You know me, put John Constantine in anything, and you’ve got my attention. We have seen DC make some attempts at Hellblazer and Constantine books recently, with varied success, but this latest announcement has me very excited. DC’s Black Label will release Hellblazer: Rise and Fall, a three issue miniseries in 48-page Prestige Plus this September.
When I saw the creative team, my eyes nearly popped out of my head. Writer Tom Taylor (Injustice: Gods Among Us) will team with Darick Robertson (The Boys) to bring the story to life. So now you have someone that has written a number of amazing, outside the box things teaming up with an artist with no limits. Enter John Constantine, and how could this not excite you?
As for the story, “a billionaire mysteriously falls out of the sky and is gruesomely skewered on a church spire. Even stranger, they have angel wings attached to their back. More bodies soon follow, raining death and causing widespread panic. Detective Aisha Bukhari is stumped by the phenomenon, until she’s visited by her childhood friend, occult investigator John Constantine.” The description goes on to say that, “DC’s Hellblazer soon discovers a link between the falling elite and a shocking moment in his and Aisha’s misspent youth. How do these killings tie to the first act of magic ever committed by John Constantine? How does this involve Heaven and Hell? Thirty years later, Constantine’s no stranger to supernatural threats and hard-pressed to consider stopping any monster who haunts a nation by killing the most corrupt among its citizens.”
As for how Taylor feels about the project, he says, “This is a very twisted book. But, I actually want to give people exactly the John they’ve seen before. I want to write the bloke who steps out of the shadows with the smirk, the lit cigarette and all the answers. I want a story of shocks and sadness and triumph in the face of utter horror.”
That is 100% what I like to hear. Keep checking back for reviews, and possibly even interview for this exciting release. Also, check our social media sites for a look at preview pages.
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