Hellblazer: Rise and Fall #2

Writer: Tom Taylor Artist: Darick Robertson Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: November 4, 2020 Cover Price: $6.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 22
8.2Critic Rating
6.5User Rating

John Constantine has been in trouble before, but running afoul of the Devil himself is crossing a line even for the self-styled Hellblazer. But that’s exactly who darkens Constantine’s door with news that John’s investigation into the gruesome “angel murders” of London’s billionaire class and Satan’s own vendetta against a treacherous demon are actually the same mission. What’s that mean? You guessed it: It’s time for a team up!

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Stefan Blitz Nov 4, 2020

    Tom Taylor proves himself a capable writer of Constantine and his world. He works great with artist Darick Robertson. Robertson is brilliant as usual and this is a good issue. I can't wait to see how the story ends. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Nov 4, 2020

    There's a grim, haunting tone to this issue, and the gut punch of the final page is one of the most effective cliffhangers I've seen in a while. Making Constantine work in a superhero universe is tricky, but Taylor has done it before. This issue makes the case, though, that he'll never be more at home than he is in a mature-readers title set in its own gritty world. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Comic Watch - Bethany W Pope Nov 3, 2020

    Exquisite art, humor, and a keen, demonic edge elevate this book far above DCs other offerings. This is a series to pick up. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Caffeinated Critique - James Stone Dec 15, 2020

    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. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Nick Friar Nov 3, 2020

    Bring in Roberston, who will draw absolutely grotesque act and make it look slightly rougher than it needs to be, with a pinch of humor, and you've got a story any John Constantine fan can enjoy. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Zac Owens Nov 1, 2020

    HELLBLAZER: RISE AND FALL #2 is disturbing and funny. But it's also some damn good storytelling. It showcases all the dangers of a day in the life of one John Constantine. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Nov 3, 2020

    Darick Robertson's art is beautifully detailed and matches the darkly comedic tone of the story perfectly. There are some great, gory moments throughout that are tempered with great character details and mood. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Nathan Simmons Nov 3, 2020

    The middle chapter of 'Rise and Fall' never slows down the pace, pairing fantastic character work with some exciting mystical set pieces. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bleeding Cool - Hannibal Tabu Nov 6, 2020

    Get down and dirty with John Constantine and the devil himself, while even a ghost has reason to tag along and provide insights. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Nov 4, 2020

    Rise and Fall was sold as a story about high society and sins in England, but all of those elements read like decoration on what's ultimately a straightforward whodunnit, albeit one featuring the devil and a few other supernatural sorts. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Nick Devonald Nov 3, 2020

    The biggest issues that this mini-series have are that it's Constantine in name alone, and the Black Label has just been tacked on for some extra graphic violence, not for any storytelling reason. Compared to the recent Hellblazer series this falls short. It would have made much more sense to create a new character for this story than use an existing one if all you're really using is the name and look. The art is stunning throughout, and the length of the story is a bonus. Not a bad story, just a bad Constantine one. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Alex McDonald Nov 3, 2020

    Hellblazer: Rise and Fall #2 is an irritating comic. Irritating that it gets so close to being great but never manages to pass beyond good. Then again if the bar wasnt set so high by the other Hellblazer comic right now, would this miniseries be judged so harshly? As a $6.99 comic arguably there should be more to this than there is, but fans of Constantine and the Vertigo days are sure to get a kick out of it nonetheless. Read Full Review

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