Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Darick Robertson
Colorist: Diego Rodriguez
Letterer: Deron Bennett
Now collected in a beautiful hardback edition is the limited Black Label series about John Constantine ‘Hellblazer Rise and Fall’ is available to buy now.
I previously reviewed each individual issue and have attached the links below. On that basis this review will be slightly different to my normal structure. I will focus here specifically on the Hardback edition I have kindly been sent by DC Comics/Penguin Random House Global.
PLOT AND STORY
If a billionaire falls out of the sky and dies…who gives a damn?!
A wealthy man plummets from the sky and is gruesomely skewered on a church spire. Bizarrely, angel wings are attached to his back. More such deaths follow until, hallelujah, it’s raining businessmen. Detective Aisha Bukhari is stumped by this strange phenomenon, until she’s visited by her childhood friend, occult investigator John Constantine, who discovers a link between the falling elite and a shocking moment in his and Aisha’s misspent youth. How are these killings tied to the first death on John’s hands? How does this involve heaven and hell? Even if this is kind of John’s fault, will Constantine be happy to let a few more rich bastards fall from the sky, like a vindictive Robin Hood?
DC Black Label presents Hellblazer: Rise and Fall―an occult mystery from the all-star team of writer Tom Taylor (DCeased) and artist Darick Robertson (The Boys)! Collects all three installments of the degenerate and debauched miniseries along with a variant cover gallery and behind-the-scenes artwork.
Included additionally in the hardback edition are some penciled artwork by Darick Robertson which starts to scratch the surface on the process and transition of making this glorious comic. Also included are all the covers and variant covers created for the original series which includes art from Lee Bermejo, J.H.Williams III, Sean Phillips, Darick Robertson and Diego Rodriguez.
As a long time fan of Constantine I found Rise and Fall to be a decent entry point to the character for people who might be unfamiliar with who John Constantine is but still very pleasing for old school fans of Johnny boy. This might not have the rough gritty edge to it like a Garth Ennis or Jamie Delano Hellblazer story but it does brilliantly encapsulate what makes Constantine one of the most love/hate characters DC Comics has to offer. With magical dark arts, blood, violence and sexual tension this modern take on a classic character makes a very enjoyable story to read.
I read this via a physical hardback edition issued by Penguin Random House Global and received no other incentive to review this comic. All images and artwork are courtesy of DC Comics and their respective owners.