Hellblazer: Rise and Fall #1

Writer: Tom Taylor Artist: Darick Robertson Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: September 2, 2020 Cover Price: $6.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 32
8.5Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

A billionaire falls out of the sky and is gruesomely skewered on a church spire. Bizarrely, Angel Wings are attached to his back. More follow until, hallelujah, it's raining businessmen. Detective Aisha Bukhari is stumped by this, until she's visited by her childhood friend, occult investigator John Constantine. DC’s Hellblazer 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 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, more

  • 10
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Sep 1, 2020

    A fantastic successor to the original Hellblazer series. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Sep 1, 2020

    If you've never read a Hellblazer comic before, Rise and Fall is a fine place to start. If you have read a Hellblazer comic before, it will be like meeting an old friend for a drink down at the pub, where everything is just as good as you remember it. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Zac Owens Sep 1, 2020

    HELLBLAZER: RISE AND FALL #1 is an incredibly promising start to this series. This creative team meshes perfectly and the story they tell is chilling. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Sep 2, 2020

    All in all, this is an awesome start to what looks to be a great limited series. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Sep 1, 2020

    Darick Robertson does amazing work with the visuals in this issue. The art is gritty and highly detailed. There is an energy to it as well as a great use of shadow and close up to give the characters emotion and presence on the page. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    GWW - Nick Friar Sep 1, 2020

    Excellent start to the series. Has the making of a must-read for Constantine fans. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Comic Watch - Bethany W Pope Sep 1, 2020

    This is a dark, troubling, brilliantly illustrated story told with humor and a lot of heart. Be sure to save this dark angel some room on your pull list. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Sequential Planet - Ethan Maddux Sep 6, 2020

    Hellblazer: Rise and Fall is as good an introduction to Hellblazer as I can ask for. Taylor's restrained and humorous darkness meshes with Robertson's gritty pencils in a fashion that seems as if they're meant to work together. This book succeeds at building many characters in the span of a single issue while simultaneously building the intrigue in what comes next. In short, I think I'm a Hellblazer guy now. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Caffeinated Critique - James Stone Dec 14, 2020

    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. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Sep 2, 2020

    Old fans of Hellblazer and new fans of John Constantine alike are bound to enjoy this tale of the magician's early misdeeds and modern misadventures in a London that feels every bit as dark as the world outside our windows today. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Kate Snchez Sep 1, 2020

    All in all, Hellblazer: Rise and Fall #1is solid. It lays the foundation for this new mini-series and does it brick by brick with John Constantine's guilt, graphic violence, and writing that gets under your skin. This is one to pick up for fans of the character and those looking for a gruesome noir with heaven and hell thrown in. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Steve J. Ray May 2, 2021

    This book doesnt just collect the complete three part story, it also features a gallery of all the main and variant covers " including one that wasnt actually used " plus some great sketches, and work in progress art by Darick Robertson. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner Sep 3, 2020

    Get a crash course in John Constantine's history as we delve into a newcomer-friendly occult tale. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Nathan Simmons Sep 1, 2020

    Darkly funny and occasionally shockingly violent, this first issue is a splendid entry point for readers curious about John Constantine and his world. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Sep 4, 2020

    This issue amps up the violence, but other than that, it doesn't feel that different from the old-school days at Vertigo or the modern take on John. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Nick Devonald Sep 1, 2020

    An entertaining story featuring John Constantine, the biggest issues that this issue, and the miniseries at large, face are the comparisons with the ongoing Simon Spurrier Hellblazer. Unfortunately in comparison this series really pales. Released at a different time, without that immediate comparison, it would do better. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Sep 1, 2020

    Hellblazer: Rise and Fall Book One is a fun comic with a balance of horror, humor, and a little bit of comedy. Constantine fans should enjoy this self-contained story. Those that are new to the character can dive in without any knowledge of the character. It's not the best I've read featuring Constantine but it's entertaining and there's a lot of potential for where it's all going. As is, the first issue is good but doesn't quite have the spark to make it really stand out so far. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Sep 1, 2020

    Though a good introduction to new readers into John Constantine, Hellblazer: Rise and Fall #1 is a frustrating read. The potential is there as is the freedom allowed by Black Label, but as an opening issue, Hellblazer: Rise and Fall #1 reads like a weaker tea version of the Vertigo heyday. Read Full Review

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