference and I love that. Its stories like this that will stand the test of time.

FINAL THOUGHTS 

As a lifelong Constantine fan I have thoroughly enjoyed this series. It doesn’t dive too deeply into the magical underworld but does dip its toes deep enough to wet your appetite. Rise and Fall offers a great stand alone series to offer new readers to understand what makes Constantine tick without having to make your way through years of history. Filled with humour, profanity, demons and blood while being glittered with Constantine’s unmistakable charm and charisma. 

I read this via an advance preview copy issued by DC Comics and received no incentive to review this comic.

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